Press Releases


Durbin Joins Blumenthal, Warren, Brown to Demand Education Department Stop Unrestrained Flow of Federal Funds to Potentially Fraudulent For-Profit Schools

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) in demanding that the U.S. Department of Education (ED) immediately take action to stop millions in federal funds from being provided to potentially fraudulent for-profit institutions, as uncovered by a recent report in The New York Times. In writing to ED Under Secretary Ted Mitchell, the senators implored ED to increase efforts to prevent… Continue Reading


Durbin Remarks at Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Bipartisan Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senate Assistant Democratic Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) today spoke at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the bipartisan Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015, legislation he negotiated aimed at recalibrating prison sentences for certain nonviolent drug offenses, targeting violent criminals, and granting judges greater discretion at sentencing for lower-level drug crimes. The bill also seeks to curb recidivism by helping prisoners successfully re-enter society. H… Continue Reading


Durbin: Department of Education Tightens Controls on ITT Tech

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) responded today to a move by the Department of Education to tighten controls over ITT Tech after finding that the for-profit college - facing investigations by the Department of Justice and at least 18 state Attorneys General and lawsuits by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Securities and Exchange Commission- failed to meet its fiduciary obligations and the administrative capability standards required of institutions participat… Continue Reading


Durbin, Blumenthal Statement on New Study Identifying Dietary Supplement Use Causes More Than 20,000 E.R. Visits Every Year

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) issued the following statement today on a new study finding that dietary supplement use results in more than 20,000 emergency room visits every year: "This study confirms that not enough is being done to protect consumers-especially young adults-from dangerous dietary supplements. Despite industry's assertions that side effects from dietary supplements are extremely rare, we now know that dietary supplemen… Continue Reading


Durbin Calls for FBI to Explain Walkback of Consumer Protection Advisory Regarding Security Features on Credit and Debit Cards

CHICAGO-U.S. Senate Assistant Democratic Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) today called on the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to explain why it revised a consumer protection advisory regarding current credit and debit smart card security technology, and whether the FBI is taking appropriate steps to protect consumers and warn against and deter payment card fraud involving lost or stolen cards. On October 8th, the FBI posted an advisory stating that new cards equipped with microchip secur… Continue Reading


Durbin Visits Ukraine, Greek Island at Center of Syrian Refugee Crisis

[SPRINGFIELD, IL] - U.S. Senate Assistant Democratic Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) returned to Illinois after four days in Greece and Ukraine. Durbin first traveled to the island of Lesbos in Greece, where thousands of refugees have come ashore after fleeing the violence in Syria. "The situation in Syria is the humanitarian crisis of our time," said Durbin. "The magnitude of the crisis is clear in the numbers of Syrian men, women, and children fleeing the violence, but the human stories behind… Continue Reading


Durbin Discusses Legislation to Combat Heroin Epidemic

[SPRINGFIELD, IL] - As heroin overdose deaths continue to rise in Sangamon County and across the country, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with local advocates, health professionals and people whose lives were impacted by heroin and opiate addiction to discuss ways to combat the growing problem. Durbin recently co-sponsored bills to expand treatment for heroin addiction and expand access to naloxone - a drug that counters the effects of an opioid overdose - and other drug prevention pro… Continue Reading


Durbin Calls on VA and Department of Education to Review DOD’s Findings on University of Phoenix and Take Action

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Following the decision by the Department of Defense (DOD) to place the University of Phoenix on probation and prohibit the company from enrolling new servicemembers and their spouses using its Tuition Assistance and MyCAA programs, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today called on the Department of Education and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to review DOD's findings and take appropriate action to protect students and federal taxpayer dollars. Durbin called on t… Continue Reading


Durbin: Department of Defense Puts University of Phoenix on Probation

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today praised the Department of Defense (DOD)'s decision to place the University of Phoenix on probation and prohibit the company from enrolling new servicemembers using its Tuition Assistance program. Additional information on their action can be found on the department's website. Durbin called on the Department of Defense to investigate the University of Phoenix after… Continue Reading


Durbin & Kirk: Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Nomination of U.S. Marshal in Illinois’ Northern District

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) today announced that the Senate Judiciary Committee has approved President Obama's nominee, Edward Gilmore, to serve as U.S. Marshal in the Northern District of Illinois. Gilmore's nomination must now be voted on by the full Senate. "Edward Gilmore's knowledge and experience will be a great asset to the Northern District," said Durbin. "He will bring a wealth of law enforcement and managerial experienc… Continue Reading


