Press Releases


Statement of Sen. Dick Durbin Regarding IRS Decision Not to Renew Contracts with Private Debt Collectors

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - The Senate's Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) tonight issued the following statement regarding the announcement by the IRS that they will not continue the program to outsource tax debt collection: "The collection of federal taxes is a core government function. Until private debt collectors can prove they can do the job better, do it more efficiently and do it at a lower cost than the IRS, there is no reason we should continue this program. "The bottom lin… Continue Reading


Durbin Announces More Than $467 Million in DOT Grants for Illinois Transit

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced today that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has made $467,537,681 in grants available to the state of Illinois under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Today's funding is part of the $7.4 billion in DOT grants for transit projects nationwide. Additionally, Illinois will be eligible to compete for $100 million in grants will be available to public transit agencies nationwide for capital investments to help reduce the… Continue Reading


Durbin Welcomes Benedictine University President as Special Guest to the Joint Session of Congress

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today welcomed the President of Benedictine University, William Carroll, as his guest to an address given by the British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown to a special joint session of Congress. Before attending the joint session, Durbin and Carroll discussed how the recent increase in Pell Grants included in the Economic Recovery Act that will help more students in Illinois and around the country afford a college education. Durbin also welcomed tw… Continue Reading


Durbin Meets with Springfield / Sangamon County Community Partnership

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with the Springfield / Sangamon County Community Partnership group which included Springfield Mayor Tim Davlin, Illinois Air National Guard Commander Brigadier General Jay Sheedy, members of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce, representatives from the Springfield Fire Fighters and several other labor and local governments leaders. They discussed the region's federal priorities and moving forward with their effort to find a new flyin… Continue Reading


Durbin, Gregg, Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Comprehensive Bill to Reform FDA's Food Safety Systems

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Judd Gregg (R-NH), Ted Kennedy (D-MA) and Richard Burr (R-NC) today introduced bipartisan legislation that will dramatically improve the way the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) protects the safety of the nation's food supply. The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act will give the FDA new authorities, tools and resources to comprehensively reform the nation's food safety systems. The bill is also cosponsored by Senators Chris Dodd (D-CT), Lam… Continue Reading


Reunification of Cyprus

Delivered on the floor of the United States Senate. Madam President, in the last few decades we have seen historic changes around the world--the end of apartheid in South Africa, the peaceful collapse of the Soviet Union, the dismantling of the Berlin Wall, a wave of democratization across Eastern Europe and Latin America. My mother's homeland, her land of birth, the country of Lithuania, was once occupied by Nazis and then the Soviets. Today, it is a free, prosperous, democratic … Continue Reading


Durbin, Klobuchar Introduce Bill to Combat Organized Retail Crime

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) have introduced legislation that would crack down on organized retail crime (ORC). The Combating Organized Retail Crime Act confronts the growing problem of organized criminal activity involving stolen and resold retail goods by creating stricter penalties for those found guilty of organized retail crime and by facilitating the identification and prosecution of those who participate in it. "In the midst of the dee… Continue Reading


Durbin, Lowey Introduce Legislation to Address Nationwide Nursing Shortage

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Citing a report by the United States Department of Health and Human Services that predicts the United States will face a shortage of more than one million nurses by 2020, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) today introduced legislation in the Senate - Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) will introduce companion legislation in the House next week - to address one of the major causes of the nationwide nursing shortage - an insufficient number of nurse educators. Last year, nursing colleges… Continue Reading


Durbin: Legislation to Name Rockford Courthouse After Judge Roszkowski Passes Senate

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin announced today's the passage of legislation to name the United States District Courthouse in Rockford, Illinois after Stanley J. Roszkowski, former Federal Judge in the Northern District of Illinois. Roszkowski, who served in combat as a member of a bomber crew in World War II, played an integral role in bringing a new federal courthouse to Rockford. The bill must now pass the House of Representatives. "I am proud that my colleagues have approve… Continue Reading


Durbin: President Obama's Budget Restores Responsibility and Invests in the Future

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) said the budget President Obama delivered to Congress today is an important break past policies and responsibly invests in the future of the country. "We've inherited a mess - the result of mistaken policies, misplaced priorities and an era of profound irresponsibility," Durbin said. "This irresponsibility ends right now. The President's budget is up-front and honest about the challenges we face and makes the tough choices necessary to get… Continue Reading


