Press Releases

09.08.22

Durbin: Democrats Are Rebuilding America And Rewarding American Workers

WASHINGTON - In a speech on the Senate floor today, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) highlighted how the legislative accomplishments of Congressional Democrats and President Biden are improving the lives of Americans and boosting our economy. Durbin began his speech by highlighting the CHIPS and Science Act, critical legislation for our economy and national security that provides billions to expand our domestic semiconductor manufacturing and scientific research capabilities. He also… Continue Reading


09.08.22

Judiciary Committee Advances Two Members Of The Privacy And Civil Liberties Oversight Board, Two U.S. Marshals

WASHINGTON - The Senate Judiciary Committee today advanced the nominations of Richard E. DiZinno and Travis LeBlanc to be Members of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board by voice vote. The Committee also advanced Brian A. Kyes, to be United States Marshal for the District of Massachusetts; and Stephen D. Lynn, to be United States Marshal for the Middle District of Georgia, by voice vote. In light of this week's progress on nominations, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), C… Continue Reading


09.08.22

Durbin Meets With Amtrak Board Of Directors Nominee And Mayor Of Normal, Illinois, Chris Koos

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with Normal, Illinois, Mayor Chris Koos during his visit to Washington for his nomination hearing, in the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, for the Amtrak Board of Directors. As a result of Durbin's recommendation, President Biden nominated Mayor Koos to the Amtrak Board earlier this year. "Mayor Koos has long been a powerful voice in Illinois' transportation industry. He understands the importance of … Continue Reading


09.08.22

Durbin Meets With Springfield Community Leaders

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a resident of Springfield, Illinois, today met with Springfield community leaders, including Mayor Jim Langfelder, to discuss the city's upcoming infrastructure projects. During their meeting, Durbin received an update about the Springfield Rail Improvement Project (SRIP), which will alleviate rail congestion in the city by building new underpasses and overpasses at critical rail crossings, and the construction of the Springfield-Sangamo… Continue Reading


09.08.22

Senate Confirms Andre Mathis To Sixth Circuit

WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Senate confirmed Andre Mathis to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement regarding Mr. Mathis's confirmation: "Andre Mathis is a lifelong Tennessean-dedicating his life and career to his state and his community. Looking at his record of service and extensive experience as a litigator, it is no wonder Mr. Mathis enjoys support from… Continue Reading


09.08.22

Durbin Expresses Support For Biden's Student Loan Forgiveness Plan In Speech On Senate Floor

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) delivered a speech on the Senate floor addressing the burdensome cost of higher education, which has quickly become one of the biggest worries facing middle- and low-income families in America. Durbin began his speech by recalling the inception of the National Defense Education Act, which was enacted to counter the Soviet Union's exploration of space and their growing technology industry. As a result of the legislation, students were offe… Continue Reading


09.07.22

Senate Confirms Judge John Lee To Seventh Circuit

WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Senate confirmed Judge John Lee to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement regarding Judge Lee's confirmation: "Judge Lee is an embodiment of the American dream. Born to Korean parents and immigrating to Chicago at the age of four, he has dedicated his career to public service and the evenhanded administration of justice. When h… Continue Reading


09.07.22

Durbin Questions Judicial Nominees In Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing

WASHINGTON - During today's Senate Judiciary Committee nominations hearing, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, questioned Cindy K. Chung, nominee to be United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit, and Justice Tamika R. Montgomery-Reeves, nominee to be United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit. Durbin first questioned Justice Montgomery-Reeves on her reasoning in Doe v. Coupe, in which she considered a Fourth Amendment challenge to… Continue Reading


09.07.22

Durbin Introduces Legislation To Improve Accountability Of Foreign Medical Schools Receiving Federal Student Aid

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today introduced legislation that would protect students and taxpayers by closing a loophole that gives special treatment to a small number of overseas medical schools. The Foreign Medical School Accountability Fairness Act would require all medical schools outside of the U.S. and Canada to meet the same minimum requirements to receive Title IV student aid dollars. Currently, some overseas medical schools are exempt from meeting the min… Continue Reading


09.06.22

Durbin: The Confirmation Of Highly Qualified Judges Is One Of The Great, Shared Successes Of President Biden And Senate Democrats

WASHINGTON - In a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today spoke about the upcoming vote on Seventh Circuit nominee John Lee, and Senate Democrats' continued commitment to confirming highly qualified judges to the federal bench. "President Biden and Senate Democrats have made it a priority to elevate judicial nominees from demographically and professionally diverse backgrounds," Durbin said. "And during the 117th Co… Continue Reading


