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Durbin, Warren, Reed: Bill Would Put Student Loan Borrower Bill Of Rights Into Law

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Following a decision by President Obama to provide additional protections to student loan borrowers, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Jack Reed (D-RI) today introduced legislation to ensure struggling student loan borrowers are treated fairly and understand the full range of repayment options and resources available to them. Cosponsors of today's legislation include: "I commend the President's announcement of additional relief for student borro… Continue Reading


Durbin, Democrats Call For Crude-By-Rail Safety Investments

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) sent a letter today with 20 other Senators calling on the Senate Appropriations Committee to support robust investment for a Safe Transportation of Energy Products program to address increasing safety concerns related to the transportation of Bakken crude and other energy products. The Senators also called for increased funding for crude-by-rail safety efforts conducted by agencies such as the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Pipeline an… Continue Reading


Durbin, Senate Dems Mark Affordable Care Ct Anniversary, Blast GOP Efforts To Roll Back Progress

More than 16 million uninsured Americans gained affordable health coverage because of the law Number of Americans without health insurance has fallen 35%, the most in about 40 years 9.4 million seniors have saved more than $15 billion on prescription drugs Republican budget would roll back the clock, kick over 11 million to the curb [WASHINGTON. D.C.] - Today, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senators Chris Murphy (D-CT), Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), She… Continue Reading


Durbin: Rising Number Of Poisonings In Children Due To Laundry Detergent Packets Is Alarming

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), U.S. Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA), and Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) today held a press conference - during National Poison Prevention Week - to discuss the Detergent Poisoning and Child Safety Act (PACS Act), a bill that would address the rising number of poisonings in children due to liquid detergent packets. Speaking in support of the PACS Act today was Chicago native Dr. Kyran Quinlan, pediatrician and chair of the American Academy of… Continue Reading


Durbin Hosts Illinois Members At Delegation Luncheon

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today hosted members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation at the second bipartisan Illinois Congressional Delegation Luncheon of the 114th Congress. Started by the late U.S. Senator Alan J. Dixon, the Delegation Luncheon has been held regularly in Washington, DC at no expense to the federal taxpayer for over 25 years. A photo of today's luncheon is available here. The luncheon today was attended by five members of the Illinois Congr… Continue Reading


Durbin, Grassley Introduce Bill to Require Televising Supreme Court Proceedings

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - With the Supreme Court considering numerous high-profile opinions in the coming months, Assistant Democratic Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced legislation today to require open proceedings of the Court to be televised. Today's bill introduction coincides with "Sunshine Week," a national initiative aimed at promoting a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of informat… Continue Reading


Durbin, Foster Introduce Bill To Preserve American Leadership In Innovation

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - With a decline in federal scientific research threatening our global competitiveness, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Bill Foster (D-IL) announced the introduction of legislation to preserve America's standing as a leader in discovery and innovation. Federal funding for R&D has been on a downward trend for the past several decades. Today, the federal government spends almost two-thirds less on research and development today than it did in 1965 … Continue Reading


Durbin, Feinstein, Blumenthal To FDA: Use Existing Authority To Protect Consumers From Contaminated Dietary Supplement

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - In response to confirmed reports that international shipments of a popular dietary supplement contained hidden and potentially harmful contaminants, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) called on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to conduct a full investigation into all Oxy ELITE Pro Super Thermogenic products on the market and - if necessary - ensure that they are removed from store shelves. In February, the FDA co… Continue Reading


Durbin Meets With Illinois Corn Growers And Illinois Soybean Association

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with members of the Illinois Corn Growers and the Illinois Soybean Association to discuss the impact of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) delay in setting production levels under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for 2014, increased opportunities for Illinois farmers associated with opening trade with Cuba, and other agricultural priorities. Photos of Durbin's meeting with the Illinois Corn Growers and the Illinois Soy… Continue Reading


Durbin Statement On Resignation Of Representative Aaron Schock

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement regarding the resignation of U.S. Representative Aaron Schock (R-IL): "The allegations against Congressman Schock are serious, raising questions about his expenditure of official funds and campaign funds. His resignation came as a surprise and reflects the gravity of his situation."… Continue Reading


Durbin Calls For Increased Funding For Breakthrough Biomedical Research At The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Rally