Durbin Introduces Bill to Crack Down on Excessive Interest Rates and Fees

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] -U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced the Protecting Consumers from Unreasonable Credit Rates Act today - a bill to eliminate the excessive rates and fees that some consumers are charged for payday loans, car title loans and other types of credit. "Within blocks of my home in Springfield, Illinois, there are payday lenders charging interest rates of two and three hundred percent of the value of the loan," Durbin said. "These excessive rates are often hidden and can ha… Continue Reading


Durbin and Wicker Introduce Paul Simon Study Abroad Foundation Act


Durbin Statement on President Obama's Address to Joint Session of Congress

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement following President Obama's address to a joint session of Congress. "Tonight's speech, focused on the important things people care about across America and certainly across Illinois." "President Obama talked about jobs, and that's something we're all worried about. Millions of people have lost their jobs across the country and Congress passed an economic recovery bill that will get people back to work a… Continue Reading


Bill to Name Springfield Post Office After Colonel John H. Wilson, Jr. Headed to President's Desk

[WASHINGTON, DC] - The House of Representatives today gave final passage to legislation introduced by Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Congressman Phil Hare (D-IL) to name the post office located at 2105 East Cook Street in Springfield after Colonel John H. Wilson, Jr. The bill now heads to the President's desk. "Colonel Wilson was a true American hero who served our country during World War II and served my hometown of Springfield for 57 years as an employee of the U.S. Postal Service," said … Continue Reading


Durbin Hosts Two Illinois Soldiers for Today's Presidential Address

[WASHINGTON, DC] - TODAY, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) hosted two wounded Illinois soldiers as his guests for the President Barack Obama's Address to a Joint Session of Congress. In what has become an annual tradition, two soldiers who served in Iraq, Sergeant Ralph McCallum II of Springfield, Illinois and Sergeant Rafael Delgado of Chicago, Illinois joined Durbin as his guests at the Joint Session of Congress and the Secretary of the Senate's dinner immediately preceding the President's … Continue Reading


Durbin Statement on White House Fiscal Responsibility Summit

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) issued the following statement after participating in President Obama's Fiscal Responsibility Summit. Held today at the White House, the summit was the first of a series of bipartisan discussions on how we can address the long-term fiscal problems facing the nation. "Today's summit brought together a diverse and bipartisan group of individuals around a common goal - to look beyond the immediate economic crisis and put our nation on sound f… Continue Reading


Durbin Announces a $3 Million DOT Grant for Greater Peoria Regional Airport

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced today that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded a $3,000,000 grant to construct a new terminal facility at Greater Peoria Regional Airport. This grant will fund an essential upgrade of the airport's infrastructure that will support the Peoria Airport Authority's effort to serve travelers safely and efficiently while remaining competitive in the region. The Greater Peoria Regional Airport is a public airport south… Continue Reading


Durbin Statement on Senator Roland Burris

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) issued the following statement today on the evolving situation regarding Senator Roland Burris (D-IL): "When we met with Roland Burris in January, we made it clear that in order for him to be seated in the U.S. Senate he needed to meet two requirements - first, that he submit the proper paperwork certifying his appointment, and second, that he appear before the General Assembly's Impeachment Committee to testify openly, honestly and complet… Continue Reading


Durbin to Travel to Cyprus, Greece and Turkey This Week

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) will travel to Cyprus, Greece and Turkey over the President's Day congressional recess. The primary focus of this trip will be the tense political situation in Cyprus. Durbin will depart Saturday, traveling first to Cyprus, then on to Greece and Turkey. Stops in Nicosia, Athens, Ankara and Istanbul are currently planned. Due to security concerns, specific details of the trip will not be released in advance. "For mo… Continue Reading


Durbin, Burris, Illinois Delegation Call on President to Provide Federal Relief for Nine Illinois Counties

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Roland Burris (D-IL) were joined by members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation today in requesting that President Obama declare nine Illinois counties - Alexander, Gallatin, Hardin, Johnson, Massac, Pope, Pulaski, Saline and Union - federal disaster areas. Members signing on to today's letter include Representatives Jerry Costello (D-IL), Bill Foster (D-IL), Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), Debbie Halverson (D-IL), Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL), Ti… Continue Reading

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