Durbin, Franken, King Introduce Legislation to Help Make College Textbooks More Affordable

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Al Franken (D-MN) and Angus King (I-ME) today introduced legislation designed to help students manage costs by making high quality textbooks easily accessible to students, professors and the public for free. This bill, known as the Affordable College Textbook Act, would create a competitive grant program to support the creation and use of open college textbooks-textbooks that are available under an open license, allowing professors, students, … Continue Reading


Durbin Highlights the Impact of NIH Funding on the Progress of Alzheimer's Research

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - At a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today highlighted the positive, lasting impact that sustained National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding could have on Alzheimer's research. In testimony today, NIH Director, Dr. Francis Collins, discussed how recent breakthroughs, from the BRAIN initiative to Precision Medicine, stem from national investments in basic science research. Video of Durb… Continue Reading


Illinois Delegation Meets with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in Washington

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today hosted an Illinois Congressional Delegation meeting with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel who is in Washington, DC to attend a summit on violent crimes sponsored by the Justice Department. Members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation attending today's meeting include: Durbin, U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) and U.S. Representatives Cheri Bustos (D-IL), Rodney Davis (R-IL), Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), Robin Kelly (D-IL), Dan Lipinski (D-IL… Continue Reading


Durbin Joins Bipartisan Group of Senators, Consumer Groups Calling for Passage of Chemical Safety Reform Legislation

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today joined a bipartisan group of Senators and dozens of advocates in calling for passage of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. Video of Senator Durbin's remarks at today's press conference are available on his YouTube page. Click Here. "I was drawn to this issue following a Chicago Tribune series in 2012 that revealed that flame retardant chemicals added to furniture and other household goods are useles… Continue Reading


Senator Meets with Fermi Director to Discuss Support for National Labs

[WASHINGTON, DC] - On the same day that the Nobel Prize in physics was awarded to two scientists for their work discovering neutrinos, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) met today with Dr. Nigel Lockyer, the Director of Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, our nation's premier high-energy physics laboratory and home to the Long Baseline Neutrino Experiment. Today Durbin and Lockyer discussed the importance of continued federal funding for scientific research and development programs. "Today… Continue Reading


Durbin Calls for Emergency Funding to Increase U.S. Humanitarian Support for Syria, Capactiy for Refugee Admissions

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined a group of 23 senators in calling on U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Vice Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), as well as U.S. Senate Foreign Relations State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Subcommittee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to immediately consider emergency funding to provide humanitarian relief to Syrian refugees and to increase the cap… Continue Reading


Durbin Discusses Landmark Sentencing Reform Legislation

[CHICAGO] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) held a news conference today to discuss a landmark, bipartisan agreement he helped broker in the Senate to overhaul the nation's criminal justice policy for the first time in a generation. The bill tackles the mass incarceration that has impacted minority communities across the nation disproportionately and weighed on the nation's finances. The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015, introduced by Durbin and a bipartisan group of Senators, wou… Continue Reading


Durbin, Markey Announce Support for Chemical Safety Reform Bill

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Today, as the full Senate prepares to begin debate on a historic bill to overhaul the broken Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Ed Markey (D-MA) announced their support for the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act after several key improvements were made. Their cosponsorship of the bipartisan bill - written by U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and David Vitter (R-LA) - brings the total number of cosponsors t… Continue Reading


Durbin Statement After Announcement That Secretary Duncan Will Step Down in December

[NEW YORK, N.Y.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today released the following statement after President Obama announce U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, will step down in December. Durbin introduced Duncan to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee during his confirmation hearing in January 2009. "Arne Duncan has distinguished himself as one of our best Secretaries of Education. Always open to new ideas but never forsaking his commitment to our students, A… Continue Reading


Durbin to Boehner: America Cannot Wait for Action on Transportation Bill

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Three months after the Senate passed a long-term, bipartisan transportation bill, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) called on Speaker of the House John Boehner to consider legislation that would provide the certainty that businesses and state governments, like Illinois, need to plan critical infrastructure projects and create good-paying jobs. Since the previous long-term transportation bill expired in 2009, Congress has passed 34 stop-gap measures to keep the country's major … Continue Reading

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