Press Releases

03.05.19

Durbin On Eli Lilly Insulin Pricing Scheme: I Won't Be Sending Any Flowers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today on the Senate floor slammed Eli Lilly - a pharmaceutical company that manufactures insulin - following an announcement that it would be selling a less expensive, "generic" version of its rapid-acting insulin, Humalog. Humalog was introduced in 1996 and cost $21, but today that same vial now can cost as much as $329. Eli Lilly announced it would lower the price to $140 in the United States for some patients, while in Canada a patient can still b… Continue Reading


03.05.19

Durbin, Murkowski, Degette, Raskin Introduce Bill To Restrict Kid-Friendly Flavors In E-Cigarettes

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), along with U.S. Representatives Diana DeGette (D-CO-01) and Jamie Raskin (D-MD-08), reintroduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to crack down on kid-friendly flavorings in highly-addictive e-cigarettes and cigars. The Stopping Appealing Flavors in E-Cigarettes for Kids (SAFE Kids) Act will place strong restrictions on e-cigarette flavorings and ban cigar flavorings altogether. "Ask any teacher, parent, or public health… Continue Reading


03.04.19

Durbin Statement On Announcement By Eli Lilly To Sell Lower Cost, Generic Insulin

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today released the following statement after Eli Lilly announced it would be selling a less expensive, generic version of its rapid-acting insulin, Humalog. Humalog was introduced in 1996 and cost $21, but today that same vial now costs $329. "Humalog can cost as little as $38 in Canada and yet Americans are charged up to $329. Now Eli Lilly is lowering the price in the U.S. for selected customers to $140. Charging Americans four t… Continue Reading


03.04.19

Durbin, Duckworth, Foster, Lipinski, Schneider, Casten Press ATSDR For Updated Health Report For Willowbrook

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and U.S. Representatives Bill Foster (D-IL-11), Dan Lipinski (D-IL-03), Brad Schneider (D-IL-10), and Sean Casten (D-IL-06) today requested that the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) conduct another site-specific Health Consultation for Willowbrook, Illinois, based on the most recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ethylene oxide (EtO) ambient air measurements from November 2018 - February… Continue Reading


03.01.19

Durbin, Duckworth Call On Amtrak To Make Changes To Prevent Another Equipment Failure At Union Station

WASHINGTON-Following yesterday's Amtrak computer system failure at Chicago Union Station, which lasted more than 12 hours, caused significant delays and overcrowding, and impacted both morning and evening commutes, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today sent a letter to Amtrak CEO and President Richard Anderson asking for swift policy and operational changes to prevent future equipment failures. Today, Anderson admitted that Amtrak made a series of errors, including a … Continue Reading


03.01.19

Durbin Statement On Amtrak Computer System Failure At Union Station

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today released the following statement after he spoke to Amtrak CEO and President Richard Anderson about yesterday's Amtrak computer system failure at Chicago Union Station, which lasted more than 12 hours, caused significant delays and overcrowding, and impacted both morning and evening commutes: I talked to Mr. Anderson this morning and in blunt terms, asked him what happened in Chicago yesterday? Why did thousands of commuters see their service int… Continue Reading


03.01.19

Durbin, Cramer, Cassidy, Smith To FDA: Price Of Insulin Is Unacceptable

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and Tina Smith (D-MN) today urged the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to speed up approvals of lower-cost, generic insulin products in order to help lower costs of the life-saving drug for 7.5 million Americans with diabetes who rely on insulin to survive. In a letter to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, the Senators called for the agency to amend recently issued guidance that poses unreasonable appr… Continue Reading


02.28.19

Senate Passes & House Introduces Bicameral Resolution Honoring Victims & Injured Police Officers Of Aurora Shooting

WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution introduced by U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) honoring the victims and injured police officers of this month's shooting at the Henry Pratt Company in Aurora, Illinois, in which a gunman killed Russell Beyer, Vicente Juarez, Clayton "Clay" Parks, Josh Pinkard, and Trevor Wehner, and injured Aurora Police Officers Adam Miller, Marco Gomez, John Cebulski, James Zegar, Reynaldo Rivera, and Diego Avila. U.S. Represen… Continue Reading


02.28.19

Durbin, Waters Re-Introduce Bill To Give Students Defrauded By For-Profit Colleges Their Day In Court

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA-43) have reintroduced bicameral legislation designed to strengthen students' ability to hold for-profit colleges accountable in court for their misconduct. The Court Legal Access & Student Support (CLASS) Act prohibits any school receiving Title IV student aid funding from placing restrictions on students' ability to pursue legal claims, individually or with others, against higher education institutions … Continue Reading


