Press Releases

11.01.20

On First Day of ACA Open Enrollment Period, Durbin, Duckworth Encourage Illinoisans to Sign up For Health Insurance Plans

WASHINGTON-On the first day of the 2021 Affordable Care Act (ACA) open enrollment period, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) encouraged Illinoisans to sign up for quality, affordable health insurance on the marketplace today, emphasizing that most patients qualify for subsidies that ensure premiums are less than $75 per month, and highlighting the additional plan options and lower premiums for consumers this year. Durbin and Duckworth also slammed President Trump and Co… Continue Reading


10.29.20

Durbin Calls On McConnell To Pass Meaningful COVID-19 Relief Legislation To Help Hard Hit Businesses Struggling During Pandemic

SPRINGFIELD - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to pass the HEROES 2.0 Act to provide assistance for struggling Illinoisans and small businesses and slammed the Senate Republican Leader for spending five days jamming a Supreme Court nomination through the Senate floor instead of helping struggling small businesses and families. The HEROES 2.0 Act passed the House of Representatives nearly one month ago, on October 1. Durbin is a cosp… Continue Reading


10.29.20

Durbin, Murray, Blumenthal, Warren, Brown Continue to Push DeVos to Provide Debt Relief to Defrauded Student Borrowers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Patty Murray (D-WA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) urged the U.S. Department of Education (ED) to provide borrower defense relief for students who attended a number of institutions that ED cut off from Title IV participation as a result of fraud or other consumer misconduct. In addition, the Senators urged Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to use her authority to extend the closed school discharge loo… Continue Reading


10.27.20

Durbin, Capito Urge HHS to Implement Childhood Trauma Task Force they Enacted in 2018

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today urged the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to accelerate implementation of the Interagency Task Force on Trauma-Informed Care, a provision authored by both Senators that was passed into law in October 2018 as part of the federal opioid response. The bipartisan provision established a Task Force of federal agencies to set a national strategy to address childhood trauma and to promote trauma-infor… Continue Reading


10.27.20

Durbin, Duckworth, Bustos, Illinois Delegation Members Urge FEMA to Expedite Public Assistance Reimbursements For COVID-19 Expenses

ASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), along with U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17), today led Democratic members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation in sending a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) expressing concerns over the agency's processing of the State's requests for Public Assistance as it relates to COVID-19 expenses. States may apply to be reimbursed for eligible costs related to emergency protective measures amid th… Continue Reading


10.26.20

Durbin Votes Against President Trump's Supreme Court Nomination Of Amy Coney Barrett

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today released the following statement after voting against President Donald Trump's nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court: "This is a dark day for the United States Senate. Republicans are defying the rules and traditions of this body in a rush to confirm Judge Barrett in the middle of a once-in-a-century pandemic and an election. "On Friday and Saturday, more t… Continue Reading


10.26.20

Ahead Of Confirmation Vote, Durbin Slams Senate Republicans For Jamming Through Supreme Court Nomination Instead Of Focusing On COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON - Ahead of the confirmation vote for President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today once again slammed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) single-minded focus on rushing through this nomination process instead of focusing on the urgent needs of the American people, including comprehensive bipartisan legislation to respond to the grave public he… Continue Reading


10.26.20

Durbin Receives Update From Illinois Director of Public Health on COVID-19 Case Surge

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today discussed the recent surge in COVID-19 cases across Illinois with Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. On a call with Dr. Ezike, Durbin asked what Illinois will need as COVID-19 cases increase and how the federal government can support state efforts to keep people healthy and safe. Durbin also received a briefing about the state's testing and personal protective equipment (PPE) capacity, plans for the eventual di… Continue Reading


10.26.20

Durbin Discusses Recent Surge of COVID-19 Cases with Illinois Hospital Officials

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today, on a call with more than 20 CEOs of Illinois hospitals and AJ Wilhelmi, President of the Illinois Health & Hospital Association, discussed the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in Illinois and how hospitals are fighting the pandemic on the ground. Illinois recorded its highest number of new cases (6,161) on Saturday, and on Sunday, Illinois also recorded its highest number of hospitalized patients (2,605) since June 5. Durbin thanked the hospi… Continue Reading


