Press Releases


Durbin Announces $1.6 Million in HUD Funding for Illinois Housing and Community Development

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that five communities in Illinois will receive a total of $1,579,817 in grant funding through the Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency (ROSS) Program, a federal grant program administered by Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to help develop urban communities. "This federal investment will give local development agencies across Illinois the ability to offer affordable housing and homeless assistance … Continue Reading


Durbin: Tobacco Use Impacts Military Readiness

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - In a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense on the Defense Health Program, Vice Chairman Dick Durbin (D-IL) pressed the Surgeons General of the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Air Force on their response to the high rate of tobacco use among service members. Durbin asked, "When we use the word 'readiness' in every other sentence, when talking about our military, the obvious question is: why is it that the rate of tobacco usage in the military is signific… Continue Reading


Durbin Presses HUD Secretary to Strengthen Lead Standards to Protect Children

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - After introducing legislation to require the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to update its lead regulations to match standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with the HUD Secretary, Julian Castro, to conduct a thorough review of its regulations of acceptable lead exposure levels for children living in federally subsidized housing. A call he first made in a January 26, 2016 letter to Ca… Continue Reading


Durbin: There is No Excuse for Senate Republicans to Ignore Their Constitutional Responsibility

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - As Senate Republicans continue to refuse to give any Supreme Court nominee a fair hearing, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) reminded his colleagues that even when the United States was fully engaged in the Second World War, the Senate moved swiftly to consider and confirm the nomination of Wiley Rutledge to the Supreme Court. "On January 27, 1943, American bombers from the 8th Air Force conducted the first American air raid over Germany. On January 30, Japanese aircraft… Continue Reading


Durbin: Decision to Uphold Gainful Employment Rule is a Win for Students, Families, & Taxpayers

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today released the following statement after learning that the Department of Education's gainful employment rule was upheld in a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals D.C. Circuit to deny an appeal by a national for-profit college trade group. The appeal was brought by the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities on behalf of the for-profit college industry. "Rather than fighting standards designed to ensure students are … Continue Reading


Durbin to ITT Tech's Accreditor: What Are You Doing to Protect Students?

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) called on the President and CEO of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools - ITT Tech's accreditor and gateway to federal Title IV funding - what it is doing to protect students and ensure institutional integrity, academic quality and financial stability. In his letter, Durbin cited the long list of concerns, investigations, lawsuits, and other enforcement actions: "ITT Tech is under investigation by at least 18 sta… Continue Reading


Durbin, 23 Senators Call on Appropriators to Fully Fund the President's $1.9 Billion Request to Fight Zika Outbreak

WASHINGTON -As the outbreak of the Zika virus continues to grow, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined with 23 senators today in calling on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee to fully fund President Obama's $1.9 billion emergency supplemental request to combat the Zika virus, while simultaneously maintaining the United States' efforts to address other global health priorities, including Ebola. In a letter addressed to the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subc… Continue Reading


Legislation to Protect Children in Public Housing from Lead Exposure Introduced in House & Senate

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) joined U.S. Representatives Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Mike Quigley (D-IL) today in introducing legislation to protect children in affordable housing from lead poisoning. U.S. Representatives Dan Kildee (D-MI) and Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) are also cosponsoring the House bill. Since the enactment of federal lead policies in the 1990's, lead poisoning rates have fallen dramatically. However, lead poisoning risk c… Continue Reading


Durbin on Supreme Court Obstructionism: How's it Playing in Peoria?

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - As Senate Republicans continue to refuse to give any Supreme Court nominee a fair hearing, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) asked on the United States Senate Floor today, "How is this playing in Peoria, Illinois?" "I want to read from an editorial in the February 28 edition of The Peoria Journal-Star. I quote: 'The most worthless Congress in memory became more so last week with Senate Republicans doubling down on their decision not even to hold hearings for any Obama no… Continue Reading


Senator Meets with Directors of Argonne and Fermilab to Discuss Support for National Labs

[WASHINGTON, DC] - This week, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) met with Dr. Nigel Lockyer, the Director of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and Dr. Peter Littlewood, Director of Argonne National Laboratory, to discuss the importance of continued federal funding for scientific research and development programs. "With the support of federal funding, scientific discoveries are changing our world, driving our economy, and giving us the competitive edge that America needs to succeed in the… Continue Reading


Durbin Meets with General Everhart, Commander of Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) met yesterday with General Carlton Everhart, Commander of the Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base. A photo of the meeting is available here. "I am proud to represent Scott Air Force Base and the exceptional servicemen and women who serve there. The work done at Scott Air Force Base is critical for our country's national defense and the region's local economy," Durbin said. "It was a pleasure meeting with General Everhart today. Hi… Continue Reading


