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Durbin: What are we waiting for to respond to Russian cyberattack on 2016 election?

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today slammed the Trump Administration for its evasion and obstruction of investigations of possible links between members of the President's inner circle and the Russian government. Durbin again criticized the Administration for putting America's national security at risk by keeping Michael Flynn as National Security Advisor for eighteen days after learning he had lied about his communications with the Russians. Recalling comments made … Continue Reading


Durbin Questions Yates and Clapper about Trump's Connection to Russia

WASHINGTON - During a hearing of the Senate Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) questioned former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper about Russia's cyber act of war against the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Durbin asked Yates about the extent of the Trump Administration's knowledge of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn's communications with Russia, noting that Flynn continue… Continue Reading


Durbin, Feinstein Statement on Drastic, Unilateral Changes to Private Bills

WASHINGTON - Senate Immigration Subcommittee Ranking Member Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) issued the following statement in response to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's decision to discontinue a decades-long bipartisan policy of issuing stays of removal for private immigration bills when the Chairman of the Immigration Subcommittee requests a report on a beneficiary's case. "Children's and families' lives are on the line. Priv… Continue Reading


Durbin, Grassley: Congress needs to give Labor Department Authority to Investigate H-1B Visa Abuse

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Labor's response to a request by the senators to investigate the harm done to American workers by the rising tide of H-1B guest worker visa abuse: "The Labor Department's response further highlights the urgent need to end H-1B visa abuse. The wellbeing of thousands of hard-working Americans is at stake. A number of U.S. employers, including some large, well-k… Continue Reading


Durbin Announces Illinois Health, Science, and Research Priorities Included in Omnibus Appropriations Bill

CHICAGO - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Consolidated and Further Appropriations Act of 2017 includes numerous health, science, and research priorities for the State of Illinois. This is in stark contrast to President Trump's proposed budget, which would have made drastic cuts to the Department of Energy and the Department of Health and Human Services. For example, President Trump proposed to gut the National Institute… Continue Reading


Durbin, Bustos Announce Illinois Defense Priorities Included in Omnibus Appropriations Bill

CHICAGO - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Ranking Member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL) today announced that the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017 includes numerous defense priorities for the State of Illinois. "One reason I support this bill is because it includes a strong defense appropriation, which provides critical equipment and training for our troops, and funds the continued fight against terrorist threats like ISIL… Continue Reading


Durbin Announces Illinois Transportation Priorities Included in Omnibus Appropriations Bill

CHICAGO - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017 includes numerous transportation priorities for the State of Illinois. President Donald Trump's proposed budget would have dramatically cut transportation infrastructure funding, which would have had a devastating impact on projects across Illinois. "Investing in our transportation infrastructure creates jobs, revitalizes neighborhoods, an… Continue Reading


Durbin Statement on House Vote to Repeal Health Care

CHICAGO-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement after the House of Representatives voted to repeal health care for 24 million Americans: The Illinois Congressmen who voted to repeal health care today ignored clear warnings from every Illinois medical organization that this will be a disaster for our state. They were driven by political arrogance instead of common sense. My recent medical experience reminded me how vulnerable we all are. I will fight this… Continue Reading


Durbin, Welch Statement on Committee Passage of House Big Bank Bonanza Bill

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Peter Welch (D-VT) released the following statement regarding the Financial CHOICE Act, legislation by U.S. Representative Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) that would gut the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 and repeal debit swipe fee reform. The bill was just passed by Hensarling's House Financial Services Committee on a party line vote. The Republicans on the House Financial Services Committee just chos… Continue Reading


Durbin Undergoes Outpatient Procedure at Northwestern Memorial Hospital

CHICAGO-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin's recent annual physical found a condition known as atrial flutter, "a common abnormal heart rhythm," according to the Heart Rhythm Society. He had had no symptoms and maintained his regular schedule before and after discovering it. After discussing his treatment options, Durbin chose a procedure known as catheter ablation, a low-risk outpatient procedure where "the catheter emits a pulse of painless radiofrequency energy which destroys the abnorma… Continue Reading


