Press Releases

03.25.21

Durbin Reintroduces Legislation to Combat Rising Domestic Terrorism Threat

WASHINGTON-Following the continued rise in horrific incidents of domestic terrorism and hate crimes targeting religious and ethnic minorities and communities of color, as well as the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, reintroduced legislation to address the growing domestic terrorism threat. The Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act of 2021 would enhance the federal government's efforts to pre… Continue Reading


03.24.21

Durbin: To State That The Filibuster Has No Racial History Is To Ignore the Obvious

WASHINGTON - In a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today pushed back against an argument that Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made yesterday when he stated, "[the filibuster] has no racial history at all. None." Durbin reminded his colleagues that the filibuster has been used, going back as far as the early 19th century, to block civil rights laws by segregationists. It was used for decades to block measures meant to protect African Amer… Continue Reading


03.24.21

Durbin: Saving Lives From Gun Violence Is Not Theatre

WASHINGTON - In a speech on the Senate floor today, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, discussed the hearing he held yesterday on constitutional and common sense steps to reduce gun violence in America. The Senate Judiciary Committee hearing came on the heels of two mass shootings within a week of each other in Atlanta, Georgia, and Boulder, Colorado, which claimed the lives of 18 Americans including one police officer. During his floor speech,… Continue Reading


03.24.21

Durbin, Meeks Statement on GAO Report on U.S. Firearms Trafficking to Mexico

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and U.S. Representative Gregory Meeks (D-NY-05), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today released the following statements after the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released an update of its January 2016 report on efforts to combat firearms trafficking from the United States to Mexico. Today's report found that trafficking of U.S.-sourced firearms into Mexico is a "national sec… Continue Reading


03.24.21

Durbin Discusses Chicago Water Infrastructure Projects with Army Corps District Commander

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) received an update today from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Chicago District Commander Colonel Paul Culberson about several Chicago area Army Crops water infrastructure projects, including the expansion of the Chicago Shoreline, the Great Lakes Resiliency Study, and the Bubbly Creek Restoration Project. "The time is now to address the rising lake levels on the Chicago shoreline," said Durbin. "Over the years, the Army Corps has helped bui… Continue Reading


03.24.21

Durbin Introduces American Cures Act and American Innovation Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today introduced two pieces of legislation to restore the United States' commitment to breakthrough scientific and biomedical research. The American Cures Act and the American Innovation Act would create mandatory funds to provide steady, predictable funding for breakthrough research at America's top research agencies, allowing the United States to remain a leader in development and discovery for decades to come. Durbin is sponsoring bot… Continue Reading


03.23.21

Durbin Statement on Postmaster General DeJoy's 10 Year USPS Service Plan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today released the following statement after Postmaster General Louis DeJoy released the United States Postal Service's (USPS) "Delivering for America" 10-Year Plan, which drastically cuts hours and raises prices for USPS service: "There's no DeJoy in the Post Office tonight. Postmaster General DeJoy's plan to raise costs and cut services is designed to sink the postal service, not save it." Since taking control of USPS, DeJoy's polici… Continue Reading


03.23.21

Durbin, Cassidy, Grassley, Hirono, Coons, Tillis Introduce Bill to Ensure Greater Transparency for Third-Party Sellers of Consumer Products Online

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today introduced legislation to combat the online sale of stolen, counterfeit, and dangerous consumer products by ensuring transparency of high-volume third-party sellers in online retail marketplaces. The Integrity, Notification, and Fairness in Online Retail Marketplaces for Consumers (INFORM Consumers) Act would direct online retail marketplaces that include third-party sellers of consumer products to authenticate th… Continue Reading


03.23.21

Durbin Questions Witnesses on Trauma & Background Checks During Judiciary Committee Hearing on Proposals to Reduce Gun Violence

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today asked questions of witnesses during a Judiciary Committee hearing entitled "Constitutional and Common Sense Steps to Reduce Gun Violence". Durbin first asked Dr. Selwyn Rogers, Jr., Chief of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery at University of Chicago Medicine, to explain how trauma perpetuates a cycle of gun violence in Chicago. "We face two realities, certainly from a Chicago perspective, tha… Continue Reading


03.23.21

Durbin Delivers Opening Remarks in Hearing on Proposals to Reduce Gun Violence

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today delivered an opening statement during a Judiciary Committee hearing entitled "Constitutional and Common Sense Steps to Reduce Gun Violence". Durbin recognized the victims of the recent mass shootings in Atlanta, Georgia, and Boulder, Colorado, which claimed 18 lives in total. Durbin also argued that gun violence is an epidemic in our country and that it requires urgent action from Congress… Continue Reading


