Press Releases

04.12.24

Durbin Statement on Federal Funding Headed to Illinois to Help Address Migrant Crisis

CHICAGO – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement on today’s announcement that the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency are releasing the first installment of congressionally-approved federal funds as part of the Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) “minibus” to help cities and states address the migrant crisis, of which $19.3 million will go to Illinois and be split equally between the state an… Continue Reading


04.12.24

Durbin, Duckworth Announce More Than $9 Million to Protect and Rebuild Illinois' Infrastructure Impacted by Severe Weather Events

CHICAGO – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced $9,026,212 through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative, Efficient, and Cost-Saving Transportation (PROTECT) grant program to study and improve infrastructure across the state of Illinois. “Through the PROTECT grant program, we are embarking on a crucial endeavor to study and address the vulnerabilities of our transportation sy… Continue Reading


04.12.24

Durbin, Duckworth Send Recommendations for Federal District Court Judge in the Central District of Illinois to the White House

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 sent a list of names for the White House to consider for a forthcoming Peoria-based federal district court judicial vacancy in the Central District of Illinois.  Based on recommendations made by the screening committee the Senators established in the Central District, Durbin and Duckworth have forwarded the names of the following individuals to Preside… Continue Reading


04.11.24

Durbin, Thune Urge Biden Administration to Prioritize E15 Fuel, Leverage American Agriculture

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Senator John Thune (R-SD), both members of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today led a bipartisan group of their colleagues in urging the Biden Administration to permit the summertime sale of E15 fuel.  The Senators note that American biofuels are a clean and reliable energy solution that will help drive down fuel costs forconsumers. “[W]e must pursue an all-of-the-above energy strategy, which inclu… Continue Reading


04.11.24

Durbin Talks Illinois Water Infrastructure Projects with Rock Island Army Corps District Commander

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Chicago District Commander Colonel Kenneth P. Rockwell to receive an update on several northern Illinois infrastructure projects, including the Chicago Shoreline Storm Damage Reduction Project to restore the Chicago shoreline after coastal storm damage.  Durbin secured $1.5 million in funding for the project in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) in addition to securing lan… Continue Reading


04.11.24

Durbin Statement Following the Joint Session of Congress with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement after today’s Joint Session of Congress with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.   Before the Joint Session of Congress, Durbin met with his guest, Ross Harano, former Managing Director of the Illinois Office of Trade and Investment and former Chair of the Commission of Asian American Affairs for the City of Chicago.  Mr. Harano was born in an “Assembly Center” in California’s Fresno County Fairgrounds … Continue Reading


04.11.24

Senate Judiciary Committee Advances Six Nominations to the Full Senate

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee advanced six nominations to the full Senate, continuing the Committee’s work to bring balance to the federal judiciary. The nominations advanced include four judicial nominees and two U.S. Marshal nominees. “We’ve reported over 200 lifetime judicial nominations to the full Senate, and we’re quickly approaching 200 judicial confirmations under President Biden. Today’s votes continue our effort to bring balance to the federal judiciary by ad… Continue Reading


04.10.24

Durbin Discusses Drug Overdose Crisis with DEA Administrator Milgram

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today met with Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Administrator Anne Milgram.  During their meeting, they discussed the need to address the unacceptable, growing rate of drug overdose deaths across the United States, driven primarily by fentanyl and illicit drug distribution on social media platforms. “DEA is tasked with the serious responsibility of stopping the opioid crisis,” said Durbin. “… Continue Reading


04.10.24

Durbin, Peters, and Wyden Introduce Legislation to Crack Down on Fraud, Recover Stolen Pandemic Funds, and Protect Taxpayer Dollars

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, along with U.S. Senators Gary Peters?(D-MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Ron Wyden (D-OR), Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, introduced legislation to address historic levels of fraud within federal funds that were passed to help Americans through the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fraud Prevention and Recovery Act includes key resources and programs t… Continue Reading


04.10.24

Durbin Questions COPS Office Director During Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Oversight of the COPS Program

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today questioned Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) Director Hugh T. Clements during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing entitled “Oversight of the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Grant Program.”  Today’s hearing, the first full Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on oversight of the COPS Program since its creation in 1994, examined the COPS Program and its ef… Continue Reading


04.10.24

Durbin Delivers Opening Statement During Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Oversight of the COPS Program

