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05.02.23

Durbin Reflects On Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing On The Devastating Fallout Since The Supreme Court Overruled Roe V. Wade

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, spoke on the Senate floor on the state of reproductive rights in America and steps he's taking to shine a light on the serious threats to abortion rights nationwide, including holding last week's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the issue. The hearing, entitled "The Assault on Reproductive Rights in a Post-Dobbs America," examined the devastating fallout since the U.S. Supreme Court overrule… Continue Reading


05.02.23

Durbin Honors Illinois National Guard As It Marks 300th Anniversary

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today delivered a speech on the Senate floor commemorating the Illinois National Guard's 300th anniversary. In his remarks, Durbin thanked the members of the Illinois National Guard. "'Always ready, always there.' That is the motto of the Illinois National Guard. And for three centuries, in times of war and peace, it has lived up to that promise," Durbin began. "As the Illinois National Guard celebrates its 300th anniversary, we than… Continue Reading


05.02.23

Durbin Discusses Illinois Agricultural Priorities With Xochitl Torres Small, Biden Nominee For USDA Deputy Secretary

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today met with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Rural Development Xochitl Torres Small, who has been nominated to serve as USDA Deputy Secretary. During their meeting, Durbin spoke with Torres Small about Illinois agricultural priorities and the upcoming Farm Bill. "I appreciate having the opportunity to discuss Illinois agriculture, con… Continue Reading


05.02.23

Durbin, Duckworth, Blumenthal Introduce Legislation Opening The Courthouse Doors To Consumers, Workers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and a group of 34 Senators in introducing legislation to stop the use of unfair forced arbitration clauses, which are widely used to limit Americans' access to justice. The FAIR (Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal) Actwould eliminate forced arbitration clauses in consumer, antitrust, employment, and civil rights cases, and would allow consumers and workers t… Continue Reading


05.02.23

Durbin Questions Witnesses During Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing On Supreme Court Ethics Reform

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today questioned witnesses during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing entitled, "Supreme Court Ethics Reform." The hearing, as well as Durbin's questions, emphasized the clear need for reform and examined common sense proposals to hold Justices to - at minimum - the same ethical standards as every other court and agency in the federal government. Durbin began his questioning by reminding the C… Continue Reading


05.02.23

Durbin Joins In Introduction Of The Bipartisan Kids Online Safety Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, joined U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) in introducing the Kids Online Safety Act, bipartisan legislation to protect children online and hold Big Tech accountable. Durbin recently unveiled his new efforts to stop the exploitation of children online in a speech on the Senate floor. "There's a grave threat to America's future lurking online. Big Tech giants and… Continue Reading


05.02.23

Durbin Delivers Opening Statement During Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing On Supreme Court Ethics Reform

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today delivered an opening statement during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing entitled, "Supreme Court Ethics Reform." The hearing follows a steady stream of revelations calling Justices' ethics standards and practices into question. The hearing will emphasize the clear need for reform and examine common sense proposals to hold Justices to - at minimum - the same ethical standards as every ot… Continue Reading


05.02.23

Durbin Meets With Illinois J Street Members

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with Illinois and national members of J Street to discuss the U.S.-Israeli relationship and challenges in the region. During the meeting, they discussed the importance of a two-state solution, further settlement expansion that undermines such a goal, and the continued threat posed by Iran. "J Street understands the importance of a two-state solution for the Israeli and Palestinian people, and I hope that political leaders on… Continue Reading


05.01.23

Senate Confirms Anthony Johnstone To The Ninth Circuit Court Of Appeals

WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Senate confirmed Anthony Johnstone to the United States Circuit Court for the Ninth Circuit. U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement regarding Mr. Johnstone's confirmation: "Anthony Johnstone is an accomplished appellate litigator and academic ready to serve the Ninth Circuit on day one. He began his legal career clerking for Judge Sidney Thomas, who Mr. Johnstone will now succeed on th… Continue Reading


05.01.23

Durbin, Duckworth Join Colleagues To Press Fda For Timely Implementation Of Ban On Menthol Cigarettes, Flavored Cigars

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and 18 of their colleagues in sending a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Robert Califf, urging the FDA to promptly finalize its April 28, 2022 announced proposed rules to end the sale of menthol flavor in cigarettes and all flavors in cigars. "We urge the FDA to act with urgency to solidify and enforce the ban on these harmful pro… Continue Reading


