Press Releases

05.26.09

Durbin Statement on Nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) made the following statement regarding the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the United States Supreme Court. "President Obama has made an outstanding and historic choice in his selection of New York Judge Sonia Sotomayor to serve on the Supreme Court. Her compelling life story and three decade career in nearly every aspect of the law provide Judge Sotomayor with unique qualifications to be the next Supreme Cou… Continue Reading


05.21.09

Durbin Introduces Bill Requiring Universities to Offer Voter Registration to Students

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced a bill today to require all colleges and universities that receive federal funds to offer voter registration services to students. The bill, the Student Voter Opportunity to Encourage Registration Act of 2009, or Student VOTER Act, would designate federally funded colleges and universities as voter registration agencies, much like state departments of motor vehicles. The bill's aim is to reverse a decades-long tr… Continue Reading


05.21.09

Durbin and Burr Introduce Bipartisan Medical Homes Act

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced the bipartisan Medical Homes Act this week to improve health care quality by helping states implement patient-centered medical home programs under Medicaid and SCHIP. "At a time when both health care costs and chronic illnesses are on the rise, we need a better way to provide care that is accessible, comprehensive and cost-effective," said Durbin. "The medical homes concept -co… Continue Reading


05.21.09

Durbin Introduces Bill to Boost College Enrollment for Low-Income Students

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL), Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) and Congressmen Tim Bishop (D-NY) and Vern Ehlers (R-MI) introduced bipartisan legislation today to help improve college access for low-income students. The Pathways to College Act would create a competitive grant program to help low-income school districts implement programs designed to increase the number of students who are entering and succeeding in college. "When schools focus on college … Continue Reading


05.21.09

Durbin Resumes Leadership of Human Rights Subcommittee

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) made the following statement today after Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT) restored the Human Rights Subcommittee and named Durbin as its Chairman: "After offering my Crime and Drugs Subcommittee gavel to Senator Specter, I asked Senator Leahy to reestablish the Human Rights and the Law Subcommittee. Today that subcommittee has been reconstituted, allowing us to continue working on some of the… Continue Reading


05.21.09

Durbin, Matsui Introduce Bill to Increase Public Health Workforce

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Congresswoman Doris Matsui today in introducing the Public Health Workforce Act of 2009. This legislation aims to increase the pipeline of qualified public health workers at the federal, state, local and tribal levels by offering scholarships to students going into the public health field. It also encourages current employees to stay in the public health field by providing loan repayments in exchange for a commitment… Continue Reading


05.20.09

Durbin Announces $2 Million in Funding for Chicago O'Hare Airport

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced today that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded a $2 million grant to the city of Chicago for O'Hare International Airport. Today's funding will be used to rehabilitate an already existing runway at the airport in order to comply with the Federal Aviation Administration's annual runway inspections.… Continue Reading


05.20.09

Durbin Meets with Northern Illinois Officials to Discuss Passenger Rail to Rockford

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with several communities leaders from Winnebago, Stephenson and Boone Counties to discuss the proposed Chicago-Rockford-Dubuque Amtrak route as part of the group's annual trip to Washington. Congressman Don Manzullo (R-IL) attended today's meeting which included the following officials: Mayor of Rockford, Larry Morrissey; Mayor of Freeport, George Gaulrapp; and Mayor of Belvidere, Fred Brereton. "The officials I… Continue Reading


05.20.09

Durbin: Chrysler's Difficult Decision Will Bring Belvidere Plant Back Online

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) today made the following statement after learning of Chrysler's plan to bring the Belvidere Assembly Plant and Belvidere Satellite Stamping Plant back online. "The latest decision by Chrysler was not easy. In choosing to bring the Belvidere plant back online, Chrysler had to reduce its workforce and cut local, good-paying jobs. "The nearly 1,000 workers who will lose their job over the next two months will face the … Continue Reading


05.20.09

Durbin: Duckworth Sworn in as VA Assistant Secretary

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Earlier today at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Tammy Duckworth was publicly sworn in as the Assistant Secretary of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) honored the Iraq War veteran during this morning's ceremony in the Military Advanced Training Center (rehabilitation clinic) at Walter Reed. The Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki was also in attendance. Text of Durbin's… Continue Reading