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) called for increased funding for innovative, breakthrough research at federal agencies - funding that can lead to discoveries and treatments for cancer and other diseases - at a rally today hosted by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. Durbin discussed the American Cures Act, a bill that would increase funding at our nation's top four biomedical research agencies. Today's rally was held to advocate for increased funding for canc… Continue Reading


Durbin: Absolute First Thing Senate Should Do This Week Is Confirm Loretta Lynch As 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 during a speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate. He urged Senate Republicans to uphold their promise of holding a vote on Lynch's nomination this week. Lynch passed the Judiciary committee on a bipartisan vote on February 26th, but her nomination has now been pending on the Senate floor for… Continue Reading


Durbin Introduces American Innovation Bill

[CHICAGO] - With a decline in federal scientific research threatening our standing as a leader in discovery and innovation and our global competitiveness, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today unveiled the American Innovation Act during a speech to the Chicago research community at 1871. The American Innovation Act will put funding for basic research on a consistent, steady growth path over the next decade by providing annual budget increases of 5 percent - over and above inflation - for cutting… Continue Reading


Durbin: Congress Can't Continue To Look The Other Way As For-Profit College Industry Exploits Students, Fleeces Taxpayers

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today said that Congress can't continue to look the other way when it comes to abuses by the for-profit colleges that - in some cases - take in more than 90% of their revenue from the federal government yet account for these startling lopsided statistics. For-profit colleges: Educate 10% of students; Receive 20% of all federal aid to education; yet are Responsible for 44% of all student loan defaults. "How can we … Continue Reading


Durbin, Senate Ukraine Caucus Meet With European Ambassadors 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 European Union Ambassador to the U.S. David O'Sullivan, as well as ambassadors and officials from the United Kingdom, France, Netherlands, Germany, Lithuania, and Poland to discuss Russian aggression in Ukraine. During the meeting, Durbin raised the importance of halting Russian aggression in Ukraine and bullying elsewhere in the region, including the possible provision of defensive weapons to Ukrai… Continue Reading


As Rising Student Loan Debt Nears $1.2 trillion, Durbin Introduces Legislation To Address Crisis

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) led a group of 12 other Senators today in introducing a bill that will help address the student debt crisis by treating privately issued student loans in bankruptcy the same as other types of private unsecured debt. Our nation continues to face a student debt crisis, with students and graduates carrying nearly $1.2 trillion in outstanding student loan debt. Balances of student loans have surpassed both auto loans and credit cards, making… Continue Reading


Durbin: Human Trafficking Bill Is A Chance For Bipartisan Cooperation On A Just Cause, Not A Time For Political Grandstanding

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate about the Justice For Victims of Trafficking Act. Durbin urged his Republican colleagues to drop a controversial provision from the bill so the Senate can move forward and pass this important piece of legislation. The problematic provision would expand the so-called Hyde Amendment to restrict the reproductive health choices of victims of human trafficking who receive services funded by the bill. Durbin also sp… Continue Reading


Durbin, Feinstein: FDA Needs To Investigate Allegations That Purina Beneful Dog Food Contains Toxins

[WASHINGTON, DC] - In a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) called on the agency to quickly investigate claims that Purina PetCare Company's Beneful dry kibble dog food contains toxins which may have sickened thousands of dogs. Media reports cite 3,000 complaints about dogs that are sick after consuming Beneful dry kibble. Some reports allege the kibble contains toxins like propylene glycol, which is used in automobile a… Continue Reading


Senators Urge HHS To Strengthen, Finalize Tobacco Deeming Regulations To Protect Children Against Harmful E-Cigarettes

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Jeffery Merkley (D-OR), Patty Murray (D-WA), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH), wrote a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell urging HHS to strengthen and finalize tobacco deeming regulations so that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has regulatory authority over all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. The Senators pressed… Continue Reading


Durbin: EPA Designation Entitles Mahomet Aquifer To Special Protection

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) celebrated news today that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has designated the Mahomet Aquifer as a sole source aquifer. Durbin filed a comment with the EPA last year in support of the proposal designating the Mahomet Aquifer as a sole source of drinking water for the residents of central Illinois and entitled to special protections. A copy of Senator Durbin's letter to the EPA is available here. "More than half of the population i… Continue Reading

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