Press Releases

01.22.18

Durbin Statement On Path Forward For Bipartisan Immigration Bill

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today released the following statement after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) agreed to a path forward for the Dream Act and bipartisan immigration measures, and the Senate voted to advance a funding bill to re-open the federal government: "We have gathered the largest bipartisan group of Senators to ever commit to moving forward on the Dream Act and immigration. We have a process. I believe that that sets the stage for us… Continue Reading


01.19.18

Durbin To McConnell: There Is A Bipartisan Agreement On Immigration, Bring It To The Floor Now

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) again came to the Senate floor today to call on Republican leaders in Congress to pass the bipartisan agreement on immigration that was reached by himself and Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Cory Gardner (R-CO), and Robert Menendez (D-NJ). It has been more than four months since the Trump Administration terminated the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and called for Congress … Continue Reading


01.19.18

Durbin, Duckworth, Senate Dems Slam Trump Administration For Unprecedented, Harmful Medicaid Changes

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and 29 Senate Democrats sent a letter to Acting Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Eric Hargan expressing serious concern with recent administrative actions and calling into question the Trump Administration's decision to approve state Medicaid waivers that would eliminate health coverage for tens of thousands of Americans. Last week, Governor Bruce Rauner expressed support for these new federal rules that would make … Continue Reading


01.18.18

Durbin, Duckworth To Rauner: Where's Your Plan For IVH Quincy

WASHINGTON - Following Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner's press conference on January 10, 2018, where he stated that his new goal for the Illinois Veterans' Home (IVH) Quincy was to reach "zero instances of Legionella infection," U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today pressed Gov. Rauner for a copy of his Administration's plan of action to reach his stated goal. "This goal, and the need for a detailed plan of action, is critical and long overdue given the multiple outb… Continue Reading


01.16.18

Durbin Presses DHS Secretary On Bipartisan Immigration Deal, President's Remarks, At Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today pressed U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on the future of the Dream Act and her recollection of the January 11th meeting on immigration at the White House at an oversight hearing of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee. "Madame Secretary, I hope you remember me. We were together at two meetings last week. I'd like to ask you about one of those meetings. It occurred about noon on January the 11th. So… Continue Reading


01.12.18

Durbin, Duckworth Announce Screening Committee Application Process For Federal District Court In The Northern District Of Illinois

CHICAGO - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced that they will begin accepting applications from those interested in serving as a Federal District Court Judge in the Northern District of Illinois. The Senators will be assisted by a screening committee whose task is to review and vet District Court candidates and advise the Senators regarding the candidates' qualifications and fitness for the position. The Senators' screening committee in the Northern Dis… Continue Reading


01.12.18

Durbin Statement On Trump Remarks, Bipartisan Immigration Deal

CHICAGO-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement on his Thursday meeting at the White House to discuss the bipartisan immigration deal with President Trump: In the course of his comments, President Trump said things that were hate-filled, vile, and racist. He used those words, and he used them repeatedly. I cannot believe that in the history of the White House, in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our preside… Continue Reading


01.10.18

Durbin Statement On Gov. Rauner's Comments At Illinois Veterans' Home Quincy, Illinois General Assembly Hearing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today released the following statement after Governor Bruce Rauner concluded his stay at the Illinois Veterans' Home (IVH) Quincy and the Illinois General Assembly held a joint legislative hearing to examine the ongoing legionellosis outbreaks at IVH Quincy and the State's response: "While IVH Quincy is owned, operated, and managed by the State of Illinois, I've supported IVH Quincy through my role in the federal government and will continue to do so… Continue Reading


01.10.18

Durbin, Senators Press Education Department's FSA Chief For Details On Student Loan Disbursement Prepaid Card Pilot Program

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Jack Reed (D-RI), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) pressed Dr. Wayne Johnson, Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA), for additional information on a proposed pilot program that would disburse student financial aid through a prepaid card product. In a letter to Dr. Johnson, the lawmakers expressed that if FSA proceeds with a pilot program, it will n… Continue Reading


01.09.18

Durbin Statement On Bipartisan Immigration Meeting At White House

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement: The President and every member of Congress in that room agreed on the urgent need to fix this DACA crisis now. Republicans laid out their four priorities, and Democrats laid out ours: the Dream Act. The next step is for bipartisan negotiators, who have already been working for months, to immediately reach an agreement that can pass both chambers and be signed into law by January 19th. -30-… Continue Reading