10.25.20

Durbin: Republicans Jamming Supreme Court Nomination Through at Breakneck Speed & Disregarding Pandemic and Risk to Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today once again slammed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) single-minded focus on rushing through President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court instead of focusing on the urgent needs of the American people, including comprehensive bipartisan legislation to respond to the grave public health and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Durbin also called on Judge Amy C… Continue Reading


10.24.20

Durbin Slams Senate Republicans for Rushing Through Supreme Court Nomination Instead of Focusing on Bipartisan COVID-19 Pandemic Relief

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today slammed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) single-minded focus on rushing through President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court instead of focusing on the urgent needs of the American people, including comprehensive bipartisan legislation to respond to the grave public health and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Yesterday, the U.S. set a single-day record … Continue Reading


10.23.20

Durbin Discusses Springfield Rail Improvement Project with Federal Railroad Administrator

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today spoke with Ron Batory, the Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), to discuss the recent $10 million grant award to the City of Springfield, Illinois, for the Springfield Rail Improvement Project. Durbin thanked Administrator Batory for his support of the project. "The Springfield Rail Improvement Project will improve rail speed and service reliability and keep passengers, drivers, and pedestrians safe. It also creates good… Continue Reading


10.22.20

Durbin: McConnell Ignoring Grave Threat Of COVID-19 In Order To Rush Through President Trump's Nominee To The Supreme Court

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today slammed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) single-minded focus on rushing through President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court instead of focusing on a comprehensive bipartisan response to the grave public health and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Durbin urged Leader McConnell to start negotiating in good faith - as the Senate did in March when it passe… Continue Reading


10.22.20

Durbin Statement on Purdue Pharma DOJ Settlement

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement on the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announcing an $8.3 billion settlement with OxyContin-maker Purdue Pharma: "For years, Purdue Pharma flooded America with painkillers and lies, profiting off the addiction epidemic they created. Too many families have suffered and too many lives have been lost for the Trump Justice Department to let the billionaire Sackler family off the hook with a meager fine and… Continue Reading


10.22.20

Durbin-Sullivan Due Process Protections Act Signed Into Law

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Dan Sullivan (R-AK) today released the following statements after S. 1380, the Due Process Protections Act, was signed into law. Durbin and Sullivan introduced the bill to help ensure that federal prosecutors respect the constitutional right of defendants to access favorable and potentially exculpatory evidence. "The Due Process Clause is enshrined in our Constitution as a check against government overreach, but there are inadequate safeguards … Continue Reading


10.21.20

Durbin To Vote Against President Trump's Supreme Court Nomination Of Amy Coney Barrett

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today announced that he will vote against President Donald Trump's nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court and will not participate in this Thursday's Judiciary Committee markup due to Republicans' repeated violations of the Committee's rules in their haste to rush through this nomination: "President Trump and Republicans are violating every tradition in the Senate to… Continue Reading


10.21.20

Durbin On McConnell COVID-19 Bill: An Effort To Find Political Cover, Not Real Help

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today slammed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) partisan COVID-19 relief proposal as "an effort that throws that five-foot rope to a man drowning 30 feet from shore," and spoke about the importance of helping unemployed and uninsured Americans, hospitals and health clinics, state and local governments, schools, and small businesses amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Durbin also urged Leader McConnell to start negotiating… Continue Reading


10.21.20

Durbin Presses SSA To Explain COVID-19 Reopening Strategies In Chicago

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today called on the Social Security Administration (SSA) to provide information on its plan to safely reopen facilities and resume operations nationwide and in Chicago, Illinois. In a letter to SSA Commissioner Andrew Saul, Durbin urged the agency work to ensure that any effort to reopen facilities be based on scientific data and incorporate a clear and comprehensive operations plan to protect employees and their families. "I have received concerning… Continue Reading


10.21.20

Durbin, Duckworth, Senate Democrats To Attorney General Barr: Drop Lawsuit To Gut The Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and 17 Senate colleagues in sending a letter to Attorney General William Barr, urging the Department of Justice (DOJ) to rescind its support of the Supreme Court lawsuit brought by 18 Republican state Attorneys General that seeks to invalidate the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In the letter, the Senators highlight how health insurance protections for millions of Americans are at stake in … Continue Reading


10.20.20

Durbin Presses Trump Administration On Dismal Refugee Resettlement Goal

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee, today on a call with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli pressed the Trump Administration on its dismal refugee resettlement goal of merely 15,000 refugees to the U.S. in the coming year, the lowest target in history. Prior to any presidential determination o… Continue Reading

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