05.19.09

Durbin Announces $6 Million in Recovery Act Funding for O'Hare Noise Mitigation

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced today that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $6,000,000 in funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to the City of Chicago for noise mitigation measures at public buildings near Chicago O'Hare International Airport. This grant will fund sound proofing efforts - including acoustic window unit, ceiling, vestibule and doorway installment, mechanical and electrical system revision and existing soundp… Continue Reading


05.19.09

Durbin Statement on the Passage of the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement today after the Senate passed the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act. This bill establishes strong consumer protections by preventing unfair interest rate increases and exorbitant fees; enhancing consumer disclosures; protecting young consumers; and strengthening oversight of credit industry practices. "For too long, the credit card industry has taken advantage… Continue Reading


05.18.09

Durbin Asks Chrysler to Consider Community Impact During Restructuring Process

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) today asked the CEO of Chrysler, Robert Nardelli, to consider the impact that dealerships have on local communities as the company moves forward with restructuring and reducing its dealership network. Late last week, Chrysler notified a bankruptcy court that it plans to eliminate 789 of its dealerships nationwide as part of an effort to restructure its failing business. "Chrysler dealerships have made a significant cont… Continue Reading


05.18.09

Durbin Asks GM to Consider Community Impact During Restructuring Process

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) today asked the CEO of General Motors, Fritz Henderson, to consider the impact that dealerships have on local communities as the company moves forward with restructuring and reducing its dealership network. Late last week, GM informed 1,100 dealerships that they would be losing their franchise agreements in a plan to cut 2,600 of its 6,200 dealerships under a restructuring agreement with the government. "GM dealerships … Continue Reading


05.18.09

Durbin: Senate Confirms Lamont for Army Assistant Secretary

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that President Obama's choice to be Assistant Secretary for Manpower and Reserve Affairs within the Department of the Army, Tom Lamont, was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate earlier this evening. "With years of experience in the Illinois Army National Guard, Tom Lamont has a deep understanding of the needs of the Army," said Durbin. "He is a dedicated public servant with exceptional knowl… Continue Reading


05.15.09

Durbin Announces $2.5 Million in Recovery Act Funding for NIH Research in Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that Illinois will receive $2,528,063 in funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. These National Institutes of Health grants, allocated by the Department of Health and Human Services, will support biomedical research and training. The following programs in Illinois will receive funding: • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: $230,281 in funding for a study that seeks to det… Continue Reading


05.15.09

Durbin to U.S. Treasury: Hartmarx Job Cuts Unnecessary; Firms Receiving Bailout Money Should Create Jobs, Not Cut Jobs

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - In a letter to Treasury Secretary, Timothy Geithner, Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) today expressed his belief that the loss of 3,500 jobs that would likely result from closing of Hartmarx is unnecessary and may encourage other financial institutions who have accepted taxpayer bailouts to liquidate valuable assets at companies rather than work to protect American jobs. "I believe that the loss of 3,500 jobs that would likely result is unnecessary and… Continue Reading


05.14.09

Durbin Commends Inclusion of Study Abroad in House Foreign Relations Act

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today made the following statement the announcement that the Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Act was included in wide-ranging legislation in the House of Representatives to improve and support U.S. foreign policy efforts. The House Foreign Relations Authorization Act - introduced by Congressman Howard Berman (D-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee - would establish the Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Foundation as a new executive… Continue Reading


05.13.09

Durbin, Bean Commend President for Commitment to Lovell Health Care Center

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Congresswoman Melissa Bean (D-IL) today praised President Obama's decision to support legislative authority to the Navy and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to jointly operate the new "Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center". Language included in the budget summary of the VA signals the intent of the Administration to offer specific language regarding the Lovell Health Care Center. It is expected that… Continue Reading


05.12.09

Durbin Announces More Than $5.2 Million in Recovery Act Funding for Illinois Airports

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced today that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $5,281,580 in funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to the state of Illinois for airport improvements. "Rehabilitation of airport infrastructure will put people to work immediately on projects that will help Illinois airports serve travelers safely and efficiently," said Durbin. The following airports will receive funding… Continue Reading

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