Press Releases


Durbin Questions Sinclair Broadcasting Dictating Content To Local News Stations

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today called on Sinclair Broadcasting Group Executive Chairman David Smith to explain his company's policy regarding mandating content for local news stations, as well as whether employment consequences exist for local news anchors who do not deliver scripted content from the broadcasting giant. A recent report showing local news anchors reading the same script verbatim continues the troubling history of Sinclair dictating content to its… Continue Reading


Durbin Visits Boeing, Highlights New Funding for Manufacturing Lines

ST. LOUIS - New federal investments in Boeing's Super Hornet and Growler aircraft will provide critical support for thousands of employees in the Metro East, said U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) following a tour of Boeing's St. Louis facility today. As Vice Chairman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, Durbin worked with Navy leaders to ensure the Fiscal Year 2019 budget includes the purchase of 110 new Super Hornets over the next five years - critical for employees in the region whose jo… Continue Reading


Durbin, Duckworth Join Call For Full Funding Of Refugee Programs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and 22 of their colleagues in a letter to Senate appropriators, calling for robust funding for programs affecting refugees and other vulnerable migrant populations. The letter follows President Trump's budget request for fiscal year 2019, which seeks to slash funding for critical humanitarian programs. The President's proposed cuts would underfund key refugee resettlement accounts … Continue Reading


Durbin, Duckworth Highlight How Additional Federal Funding For Veterans Could Help Improve Quincy Veterans' Home, Protect Residents From Legionnaires' Disease

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) outlined today how additional federal funds secured in last week's omnibus funding agreement could be used by the State of Illinois to protect the Illinois Veterans' Home (IVH) in Quincy from Legionnaires' Disease and construct a new Veterans' Home in Chicago. Duckworth pushed for more than half a billion dollars in additional funding for construction at state-run Veteran health facilities like IVH Quincy, all of whic… Continue Reading


Durbin Calls On Top Justice Department Officials To Commit To Protect The Special Counsel

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), along with a group of eight other members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is calling for a public commitment to protect the integrity and independence of Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his investigation by the top officials who follow Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in the Department of Justice's line of succession. The Senators' request follows growing concern about possible political interference in Mueller's inquiry. "We have… Continue Reading


Durbin, Winnebago County Leaders Discuss Efforts to Combat Opioid Crisis, New Funding in Federal Spending Bill

ROCKFORD - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with local doctors and treatment professionals at Mercyhealth Hospital to learn about efforts in Winnebago County to combat the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic. Senator Durbin highlighted major opioid-related funding increases in the fiscal year 2018 omnibus spending bill, which was signed into law last week, including more than $3 billion in new funding for treatment, prevention, and research to fight the opioid crisis. Durbin also di… Continue Reading


Durbin, Democratic Senators Warn CFPB Against Repeal Of Rule Cracking Down On Predatory Payday Lending Schemes

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and 42 of his Senate colleagues sent a letter to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Acting Director Leandra English and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney urging them to end any efforts to undermine and repeal the CFPB's payday lending rule, which represents an important step in reining in predatory business practices by payday lenders nationwide that are designed to exploit the financial … Continue Reading


Durbin Discusses New Federal Investments in Medical Research

CHICAGO - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced new federal investments included in last week's omnibus spending bill that will help Chicago's biomedical research institutions continue their important work creating new technologies and finding ways to treat and cure disease. The Fiscal Year 2018 omnibus includes a $3 billion (or nearly 9 percent) increase for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a $1 billion (or 14 percent) increase for the Centers for Disease Control and Preventio… Continue Reading


Durbin Statement On Omnibus Funding Bill

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement regarding the omnibus funding bill: "While this bill seemingly addresses every subject under the sun, it does not address the looming fate that our Dreamers face in America. I'm disappointed by this, but will continue to fight to protect Dreamers and fix the crisis that President Trump created by shutting down the DACA program. "What this bill does include is important investments for the people of Illinois, including… Continue Reading


Durbin Asks Consent To Pass The Dream Act

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) asked unanimous consent that the Senate pass the bipartisan Dream Act. Republican leaders and President Trump have rejected multiple bipartisan offers to address the DACA crisis created by the President on September 5th, 2017. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) objected, and instead countered with President Trump's immigration plan, which garnered the least support of any immigration measure considered by the Senate earlier this year, fail… Continue Reading


Ahead of March For Our Lives, Durbin Calls On Republicans To Stand Up To The NRA & Support Meaningful Gun Violence Prevention Legislation

