Press Releases


Durbin Urges Senate To Confirm Loretta Lynch As Attorney General This Week


Durbin meets With Illinois Firefighters, Speaks At The International Association Of Firefighters Conference

[WASHINGTON, DC]. - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) met with firefighters from across Illinois today to discuss labor rights, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grant programs that support local fire stations, and first-responder issues. A photo from the meeting is available here. Earlier in the day, Durbin spoke at the International Association of Firefighters 2015 legislative conference. In his speech, Durbin discussed labor issues, including his support for the National Labor Relations … Continue Reading


Durbin Statement On Senate GOP Letter To Leaders Of Iran

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement regarding an open letter signed by Senate Republicans to the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran: This is a cynical effort by Republican Senators to undermine sensitive international negotiations-it weakens America's hand and highlights our political divisions to the rest of the world. Understand that if these negotiations fail, a military response to Iran developing their nuclear capability becomes… Continue Reading


Durbin Statement On Train Derailment In Western Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today made the following statement on the oil train derailment near Galena, Illinois. "First and foremost - though the situation on the ground is far from over - I am extremely grateful that it appears no one has been hurt. I have spoken with federal, state and local agencies responding to the disaster and will continue to closely monitor developments. "Nationally, the rising number of fiery train derailments across the country is una… Continue Reading


Durbin, Baldwin Introduce Expansion of VA Caregiver Program That Could Help Thousands More Veterans and Their Families

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) announced the introduction of the Veterans Affairs (VA) Family Caregivers Expansion and Improvement Act, a bill that would open the VA Family Caregivers Program to all eligible veterans who were severely injured while serving our country. The Family Caregivers Program provides home health training, peer support, and a small financial stipend to caregivers of severely injured veterans. The caregivers also have access t… Continue Reading


Durbin Meets With Chicago Transit Leaders To Discuss Upcoming Legislation Reauthorizing Critical Transportation Programs

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - With Congress preparing to consider a legislation to reauthorize federal surface transportation programs, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) met today with representatives from the Chicago region's transit, light rail, and bus organizations to discuss the importance of robust federal support for mass transit and our national transportation network. Today's meeting was attended by Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Chairman Kirk Dillard and representatives from Metra, Pace … Continue Reading


Middle Class Tax Cuts: Senate And House Democrats Introduce Bills To Put More Money In Pockets Of Working Families, Reduce Costs Of College, Child Care

Democrats to Republicans in weeks before GOP budget rollout: Tax cuts should go to the middle class, not the wealthiest Americans and biggest corporations Bill sponsors and supporters will be going to the floors of the Senate and House in the coming days to discuss bills, call on GOP to join them to increase middle class paychecks, and talk about Democrats' plans to grow the economy from the middle out, not the top down WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Charles… Continue Reading


Durbin Meets With United We Dream To Discuss Comprehensive Immigration Reform

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with representatives from United We Dream, the largest immigrant youth organization in the country, to discuss comprehensive immigration reform, the DREAM Act, and executive action. A photo from today's meeting is available HERE. "United We Dream is a powerful voice for young immigrants nationwide," Durbin said. "Dreamers just want a chance to give back to the only country they've called home. The DACA program has been life-changi… Continue Reading


Durbin, Democrats: Additional Measures Needed To help Pregnant Women Get Health Care Coverage

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and 36 Democratic Senators wrote a letter to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, encouraging her to further improve women's access to health care under the Affordable Care Act by instituting a special open enrollment period for women to enroll in health coverage when they find out they are pregnant. "We write to support your efforts to ensure that women have full access to the comprehensive, affordable he… Continue Reading


Durbin Statement On Prime Minister Netanyahu's Address To Congress

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint session of Congress: America's support for Israel has historically been bipartisan, forging the strongest of ties between our two nations. That is why I was deeply troubled by the manner in which Speaker Boehner invited the Prime Minister to address this joint session-without consultation with the White House or the Democratic leadership of the House o… Continue Reading


Durbin Meets With The National Healthy Start Association

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) met with representatives from the National Healthy Start Association (NHSA) today who presented him with the 2015 Distinguished Healthy Start Legislator award. The award is presented annually to members of Congress who have made contributions toward improving birth outcomes. A photo from today's meeting is available HERE. "I would like to thank the National Healthy Start Association for this award," Durbin said. "NHSA does important work ad… Continue Reading


