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Durbin Highlights American Rescue Plan's Impact, Blasts Republican Opposition

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today slammed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for referring to President Biden's American Rescue Plan as a 'grand socialist experiment.' In a speech on the Senate floor, Durbin walked through the key components of the American Rescue Plan-which passed Congress in March without a single Republican vote-including funding for COVID-19 vaccines and distribution, small businesses, and working families. "So what was in this 'soc… Continue Reading


Durbin, Cicilline Announce Introduction Of Bill To Ban Child Labor On Tobacco Farms

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI-01) today announced the introduction of legislation to protect child workers from the dangers of exposure to tobacco plants, including nicotine poisoning. The Children Don't Belong on Tobacco Farms Act amends the Fair Labor Standards Act to prohibit children under the age of 18 from working in tobacco fields and coming into direct contact with tobacco plants or dried tobacco leaves by deeming this … Continue Reading


Durbin Statement On Republican Filibuster Of Paycheck Fairness Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today released the following statement after Senate Republicans filibustered the Paycheck Fairness Act: "The Paycheck Fairness Act would close loopholes that allow for pay discrimination and empower women to hold employers accountable when they're being underpaid. Senate Republicans blocked this common sense measure from consideration. The women who helped carry America's families through this pandemic should not have to wait any longe… Continue Reading


Durbin Urges Senate To Pass Bipartisan Farm Workforce Modernization Act

WASHINGTON - In a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee, today urged the Senate to pass the bipartisan Farm Workforce Modernization Act, which would provide a path to lawful permanent residency for undocumented farmworkers and their family members. During the speech, Durbin thanked the countless farmworkers who have kept American families fed durin… Continue Reading


Durbin Statement On President Biden's FY2022 Budget

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today released the following statement after President Joe Biden unveiled his Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budget proposal: "If America wants to lead in the 21st century, we can't be afraid of investments in our people. With this budget, President Biden prepares workers for the jobs of the future, rebuilds our infrastructure, gives families and children a foundation for success, and protects our… Continue Reading


Durbin, Duckworth Applaud DOT's Expansion Of Local Hire And Workforce Development Pilot Programs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) decision to expand construction hiring and workforce development pilot programs. The programs, which will be managed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA), will give contracting agencies expanded flexibility to use hiring preferences to enhance workforce development opportunities for those in economically or sociall… Continue Reading


Durbin, Duckworth, Kelly Introduce Bills To Increase Youth Employment Opportunities

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and U.S. Representative Robin Kelly (D-IL-02) introduced two bills to expand and increase access to employment opportunities for underserved youth. The Helping to Encourage Real Opportunity (HERO) for Youth Act and the Creating Pathways for Youth Employment Act will increase federal resources for communities seeking to create or grow employment programs and provide tax incentives to businesses and emp… Continue Reading


Durbin Highlights Pandemic's Impact On Women, Slams Republicans For Promise To Take Away Enhanced Unemployment Benefits

WASHINGTON - In a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today highlighted the disparate impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on women and mothers in Illinois and across the country. "Some economists have another name for the recession caused by the COVID pandemic. They call it a 'she-cession' because the economic hardships and jobs losses have fallen disproportionately on women, especially working mothers…2.5 million American women have dropped out or … Continue Reading


Durbin Introduces Bill To Create Civilian Conservation Corps

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced the RENEW Conservation Corps Act, a bill that would create a civilian conservation corps that provides valuable job training and work experience to Americans while also completing needed maintenance and restoration of parks, trails, and natural areas. Modeled after President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Civilian Conservation Corps - which employed, educated, and trained three million young men during the Great Depression - Durbin's bi… Continue Reading


Durbin, Warnock, Bustos Introduce Bill To Invest In American Workforce

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Raphael Warnock (D-GA), along with U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17), today introduced bicameral legislation that increases federal investments in worker training and helps prepare workers for the jobs of the future. The Investing in Tomorrow's Workforce Act would ensure that American workers have the skills needed to successfully navigate the transition into higher-skilled positions and in-demand industries. It has been estimated that… Continue Reading


