Press Releases


Durbin, Duckworth To Illinois Department Of Insurance: Protect Illinois Consumers From Trump Health Care Sabotage

CHICAGO-As the Trump Administration continues their sabotage of America's health care marketplace, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today urged the Illinois Department of Insurance to provide Illinoisans with more information about the concerning proposed Illinois health insurance premium increases for 2018 and to protect Illinoisans from higher costs that result from President Trump's sabotage of the health care marketplace. Health insurance companies participating i… Continue Reading


Durbin, Duckworth Announce More than $1 Million In Federal Funding To Help SNAP Participants In Chicago And Aurora Purchase Healthy, Local Foods

CHICAGO - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded a total of $1,075,287 in grant funding to Illinois agencies in Chicago and Aurora to help Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants increase their purchases of fruits and vegetables. The funding comes from the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) program, authorized by the 2014 F… Continue Reading


Durbin, Reed Call On Treasury Department To Stop Corporate Inversions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Jack Reed (D-RI), and ten of their Senate colleagues called on the U.S. Department of the Treasury to reject calls to eliminate, undermine, or scale back anti-tax inversion and earnings stripping efforts and work with Congress to curb these abusive tax avoidance schemes for good. Inversions are corporate deals that allow U.S. companies to shift their corporate citizenship from the United States to a low-tax foreign jurisdiction, even while keeping … Continue Reading


Durbin Statement On Brandon Road Study Release

CHICAGO - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today released the following statement after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) released the Brandon Road Study, a draft plan for keeping Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes. This draft plan was set to be released on February 28, 2017, but had been stalled by the Trump Administration. "After an unexplained five month delay, the Trump Administration finally released the draft plan for keeping Asian carp from reaching and irreparably harm… Continue Reading


Durbin Applauds DEA For Lowering Opioid Quotas For Second Year In A Row

CHICAGO - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today praised the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) proposal to reduce production quotas for nearly all Schedule II prescription opioids by 20 percent for next year. The DEA is responsible for establishing annual quotas determining the exact amount of each opioid drug that is permitted to be produced in the U.S. each year. Last year-after years of dramatic increases to the volume of opioids allowed to come to the market-the DEA heeded the Senator'… Continue Reading


Durbin: Trump Is Threatening Millions Of American Families By Undermining Health Care system

CHICAGO - Following last week's bipartisan rejection of the latest Senate Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today called on President Trump and Congressional Republicans to work with Democrats to stabilize and strengthen America's health care system. President Trump has undertaken numerous actions to sabotage the ACA, and insurers - in Illinois and across the country - are proposing premium increases next year as a result of the Trump Admini… Continue Reading


Durbin, Duckworth Statement On Nomination Of John Lausch For U.S. Attorney For The Northern District Of Illinois

CHICAGO-U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement after the White House announced the nomination of John R. Lausch to serve as the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois: "We are pleased that the President has nominated Mr. Lausch. The nonpartisan screening committee we established to evaluate potential candidates came to the same conclusion and recommended him as well. Mr. Lausch has served the people of the Northern Dis… Continue Reading


Durbin To DeVos: Why Won't You Stand Up For Students And Hold For-Profit Colleges Accountable?

WASHINGTON-In a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today slammed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' decision to delay the implementation of the Gainful Employment (GE) rule, which requires career training programs to provide students with reasonable return on their educational investment - good-paying jobs that allow them to repay their student debt. In March, the Department of Education announced it would postpone the deadline for failing schools to submit … Continue Reading


Durbin, Duckworth, Shimkus To Labor Department: Golconda Job Corps Closure Should Be Temporary

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Representative John Shimkus (R-IL-15) today urged the Department of Labor (DOL) to work with the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service to reopen the Golconda Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center in a safe and timely manner. "Job Corps programs are responsible for providing disconnected young people with a safe environment to develop vocational skills and further their education. Centers should… Continue Reading


Durbin Presses DEA Administrator To Lower 2018 Opioid Quotas

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with Chuck Rosenberg, Acting Administrator at the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and urged him to reduce the amount of opioid pills allowed to be manufactured and sold in the United States in 2018. The DEA is responsible for establishing annual quotas determining the exact amount of each opioid drug that is permitted to be produced in the U.S. each year. After years of dramatic increases to the volume of opioids allowed to come to t… Continue Reading


