Press Releases

11.28.23

Durbin Delivers Opening Statement During Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Gun Violence as a Public Health Crisis

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today delivered an opening statement during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing entitled “The Gun Violence Epidemic: A Public Health Crisis.”  The hearing features expert testimony on gun violence as a crucial public health issue and specific public health initiatives that have recently shown promise in reducing gun violence, such as Chair Durbin’s Chicago HEAL Initiative.  In 2022, there were mo… Continue Reading


11.27.23

Durbin Calls to Reopen Gaza Hospitals Under Neutral Third Part As Israel-Hamas Reach a Temporary Ceasefire Deal and Hostage Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) spoke on the Senate floor on the need to reopen key Gaza hospitals under the supervision of a credible, neutral third party in order to help the innocent civilians caught in the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict.  During his speech, Durbin said he planned to speak with Secretary General António Guterres about implementing this proposal.  He also called on Congress to pass President Biden’s emergency supplemental request, which includes emerge… Continue Reading


11.22.23

Durbin Statement on Israel-Hamas Ceasefire Deal and Hostage Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today released the following statement regarding the agreement reached between Israel and Hamas to release 50 hostages currently being held by Hamas in the Gaza Strip over a four-day long ceasefire:  “I am relieved and heartened that the deal to release 50 of the 240 hostages being held by Hamas over a four-day ceasefire has been reached, with the possibility to extend the ceasefire by an additional day for every ten hostages released.  … Continue Reading


11.20.23

Durbin, Duckworth Join Baldwin, Colleagues in Calling for Immediate Steps to Deliver Humanitarian Aid to Gaza and Protect Civilians

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) along with U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) led their colleagues in urging President Biden to work with Israel and international partners to implement a plan that will protect innocent civilian life in Gaza, deliver sustained humanitarian aid, and work toward the long term goals of ending Hamas’s threat, bringing hostages home, and achieving su… Continue Reading


11.20.23

Durbin, Graham Announce Subpoenas to Big Tech CEOs to Testify About Their Failure to Protect Children Online

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced that subpoenas have been issued to the CEOs of Discord, Snap, and X (formerly known as Twitter) to testify at the December 6 full committee hearing on online child sexual exploitation. The Committee remains in discussion with Meta and TikTok and expects their CEOs—Mark Zuckerberg and Shou Zi Chew—will agree to testify volun… Continue Reading


11.17.23

Durbin, Duckworth Send Recommendations to be Federal District Court Judge in the Northern District of Illinois Eastern Division to the White House

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today sent a list of names for the White House to consider for Federal District Court Judge vacancies in the Northern District of Illinois Eastern Division.  Based on recommendations made by the screening committee the Senators established, Durbin and Duckworth have forwarded the names of the following individuals to President Biden for consideration: Georgi… Continue Reading


11.17.23

Durbin, Duckworth Join Colleagues to Introduce Legislation to Protect Domestic Abuse Survivors from Gun Violence

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) to introduce the Lori Jackson – Nicolette Elias Domestic Violence Survivor Protection Act to protect domestic violence survivors from gun violence. “Lori Jackson, a mother of two, was a day away from obtaining a permanent restraining order against her abusive husband when a loophole allowed her abuser to purchase a firearm, which h… Continue Reading


11.17.23

Durbin Joins Cardin, Colleagues in Letter Supporting the Biden Administration's Recent Diplomatic Efforts with Venezuela

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) along with U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Chris Coons (D-DE), Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Peter Welch (D-VT), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Alex Padilla (D-CA) sent the following letter to the Biden administration expressing their support for the recent use of sanctions relief as leverage to facilitate… Continue Reading


11.17.23

Durbin, Duckworth, Schneider Release Statement on CDC Report on Public Health Impact of Sterigenics

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Environmental Justice Caucus, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), founder of the Senate Environmental Justice Caucus, and U.S. Representative Brad Schneider (D-IL-10), Co-Chair of the bipartisan Congressional Ethylene Oxide Task Force, today issued the following statement on the report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) … Continue Reading


11.16.23

Durbin Meets With Predominantly Black Institutions of Illinois

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) met with Presidents and staff from Chicago State University (CSU) and Malcolm X College to discuss federal support for Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs) in Illinois. During the meeting, Durbin and the school leaders also discussed the struggles PBIs face in securing federal investments, and expressed support for increased federal funding to help PBIs build capacity and student support services. “Predominantly Black Instituti… Continue Reading