03.22.21

Durbin Calls for the Release of Political Prisoners Languishing in Jails Around the World

WASHINGTON - In a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today shared the stories of political prisoners languishing in jails around the world for nothing more than advocating for human rights and political freedoms, and called for their immediate release. Durbin noted that these brave souls - journalists, activists, opposition politicians - are often cruelly led to believe they or their efforts to push for freedoms are forgotten, which Durbin wanted to ensure … Continue Reading


03.22.21

Durbin Previews Judiciary Committee Hearing on Common Sense Solutions to Gun Violence in America

WASHINGTON - In a speech on the Senate floor today, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, discussed the recent mass shooting in Atlanta where a gunman murdered eight people-six of whom were Asian-American women-in what appears to be an act of domestic terrorism. Durbin also previewed a hearing the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold tomorrow on gun violence in America and advocated for passage of common sense gun violence prevention measures. … Continue Reading


03.22.21

Durbin Statement on COVID Relief Program for Live-Event Businesses

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today released the following statement after the Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that the $16.25 billion Shuttered Venue Operators (SVO) Grant program would start accepting applications on April 8 from live-event businesses, such as music clubs, theatres, concert venues, and museums that have been affected by the pandemic: "Illinois' music venues, theatres, and other live-event spaces have been hit hard by this pandemic. T… Continue Reading


03.19.21

Durbin, Senate Democrats Introduce Bill to Save Public Infrastructure Projects Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and a group of Senate Democrats to introduce the Public Transit Capital Investment Relief Act of 2021. The legislation would provide relief for public transportation agencies through the Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Program by increasing the federal cost share of the total project cost for qualifying projects that are under construction or near completion. Durbin and Murray were joined by U.S. Se… Continue Reading


03.19.21

Durbin, Duckworth Announce More than $380 Million for Illinois Schools for COVID-19 Testing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced a total of $381.6 million in federal funding for the State of Illinois and the City of Chicago to support COVID-19 screening testing for teachers, staff, and students to assist schools in re-opening safely for in-person instruction and to support essential worker testing. With funding provided through the American Rescue Plan, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded $300.5 million to the… Continue Reading


03.19.21

Ahead of House Vote on Immigration Legislation, Durbin Calls on the Senate to Act

WASHINGTON - Ahead of the House of Representatives vote on the American Dream and Promise Act, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and author of the Dream Act, today called on the Senate to take up the legislation after the House passes it. TheAmerican Dream and Promise Act would establish a path to citizenship for Dreamers and immigrants with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or Deferred Enforced Departure (DED). Durbin also spoke in strong sup… Continue Reading


03.18.21

Durbin Statement on House Passage of the Dream and Promise Act & Farm Workforce Modernization Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the original sponsor of the Dream Act, today released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the Farm Workforce Modernization Act and the American Dream and Promise Act, the House companion to the Dream Act. These bills will establish a path to citizenship for Dreamers, immigrants with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or Deferred Enforced Departure (DED), and migrant… Continue Reading


03.18.21

Durbin, Grassley Introduce Bill to Put Cameras in the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Judiciary Committee, and U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced legislation today to require open proceedings of the Supreme Court to be televised. The bipartisanCameras in the Courtroom Act would require the Supreme Court to permit television coverage of all open sessions of the Court, unless the Court decides, by a majority vote of the Justices, that doing so would… Continue Reading


03.18.21

Durbin Statement on DNI Assessment on Threat Posed By Domestic Violent Extremists

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement after the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), on behalf of the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC), released its assessment of the threat posed by domestic violent extremists. Specifically, the IC assesses that "racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists"-a category consisting largely of white supremacist extremists-are most likely to co… Continue Reading


03.18.21

Durbin Urges Judiciary Committee Members to Support Monaco and Gupta Nominations for Justice Department

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today called on his Senate colleagues in the Judiciary Committee to support the nominations of Lisa Monaco to be U.S. Deputy Attorney General and Vanita Gupta to be U.S. Associate Attorney General. Durbin argued that Monaco and Gupta are the experienced and dedicated leaders we need to restore integrity and independence to the Department of Justice. The Judiciary Committee is set to vote on thei… Continue Reading

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