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04.16.18

Durbin Questions FCC On Sinclair Dictating Content To Local News Stations While It Weighs Proposed Mega-Merger With Tribune

CHICAGO-Following reports that Sinclair Broadcast Group (Sinclair) required local news anchors at Sinclair-owned television stations across the country to deliver a scripted promotional message on-air, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today pressed Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai to carefully consider Sinclair's conduct and the significant harm it poses to the public interest as he weighs the proposed merger between Sinclair and Tribune Media Company (Trib… Continue Reading


04.13.18

Durbin, Bustos Discuss Impact of Proposed Tariffs with Local Agricultural Leaders

PEORIA - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17) today met with local agricultural leaders to discuss how President Trump's threats of a trade war would impact Illinois farmers and rural communities. In response to President Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs announced last month, China has announced plans for tariffs on many U.S. commodities, including products that are critical to the Illinois economy, such as soybeans and pork. Illinois is consistently on… Continue Reading


04.04.18

Durbin Statement On China's Response To President Trump's Tariffs

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement on China's decision to place duties on U.S. imports, including soybeans and pork, in retaliation to President Trump's plan to place tariffs on Chinese goods: "Illinois' farmers now join DACA recipients as the latest victims of President Trump's temper. Illinois is our nation's largest producer of soybeans, and a top producer of pork, and will feel China's retaliation to threats of a trade war more … Continue Reading


04.04.18

Durbin Questions Sinclair Broadcasting Dictating Content To Local News Stations

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today called on Sinclair Broadcasting Group Executive Chairman David Smith to explain his company's policy regarding mandating content for local news stations, as well as whether employment consequences exist for local news anchors who do not deliver scripted content from the broadcasting giant. A recent report showing local news anchors reading the same script verbatim continues the troubling history of Sinclair dictating content to its… Continue Reading


04.03.18

Durbin Visits Boeing, Highlights New Funding for Manufacturing Lines

ST. LOUIS - New federal investments in Boeing's Super Hornet and Growler aircraft will provide critical support for thousands of employees in the Metro East, said U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) following a tour of Boeing's St. Louis facility today. As Vice Chairman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, Durbin worked with Navy leaders to ensure the Fiscal Year 2019 budget includes the purchase of 110 new Super Hornets over the next five years - critical for employees in the region whose jo… Continue Reading


03.27.18

Durbin, Democratic Senators Warn CFPB Against Repeal Of Rule Cracking Down On Predatory Payday Lending Schemes

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and 42 of his Senate colleagues sent a letter to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Acting Director Leandra English and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney urging them to end any efforts to undermine and repeal the CFPB's payday lending rule, which represents an important step in reining in predatory business practices by payday lenders nationwide that are designed to exploit the financial … Continue Reading


03.08.18

Durbin Statement On Trump Tariffs On Steel And Aluminum

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement on President Trump's announcement of sweeping tariffs on steel and aluminum: President Trump wants to put China on notice for their abusive trade practices that hurt American workers and industries. I support that. The sweeping tariffs announced today are like dropping a bomb on a flea. Launching an all-out trade war will alienate the allies we need to actually solve the problem of steel dumping, and coul… Continue Reading


03.07.18

Durbin Urges Wells Fargo To Halt Any Plans To Expand Presence On College Campuses

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) sent a letter to Wells Fargo CEO Timothy Sloan that urged the bank to halt any plans it may have to expand its financial footprint on college campuses until the Federal Reserve lifts its recently announced sanctions on the bank. In February, the Federal Reserve announced it would takes steps to stop the growth of Wells Fargo and hold the bank accountable for years of "pervasive and persistent misconduct" until it "sufficiently improves its … Continue Reading


02.22.18

Durbin Warns FCC Of Sinclair's Dubious Divestment Plan For Tribune Mega-Merger

CHICAGO - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today warned Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai about the amended proposal filed yesterday by Sinclair Broadcast Group for its proposed $3.9 billion merger with Tribune Media Company. In their amended proposal, Sinclair disclosed its plan to divest from Tribune's WGN-TV Chicago, WPIX-TV New York, and KSWB-TV San Diego stations in order for the merger to comply with the FCC's 39 percent national media ownership cap. However, despi… Continue Reading


02.12.18

Durbin Statement On President Trump's Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Request

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today released the following statement after President Donald Trump submitted his fiscal year 2019 budget request to Congress: "We knew this was coming. After blowing a massive hole in the budget with a colossal corporate tax giveaway, President Trump now wants seniors and working families to pay for it with huge cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. The wealthy get a massive tax cut and our e… Continue Reading