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today delivered an opening statement during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing entitled “Oversight of the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Grant Program,” which will examine the COPS program and its efforts to promote community-oriented policing practices at law enforcement agencies across the country.  Today’s hearing is the first full Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on oversigh… Continue Reading


04.09.24

Durbin Questions USAID Administrator Powers on Delivery of Humanitarian Aid to Gaza

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, today participated in a Subcommittee hearing entitled “A Review of the President’s Fiscal Year 2025 Budget Request for the U.S. Agency for International Development.”  During the hearing, Durbin questioned the witness, U.S. Agency for International Aid (USAID) Administrator Samantha Powers, about U.S. efforts to bring aid to Gaza as inn… Continue Reading


04.09.24

Durbin Urges OMB, Army Corps to Include Federal Funding to Address Chronic Flooding in Metro-East in Army Corps of Engineers FY24 Work Plan

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), along with U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Nikki Budzinski (D-IL-13), today sent a letter to Assistant Secretary of the Army Michael Connor and Office of Management and Budget Director Shalanda Young expressing their support for federal funding to support St. Clair and Madison counties in correcting chronic flooding issues in the Metro-East region. “We are writing in support of a General Reevaluation Report (… Continue Reading


04.09.24

Durbin to Senate Colleagues: Dismiss the Smear Campaign Against Adeel Mangi & Support His Federal Circuit Court Nomination

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today called on his colleagues to dismiss the smear campaign against Mr. Adeel Mangi and to support his nomination to serve as a U.S. Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in New Jersey.  During his speech, Durbin highlighted how Mr. Mangi is eminently qualified to be a federal appellate court judge.  He graduated from Oxford and Harvard Law School and has spent more than 20 years … Continue Reading


04.09.24

Durbin Questions Witnesses During Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on the Effects of Forced Arbitration

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 “Small Print, Big Impact: Examining the Effects of Forced Arbitration.”  The hearing examined the use of forced arbitration clauses in employment contracts, consumer agreements, and other areas, as well as the injustices faced by workers, consumers, and others who are denied their days in court by forced arbitration cl… Continue Reading


04.09.24

Durbin, Sorensen Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Sustain Workload at Rock Island Arsenal

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Eric Sorensen (D-IL-17), along with U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), today introduced bipartisan legislation to establish a minimum workload requirement at U.S. Army arsenals, including Rock Island Arsenal.  The Arsenal Workload Sustainment Act would also incentivize private industry to partner with arsenals by giving preference to public-private partnerships in Army contracting.  As … Continue Reading


04.09.24

Durbin Statement on Release of Video of Fatal Police Shooting of Dexter Reed

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today released the following statement after footage was released showing the fatal police shooting of 26-year-old Dexter Reed in Chicago, Illinois, on March 21: “The violence in this video is shocking.  My heart goes out to Dexter’s family and friends, who are grieving the loss of his young life.” “Our law enforcement officers protect and serve their communities with honor and courage and face … Continue Reading


04.09.24

Durbin Delivers Opening Statement During Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on the Effects of Forced Arbitration

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 “Small Print, Big Impact: Examining the Effects of Forced Arbitration.”  The hearing will examine the use of forced arbitration clauses in employment contracts, consumer agreements, and other areas, as well as the injustices faced by workers, consumers, and others who are denied their days in court by forced … Continue Reading


04.09.24

Durbin, Kaine, Fetterman Introduce Resolution Condemning the Arbitrary Arrest of American Citizens by the Russian Government & Calling for their Immediate Release

WASHINGTON – Following the one-year anniversary of the arbitrary arrest of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Co-Chair of the Senate Ukraine Caucus, along with U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and John Fetterman (D-PA), introduced a resolution condemning the Russian government for their arrests of several American citizens and calling for their immediate and unconditioned release. Mr. Gershkovich was detained by Russia’s Federal Security Se… Continue Reading


04.08.24

In a Speech on the Senate Floor, Durbin Demands the Release of American Citizens Held by the Russian Government

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Co-Chair of the Senate Ukraine Caucus, today spoke on the Senate floor condemning the Russian government for the unjust detainment of American citizens in Russia and called fortheir immediate release.  Specifically, Durbin cited the dubious arrest of Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, who was charged on fraudulent charges of espionage one year ago. “He [Gershkovich] has spent more than a year in pretrial detention in a notor… Continue Reading

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