Press Releases

07.27.20

Durbin, Duckworth Announce Nearly $700,000 For Housing Programs In Illinois

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced that three housing authorities across Illinois will receive a total of $696,023 in federal funding to support public housing needs in the community. This funding comes through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Emergency Safety and Security Grant (ESSG) program. "This federal investment will give local housing agencies in Cairo, Danville, and Belleville the ability to improve publi… Continue Reading


07.24.20

Durbin, Perdue Lead Bipartisan Group Of Members Urging Congress To Address Shortage Of Doctors, Nurses

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators David Perdue (R-GA) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) led a letter to Congressional leadership urging them to include their bipartisan, bicameral Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act in the next coronavirus relief package. This legislation was introduced earlier this year to quickly strengthen the health care workforce and improve health care access for Americans during the COVID-19 crisis. It has received strong support from our nation's medical community. The members' proposa… Continue Reading


07.24.20

Durbin Discusses Priorities For Next Coronavirus Supplemental Legislation, Including Investments In Education And Child Care

CHICAGO - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today held a news conference at Little Village Elementary School to discuss his priorities for the next coronavirus federal relief package, including federal assistance for education and child care through the Coronavirus Child Care and Education Relief Act. The legislation addresses the national child care and education crises brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and provides relief to students, families, schools, and educators across the country. The le… Continue Reading


07.24.20

Durbin, Duckworth, Illinois Delegation Discuss COVID-19 With Chicago Mayor Lightfoot

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), along with several members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation, spoke with Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot about Chicago's ongoing COVID-19 pandemic response and how they can continue to assist her efforts to protect Illinoisans as the state re-opens. The group discussed how federal support can provide Illinois families and businesses with relief from the health and economic consequences of the pandemic, and what shou… Continue Reading


07.23.20

Durbin, Duckworth Announce More Than $10 Million For Head Start Programs In The City Of Chicago

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced that the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Administration for Children and Families has awarded a total of $10,050,044 to support Head Start and Early Head Start programs in the City of Chicago. Head Start and Early Head Start provide comprehensive child development programs for low-income children from birth to age five. "Head Start and Early Head start programs help ensure that children in Ch… Continue Reading


07.23.20

Durbin To DOJ: We Will Not Allow What Happened In Portland To Happen In Chicago

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today joined Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) on the Senate floor to discuss the events unfolding in Portland, Oregon, in which heavily armed, unmarked federal forces in unmarked vehicles were filmed grabbing protesters off the street. Durbin also discussed the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) announcement of an expansion of Operation Legend to Chicago, Illinois, and committed to hold DOJ accountable to the stated goal of the operation, w… Continue Reading


07.23.20

Durbin, Baldwin, Smith, Bustos Introduce Bill To Address Teacher Shortages In Low-Income And Communities of Color

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Tina Smith (D-MN), along with U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17), today introduced a bicameral bill that would address severe nationwide shortages of early childhood and K-12 teachers that disproportionately impacts students from low-income backgrounds and students of color. Exacerbated by low pay, school leadership instability, and poor teaching conditions, schools in low-income communities struggle to retain expe… Continue Reading


07.23.20

Durbin Statement On Senate Passage of NDAA

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, today released the following statement after voting for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes authorization for $44 million for vaccine and biotechnology research related to COVID-19: "The Senate's passage of the NDAA shows that members on both sides of the aisle are committed to a strong national defense and to the protectio… Continue Reading


07.23.20

Durbin Attempts To Pass Legislation To Protect Children Of Immigrant Workers In The Green Card Backlog

WASHINGTON - In a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee, made a unanimous consent (UC) request to immediately pass the Protect Children of Immigrant Workers Act, a simple provision to allow children to keep their place in line for a green card and be protected from deportation until they can get their own green card. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) objected. Lee also objected to this unanimous consent… Continue Reading


07.22.20

Durbin, Duckworth Join Senate Colleagues To Introduce John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and 45 of their Senate colleagues in introducing the bipartisan John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, a bill to restore the landmark Voting Rights Act, end the scourge of minority voter suppression, and help preserve the legacy of John Lewis - one of America's greatest civil rights heroes. In 2013, the Supreme Court's Shelby County v. Holder decision gutted critical voter protections… Continue Reading


07.22.20

Durbin, Duckworth Statement On Expansion Of DOJ Operation Legend To Chicago

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today released the following statement regarding the Department of Justice (DOJ) announcing an expansion of Operation Legend to Chicago, Illinois. Operation Legend is DOJ's violent crime reduction initiative with the stated goal to provide support and assistance to state and local law enforcement partners as they work to combat violent crime, and gun violence in particular. Durbin and Duckworth are set to speak with U.S.… Continue Reading


