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10.06.21

Durbin Questions Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke On Restoring The Voting Rights Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today questioned Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Kristen Clarke during a hearing entitled "Protecting a Precious, Almost Sacred Right: The John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act." The hearing addressed the urgent need to pass the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which will restore and strengthen the Voting Rights Act. "Texas is the latest legislature thi… Continue Reading


10.06.21

Durbin Delivers Opening Statements In Latest Judicial & Executive Nominations Hearing

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 Lucy Haeran Koh, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit; Jane M. Beckering, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Michigan; Shalina D. Kumar, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan; Armando O. Bonilla, to be a Judge of the U… Continue Reading


10.05.21

Durbin Meets With Biden's Nominee To Lead The Justice Department's Antitrust Division

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today met virtually with Jonathan Kanter, who has been nominated to be the Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division at the Department of Justice (DOJ). During their meeting, Durbin and Kanter discussed his extensive work advocating for strong and meaningful antitrust enforcement-particularly with respect to applying our antitrust laws to meet the challenges of the digital economy. "… Continue Reading


10.05.21

Durbin Talks Postal Reform With Illinois Members Of The United Postmasters And Managers Of America

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met virtually with Illinois members of the United Postmasters and Managers of America to discuss a path forward for postal reform. During their conversation, Durbin received an update on postal operations in Chicago after months of delayed mail delivery on the Southside that led to more than 19,000 pieces of mail not being delivered during a single day despite being reported as delivered. The drop in on-time performance - including … Continue Reading


10.05.21

Durbin, Leahy, Schumer, Blumenthal Introduce John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today spoke on the Senate floor regarding the introduction of the John R. Lewis Voting Advancement Act, legislation that would update and restore critical safeguards of the original Voting Rights Act. Durbin is co-leading the introduction of this legislation today along with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). Tomorrow… Continue Reading


10.05.21

Durbin Questions Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco On Helping Young Victims Of Trauma & Violence

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today questioned Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco during a hearing entitled "Renewing and Strengthening the Violence Against Women Act." Durbin asked Monaco about the impact of trauma on children and what resources the Department of Justice (DOJ) is using to assist victims of trauma or violence. "When you read the statistics of not only the number of spouses, but children of those spouses who… Continue Reading


10.05.21

Durbin Delivers Opening Remarks During Hearing On Renewing And Strengthening The Violence Against Women Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today delivered his opening statement during a hearing entitled "Renewing and Strengthening the Violence Against Women Act." The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which requires legislative renewal every five years, initially expired in late 2018 due to the government shutdown. After a brief reauthorization in the temporary spending bill, it expired again in February 2019. Though funding for c… Continue Reading


10.05.21

Breaking: Following Judiciary Committee Oversight Hearing, Justice Department To Review Earlier Decision To Decline Prosecution Of FBI Agents Who Mishandled The Nassar Case

WASHINGTON - During her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee in today's hearing "Renewing and Strengthening the Violence Against Women Act," Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco told Chair Durbin that newly confirmed Assistant AG for the Criminal Division, Kenneth Polite, Jr, has opened a review of the Justice Department's earlier decision to decline prosecution of the agents who committed misconduct in the Larry Nassar sexual abuse case. This announcement comes three weeks after Durb… Continue Reading


10.05.21

Durbin Statement On NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today released the following statement after Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), announced he has decided to end his tenure at NIH by the end of the year: "We should measure the legacy of Dr. Francis Collins not in years served, but in lives saved and suffering spared. From his breakthrough work in mapping the human genome to his tireless battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, Francis Collins has show… Continue Reading


10.04.21

Durbin To McConnell: Republicans Are Playing With Fire By Imposing A Filibuster On Raising The Debt Ceiling

WASHINGTON - In a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today called out Senate Republicans, whose stonewalling tactics are led by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), for their continued obstruction of suspending the debt ceiling to prevent the federal government from defaulting on the national debt. "It's no great revelation that with 50 Democrats, we would need 10 Republicans. The Senate Republican… Continue Reading


10.04.21

Durbin: Supreme Court's Shadow Docket Is Having Profound Consequences For Millions Of Americans