Durbin, Duckworth Urge VA Secretary To Look Into Mismanagement At Marion VA

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today met with Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin to discuss allegations of mismanagement and poor patient care at Marion VA Medical Center. Recent reports detail alleged incidents of prohibited personnel practices at Marion VA, including whistleblower retaliation, nepotism, unfair labor practices, and mistreatment and abuse of employees. Most concerning is the fact that this alleged mismanagement… Continue Reading


Durbin Introduces Bill To End Cuba Embargo And Establish Normal Trade Relations

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) to introduce the U.S.-Cuba Trade Act of 2017, which would repeal outdated sanctions on Cuba and establish normal trade relations with the island nation. "Ending the embargo is about more than opening the country up to American businesses and travel-it's about opening Cuba to new ideas, new values, and improved human rights that our 50 year old policy of isolation could not achieve," said Durbin. "While we… Continue Reading


Durbin Thanks Trump For Keeping DACA In Place

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) came to the Senate floor today to praise President Trump for keeping the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in place. Originally requested by Durbin and former Senator Dick Lugar (R-IN), and granted under President Obama, DACA grants temporary reprieve from deportation to certain undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children. "[DACA] has enabled approximately 790,000 talented young people to contribu… Continue Reading


Durbin Presses Trump Administration On McCook Reservoir Funding

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) met with officials from the Assistant Secretary of the Army's (ASA) office and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to demand answers on why funding for the McCook Reservoir Project in Chicago has not been included in the President's budget for the second year in a row, despite repeated Congressional directives to do so. The McCook Reservoir Project is a major flood damage reduction reservoir of the Chicagoland Underflow Plan (CUP) that will provide m… Continue Reading


Durbin Statement On Confirmation Of FBI Director Christopher Wray

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement after voting to confirm Christopher Wray as Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): The next FBI Director will be under incredible scrutiny. America needs an FBI Director who will face that pressure with integrity, independence, and a firm commitment to the rule of law. He may also have to stand up to this President if the interests of justice demand it. I believe Mr. Wray can do that, and … Continue Reading


Durbin Statement On Proposed Illinois Health Insurance Premium Increases for 2018

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement after Illinois health insurers announced that prices on the exchange could increase next year. This year, more than 350,000 Illinois residents enrolled in plans on the individual market. "The White House efforts to sabotage our health care system can be seen in the proposed premium increases under the Affordable Care Act in Illinois next year. President Trump's tactics are well documented: He issued an Executive Order i… Continue Reading


Durbin, Duckworth, Senate Democrats Lay Out Key Principles For Tax Reform In Letter To President Trump & Senate GOP Leaders

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), along with 43 of their Democratic Senate colleagues, today wrote to President Donald Trump, Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, urging Republicans to come to the table and work with Democrats in a bipartisan way on the Senate's next critical legislative item - tax reform. Durbin, Duckworth, and their colleagues laid out their three main tenants ahead of … Continue Reading


Durbin: Trump Threatening Millions Of American Families By Undermining Health Care System

WASHINGTON-In a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today called on President Trump and Congressional Republicans to put partisan politics aside and work with Democrats to stabilize and strengthen America's health care system. "Last week, on a bipartisan basis, the United States Senate rejected a bill that would have repealed the Affordable Care Act," said Durbin. "This should be a turning point, not just in our health care debate, but in the way we move f… Continue Reading


Durbin, Duckworth, Bustos: Senate Appropriations Committee Bill Continues Funding For Thomson Prison Activation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (IL-17) today announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee passed a bipartisan fiscal year 2018 Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations bill that includes $80 million for the continued activation of the Thomson correctional facility in Thomson, Illinois. The legislation must now be passed by the full Senate and then reconciled… Continue Reading


Durbin, Duckworth Announce Release Of $16 Million In Funding For Springfield Rail Improvement Project

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) announced that an agreement has been finalized between local, state, and federal officials to release $16 million in previously awarded federal funding for the Springfield Rail Improvement Project. "This agreement allows projects that will create good-paying jobs, improve safety, and increase service reliability to go forward," Durbin said. "I was proud to support this improvement project, and I will continue advocating fo… Continue Reading

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