07.22.20

Durbin To Trump And Senate Republicans: Don't Rip Away Health Care For Millions During Public Health Crisis

WASHINGTON - As the Trump Administration and Senate Republicans continue to push the Supreme Court to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, which provides health care coverage for millions of Americans, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) condemned the Administration's reckless effort in the middle of a public health emergency. Durbin highlighted how the abolition of the ACA would be devastating to women nationwide by eliminating protections for pre-existing conditions, allowing insurance companies to … Continue Reading


07.22.20

Durbin Speaks With FDA Commissioner About COVID-19 Vaccine Development

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) spoke by phone with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn about the research and approval process for COVID-19 vaccine candidates under Operation Warp Speed. On the call, Durbin pressed Hahn about maintaining the integrity of the FDA's safety and efficacy standard, and not cutting corners or permitting political interference in the effort to quickly develop a vaccine-especially given the controversy surrounding President Tru… Continue Reading


07.22.20

Durbin Attempts To Pass Legislation To Protect Immigrant Workers & Children In The Green Card Backlog

WASHINGTON - In a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee, today made two unanimous consent (UC) requests to protect immigrant workers and their children who are stuck in the green card backlog. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) objected to both requests. First, Durbin asked for unanimous consent to pass the Lee-Durbin bipartisan agreement, which amends Lee's Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act. The… Continue Reading


07.21.20

Durbin Statement On President Trump's Memorandum Seeking To Exclude Undocumented Immigrants From Census Count For Congressional Apportionment

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today released the following statement regarding President Donald Trump's memorandum that seeks to exclude undocumented immigrants from the census count for the purpose of congressional apportionment: "Article I, Section 2 and the 14th Amendment in the Constitution explicitly require the federal government to conduct a census that counts the 'whole number of persons in each State.' "Just last year, the Supreme Court recognized that … Continue Reading


07.21.20

Durbin, Duckworth Call Out President Trump On Reports Of Plan To Send Secret police TO Chicago

WASHINGTON - Following reports that President Donald Trump wants to send federal agents into cities, including Chicago, to conduct policing activities that are traditionally handled by local law enforcement, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today sent a letter to President Trump calling on him to refrain from taking this action, which is opposed by Governor Pritzker, Mayor Lightfoot, and other local leaders. "With the right leadership, federal law enforcement can ser… Continue Reading


07.21.20

Durbin Introduces Bill To Combat Opioid Addiction As Nation Sees Rise In Overdose Deaths Amid COVID-19

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today introduced the Addiction Prevention and Responsible Opioid Practices Act, a bill to stem the opioid epidemic by expanding telehealth and treatment access and reining in the excessive volume of addictive opioids on the market. According to a recent analysis of opioid use in America, 128 people die in the United States each day due to opioid overdose and an estimated 1.7 million Americans suffer from substance use disorders related to prescribed o… Continue Reading


07.21.20

With Federal Benefits Set To Expire This Month, Durbin Calls On Senator McConnell To Bring House-Passed House Heroes Act To The Floor

WASHINGTON - With enhanced unemployment benefits set to expire at the end of the month, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to bring the House-passed Heroes Act to the floor for a vote in the Senate. The House passed the Heroes Act more than nine weeks ago. In a speech on the Senate floor, Durbin called out Senate Republicans for their delay in acting on additional COVID-19 relief legislation while cases continue to spike… Continue Reading


07.21.20

Durbin: We Must Honor John Lewis' Life By Protecting The Right To Vote For All Americans

WASHINGTON - In a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) honored the life of U.S. Representative John Lewis (D-GA-05), a civil rights icon who risked his life to march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, to protest the right to vote, and who fought for racial justice and equality in America throughout his entire life. "For a man who had witnessed the depths of hatred and despair, John Lewis was one of the most hopeful people I have ever met," … Continue Reading


07.21.20

Durbin: Sending In Secret Police To Cities Like Portland & Chicago Is Unacceptable & Un-American

WASHINGTON - Following reports that President Donald Trump wants to send federal agents into cities, including Chicago, to conduct policing activities that are traditionally handled by local law enforcement, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today called on the Senate to pass legislation to block the Trump Administration from deploying federal forces as a shadowy paramilitary against Americans. The Preventing Authoritarian Policing Tactics on America's Streets Act, which was also i… Continue Reading

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