02.28.19

Durbin, Cassidy Introduce Legislation To Support Leading Rehab Facilities

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today introduced bipartisan legislation to support rehabilitation facilities that lead the nation in medical research. The Preserving Rehabilitation Innovation Centers Act recognizes the unique role that a leading class of rehabilitation facilities play in our health care system, by driving innovative research for the entire field, providing medical training to students, and serving the highest need patients across the co… Continue Reading


02.28.19

Durbin Presses Agriculture Secretary Perdue On Food Stamps, Trade, Immigration Reform

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today, in the first Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee hearing of the 116th Congress, pressed U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue about access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for the elderly and those with disabilities, how President Trump's trade war with China is hurting the price of soybeans in Illinois, and whether he would support comprehensive immigration reform for more than 1.… Continue Reading


02.28.19

Durbin Statement On President Trump's Second Summit With Kim Jong Un

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today released the following statement after talks between President Donald Trump and North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un collapsed: Diplomacy can be a long and difficult path. Following this experience, I hope that the President finally has an appreciation for the diplomatic achievements - such as the JCPOA and Paris Climate Agreement - that came before him, a better understanding of the limits of photo-ops, and a realization of the… Continue Reading


02.28.19

Illinois Meets With Illinois State Board Of Elections Director To Discuss Election Security Funding

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Senate Rules Committee, today once again met with Steve Sandvoss, the Executive Director of the Illinois State Board of Elections, to discuss continued federal funding for election security. Last year, Illinois received $13.2 million in new federal funding to strengthen its election security systems, part of the Fiscal Year 2018 federal omnibus spending bill that provided $380 million to the Electi… Continue Reading


02.27.19

Durbin Statement On For-Profit Agrosy University Losing Title IV Funding

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today released the following statement after the Department of Education announced that Argosy University, a for-profit college, will no longer receive Title IV funding: The downfall of Argosy University has been a long time coming-from its days as part of the predatory for-profit Education Management Corporation, to its mismanagement under Dream Center and the federal receivership, and the Department's complicity at every step. About 8… Continue Reading


02.27.19

Durbin Opposes Andrew Wheeler, President Trump's Nominee To Head The EPA

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today released the following statement after voting against President Trump's nominee to be U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, Andrew Wheeler: We need someone leading the EPA who will put the health and well-being of the people of this country above the profits of corporate polluters. We need someone who is willing to protect families and communities from toxic chemicals in our air and water by fully enforcing the C… Continue Reading


02.27.19

Durbin, Duckworth Announce Chicagoland Lakefront Protection Project

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced a Chicagoland Lakefront Protection project to help protect shorelines under the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' (USACE) Beneficial Use of Dredged Material pilot program. Public beaches and shorelines in Evanston, Glencoe, Lake Bluff and North Chicago will receive sand dredged from Waukegan Harbor to better protect nearby homes and businesses. The new pilot program will also provide federal resources to plant t… Continue Reading


02.27.19

Durbin: Republicans Must Work With Democrats To Tackle Climate Change Crisis

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today called out his Republican colleagues for continuing to deny the science behind climate change and refusing to work with Democrats on a bipartisan basis to tackle this mounting crisis. Just this week, scientists wrote that evidence showing human activity is the cause of global warming has reached a "gold standard" level of certainty and that "humanity cannot afford to ignore such clear standards." "For the four years the Republic… Continue Reading


02.27.19

Durbin: Pharma Fleecing Of Insulin Must End

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today on the Senate floor announced a new series of awards he will be presenting regularly to the most egregious cases of pharmaceutical greed. The first "Pharma Fleece Award" was given to Novo Nordisk, Eli Lilly, and Sanofi, the three pharmaceutical companies that manufacture insulin, which has experienced a price increase of more than 600 percent over the past two decades in the United States. The United States represents only 15 percent of the gl… Continue Reading


02.26.19

Durbin, Duckworth Join Colleagues To Introduce Voter Empowerment Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today joined Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and six of their Democratic colleagues to introduce the Voter Empowerment Act. This legislation would help protect the voting rights of people across the country by ensuring equal access to the ballot for every eligible voter, modernizing voter registration, and helping to eliminate deceptive practices that deter people from voting. Companion legislation was introduced in the… Continue Reading


02.26.19

Durbin Host Governor Pritzker, Illinois Members For Delegation Dinner

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) hosted Governor J.B. Pritzker (D-IL) and a bipartisan group of members from the Illinois Congressional Delegation for a reception and dinner last night to discuss Illinois priorities in the 116th Congress. Photos of the dinner are available here. The event with Governor Pritzker was attended by 16 members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation, including: U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and U.S. Representatives Robin K… Continue Reading

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