Press Releases

03.18.21

Durbin Urges Judiciary Committee Members to Support Monaco and Gupta Nominations for Justice Department

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today called on his Senate colleagues in the Judiciary Committee to support the nominations of Lisa Monaco to be U.S. Deputy Attorney General and Vanita Gupta to be U.S. Associate Attorney General. Durbin argued that Monaco and Gupta are the experienced and dedicated leaders we need to restore integrity and independence to the Department of Justice. The Judiciary Committee is set to vote on thei… Continue Reading


03.18.21

Durbin, Duckworth, Colleagues Introduce For the People Act to Strengthen Democracy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined their colleagues in introducing S.1., the For the People Act-a sweeping package of comprehensive reforms that would end special interest corruption of our politics and make government work for the people. The introduction comes as Republican lawmakers in 43 states continue to use unfounded election conspiracies regarding the 2020 presidential election to push to restrict Americans' access to … Continue Reading


03.18.21

Durbin, Deutch Introduce Legislation to Create Bond Program to Fund Efforts Combating Climate Change

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Ted Deutch (D-FL-22) today introduced the Climate Change Resiliency Fund for America Act, a bicameral bill that would authorize the U.S. Department of Treasury to issue from $200 million up to $1 billion in state and local tax-exempt "climate bonds" annually for any American to purchase and contribute to the government's efforts to combat the impacts of climate change. The legislation would set up a system similar to the war bo… Continue Reading


03.18.21

Durbin, Deutch Introduce Legislation to Create Bond Program to Fund Efforts Combating Climate Change

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Ted Deutch (D-FL-22) today introduced the bicameral Climate Change Resiliency Fund for America Act. The bill would authorize the U.S. Department of Treasury to issue from $200 million up to $1 billion in state and local tax-exempt "climate bonds" annually for any American to purchase and contribute to the government's efforts to combat the effects of climate change. The legislation would mirror the national war bon… Continue Reading


03.17.21

Durbin Meets with the League of Conservation Voters

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today met virtually with the League of Conservation Voters to discuss environmental protection and climate change priorities. Durbin and the group discussed key land and water conservation priorities, centering equity and justice in environmental work, and the importance of confirming a diverse set of judges who respect science. Durbin also discussed the importance of Senate Judiciary Committee ov… Continue Reading


03.17.21

Durbin: to the People of Atlanta and the AAPI Community, I am Standing with You

WASHINGTON - Following a shooting in Atlanta where a gunman murdered eight people-six of whom were women of Asian descent-in what appears to be an act of domestic terrorism, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today spoke out against hate crimes targeting the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a speech on the Senate floor, Durbin also advocated for passage of his Domestic Terrorism Prev… Continue Reading


03.17.21

Durbin: Republican Objections to Becerra Nomination Must End

WASHINGTON - In a speech on the Senate floor today, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) slammed Republican obstruction of the nomination of Xavier Becerra to serve as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Becerra's nomination was announced three months ago and is still being blocked by Senate Republicans despite a majority of Senators supporting his nomination. Durbin said that delaying Becerra's confirmation only hurts the United States as we try to beat the p… Continue Reading


03.17.21

Durbin Meets with Illinois Food Banks to Discuss Food Insecurity

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met virtually with Feeding Illinois, which represents eight food banks that serve Illinoisans, to discuss President Biden's American Rescue Plan, food insecurity, and child nutrition. "Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, one in nine Illinois residents struggled with consistent access to meals, including one in six children. COVID-19 has exacerbated these challenges, but President Biden's Rescue Plan makes historic investments to su… Continue Reading


03.17.21

Durbin, Feinstein, Leahy, Klobuchar Statement on House Passage of VAWA Reauthorization Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today released the following statements after the House of Representatives passed the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2021. The Senators have been working to prepare companion legislation, which they hope to introduce in the coming weeks. "The Violenc… Continue Reading


03.17.21

Durbin Meets with Illinois Diaper Bank Organizations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met virtually with Loving Bottoms, Share Our Spare, Keeping Families Covered, and Cradles to Crayons - Illinois member organizations of the National Diaper Bank Network - to discuss diaper needs in Illinois in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the work the organizations are doing to get diapers to families in need. Durbin discussed President Biden's American Rescue Plan and his support for the End Diaper Need Act. "Diaper nee… Continue Reading


03.17.21

Durbin Presses for Passage of Equality Act in Historic Judiciary Committee Hearing

