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04.26.23

Durbin Delivers Opening Statement During 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, today delivered an opening statement during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing to examine the devastating fallout since the U.S. Supreme Court overruledRoe v. Wade in June 2022. "The Assault on Reproductive Rights in a Post-Dobbs America" is the first hearing focused on reproductive rights in the House or the Senate this Congress. Today's hearing follows the full committee hearing Durbin held… Continue Reading


04.26.23

Durbin Meets With Marshal Of The Polish Senate, Tomasz Grodzki

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Co-Chair of the Senate Ukraine Caucus, today met with Marshal of the Polish Senate, Tomasz Grodzki, to discuss continued support for Ukraine following Putin's unjustified war. They also discussed their continued support for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the strong U.S.-Polish bilateral relationship. "Poland has proven to be a key leader in Eastern Europe and a critical ally to our friends in Ukraine as Vladimir P… Continue Reading


04.26.23

Durbin Meets With Australian Ambassador To The U.S., Kevin Rudd

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Co-Chair of the bicameral Friends of Australia Caucus, met with Australian Ambassador to the U.S., Kevin Rudd, to discuss U.S.-Australian cooperation and ongoing partnerships. U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Congressman Joe Courtney (D-CT-02) also joined the meeting. "As the Friends of Australia Caucus Co-Chair, I was pleased to meet with new Australian Ambassador to the U.S., Kevin Rudd," said Durbin. "He understand the long-t… Continue Reading


04.25.23

Durbin Statement On Chief Justice Roberts Declining To Testify Before The Judiciary Committee Regarding Supreme Court Ethics

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today released the following statement after Chief Justice John Roberts declined Durbin's invitation for the Chief Justice, or another Justice whom he designates, to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 2 to testify at a public hearing regarding Supreme Court ethics reform. The Chief Justice's response is available here. "The Senate Judiciary Committee will proceed with our May 2 … Continue Reading


04.25.23

Durbin Speaks With U.S. Transportation Command, Discusses Military Readiness

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, today spoke by phone with the Commander of U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM) General Jacqueline D. Van Ovost. TRANSCOM, headquartered at Scott Air Force Base, is tasked with delivering manpower, material, and humanitarian assistance around the world for the Department of Defense (DOD). During their call, Durbin and General Van Ovost discussed TRANSCOM's critical m… Continue Reading


04.24.23

Durbin Urges DOJ, USPS To Work Together To Protect Letter Carriers And Better Investigate And Prosecute Armed Robberies

CHICAGO - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today held a news conference with members of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) to call on the Department of Justice (DOJ) and United States Postal Service (USPS) to take necessary action to respond to the increase in armed robberies of letter carriers. In a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland and USPS Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, Durbin urged DOJ and USPS to work together … Continue Reading


04.22.23

Durbin Receives Response To April 10th Letter To Chief Justice Roberts On Supreme Court Ethical Standards

SPRINGFIELD - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today released the following statement after receiving a response to an April 10th letter he and other Senate Judiciary Committee Democratic members sent to Chief Justice John Roberts urging the Chief Justice to investigate ProPublicareports that Justice Clarence Thomas accepted and failed to disclose 20 years' worth of lavish gifts and luxury travel from prominent Republican donor Harlan Crow. … Continue Reading


04.21.23

Durbin Statement On Supreme Court’s Decision To Preserve Access To The Abortion Pill Mifepristone

SPRINGFIELD - Tonight, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court's decision to preserve access to the abortion pill mifepristone: "Tonight's decision out of the Supreme Court is good news for millions of women nationwide who deserve the right to make their own reproductive health care decisions and will still have access to a drug that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ruled to be saf… Continue Reading


04.21.23

Durbin Joins Introduction Of Legislation To Avoid Catastrophic Debt Default

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) this week joined U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) to reintroduce legislation to avoid default by repealing the national debt ceiling, an arbitrary limit set by Congress on the amount of funding that the United States Treasury may borrow. In practice, the debt limit has no impact on government spending, which is authorized and approved through the federal budget and appropriations process. Instead, the ceiling restricts the U.S. Treasury … Continue Reading


04.21.23

Durbin Warns Illinois Education Professionals To Sound The Alarm On For-Profit Colleges

SPRINGFIELD - As high school seniors consider their plans for higher education this spring, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) is enlisting the help of Illinois high school principals, counselors, and teachers to warn college-bound students and their families about the risks associated with attending for-profit colleges. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. is facing a concerning workforce shortage across several industries, including the health care and education fields, in … Continue Reading


