Press Releases

09.12.19

Durbin, Kennedy Applaud DEA For Lowering Opioid Quotas For Fourth Year In A Row

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and John Kennedy (R-LA) today praised the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) proposal to reduce production quotas for nearly all Schedule II prescription opioids by an average of 32 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. After two decades of dramatic increases to the volume of opioids allowed to come to… Continue Reading


09.12.19

Durbin: Congress Must Stand Up To The President's Continued Infringement Of Congress's Power Of The Purse

WASHINGTON - In today's Senate Appropriations Committee markup, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, did not support reporting to the floor the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee funding bill because of President Donald Trump's continued infringement of Congress's power of the purse by taking essential funds from our military and their families in order to pay for his ineffective border wall. Just last week, the… Continue Reading


09.12.19

Durbin, Bipartisan Group Of Senators Meet With FDA Commissioner, Push For Strong Enforcement To Address Youth Vaping Epidemic

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Acting Commissioner Dr. Ned Sharpless to discuss FDA's announcement yesterday that it would imminently ban all non-tobacco e-cigarette flavors, including mint and menthol. During the meeting, Durbin pressed Sharpless to ensure that e-cigarette flavors are removed from the market without delay, and to use his authority as Acting FDA Commissioner to immediately remove illegal vaping devices from th… Continue Reading


09.11.19

Senate Confirms Nomination Of Steven Seeger To Serve As U.S. District Judge For The Northern District Of Illinois

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement after the Senate confirmed the nomination of Steven C. Seeger to serve as a District Judge on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, based in Chicago: "We are pleased that the Senate has confirmed Steven Seeger. He has the qualifications and judgment to serve with distinction as a district court judge in the Northern District of Illinois. We appreciate the Administra… Continue Reading


09.11.19

Durbin Reacts To FDA E-Cigarette Flavors Announcement On Senate Floor

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today spoke on the Senate floor following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announcing it would imminently ban all non-tobacco flavored e-cigarettes, including mint and menthol. Durbin commended the FDA for finally announcing it would use its authority to remove e-cigarette products and kid-friendly flavors - such as mint, menthol, unicorn milk, bubblegum, and razzelberry - from the market. "We are making it clear in the Unit… Continue Reading


09.11.19

Durbin, Duckworth Statement On Retirement Of Former Chief Judge Ruben Castillo

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today released the following statement after District Judge Rubén Castillo, a Federal District Court Judge in the Northern District of Illinois (NDIL), announced that he will be retiring effective September 27, 2019: "Judge Castillo served with integrity and distinction in the Northern District of Illinois for more than 25 years. We thank him for his leadership and many contributions to the judiciary, especially hi… Continue Reading


09.11.19

Durbin Statement On FDA E-Cigarette Announcement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today released the following statement after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced steps to ban all non-tobacco flavored e-cigarettes: "Vaping targets kids, and these flavors-mint, menthol, gummy bear, Unicorn Milk, lung candy-have been essential to the industry luring children into this new addiction. I will closely review FDA's guidance. Finally, the FDA is doing its job." Durbin spoke on the Senate floor earlier t… Continue Reading


09.11.19

Durbin: Vaping Targets Kids

WASHINGTON - Today, following the death of a sixth person linked to vaping, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) again called on U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Acting Commissioner Dr. Ned Sharpless to take decisive action immediately to properly regulate e-cigarettes and the accompanying kid-friendly flavors and products. Durbin noted that the FDA has the authority to remove e-cigarette products and kid-friendly flavors - such as unicorn milk, bubblegum, and razzelberry - fro… Continue Reading


09.10.19

Durbin Discusses The Importance Of Continued U.S. Global Engagement At Council On Foreign Relations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today discussed the United States' role in the world, countering historic and current strains of American isolationism, and the importance and benefit of continued global engagement in a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations. "Multicultural democracy isn't easy. And yet, we have done it better and on a larger scale than any nation in history. That's part of the American idea," Durbin said. "Siding with democracy over tyranny, … Continue Reading


09.10.19

Durbin Meets With The Illinois Farmers Union To Discuss Farm Economy, Trade, And Biofuels

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today met with the Illinois Farmers Union to discuss financial difficulties with crop conditions in Illinois due to the wettest planting season in decades, the Trump Administration's uncertain trade approach with China, and damaging decisions to the biofuels industry. During the meeting, the Farmers Union presented Durbin with the Golden Triangle Award for his leadership in he… Continue Reading