WASHINGTON - During today's historic hearing on the Equality Act - legislation that codifies federal civil rights protections for LGBTQ Americans - in the Senate Judiciary Committee, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, pushed back on arguments that the Equality Act could impact religious institutions or people of faith, as well as claims that passing this legislation would discriminate against people of faith or cause legal and social harms on m… Continue Reading


03.17.21

Durbin Delivers Opening Remarks in Historic Judiciary Committee Hearing on the Equality Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today delivered an opening statement during a Judiciary Committee hearing on the Equality Act, legislation that codifies federal civil rights protections for LGBTQ Americans. This is the first time the U.S. Senate has held a hearing on the legislation, which the House of Representatives passed with bipartisan support last month. "Since the dawn of our Republic, LBGTQ Americans have made importan… Continue Reading


03.17.21

Durbin, Graham Statement on House Passage of Legislation to Strengthen the Victims of Crime Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statements after the House of Representatives unanimously passed critical legislation to strengthen the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) by fixing how the Crime Victims Fund (CVF) is funded. This legislation, which Durbin and Graham are the lead authors of in the Senate, will redirect monetary penalti… Continue Reading


03.16.21

Durbin Discusses American Rescue Plan, COVID-19 Response with Illinois Community Health Centers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met virtually with leaders from Illinois Community Health Centers (CHCs) and the Illinois Primary Health Care Association (IPHCA) to discuss President Biden's American Rescue Plan, health disparities, and vaccine distribution in Illinois. Durbin heard from CHCs about their efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, and highlighted his efforts to expand participation of Illinois CHCs within the new federal program that directly sh… Continue Reading


03.16.21

Durbin, Bipartisan Colleagues Introduce Resolution Reaffirming Support for Good Friday Agreement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today joined U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Susan Collins (R-ME) to introduce a bipartisan resolution in support of the full implementation of the Good Friday Agreement, or the Belfast Agreement, and subsequent agreements and arrangements to support peace on the island of Ireland. "There is bipartisan resolve in the U.S. Congress to see the full realization of the Good Friday Agreement for the people of Northern Ireland," Durbin s… Continue Reading


03.16.21

Senate Judiciary Committee Announces Majority Witnesses for Hearing on the Equality Act

WASHINGTON - The Senate Judiciary Committee Majority released the names of witnesses who will testify before a full committee hearing entitled "The Equality Act: LGBTQ Rights are Human Rights" on legislation that codifies federal civil rights protections for LGBTQ Americans. The hearing will take place tomorrow, March 17 at 10:00 AM ET in 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. Panel I The Honorable Jeff Merkley United States Senator (D-OR) Washington, DC The Honorable Tammy Baldwin … Continue Reading


03.16.21

Durbin: USPS Service in Illinois and Across United States is in Chaos

WASHINGTON - In a speech on the Senate floor today, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) slammed the policies of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, which have slowed down the United States Postal Service (USPS) and unacceptably decreased service for millions of Americans who rely on it. Many Americans continue to face unacceptable problems in postal delivery performance, which has affected prescription medication delivery, mortgage and utility bill payments, insurance policies, small busine… Continue Reading


03.16.21

Durbin Meets with Illinois Corn Growers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee, today met virtually with the Illinois Corn Growers Association to discuss agriculture priorities in Illinois, including strengthening the future marketplace for biofuels, federal funds for modernizing Illinois' locks and dams, and the ongoing conservation practices and future opportunities for farmers in addressing climate change. "I had an informative meeting wit… Continue Reading


03.16.21

Durbin: America Must Lead Efforts to Address Global Vaccine Shortage

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) spoke about how helping the global COVID-19 vaccine effort will ultimately help America stem the pandemic at home. In a speech on the Senate floor, Durbin praised the Biden Administration for ramping up production and distribution of vaccines in the United States, noting that weekly vaccine shipments to Illinois have nearly doubled since President Biden took office. He also shared concerns about coronavirus variants and warned th… Continue Reading


03.16.21

Durbin, Duckworth, Kelly Ask HUD to Examine Issues at Concordia Place Apartment Complex in Chicago

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Robin Kelly (D-IL-02) today urged the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Region Five Office to swiftly examine reported issues raised by residents of the Concordia Place Apartment complex on the south side of Chicago. In a letter to James A. Cunningham, the HUD Deputy Regional Administrator, Durbin, Duckworth, and Kelly highlighted news reports on the unsafe and unsanitary living … Continue Reading

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