Press Releases

09.27.22

Durbin, Duckworth Talk with Quad Cities Leaders About Reducing Gun Violence

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 met with Quad Cities community leaders, including Rock Island Mayor Mike Thoms, Moline Mayor Sangeetha Rayapati, and Davenport Mayor Mike Matson, to discuss ways to work together to combat gun crimes in the region. During their conversation, local leaders explained the importance of information-sharing and coordination between federal, state, and local… Continue Reading


09.27.22

Durbin Introduces the Bicycles for Rural African Transport Act

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced the Bicycles for Rural African Transport Act, legislation that would establish within the Office of Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) a rural mobility program, using affordable, sustainable bicycles to support access and key development objectives. In a speech on the Senate floor, Durbin highlighted the legislation and Chicago-based World Bicycle… Continue Reading


09.27.22

Durbin Highlights Health Care Provisions In Inflation Reduction Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today took to the Senate floor to deliver a speech about health care provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act that will save Medicare recipients thousands of dollars. Durbin began his remarks by sharing the story of a 73-year-old Illinoisan who relies on an expensive medication to control his diabetes. "Americans have paid the highest price in the world for prescription drugs… I have stories sent to me from time to time by peopl… Continue Reading


09.23.22

Durbin, Duckworth Announce More Than $37 Million To Combat Opioid Crisis in Illinois

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded the Illinois State Department of Human Services a total of $37,195,746 in federal funding through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) State Opioid Response (SOR) and Tribal Opioid Response (TOR) grant programs and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Rural Com… Continue Reading


09.23.22

Senate Appropriations Committee Advances Spending Bills With Illinois Priorities Secured By Durbin, Duckworth

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee advanced two Fiscal Year 2024 appropriations bills for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Related Agencies; and Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies. Durbin and Duckworth worked to secure various priorities for Illinois in these app… Continue Reading


09.22.22

Durbin, Klobuchar, Colleagues Introduce Comprehensive Legislation to Address the Rise in Threats Targeting Election Workers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, today introduced comprehensive legislation to address the rise in threats targeting election workers. The Election Worker Protection Act would provide states with the resources to recruit and train election workers and ensure these workers' safety, while also instituting federal safeguards to shield e… Continue Reading


09.22.22

Durbin, Rubio, Duckworth, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Ban U.S. Recognition of Any Ukrainian Territory Annexed By Russia

WASHINGTON - In order to bolster support for Ukraine and defend against efforts to force Ukraine to give up its sovereign territory, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Co-Chair of the Senate Ukraine Caucus, U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), led a bipartisan group of their colleagues in introducing the Non-Recognition of Russian Annexation of Ukrainian Territory Act. The bill would require U.S. policy to not recognize any Russian claim of sovereignty over an… Continue Reading


09.22.22

Durbin Meets with Nominee To Be Archivist of The United States

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today met with Dr. Colleen Shogan, nominee to be Archivist of the United States to administrate over the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Dr. Shogan's nomination has gained national attention after the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) searched former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence forclassified documents following NARA's discovery of classified materials in … Continue Reading


09.22.22

Durbin, Colleagues Urge President Biden To Fully Fund Hurricane Relief in Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and 11 of his colleagues in a letter to President Biden asking him to waive any local cost-share for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) aid to Puerto Rico. On September 18, 2022, Hurricane Fiona made landfall in Puerto Rico, cutting off power to the entire island and leaving many areas under water. That same day, President Biden approved an emergency declaration to authorize the Department o… Continue Reading


09.22.22

Senate Republicans Filibuster DISCLOSE Act

WASHINGTON - Today, Senate Republicans filibustered the DISCLOSE Act, legislation to combat the flood of anonymous special interest spending in American politics. The bill would require organizations spending money in federal elections to disclose their donors, allowing the American people to see who is attempting to sway their elections and gain control over their government. Durbin is a cosponsor of this legislation. Ahead of today's cloture vote, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL)… Continue Reading


09.22.22

Judiciary Committee Advances Bipartisan Journalism Competition and Preservation Act