04.21.23

Durbin Visits Big Brothers Big Sisters To Announce $500,000 To Expand Youth Mentoring Efforts

CHICAGO - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today visited Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago (BBBSCHI) to discuss the $500,000 in federal funding he secured through Congressionally-directed spending in the Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) Omnibus appropriations bill for the expansion of their youth mentoring efforts to include the West and far South Sides of Chicago and south suburban Cook County. "Too many children grow up facing life's challenges without a strong support system,"said Durb… Continue Reading


04.20.23

Durbin Applauds Senate Passage Of Fire Grants And Safety Act

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, applauded the Senate passage of the bipartisan Fire Grants and Safety Act,which would reauthorize the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Program and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Program through Fiscal Year 2030. These programs help with the staffing, hiring, training, and equipping of emergency personnel, but without House passage of t… Continue Reading


04.20.23

Durbin, Grassley Introduce Bill To Require Price Transparency In Prescription Drug Advertisements

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) today reintroduced the bipartisan Drug-price Transparency for Consumers (DTC) Act, a bill that would require price disclosures on advertisements for prescription drugs, in order to empower patients and reduce spending on medications. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a report on the impact of direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising which found that prescription drugs advertis… Continue Reading


04.20.23

Senate Judiciary Committee Advances Nominations Of Jeffrey Cummings & Lashonda Hunt To Serve As District Court Judges For The Northern District Of Illinois

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and U.S Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today released the following statement after the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance the nominations of Jeffrey Cummings and LaShonda Hunt to serve as District Court Judges on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois: "We are pleased that the Senate Judiciary Committee has advanced the nominations of Judge Jeffrey Cummings and Ju… Continue Reading


04.20.23

Durbin, Grassley Reintroduce Criminal Justice Reform Bills

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the lead sponsors of the landmark First Step Act (FSA), reintroduced three pieces of criminal justice reform legislation today to further implement the FSA and advance its goals. The First Step Act, which was signed into law in 2018, is bipartisan criminal justice reform legislation designed to make our justice system fairer and our communities safer by reformin… Continue Reading


04.20.23

Senate Judiciary Committee Advances Nine Nominees For Confirmation By Full Senate

WASHINGTON - Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced nine nominations on a bipartisan basis for consideration by the full Senate. "First and foremost, on behalf of all members of the Committee, I wish Senator Feinstein a speedy recovery and return. Our Committee continues to advance diverse, highly-qualified nominees for confirmation to the federal bench, and that mission remains as strong as ever. I appreciate the bipartisan support earned by each of today's nominees, and we will conti… Continue Reading


04.20.23

Durbin Invites Chief Justice Roberts To Testify Before The Judiciary Committee Regarding Supreme Court Ethics

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today sent a letter to Chief Justice John Roberts inviting him, or another Justice whom he designates, to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 2, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. to testify at a public hearing regarding Supreme Court ethics reform. "Your last significant discussion of how Supreme Court Justices address ethical issues was presented in your 2011 Year-End Report on the Federal Jud… Continue Reading


04.20.23

Durbin Unveils New Efforts To Protect Children’s Online Safety On The Senate Floor

WASHINGTON - In a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, unveiled new efforts to stop the exploitation of children online. In his remarks, Durbin described how social media companies design their products to keep children hooked to their platforms, and discussed the serious, even deadly, harms that children face online as well as the inadequate efforts of social media companies to protect children against these harms. … Continue Reading


04.19.23

Durbin Meets With U.S. Citizenship And Immigration Services Director Jaddou

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, met with Ur Mendoza Jaddou, Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). During the meeting, Durbin discussed a broad range of issues and initiatives aimed at processing increasing asylum caseloads, reducing immigration backlogs, and supporting communities that receive migrants. "I appreciated sitting down with Director Jaddou today to discuss how we can bolster our count… Continue Reading


04.19.23

Durbin Questions Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco During Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing On Accountability For Russian War Crimes And Crimes Against Humanity In Ukraine

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today questioned Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing entitled "Holding Russian Kleptocrats and Human Rights Violators Accountable for their Crimes Against Ukraine." Durbin first asked Monaco about U.S. support for the International Criminal Court's (ICC) investigation into the atrocities committed in Ukraine. Durbin and Judiciary Committee Ranking Me… Continue Reading

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