11.15.23

Durbin Statement on Passage of Bill to Keep Government Funded

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, released the following statement on Senate passage of the Continuing Resolution (CR), which will fund various federal agencies through January 19th and February 2nd, respectively: “Funding the government is one of the essential parts of this job, and tonight, the Senate came together in a good-faith effort to pass the bipartisan House CR.  We’re keeping the lights on through the holidays … Continue Reading


11.15.23

Durbin, Graham Introduce National Guard and Reservists Debt Relief Extension Act

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today introduced the bipartisan National Guard and Reservists Debt Relief Extension Act to reauthorize relief for an additional four years for qualifying members of the National Guard and Reserves experiencing financial hardship.  The legislation would protect a long-standing bipartisan carveout from means-te… Continue Reading


11.15.23

Durbin, Blumenthal, Bipartisan Group of Senators Demand Documents from Mark Zuckerberg After Newly Unsealed Court Filing Alleges Meta Hid Evidence of Harms to Kids

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, joined U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and a bipartisan group of Senators demanding Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg provide documents related to senior executives’ knowledge of the mental and physical health harms associated with its platforms, including Facebook and Instagram. In addition to Durbin and Blumenthal, the letter is signed by U.S. Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Lindsey Graham (R-S… Continue Reading


11.15.23

Durbin Presses Illinois Dental Medicaid Insurers for Answers on Obstacles to Providing Oral Health Care

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today sent oversight letters to three companies – DentaQuest, Envolve, and Avesis – that administer dental benefits for Medicaid managed care companies (MCOs) in Illinois to seek answers on barriers to providing dental care to Medicaid enrollees.  Durbin’s letters raise concerns and investigate certain insurance practices that can limit and discourage provider participation in Medicaid, which exacerbate existing reimbursement rate challen… Continue Reading


11.15.23

Durbin Questions District Court Nominees at Latest Judiciary Committee Nominations Hearing

WASHINGTON – During today’s Senate Judiciary Committee nominations hearing, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, questioned Judge Sara E. Hill, nominated to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma; John David Russell, nominated to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma; and Ramona Villagomez Manglona, nominated to be Judge for the District Court of the Northern Mariana Islands. Durbin … Continue Reading


11.15.23

Durbin Delivers Opening Statement During Judiciary Committee Hearing on Three Judicial Nominations

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today delivered an opening statement at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nominations of Sara E. Hill, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma; John David Russell, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma; and Ramona Villagomez Manglona, to be Judge for the District Court of the Northern Mariana Islands.   Key Quotes: “… Continue Reading


11.14.23

Durbin Meets with Ukrainian Leaders to Discuss Emergency National Security Supplemental

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Co-Chair of the Senate Ukraine Caucus, met with the Ambassador of Ukraine, Oksana Markarova; Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, Andriy Yermak; and First Deputy Prime Minister/Minister of Economy, Ms. Yulia Svyrydenko, to discuss President Biden’s national security supplemental funding request, which includes emergency funds for Ukraine, Israel, the Indo-Pacific, and humanitarian crises.  In addition to Durbin, U.S. Senator … Continue Reading


11.14.23

Durbin, Blumenthal, Hickenlooper Press Commissioner on Major League Baseball's Lobbying for an Exemption from Florida State Wage and Hour Requirements

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, led his colleagues U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and John Hickenlooper (D-CO) in pressing Rob Manfred, the Commissioner of Major League Baseball (MLB), on the MLB’s lobbying for a broad wage and hour exemption in Florida at the same time it was negotiating a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA), which undermines the agree… Continue Reading


11.14.23

Durbin Objects to Partisan Bill that Dangerously Omits Funding for Ukraine

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today on the Senate floor joined members of the Senate Democratic Caucus in opposing U.S. Senator Roger Marshall’s (R-KS) request for unanimous consent (UC) to pass House Republicans’ partisan aid package, which includes funding forIsrael but neglects to support Ukraine in its efforts to stave off Putin’s unrelenting attacks and conditions support for Israel by offsetting other federal funding.  In his remarks, Durbin emphasized his suppo… Continue Reading


11.14.23

Key Unions Endorse Durbin, Marshall Credit Card Competition Act

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and U.S. Senator Roger Marshall, M.D. (R-KS) today released the following statement applauding key unions’ endorsement of their Credit Card Competition Act, including the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU): “Our unions understand that American consumers are concerned about inflation and the high prices of everyday items like groceries and g… Continue Reading

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