Durbin, Madigan: In First 100 Days Trump, DeVos get "F" on Protecting Students

CHICAGO - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan today discussed how, since President Trump took office, the U.S. Department of Education has delayed or ignored several Obama-era rules to increase consumer protections in student loan servicing and protect students from unscrupulous for-profit colleges. In its first 100 days the Trump Administration has drastically slowed the processing of loan discharge applications from students defrauded by for-profit c… Continue Reading


Durbin: Latest GOP Health Care Repeal Attempt Makes a Bad Bill Even Worse

WASHINGTON - In a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) called out congressional Republicans for their renewed efforts to repeal health care by introducing a new amendment that would make their original plan to repeal health care even worse. "The new version of the Affordable Care Act repeal that the Republicans are now considering in the House would significantly raise costs on Americans aged 50 and above and would gut protections for people with pre-existing conditions,"… Continue Reading


Durbin Joins Call for Education Secretary DeVos to Reinstate Student Loan Protections

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined more than 130 Members of Congress calling for Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to reverse a decision to rescind Obama-era memos on student loan servicing reforms. The reforms had included new consumer protections for borrowers and improvements to the quality of federal loan servicing. "Your decision to rescind these memos-including the guidance making servicers' past performance and record of compliance with the law the most important non-co… Continue Reading


Durbin, Duckworth Introduce Legislation to Address Youth Unemployment in High Poverty Areas

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today introduced two pieces of legislation to expand and increase access to employment opportunities for at-risk youth. The Helping to Encourage Real Opportunity (HERO) for At-Risk 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 employers to hire and retain youth from econo… Continue Reading


Durbin to Trump: Protect America's National Parks & Monuments

WASHINGTON - As President Trump signed a new Executive Order to strip America's National Parks and Monuments, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced America's Red Rock Wilderness Act, legislation to protect 9.2 million acres of land in Utah that is rich in archaeological resources and home to numerous rare plant and animal species. In a speech on the Senate floor, Durbin explained how these landscapes are also the access point for many national parks and offer research, educational, and rec… Continue Reading


Durbin, Kaptur, Bipartisan Great Lakes Coalition Press EPA Chief to Keep Region 5 Office Open

WASHINGTON - Following reports that the Trump Administration plans to abolish Region 5 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - which serves Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, Minnesota, and Ohio - as part of the fiscal year 2018 budget, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) led a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers from the Great Lakes region in calling for the Region 5 office to remain intact and fully supported. In a bicameral letter to EPA Admini… Continue Reading


Durbin: Deputy AG Must be Independent Check on AG Sessions' Extreme Views

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that he will vote in favor of Rod Rosenstein's nomination to be U.S. Deputy Attorney General after the nominee pledged to be an independent voice in the Justice Department. Durbin stressed that, as Deputy Attorney General, Rosenstein must play a critical role in "reining in the Attorney General's worst instincts on immigration," including by mitigating Sessions' threat to withhold federal funding from law enforcement in cities across t… Continue Reading


Durbin, Deutch Introduce Bicameral Climate Change Adapt America Fund Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Ted Deutch (D-FL) today introduced the Climate Change Adapt America Fund Act, bicameral legislation that would create an "Adapt America Fund" administered by the Secretary of Commerce and used to finance climate change adaptation and infrastructure resiliency projects. The bill would also authorize the U.S. Department of Treasury to issue up to $200 million annually in "Climate Change Bonds" to be purchased by Americans concer… Continue Reading


Durbin, Duckworth Announce More Than $16 Million in Federal Funding to Combat Opioid Addiction Epidemic in Illinois

CHICAGO - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced that Illinois will receive $16,328,583 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to help combat the prescription drug epidemic that has been ravaging the state. This funding, which is the first of two rounds provided for in the 21st Century Cures Act, will support a comprehensive array of prevention, treatment, and recovery services. "The heroin and prescription drug ad… Continue Reading


Durbin, Duckworth Announce More Than $100,000 in Federal Funding for Firefighter Training and Resources in Adams County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) awarded $108,182 to Adams County Ambulance & EMS through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. This program is administered by the DHS's Federal Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration. Adams County Ambulance & EMS will use the funds for operations and safety including professional training, wellness a… Continue Reading

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