05.01.23

Durbin, Klobuchar Reintroduce Comprehensive Legislation To Address Threats Targeting Election Workers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and U.S. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, reintroduced comprehensive legislation to address threats to election workers. The Election Worker Protection Act would provide states with the resources to recruit and train election workers and ensure these workers' safety, while also instituting federal safeguards to shield election workers from int… Continue Reading


04.28.23

Durbin, Duckworth, Colleagues Introduce Safe Banking Act To Improve Community Safety And Banking Access For Legal Cannabis Businesses

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Steve Daines (R-MT) to reintroduce the bipartisan Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act of 2023. This bill would ensure that legal cannabis businesses would have access to critical banking and financial services. Most state legal medicinal or recreational cannabis businesses are denied access to traditional and secure banking systems and finan… Continue Reading


04.28.23

Durbin, Illinois Attorney General Raoul Urge FDA To Heed Lessons On Youth Vaping Epidemic From Recent Juul Settlement

CHICAGO - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul today urged the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf to consider the findings from Illinois' recent $462 million settlement with JUUL and six other states, as part of the FDA's ongoing examination of the youth vaping epidemic and JUUL's e-cigarette application for marketing authorization. Attorney General Raoul had sued JUUL in 2019 alleging the company marketed its harm… Continue Reading


04.28.23

Durbin, Thune Statement On Biden Administration Decision To Sell E15 Fuel Through Summer

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Senate Minority Whip John Thune (R-SD), both members of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today released the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) decision to allow summer sales of higher-ethanol E15 gasoline: "We are pleased that EPA heeded our calls and is using its existing authority to prevent the disruption of sales of E15 fuel this summer. It remains a strai… Continue Reading


04.28.23

Durbin, Hirono, Wyden, Whitehouse, Booker Introduce Adjunct Faculty Loan Fairness Act To Expand Public Service Loan Forgiveness To Adjunct Professors

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Senators Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) reintroduced the Adjunct Faculty Loan Fairness Act to allow part-time faculty at colleges and universities - who are often have high student debt loads and are paid low wages with few benefits - to be eligible to participate in the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. PSLF is designed to encourage graduates to p… Continue Reading


04.27.23

Senate Judiciary Committee Advances Judge Amanda Brailsford For Confirmation By Full Senate

WASHINGTON - Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced the nomination of Judge Amanda Brailsford to the District of Idaho by voice vote for consideration by the full Senate. "Judge Amanda Brailsford's nomination embodies the good-faith cooperation that the American people expect when filling vacancies on the federal bench. She is experienced in both criminal and civil law matters, earned the support of both Republican Senators from Idaho, and would be the first woman to serve as district c… Continue Reading


04.27.23

Durbin Statement Following The Joint Session Of Congress With South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement after today's Joint Session of Congress with South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol. Following the Joint Session of Congress, Durbin met with his guest, Julie Eunju Choi, the 35th President of the Korean American Association of Chicago. "Today's Joint Session of Congress is a reminder of the importance of reaffirming our critical international relationships that have been at the forefront of President Bi… Continue Reading


04.27.23

Durbin Meets Illinois Teacher Of The Year

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with Kimberly Radostits, who was awarded Illinois Teacher of the Year by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). Ms. Radostits is an 8th to 12th grade Spanish teacher at Oregon High School in Oregon, Illinois, where she also leads a freshman mentoring program, Hawks Take Flight, with the goal of keeping students on track for four-year graduation. Hawks Take Flight uses an early warning system to identify students w… Continue Reading


04.27.23

Durbin Statement On Failed Senate Vote On The Equal Rights Amendment

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today released the following statement after Senate Republicans voted against S.J.Res.4, a bipartisan, joint resolution removing the deadline for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), which would enshrine gender equality into the Constitution: "Today, Senate Republicans failed to secure the rights of every American by voting against the Equal Rights Amendment. Right now, women al… Continue Reading


04.27.23

Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats Ask Chief Justice Roberts For Information Regarding Supreme Court Ethics Ahead Of Hearing On May 2

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today led all Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats in a letter to Chief Justice John Roberts seeking additional information on the "Statement on Ethics Principles and Practices" the Chief Justice attached in a letter to Durbin declining his invitation to testify before the Committee on May 2 at a public hearing regarding Supreme Court ethics reform. "On April 25, you sent a letter to the Senate … Continue Reading

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