01.08.18

Lawmakers File Amicus Brief Against Sessions' Efforts To Block Byrne-JAG Funds From American Cities

WASHINGTON-Twelve members of the United States Senate and 33 members of the United States House filed a Congressional amicus brief in the appeal of the case City of Chicago v. Sessions, which is the lawsuit that the City of Chicago brought in August seeking a preliminary injunction to stop Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) from blocking critical violence prevention funds from American cities in order to boost the Trump Administration's extreme immigration ag… Continue Reading


01.05.18

Durbin Statement On New White House Immigration Proposal

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement on the Trump Administration's immigration policy demands presented to Senate negotiators this afternoon. The White House released the same list of demands in October of 2017. Today, they demanded an additional $18 billion in funding for the construction of a border wall. "President Trump has said he may need a good government shutdown to get his wall. With this demand, he seems to be heading in that direc… Continue Reading


01.05.18

Durbin Visits Illinois Veterans' Home at Quincy

QUINCY - In the midst of growing concerns about Legionnaires' disease at Illinois veterans' homes, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin today visited Illinois Veterans' Home (IVH) at Quincy to meet with leadership and tour the facility. Durbin called for improved transparency from Governor Rauner and his Administration in disclosing all new cases of Legionnaires' disease and has urged the state to comply with all recommendations from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prevent future outb… Continue Reading


01.05.18

Durbin, Duckworth Urge DOJ And FCC To Closely Scrutinize Proposed Sinclair-Tribune Merger

SPRINGFIELD - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and seven other senators in urging the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to closely scrutinize media mergers that fall within their jurisdictions, particularly, the proposed Sinclair Broadcasting-Tribune Media merger. A combined Sinclair-Tribune would own 233 television stations and reach 72 percent of American households, af… Continue Reading


01.03.18

Durbin: The Clock Is Ticking On Dreamers

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) again came to the Senate floor today to call on Republican leaders in Congress to pass the bipartisan Dream Act now. More than 14,500 Dreamers have already lost their DACA status at a rate of roughly 1,000 each week. Beginning early this year, 1,000 additional young people will lose their protection from deportation each day. "I plead with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in this closely divided Senate before January 19 to get … Continue Reading


12.21.17

Durbin Statement On Government Funding and the Dream Act

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement: I did not support this government funding measure because it did not include the Dream Act. Since President Trump abolished DACA three months ago, more than 13,000 Dreamers have lost that protection-at a rate of 1,000 each week. This isn't just about the Dream Act for these young people-we are fighting for the American dream.… Continue Reading


12.21.17

Durbin: This Isn't Just About The Dream Act - It's About The American Dream

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) again came to the Senate floor today to call on Republican leaders in Congress to pass the bipartisan Dream Act now. More than 13,000 Dreamers have already lost their DACA status at a rate of roughly 1,000 each week. Beginning early next year, 1,000 additional young people will lose their protection from deportation each day. "In the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln was so frustrated with General McClellan-he wouldn't a… Continue Reading


12.21.17

Durbin Speaks With CDC Director About Deadly Situation At Quincy Veterans' Home

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today spoke with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald about the Illinois Veterans' Home (IVH) Quincy and the continued outbreaks of Legionnaires' disease, which have taken the lives of 13 veterans and residents over the past three years. During today's call, Dr. Fitzgerald noted that CDC staff visited IVH Quincy in early December and took samples. The laboratory results from those tests will be completed in … Continue Reading


12.21.17

Durbin, Duckworth Press Metra, Amtrak, Freight Rail for Update on Positive Train Control Safety Technology

WASHINGTON-Following the tragic Amtrak derailment in Washington this week that left at least three people dead and about 100 others injured, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today pressed Metra, Amtrak, and the American Association of Railroads (AAR) to provide the Illinois Delegation with an update on their ongoing efforts to implement positive train control (PTC) safety technology in Illinois by the December 31, 2018 statutory deadline. PTC is a federally mandated c… Continue Reading


12.21.17

Illinois Congressional Delegation Urges CMS To Approve Illinois's 1115 Medicaid Waiver

WASHINGTON - The Illinois Congressional Delegation today pressed the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma to promptly approve Illinois's Section 1115 Medicaid Demonstration Waiver. Section 1115 Medicaid Demonstration Waivers provide states an avenue to test new approaches in Medicaid, and Illinois's waiver would help provide more tools to address mental illness and combat the opioid epidemic. Illinois's waiver application has been stuck at CMS review for m… Continue Reading

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