Durbin, Blumenthal Applaud DOT Action to Ban E-Cigarette Use on Airplanes

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) applauded the Department of Transportation's announcement that the use of electronic cigarettes on commercial flights will be explicitly banned. "We applaud DOT's efforts to stop this health threat on airplanes once and for all," the Senators said. "Thankfully, fliers will no longer have to worry about the poisons and toxic air emanating from e-cigarettes and whether the airline they fly allows their … Continue Reading


Durbin Hosts Stanley Cup on Capitol Hill in Honor of 2015 Champion Chicago Blackhawks

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) hosted the Stanley Cup in his Capitol office today in honor of the 2015 champion Chicago Blackhawks. Durbin was joined by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and a local youth hockey team. Last June, the Chicago Blackhawks captured the Stanley Cup for the third time in six seasons with a thrilling 4-2 series victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. "It's a privilege to have the Stanley Cup here, made possible by our league champion Chicago Blackhawk… Continue Reading


Durbin: Without Investing in Treatment, We Cannot Turn the Tide of the Opioid Epidemic

[WASHINGTON, DC] - With the Senate debating legislation to combat opioid and heroin abuse, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) said on the Senate Floor this morning: "There is no town too small, no suburb too wealthy not to have been touched by heroin overdoses and deaths." The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act - which was passed unanimously out of the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this month and which Senator Durbin is cosponsoring - provides for a community-based response to heroin and… Continue Reading


Durbin: Politics Do Not Trump the Constitution

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) spoke on the United States Senate Floor today to speak out against Senate Republicans prioritization of politics over their constitutional duties. "Well, it turns out it doesn't take much constitutional study to realize the Constitution applies to election years as well as every other year. There is no reference whatsoever to a presidential campaign year absolving either the President or the Senate from their constitutional obligation," Durbin… Continue Reading


Durbin Calls on Chicago-Based Abbott Labs to Explain 180 Layoffs, Plan to Outsource Jobs

CHICAGO-U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today called on the Chief Executive Officer Miles White of Abbott Laboratories in Chicago to explain reports that his company plans to lay off 180 workers and replace them with foreign workers. Since 2007, Durbin has repeatedly introduced bipartisan legislation to end the exploitation of the H-1B and L-1 visa programs to displace qualified American workers and offshore American jobs. "I implore you to reconsider this plan and retain these U.S. … Continue Reading


Durbin Introduces Bill to Expand Access to Substance Abuse Treatment Under Medicaid

[CHICAGO] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today joined doctors and substance abuse treatment clients at Haymarket Center to discuss legislation he is introducing this week that will expand access to treatment for vulnerable populations who currently are not receiving the addiction care they need while the heroin and opioid prescription drug abuse epidemic continues to grow. The Medicaid Coverage for Addiction Recovery Expansion (Medicaid CARE) Act would modify the Medicaid Institutions for Men… Continue Reading


Durbin Calls for Face-to-Face with VA Secretary to Discuss Ongoing Problems at Hines VA Hospital

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - After an independent federal agency issued a report detailing serious deficiencies with the VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) investigation into whistleblower allegations of wait times and delays in veterans' access to mental health care at Hines VA Hospital, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) asked Secretary McDonald to meet personally to discuss steps that may be necessary to provide quality, timely care for veterans and uphold transparency and accountability within the De… Continue Reading


As Senate Begins Debate on Legislation to Combat Opioid & Heroin Abuse, Durbin & King Introduce Bill to Expand Access to Substance Abuse Treatment Under Medicaid

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - This week, as the Senate prepares to begin debate on legislation to combat opioid and heroin abuse, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Angus King (I-ME) introduced legislation to expand access to substance abuse treatment for vulnerable, underserved populations. The Medicaid Coverage for Addiction Recovery Expansion (Medicaid CARE) Act would modify the Medicaid Institutions for Mental Disease (IMD) Exclusion policy - a decades-old policy that restricts Medicaid coverage of… Continue Reading


Illinois Delegation Members Call on President to Provide Federal Relief for Communities Impacted by December Storms & Flooding

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) today joined by the entire Illinois Congressional Delegation in support of Governor Bruce Rauner's request for federal assistance to help the counties that were hardest-hit following the storms and severe flooding that began on December 23, 2015 and continued through January 13, 2016. Preliminary Damage Assessments have determined that Illinois communities experienced significant uninsured losses and widespread property d… Continue Reading

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