Durbin Announces Federal Funding For Rural Development Projects In Northern Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development division has awarded funding to two Illinois organizations - Resthave Home in Whiteside County, Illinois and the Village of Carbon Hill, Illinois - through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan Program. "This federal investment will help create local, good-paying jobs in Northern Illinois, in addition to helping protect the public health, safety and welfare of t… Continue Reading


Durbin: First-Of-Its-Kind Report On Solitary Confinement Shows Need For More Improvement

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today said that the first-ever assessment of federal segregation policies, which he requested in 2013, has prompted the Bureau of Prisons to review and improve some of its standards, but there is considerably more work to be done. Durbin asked for the independent assessment of solitary confinement in federal prisons following a 2012 hearing he chaired on the human rights, fiscal and public safety consequences of solitary confinement. A copy o… Continue Reading


Durbin, Bustos: Bureau of Prisons To Commit $58.7 Million in FY2015 Funding To Thomson Prison

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Following a meeting with the Director of the Department of Justice's Bureau of Prisons, Charles Samuels, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced that the agency will commit a total of $58.7 million in funding to the activation of Thomson Correctional Center in Thomson, Illinois. The funding was approved by Congress in December as part of the Omnibus Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2015. Of the $58.7 million in funding, $15 … Continue Reading


Durbin Meets With Transcom Commander For Breifing On Servicemember Vehicle Transport Program

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) met yesterday with Air Force General Paul Selva, Commander of U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM) at Scott Air Force Base, to receive an update regarding TRANSCOM's progress resolving issues with International Auto Logistics (IAL), a contractor tasked with transporting servicemembers' private vehicles when they move stations. When IAL took over the contract for the vehicle transport program in May 2014, servicemembers and their families encou… Continue Reading


Durbin: GOP Bill Would Deport 600,000 Dreamers And Shut Down DACA Program

[WASHINGTON, DC] - [WASHINGTON, DC] - With just 37 hours left until funding for the Department of Homeland Security expires, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) came to the Senate Floor today to call on House Republicans to stop playing politics with the lives of young people impacted by immigration policies like Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). During his speech, Durbin shared the story of Maria Ibarra-Frayre, a Dreamer from Detroit, Michigan who graduated from the University of Detro… Continue Reading


Durbin Celebrates Committee Approval Of Nomination Of Loretta Lynch To Be Attorney General

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, praised the qualifications of historic Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch today before voting in favor of her nomination at a meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Lynch currently serves as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, a position she has held since 2010. Her nomination will now proceed to a vote by the full Senate. A photo of Senator Du… Continue Reading


Durbin, Senate Ukraine Caucus Meet With Members Of Ukranian Parliament To Discuss Increased Military Aid To Ukraine

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and the Senate Ukraine Caucus met today with members from the Ukrainian Parliament to discuss increased military aid to Ukraine. Durbin is co-chairman of the Ukraine Caucus along with Senator Rob Portman (R-OH). Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Mark Kirk (R-IL), James Inhofe (R-OK), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Chris Murphy (D-CT) also attended today's meeting. A photo from today's meeting is available HERE. "Ukraine is at a… Continue Reading


Durbin, Speier Introduce Bill To Address Rising Number Of Poisonings In Children Due To Laundry Detergent Packets

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA) today introduced legislation to address the rising number of poisonings in children due to laundry detergent packets. The Detergent Poisoning and Child Safety Act is cosponsored by U.S. Senators Bill Nelson (D-FL), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Ed Markey (D-MA) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). "Of course parents should do all that they can to keep laundry detergent packets out of the reach of children, bu… Continue Reading


Durbin Commemorates 25 Years Of Smokefree Skies On The Senate Floor

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Twenty-five years after the implementation of landmark legislation to ban smoking on commercial airline flights, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) called on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take immediate action to protect young people from predatory e-cigarette marketing and distribution tactics that are straight out of Big Tobacco's old playbook. Durbin authored the law giving airline crews the freedom to do their jobs without compromising their health and airline p… Continue Reading

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