WASHINGTON - The Senate Judiciary Committee today advanced Thomas E. Brown, to be United States Marshal for the Northern District of Georgia, and Kirk M. Taylor, to be United States Marshal for the District of Colorado, by voice vote. The Committee also advanced S. 673, the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA), sponsored by Senators Klobuchar and Kennedy. U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Judiciary Committee and cosponsor of the JCPA, released the followi… Continue Reading


09.21.22

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 Julie Rikelman, nominee to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the First Circuit, and Maria Araújo Kahn, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit. Durbin began his questioning by asking Ms. Rikelman about her role as lead litigator in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization. "You have spent half of your career as … Continue Reading


09.21.22

Durbin, Graham, Shaheen, Portman Meet with Ukranian Prosecutor General

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Co-Chair of the Senate Ukraine Caucus, hosted Ukrainian Prosecutor General Andriy Kostin to receive an update on Putin's unprovoked war in Ukraine, and specifically on reports of war crimes and crimes against humanity by Russians. Durbin was also joined by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Co-Chair of the Senate Ukraine Caucus, Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). "Perpetrators committing unspeakable war crimes, such as … Continue Reading


09.21.22

Following Devastating Flooding in Pakistan, Durbin Joins Colleagues in Calling on President Biden to Designate Pakistan for Temporary Protected Status

WASHINGTON - Following unprecedented flooding that has left one-third of Pakistan underwater and affected approximately 33 million people, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, joined Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and 10 of their Senate colleagues in writing a letter calling on President Biden to consider designating Pakistan for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Such TPSdesignation would allow Pakistani nationals who are already in the United… Continue Reading


09.21.22

Durbin Delivers Opening Statement During Latest Nominations Hearing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today delivered an opening statement at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nominations of Maria Araújo Kahn, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit; Julie Rikelman, to be the U.S. Circuit Judge for the First Circuit; Margaret R. Guzman, to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Massachusetts; Araceli Martínez-Olguín, to be U.S. District Judge for the No… Continue Reading


09.21.22

Durbin: Why Is It That When Republicans Want to Make A Point About Immigration, It Always Ends up Being The Children Who Are The Pawns?

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, delivered a speech on the Senate floor criticizing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) failure to engage on immigration reform while migrant families are forcibly bused across the United States by Republican governors. Durbin reminded McConnell, who moments before had argued for improved legal immigration, that he voted against the last bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill … Continue Reading


09.21.22

Durbin, Duckworth Announce More Than $1 Million in Pollution Prevention Grants for University of Illinois System

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced a total of $1,049,196 awarded to the University of Illinois System by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law's historic $100 million program investment. These pollution prevention (P2) grants will allow the University of Illinois System to provide businesses with technical assistance to help them implement P2 practices to prevent or r… Continue Reading


09.20.22

Durbin Meets With President Preckwinkle, Cook County Health Leadership

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Cook County Health & Hospital System CEO Israel Rocha about improving access to health care for marginalized communities, including incarcerated individuals, immigrants, and people of color. Durbin, President Preckwinkle, and Mr. Rocha discussed the need to offer health care services to the migrants arriving in Chicago after being bused to the region by the Republican Gov… Continue Reading


09.20.22

Durbin, Duckworth Join Lawmakers in Bicameral Push for President Biden to Issue a Major Disaster Declaration for Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez (D-NY-07) in a bicameral letter to President Joe Biden urging him to issue a Major Disaster Declaration for all of Puerto Rico's municipalities in response to Hurricane Fiona. Just days before the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Maria, the deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history, Hurricane Fiona ravaged the island with catastrophic f… Continue Reading


09.20.22

Durbin Delivers Opening Statement During Senate Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee Hearing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today delivered an opening statement during a Judiciary Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust, and Consumer Protection hearing titled, "Oversight of Federal Enforcement of the Antitrust Laws." During his statement, Durbin discussed his longstanding efforts to bring fairness, transparency and competition to the credit and debit card systems, which have long been plagued by excessively high … Continue Reading

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