Durbin Joins AFGE Legislative Conference to Discuss Issues Facing Federal Employees

SPRINGFIELD - U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today joined the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) virtual legislative conference to hear from AFGE members about some of the issues facing federal employees. Durbin discussed his opposition to former President Trump's executive orders making it easier to fire federal employees and limiting collective bargaining rights, and the importance of providing safe workplaces for federal employees. "I'm committed to ensuring… Continue Reading


Durbin, Cortez Masto, Senate Dems Introduce Bill to Protect Unemployed Workers' Health Insurance During Pandemic

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), together with 11 Senate Democrats, today re-introduced the Worker Health Coverage Protection Act, a bill that would protect millions of unemployed or furloughed workers from losing their health insurance in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The bill would allow laid off workers to remain on their employer health plans, through the COBRA program, at no cost. "Recent estimates have shown that millions of wor… Continue Reading


Durbin, Axne Introduce Legislation to Provide Tax Relief for Unemployed Americans

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Cindy Axne (D-IA-03) introduced legislation to provide tax relief for Americans who lost their jobs and utilized unemployment benefits last year - allowing millions of workers to focus their benefits on covering essentials during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and recession. The Coronavirus Unemployment Benefits Tax Relief Act would waive federal income taxes on the first $10,200 of unemployment bene… Continue Reading


Durbin Discusses COVID-19 Relief with Isabel Guzman, Biden Nominee for Administrator of Small Business Administration

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with Isabel Guzman, President Joe Biden's nominee for Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA). During their Zoom call, Durbin and Guzman discussed the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and how the SBA can help small businesses stay afloat. They also spoke about the disproportionate impact minority-owned small businesses have faced during the pandemic and the importance of ensuring an equitable recovery. "Restaurant… Continue Reading


Durbin Discusses COVID-19, Trade, and Census with Gina Raimondo, Biden Nominee for Secretary of Commerce

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with Governor Gina Raimondo (D-RI), President Joe Biden's nominee for Secretary of Commerce. During their Zoom call, Durbin and Raimondo discussed the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, trade policies that level the playing field for American workers and manufacturers, and ensuring an apolitical count of the 2020 Census. Durbin also spoke about his push for five percent real growth in science agencies for innovation-including program… Continue Reading


Durbin Discusses Labor Priorities and Infrastructure with LIUNA

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today spoke with a group of Laborers' members from Illinois to discuss the importance of investing in transportation infrastructure and prioritizing policies that support workers and their families. Durbin discussed ideas to help increase funding and flexibility for existing transportation formula and competitive grant programs. Durbin and the group also discussed President-elect Biden's Labor Secretary nominee, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. "Illinois … Continue Reading


Durbin Discusses COVID-19 Economic Recovery with Janet Yellen, Biden Nominee for Secretary of the Treasury

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with Janet Yellen, President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for Secretary of the Treasury. During their Zoom call, Durbin and Yellen discussed the need to address the COVID-19 pandemic's economic devastation and how to ensure Americans who are unemployed, families that are struggling, and small businesses that worried about their future are supported by the federal government during this crisis. The recent COVID-19 relief bill passed in December… Continue Reading


Durbin, Duckworth, Senate Dems Announce Significant Additions to the Economic Justice Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), along with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senate Democrats, today unveiled new additions to the Economic Justice Act, a major legislative proposal that now provides more than $435 billion in immediate and long-term investments in communities of color to address systemic racism and reverse decades of historic underinvestment. "The substantial additions to the Economic Justice Act make an even larger inv… Continue Reading


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


Durbin Cosponsors Legislation To Make Payroll Tax Deferral Optional, Including for Military Members And Federal Employees

SPRINGFIELD - Today, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) in announcing legislation to make the payroll tax deferral outlined by President Trump optional for any worker whose employer chooses to participate, including federal employees and service members. The legislation, which can be found here, is cosponsored by more than 14 of the Senators' colleagues. "Because Fortune 500 companies and state governments are rejecting President Trump's poorly thought-out pa… Continue Reading

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