09.05.22

Durbin Leads Colleagues In Calling For Update From Inter-American Commission On Human Rights On Investigation Into Death Of Cuban Political Reformer Oswaldo PayĆ”

WASHINGTON - With this summer marking the eleventh year since Cuban political reformer Oswaldo Payá's suspicious death, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), along with Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Mark Warner (D-VA), urged the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to provide an update on this case without further delay. In 2013, Durbin sent his first letter to previous Commiss… Continue Reading


09.02.22

Durbin, Duckworth Applaud Nomination Of Colleen Lawless To Serve As District Court Judge For The Central District Of Ilinois

SPRINGFIELD - 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 White House announced the nomination of Judge Colleen Lawless to serve as a District Court Judge on the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois: "We are pleased that President Biden is nominating Judge Colleen Lawless to serve as a District Court Judge for the Central District of Illinois. S… Continue Reading


09.02.22

Durbin Visits Local Farm To Discuss Impact Of Inflation Reduction Act On Illinois Agriculture Industry

CARBONDALE - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today visited a local farm to discuss the impacts of the Inflation Reduction Act on the Illinois agriculture industry. "Illinois' agriculture industry is not immune to climate change, with droughts in some parts of the state and flooding in others," said Durbin. "These weather changes are not exclusive to Illinois-they're a global issue. Congress designed the Inflation Reduct… Continue Reading


08.31.22

Durbin, Duckworth, Illinois Delegation Urge President Biden To Grant FEMA Individual Assistance To Metro East Following Flash Floods

SPRINGFIELD - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), along with the entire Illinois Congressional delegation, sent a letter to President Biden requesting that Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provide federal assistance to the State of Illinois to help St. Clair County respond to significant damage from the flash floods on July 26. "We write in support of Illinois Governor JB Pritzker's request for federal assistance for the State of Illin… Continue Reading


08.30.22

Durbin Statement On Department Of Education's Move To Approve $1.5 Billion Borrower Defense Group Discharge For Former Westwood College Students

SPRINGFIELD - U.S Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today released the following statement on the U.S. Department of Education's announcement that the Department has approved $1.5 billion in full loan discharges for 79,000 borrowers regardless of whether the borrower submitted an individual borrower defense application. Of the 79,000 claims discharged, 12,650 belonged to Illinois student borrowers, amounting to $228.2 million in relief. "After almost ten years of urging multiple Administr… Continue Reading


08.24.22

Durbin Statement On DHS Regulation To Preserve And Fortify DACA

SPRINGFIELD - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and lead author of the Dream Act, today released the following statement regarding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issuing a final rule that aims to preserve and fortify Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) for certain eligible noncitizens who arrived in the United States as children, deferring their removal and allowing them an opportunity to access a renewable, two-year work p… Continue Reading


08.24.22

Durbin, Grassley Announce Judiciary Committee Hearing On Whistleblower Disclosure Of Widespread Security Failures At Twitter

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today announced that at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 13, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a full Committee hearing to examine allegations of widespread security failures at Twitter. The hearing will feature testimony by Peiter "Mudge" Zatko, who will appear pursuant to a subpoena and whose recent… Continue Reading


08.24.22

Durbin Releases Statement On President Biden's Announcement To Eliminate $10,000 In Student Loans

SPRINGFIELD - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today released the following statement after President Joe Biden announced his Administration's plan to eliminate $10,000 in federal student loan debt for borrowers making less than $125,000 a year and to extend the student loan payment freeze until December 31: "Tens of millions of Americans are plagued by student loan debt in pursuit of a quality education. Today's announcement by President Biden is a crucial step to enable low- and m… Continue Reading


08.23.22

Durbin Statement On Claims Of Widespread Security Failures At Twitter

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today released the following statement regarding reports by a former senior security employee at Twitter who is alleging widespread security failures at the company: "The whistleblower's allegations of widespread security failures at Twitter, willful misrepresentations by top executives to government agencies, and penetration of the company by foreign intelligence raise serious concerns. If thes… Continue Reading


08.18.22

Durbin Hosts Rural Health Summit To Discuss Workforce Challenges, Federal Assistance

SPRINGFIELD - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today convened a Rural Health Summit to discuss workforce challenges with local health leaders and educators. Durbin also discussed the federal government's role in addressing these challenges, including $1 billion in funding he secured in the American Rescue Plan for the National Health Service Corps and the Nurse Corps to place more providers in underserved communities. "For more than two years, health care workers have provided care for us in the… Continue Reading

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