01.08.18

Lawmakers File Amicus Brief Against Sessions' Efforts To Block Byrne-JAG Funds From American Cities

WASHINGTON-Twelve members of the United States Senate and 33 members of the United States House filed a Congressional amicus brief in the appeal of the case City of Chicago v. Sessions, which is the lawsuit that the City of Chicago brought in August seeking a preliminary injunction to stop Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) from blocking critical violence prevention funds from American cities in order to boost the Trump Administration's extreme immigration ag… Continue Reading


01.05.18

Durbin, Duckworth Urge DOJ And FCC To Closely Scrutinize Proposed Sinclair-Tribune Merger

SPRINGFIELD - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and seven other senators in urging the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to closely scrutinize media mergers that fall within their jurisdictions, particularly, the proposed Sinclair Broadcasting-Tribune Media merger. A combined Sinclair-Tribune would own 233 television stations and reach 72 percent of American households, af… Continue Reading


12.19.17

Durbin to DeVos: Where are gainful employment debt-to-earnings rates?

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today pressed the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and Secretary Betsy DeVos on its development and future public release of the second round of debt-to-earnings rates under the Gainful Employment (GE) Rule. The Gainful Employment Rule, which has been in effect since July 1, 2015, uses debt-to-earnings rates to determine which career education programs meet the statutory requirement that they prepare their students for "gainful employ… Continue Reading


12.13.17

Durbin, Duckworth to Roskam, Shimkus: Put Middle-Income Illinoisans Ahead of Large Corporations as Tax Bill Conferees

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today urged U.S. Representatives Peter Roskam (R-IL-06) and John Shimkus (R-IL-15) - the two members representing Illinois selected to serve on the conference committee tasked with resolving differences between the House and Senate versions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act - to reconsider their support for the harmful policies contained in the House version of the Republican Tax Plan and to use their roles as conferee to advocate… Continue Reading


12.05.17

Durbin, Duckworth Call On President Trump To Swiftly Nominate Head Of Consumer Watchdog Who Will Put Main Street Ahead Of Wall Street

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) ) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) sent a letter to President Donald Trump calling on him to follow the law and swiftly nominate a permanent director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) who will put working families ahead of Wall Street. In their letter, the Senators cited the CFPB's "aggressive enforcement and supervision," which has resulted in $12 billion in relief to 29 million American consumers who were cheated by financial companies. … Continue Reading


11.30.17

Durbin: Republican Tax Plan Looks Out For Special Interests & Corporations, Not Working Families

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today blasted Senate Republicans for ramming through a partisan tax plan this week, which will raise taxes on millions of middle-income families in order to pay for tax cuts for the wealthiest individuals and corporations. In a speech on the Senate floor, Durbin explained how the Republican Tax Plan would also cause 13 million Americans to lose their health insurance - and increase individual market premiums by at least ten percent every… Continue Reading


11.28.17

Durbin: Republican Tax Plan Helps Corporations & Wealthiest Individuals On The Backs Of Working Families

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today blasted Senate Republicans for ramming through a partisan tax plan this week, which will raise taxes on millions of middle-income families in order to pay for tax cuts for the wealthiest individuals and corporations. In a speech on the Senate floor, Durbin explained how the Republican Tax Plan would also cause 13 million Americans to lose their health insurance - and increase individual market premiums by at least ten percent every… Continue Reading


11.21.17

Durbin, Leahy Statement On FY18 Defense Appropriations Chairman's Mark

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), vice chairman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, and U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), vice chairman of the Appropriations Committee, released the following statement on the release of the Fiscal Year 2018 Defense Appropriations Act. The bill exceeds President Trump's request by $15.3 billion, and exceeds the sequestration caps by $70 billion. This is a step forward, though we remain deeply concerned about the process. So befo… Continue Reading


11.21.17

In New Letters, Durbin, Duckworth Urge Illinois Congressional Republicans To Reconsider Support For GOP Tax Bill

CHICAGO-U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today pressed the Republican members of the Illinois congressional delegation to reconsider their support for the House Republican tax plan and the harmful policies within the bill should the House of Representatives be given an opportunity to weigh-in on tax legislation in the future. The House Republican tax plan funds massive tax cuts for the largest corporations and wealthiest Americans by raising taxes on millions of mid… Continue Reading


11.16.17

Durbin Statement On House Passage Of GOP Tax Plan

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the Republican tax bill that will finance massive tax cuts for the largest corporations and wealthiest Americans by raising taxes on millions of middle-income families and eliminating vital tax breaks for people in Illinois. According to the Joint Committee on Taxation, the bill will, on average, increase taxes on every individual making less than $75,000. This H… Continue Reading

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