Press Releases

07.13.23

Durbin, Pressley Reintroduce Bill To End Federal Death Penalty

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and U.S. Representative Ayanna Pressley (D-MA-07) today reintroduce the Federal Death Penalty Prohibition Act of 2023, bicameral legislation to prohibit the use of the death penalty at the federal level and require re-sentencing of those currently on death row. "The death penalty is deeply flawed and disproportionately imposed on Black and Brown and low-income people in America," said Durbin. "… Continue Reading


07.12.23

Durbin Meets With Illinois Farm Bureau And Illinois Soybean Association

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today met with Illinois Farm Bureau and Illinois Soybean Association members. During the meeting, Durbin and the farmers discussed priorities for Illinois' agricultural sector, including progress on the upcoming Farm Bill, the importance of the crop insurance safety net, agricultural research, boosting trade incentives, drought challenges, and updating the farm sa… Continue Reading


07.12.23

Durbin Reflects On Recent Nato Summit In Lithuania

WASHINGTON - In a speech on the Senate floor today, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Co-Chair of the Senate Ukraine Caucus, reflected on his recent trip to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit in Vilnius, Lithuania. In addition to Durbin, Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Angus King (I-ME), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), and Pete Ricketts (R-NE) attended the summit, where they discussed congressional support for the transatlantic relationship, as well as con… Continue Reading


07.12.23

Durbin: Since The Court Has Not Acted On Ethics Reform, Congress Will

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today spoke on the Senate floor about the need for the Supreme Court to adopt an enforceable code of conduct. Durbin's remarks follow a series of articles published by the Associated Press yesterday detailing a range of ethical failures by Supreme Court Justices. The reports detailed Justices' involvement in fundraising at colleges and universities, the use of Supreme Court staff to push sales o… Continue Reading


07.12.23

Durbin, Whitehouse Press Supreme Court Historical Society For Information On Access Between Donors & Justices

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Federal Courts, Oversight, Agency Action, and Federal Rights, sent a letter to the Supreme Court Historical Society requesting information regarding the ways in which the Society provides access between Supreme Court Justices and its donors. As part of and in addition to its educational mission, the Society… Continue Reading


07.12.23

Durbin Questions Latest Nominees In Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, questioned Jerry Edwards, Jr., nominated to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana, about his legal experience at today's Judiciary Committee nominations hearing. "Mr. Edwards, you have been a litigator since 2006, working in both private practice and at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Shreveport. Before that, you clerked for two judges on the First Judicial District… Continue Reading


07.12.23

Durbin, Wicker Reintroduce Legislation To Promote Study Abroad

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) today reintroduced the bipartisan, bicameral Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Program Act, which renames a competitive grant program run by the Department of State to the Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Program. The grant encourages institutions of higher education to sustainably expand study abroad opportunities to nontraditional locations for underserved American undergraduate students. It is named … Continue Reading


07.12.23

Durbin Delivers Opening Statement During Judiciary Committee Hearing On Latest Nominations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today delivered an opening statement at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nominations of Jerry Edwards, Jr., to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana; Brandon S. Long, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana; Matthew James Maddox, to be United States District Judge for the District of Maryland; and Philip S. Hadji, to be … Continue Reading


07.10.23

Durbin, Whitehouse Announce July 20 Vote in Senate Judiciary Committee on Supreme Court Ethics, Recusal, and Transparency Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Federal Courts, Oversight, Agency Action, and Federal Rights, today announced that the Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up and vote on Whitehouse's Supreme Court Ethics, Recusal, and Transparency (SCERT) Act on Thursday, July 20. The bill would require Supreme Court justices to adopt a code of conduct, c… Continue Reading


07.06.23

Durbin Statement on End of Supreme Court Term & Upcoming Vote on Ethics Reform Legislation

BLOOMINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today released the following statement regarding the end of the Supreme Court term and his commitment to advance ethics reform legislation in the upcoming work period: "'God save the United States and this Honorable Court!' These are the words spoken by the Marshal when she gavels the Supreme Court into session. But many questions remain at the end of the Court's latest term regarding its rep… Continue Reading


07.06.23

Durbin Calls For Abolition Of Special Management Unit, Continued Reforms To Prevent Abuse At USP Thomson

BLOOMINGTON - Today, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement regarding new reports by The Marshall Project and NPR, as well as Washington Lawyers' Committee, of abuse at USP Thomson: "Throughout my congressional career, I've sought to address injustices facing incarcerated people and their families. Last summer, I was deeply disturbed by reports of abuses at USP Thomson. I called for an investigation, which the Just… Continue Reading