09.10.19

Durbin, Feinstein Call On Trump Administration To Consult Congress About Refugee Resettlement, As Required By Law

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Ranking Member of the Senate Immigration Subcommittee, and U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today pressed the Trump Administration to immediately engage in meaningful consultations with Congress, as required by law, before setting the annual refugee admission ceiling for next year. Prior to any presidential determination on the number of refugees to be admitted in the upcoming fi… Continue Reading


09.10.19

Durbin Introduces Bill To Boost Agricultural Research Funding

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today introduced new legislation that would authorize a five percent annual funding increase over the next five years at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). With most domestic agriculture research on the decline, the America Grows Act would restore the United States' commitment to publically-funded agriculture research at USDA. Durbin announced the bill while visiting th… Continue Reading


09.09.19

Durbin Calls For Acting Commissioner To Take Decisive Action To Stop The Vaping Epidemic Or Resign

CHICAGO - In the wake of hundreds of illnesses and multiple reported deaths of vaping-related lung disease, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) held a news conference to urge the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take immediate action to address the public health epidemic of e-cigarettes, especially among children and young people. Last week, Durbin sent a letter calling on FDA Acting Commissioner Dr. Ned Sharpless to take decisive action within the next ten days to properly regulate e-ciga… Continue Reading


09.06.19

Durbin, Colleagues Urge Facebook To Enforce Gun Selling Rules On Its Digital Marketplace

CHICAGO-Following an investigative report by The Wall Street Journal, which found that gun sales are being conducted on Facebook Marketplace in clear violation of the company's policy banning such sales, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Ed Markey (D-MA) and 13 of his Democratic Senate colleagues in calling on the social media giant to monitor its own platform and enforce its own gun selling rules. "As reported by the Wall Street Journal, users simply… Continue Reading


09.06.19

Durbin To Acting FDA Commissioner: Take Decisive Action To Stop The Vaping Epidemic Or Resign

CHICAGO - Following the death of a third person related to a mystery respiratory illness linked to vaping, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today called on U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Acting Commissioner Dr. Ned Sharpless to take decisive action within the next ten days to properly regulate e-cigarettes and the accompanying kid-friendly flavors and products. In the letter, Durbin said that should Acting Commissioner Sharpless fail to act within ten days, Durbin will ca… Continue Reading


09.06.19

Durbin, Colleagues Urge President Trump To Push For Action Against North Korea For Violation Of U.N. Security Resolutions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Jack Reed (D-RI), and Mark Warner (D-VA) in a letter to President Donald Trump urging the President to intensify efforts to build a durable pathway towards diplomatic denuclearization of North Korea, and more specifically, to recognize that North Korea's series of ballistic missile tests clearly violate United Nations (U.N.) … Continue Reading


09.05.19

Durbin Highlights Bipartisan Legislation To Strengthen Rural Health Workforce

GRANITE CITY - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) held a news conference to highlight bipartisan legislation to address critical rural health workforce shortages. Introduced last month, the Rural America Health Corps Act would create a new program that builds upon the existing National Health Service Corps (NHSC) program by providing new, dedicated student loan forgiveness funding for health care providers that serve in rural communities. Twenty percent of Americans live in rural communities, yet o… Continue Reading


09.05.19

Durbin Demands Answers On Elimination Of Medical Deferred Action

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), along with Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA), penned a letter to Acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kevin McAleenan, Acting U.S. Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Ken Cuccinelli, and Acting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Matthew T. Albence demanding answers on USCIS's decision to end consideration of non-military deferred action requests, including medical deferre… Continue Reading


09.04.19

Durbin, Duckworth Announce Nearly $38 Million To Combat Opioid Epidemic In Illinois

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded Illinois a total of $37,906,897 through the State Opioid Response Grant Program and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Overdose Data to Action Funding Program. Under today's announcement, the State of Illinois will receive $28,989,372 in funding through the State Opioid Response Grant Program. Also under today's announc… Continue Reading


09.04.19

Durbin Highlights Bipartisan Legislation To Strengthen Rural Health Workforce

CARBONDALE - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) held a news conference to highlight bipartisan legislation to address critical rural health workforce shortages. Introduced last month, the Rural America Health Corps Act would create a new program that builds upon the existing National Health Service Corps (NHSC) program by providing new, dedicated student loan forgiveness funding for health care providers that serve in rural communities. Twenty percent of Americans live in rural communities, yet onl… Continue Reading

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