WASHINGTON - In a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today highlighted the Supreme Court's growing use of its "shadow docket" to make dramatic changes to legal and constitutional rights without full briefing, deliberation, or transparency. Durbin pointed out that the Supreme Court's conservative majority has increasingly used the shadow docket in recent years to issue substantive and controversial orders on cases wit… Continue Reading


10.04.21

Durbin Urges Colleagues To Support Nomination Of Lauren King To The Western District Of Washington

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today spoke in support of the nomination of Lauren King to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Washington. In a speech on the Senate floor, Durbin highlighted Ms. King's professional experience and the historic nature of her nomination. The Senate will proceed to a cloture vote on Ms. King's nomination tomorrow. "Ms. King is an incredibly qualified jurist with experience… Continue Reading


10.04.21

Durbin, Duckworth Announce $35 Million In American Rescue Plan Funding For Illinois Health Centers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced that 42 Community Health Centers (CHCs) throughout Illinois have been awarded a total of $35.7 million in American Rescue Plan funding to modernize their health care infrastructure and enhance their work to address health disparities in underserved communities. CHCs will use this funding for COVID-19-related capital needs, constructing new facilities, renovating and expanding existing facilities to enhance r… Continue Reading


10.01.21

Durbin, Duckworth, Foster Announce Nearly $600,000 For Joliet Fire Department

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), along with U.S. Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL-11), today announced $593,163 in federal funding for the Joliet Fire Department to purchase new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), which are vital to firefighters as they respond to emergencies. The funding was awarded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)'s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. "Firefighters are called upon day after day to prote… Continue Reading


10.01.21

Durbin, Grassley, Booker, Lee Introduce Legislation To Clarify Retroactivity Of Crack Cocaine Sentencing Reform

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee; U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee; and U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Mike Lee (R-UT), both members of the Senate Judiciary Committee; introduced the bipartisan Terry Technical Correction Act, which clarifies that all offenders who were sentenced for a crack cocaine offense before the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 can apply for its retroactive… Continue Reading


10.01.21

Durbin Announces $2.3 Million To Support Gun Violence Research At University Of Chicago And Northwestern University

CHICAGO - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today joined researchers from the University of Chicago and Northwestern University to announce a total of $2.3 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support gun violence prevention research. This funding is part of $25 million Durbin worked to include in the Fiscal Year 2021 appropriations bill to support gun violence research at NIH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), following decades of resistance from the gun … Continue Reading


10.01.21

Durbin, Schneider Introduce Legislation To Reduce Gun Violence From Stolen Firearms

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and U.S. Representative Brad Schneider (D-IL-10) introduced bicameral legislation aimed at reducing gun violence by preventing the theft of firearms from federally-licensed gun dealers (FFLs). The SECURE (Safety Enhancements for Communities Using Reasonable and Effective) Firearm Storage Act would address the problem of "smash and grab" gun store burglaries by requiring all firearms to be securel… Continue Reading


09.30.21

Durbin Statement On Senate Passage Of Continuing Resolution

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today released the following statement on Senate passage of the Continuing Resolution (CR), which will fund the federal government through December 3, 2021: "Why is keeping America's government open and functioning a political issue? "I'm glad we passed a bill to fund the government through December 3, but cannot understand the Republican default wish that keeps us lurching from one deadli… Continue Reading


09.30.21

Durbin: Republicans Are Deliberately Manufacturing Economic Uncertainty

WASHINGTON - In a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today once again slammed Senate Republicans-led by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)-for their continued refusal to join Senate Democrats in voting to suspend the debt ceiling. During his speech, Durbin also urged his colleagues to support Congressional Democrats' Continuing Resolution (CR), which keeps the government funded and open through De… Continue Reading


09.30.21

Senate Judiciary Committee Advances Latest Slate Of U.S. Attorney Nominations

WASHINGTON - The Senate Judiciary Committee today advanced the following nominations: Jessica D. Aber, to be United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Carla B. Freedman, to be United States Attorney for the Northern District of New York; William J. Ihlenfeld, II, to be United States Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia; Christopher R. Kavanaugh, to be United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia; Darcie N. McElwee, to be United States Attorney for… Continue Reading

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