WASHINGTON-As tens of thousands of students and supporters of gun violence prevention prepare to march in Washington D.C., Chicago, and cities and towns across America, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today slammed President Trump and the Republican majority in Congress for still being unwilling to push for any gun reforms that the gun sales lobby opposes. "On March 24, students and Americans of all ages will march in the streets to honor those who have been lost to senseless gun violence and… Continue Reading


Durbin, Dem Senators Press DHS IG To Investigate Allegations Of Separation Of Children From Asylum-Seeking Parents At U.S. Border

WASHINGTON-Following recent reports of the case of a seven-year-old girl and her mother from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) who were separated for more than four months after they presented themselves at the U.S. border and sought protection in accordance with the law, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and 23 of his Senate colleagues today pressed the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Inspector General to investigate allegations that DHS is separating the chi… Continue Reading


Durbin Joins 32 Members Of Congress In Introducing Bill To Stem Student Debt Relief

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today joined Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) and 31 other members of Congress in introducing the Debt-Free College Act, legislation that will reverse the growing student debt crisis in the United States. The bill restores a path to affordable college by providing states incentives through matching grants to increase investments in public higher education and provide students with debt-free college. According to estimates, Illinois would be one of ten st… Continue Reading


Ahead Of Senate Vote On War Powers, Durbin Calls On Congress To Halt Unauthorized U.S. Military Involvement In Yemen

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today called on the Senate to pass a bipartisan joint war powers resolution to end unauthorized U.S. military involvement in Yemen. The Senate is expected to vote on the matter this afternoon. "The obvious question to ask is, in the 16 years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan and other places in the world, how many other times have the United States Senate and House of Representatives come together to debate the wisdom of a decision about co… Continue Reading


Durbin Statement On New White House War On Drugs

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement: We cannot arrest our way out of the opioid epidemic-we tried that and ended up with an even bigger addiction problem and the world's largest prison population. Everyone from doctors to law enforcement understands that addiction is a disease, not a moral failing that can be beaten simply by getting 'tough on crime.' The war on drugs didn't work in the 80's, and it won't work now by reviving failed dete… Continue Reading


For Second Year In A Row, Durbin Duckworth, LaHood & Bustos Call On President Trump To Support Peoria Ag Lab And Scrap Plans To Shut Its Doors

CHICAGO - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Representatives Darin LaHood (R-IL-18) and Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17) today to call on President Donald Trump to once again scrap plans to close the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research (NCAUR) in Peoria, Illinois - also known as the Peoria Ag Lab. The Trump Administration's fiscal year 2019 budget proposed closing 12 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agriculture Research Service (ARS) laboratorie… Continue Reading


Durbin Joins Colleagues In Calling On Key Senate Committee To Take Action On Legislation To Fund Gun Violence Research At CDC

CHICAGO-U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today joined Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and 25 other Senators in calling on leaders of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee to immediately act on legislation to fund gun violence prevention research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A Republican appropriations rider, first authorized by then-Congressman Jay Dickey (R-AR) in 1996, prohibits the CDC from using federal funds to advocate or promote gun contro… Continue Reading


Durbin Meets With CDC, Continues To Press For Swift Action At IVH Quincy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with Dr. Anne Schuchat, Acting Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to get an update on the Legionnaires' disease outbreak at the Illinois Veterans Home (IVH) Quincy. Given the failure by the Rauner Administration to adequately address this ongoing crisis, Durbin, along with Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), pressed CDC to take a greater leadership role in helping to address the public health crisis at IVH Quincy i… Continue Reading


Durbin, Hassan Call On Ashford University To Halt New GI Bill Enrollments Amid Questions Of Eligibility

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) today called on Bridgepoint Education - Ashford University's parent company - to immediately halt new GI Bill enrollments at Ashford until their eligibility is resolved with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). With its future GI Bill eligibility in doubt, Ashford University announced on November 14, 2017, that it would voluntarily "suspend new enrollment of veteran students utilizing GI Bill benefits." Stunningly, accord… Continue Reading


Durbin: President Trump And Congressional Republicans Should Listen To Students, Majority Of Americans And Finally Act To Help Prevent Gun Violence

WASHINGTON-As thousands of students across the United States walked out of their classrooms to demand action on gun violence, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today called on President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans to finally stand up to the gun sales lobby and act to help prevent gun violence and mass shootings in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. The hearing was held in response to the February 14, 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Pa… Continue Reading

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