07.05.23

Durbin Discusses Preserving National Historical Sites With Looking For Lincoln Leaders

SPRINGFIELD - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with Sarah Watson, Executive Director of Looking for Lincoln and the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area (ALNHA), and Dr. Collin Hitt, the Board Chair of Looking forLincoln, to discuss the importance of preserving national historical sites in Illinois. During the meeting, Durbin received an update on Looking for Lincoln's efforts to promote the story of recently-established New Philadelphia National Historical Site, which … Continue Reading


07.05.23

Durbin Visits Simmons Cancer Institute To Discuss Nationwide Shortage Of Cancer Drugs

SPRINGFIELD - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today held a news conference at the Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU Medicine to discuss the shortage of life-saving drugs for cancer patients. Last month, Durbin urged the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to use the Agency's authority to immediately address the ongoing shortage as it threatens the lives of patients nationwide. FDA has since agreed to import one of the drugs for which U.S. hospitals are seei… Continue Reading


07.04.23

Durbin Statement Marking One Year Since The Highland Park Shooting

HIGHLAND PARK - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today released the following statement marking one year since the shooting in Highland Park, Illinois: "As we mark one year since the shooting in Highland Park, my sincerest condolences go to the families, friends, and loved ones of Katie Goldstein, Irina McCarthy, Kevin Michael McCarthy, Stephen Straus, Jacki Lovi Sundheim, Nicolás Toledo, and Eduardo Uvaldo-as well as those who were injured or subjected to the trauma of the… Continue Reading


06.30.23

Durbin, Graham Lead Bipartisan Judiciary Committee Letter To Mark Zuckerberg On Child Sexual Abuse Material On Instagram

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, led a bipartisan group of ten Judiciary Committee members in a letter to Mark Zuckerberg, Chairman and CEO of Meta, regarding recent reporting that Instagram's algorithm promotes and facilitates sexual interest in and activity with children, including the production and sharing of Child Sexual Abuse Material … Continue Reading


06.30.23

Durbin Statement On Supreme Court Striking Down Biden Administration’s Student Loan Debt Relief Plan In Overreaching Decision

CHICAGO - Today, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court's ruling in Biden v. Nebraska: "Today's ruling by the Supreme Court hurts the tens of millions of Americans who are plagued by student loan debt in pursuit of a quality education, particularly low-and middle-income borrowers and communities of color. Working families are buried in so much student debt that they can't afford to b… Continue Reading


06.30.23

Durbin Statement On The Supreme Court Allowing Businesses To Discriminate Against LGBTQ+ Customers

CHICAGO - Today, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court's ruling in 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis: "It's shameful that the Supreme Court just issued a ruling that mistakes freedom of expression as a reason to deny service to LGBTQ+ people - on the final day of Pride Month. It's nothing short of a license to discriminate, signed by the highest court in the land. "Yet again, the conservativ… Continue Reading


06.29.23

Durbin Announces $6.3 Million For Rockford Mass Transit Electric Vehicles

ROCKFORD - U.S. Senator Durbin (D-IL) today announced $6.3 million in federal funding to help convert the Rockford Mass Transit District's (RMTD) fleet to electric vehicles. This funding comes from $2.3 million in Congressionally Directed Spending (CDS) Durbin secured in the Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) Omnibus Appropriations Act for the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and $4 million from Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Low-No Emission Bus Grants Program, which Durbin pushed to sign… Continue Reading


06.29.23

Durbin Discusses Ukraine’s Future In The Eu & Nato With Chair Of The Verkhovna Rada

ROCKFORD - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Co-Chair of the Senate Ukraine Caucus, today discussed Ukraine's future in the European Union (EU) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) with Chair of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Ruslan Stefanchuk, ahead of the NATO Summit. Durbin will travel to Vilnius, Lithuania next week for the NATO Summit with Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Thom Tillis (R-NC), where he will express his support for Ukraine's future in the EU and NAT… Continue Reading


06.29.23

Durbin, Padilla Ask Secretary Becerra For Answers Regarding Reports That Warnings Of Threats To The Safety And Well-Being Of Unaccompanied Migrant Children Were Dismissed

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-CA), Chair of the Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, and Border Safety, sent a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra requesting information related to reports that HHS received warnings that unaccompanied children were being released from HHS custody into situations that presented a risk of labor exploitation and tr… Continue Reading

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