Press Releases

02.16.17

Durbin, Senators Demand Scott Pruitt Recuse Himself From All Issues Related To Lawsuits He Brought Against The EPA

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), and a group of 30 Senators called on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator nominee Scott Pruitt today to recuse himself from participating in any matter related to litigation that he pursued against the EPA as Oklahoma Attorney General. In the letter, the Senators specifically call on Mr. Pruitt to recuse himself from decisions on how the EPA will defend itself against the lawsuits he brought for as long as thos… Continue Reading


02.16.17

Durbin To Trump: Stop Tweeting And Start Prioritizing Resources To Reduce Gun Violence In Chicago

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today called on President Trump to do more than just tweet about the gun violence epidemic in Chicago, and provide a surge in federal support and resources to assist in public safety and economic development efforts in the city. In a speech on the Senate floor, Durbin pressed President Trump to direct the Department of Justice to enhance programs that improve community policing, such as the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and… Continue Reading


02.16.17

Senators To President Trump: Do Not Remove CFPB Director Cordray

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Assistant Democratic Leader Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), along with Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, and Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today called on President Donald J. Trump to uphold the promises he made to the American people and resist calls from Wa… Continue Reading


02.15.17

Durbin Statement On Reports Of DACA Recipient Held In Washington

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), ranking member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, released the following statement on reports of an individual protected from deportation by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program being detained in Tacoma, Washington: We do not know the details of this arrest but absent credible evidence of crime, DACA protects those who are enrolled from deportation. We are in contact with ICE for clarification of this detention. Thousand… Continue Reading


02.15.17

Durbin Opposes OMB Nominee Rep. Mulvaney

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today spoke on the Senate floor in opposition to President Trump's nominee to lead The Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Representative Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), a founding member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus. "As a member of the House, Mick Mulvaney prided himself on taking the most radical budget positions-raising the retirement age for Social Security to 70 and privatizing Medicare. The head of OMB requires better judgement. I will vot… Continue Reading


02.14.17

Durbin Meets With President Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today met with President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch. "At this pivotal time in our history, the Supreme Court must be an independent check on the Executive branch-its Justices must be unafraid to stand up to the President in the name of the Constitution and the rule of law. With a dizzying array of legal and constitutional disputes already haunting this White House… Continue Reading


02.14.17

Durbin Statement On Resignation Of Gen. Flynn, Need For Independent Investigation

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement on the resignation of President Trump's National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, after revelations that he had discussed sanctions with the Russian government before he and the President had taken office: The American people deserve to know the truth about possibly illegal contacts between the Russian government and the President's campaign and Transition, as well as who else is involved or could be vulner… Continue Reading


02.14.17

Durbin Statement On The Confirmation Of David Shulkin As VA Secretary

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement after the Senate confirmed Dr. David Shulkin as Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA). The Senate unanimously approved his nomination. "A son of Fort Sheridan in Highland Park, Illinois, David Shulkin is eminently qualified to serve as our nation's VA Secretary," said Senator Durbin. "Dr. Shulkin has been a strong advocate for the VA against privatization, and as the agency's Under Secretary of Health under President Obam… Continue Reading


02.14.17

Durbin: Instead Of Curbing Gun Violence, Republicans Want To Weaken Gun Laws

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today spoke out against efforts by Congressional Republicans to weaken the federal gun background check system through the Congressional Review Act (CRA). The CRA effort would repeal a rule issued by the Social Security Administration (SSA) last year that directs SSA to notify the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) when the SSA has determined, on the basis of medical evidence, that a person receiving disability benefits has a ment… Continue Reading


02.13.17

Durbin To Oppose Labor Secretary Nominee Puzder

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement on President Trump's nominee for Secretary of Labor, restaurant mogul Andrew Puzder: "Andrew Puzder has a long record of short-changing his employees and ignoring health and safety dangers in his businesses. The working families of Illinois would not want Andrew Puzder as their boss, and America deserves a better person to serve as its Labor Secretary."… Continue Reading


02.13.17

Durbin To Oppose Treasury Secretary Nominee Steven Mnuchin

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement on President Trump's nominee to lead the U.S. Department of Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, the former Chairman and CEO of OneWest, a bank known in the industry as a "foreclosure machine." "Mr. Mnuchin's business record tells us he was directly engaged in the predatory practices that led to our financial recession and destroyed the life savings of countless American working families. He's the wrong man to be America's Treasu… Continue Reading


02.13.17

Durbin, Duckworth Announce More Than $2.5 Million For Head Start In Champaign County

SPRINGFIELD - 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 Champaign County $2,570,465 to support Head Start and Early Head Start programs."The Head Start program is the source of countless success stories in Illinois and around the country-it's a stepping stone children need to succeed from elementary school to college and beyond," said Durbin. "Today's fun… Continue Reading


02.13.17

Durbin Demands Trump Administration Restore Animal Cruelty, Puppy Mill Records On USDA Website

SPRINGFIELD - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today joined a group of 18 Democratic Senators in calling on the Trump Administration to immediately restore animal cruelty information recently purged from the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) website. APHIS makes inspection reports for all regulated entities and annual reports submitted by research laboratories available to the public in order to create greater transparency, accoun… Continue Reading


02.10.17

Durbin, Duckworth To Trump: Stop Tweeting About Chicago And Get Serious About Gun Violence

WASHINGTON-Illinois Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth today called on President Trump to do more than just tweet about the gun violence epidemic in Chicago, and join them in providing a surge in federal support and resources to assist in public safety, law enforcement, and economic development efforts in the city. "Tweeting does not break cycles of violence; tweeting does not help lift people out of poverty; tweeting does not save lives. We urge you instead to provide a surge in federal s… Continue Reading


02.10.17

Durbin Calls On Trump Administration To Release Transcripts Of Flynn’s Secret Conversations With Russia

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement: Revelations that White House National Security Advisor Michael Flynn secretly discussed U.S. sanctions with the Russian Ambassador one month before President Trump took office are a chilling new piece of the sinister puzzle of the President's dealings with a hostile foreign power. These allegations warrant a serious and thorough investigation by an independent commission to determine their veracity and wh… Continue Reading


02.10.17

Durbin Hears from Southern Illinois Healthcare Leaders on Local Impact of Repealing Affordable Care Act

CARBONDALE - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with Southern Illinois healthcare leaders regarding the local impact of congressional Republicans' plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Last month, Republican leaders took the first step in repealing the law by approving a budget that allows for major provisions of the ACA to be eliminated by simple majority vote. On his first day in office, President Trump signed an executive order giving federal agencies broad authority to undo r… Continue Reading


02.09.17

Durbin Calls For Congressional Hearings On Trump Immigration And Refugee Bans

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, is calling for hearings on President Donald Trump's executive orders cracking down on immigrant communities and banning all refugees, immigrants, and visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries. "These executive orders, which have dramatic implications for our immigration system, are inconsistent with America's heritage as a nation of immigrants and a safe haven for t… Continue Reading


02.09.17

Durbin Statement On Reports Of Conflict Minerals Executive Order

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today issued the following statement after reports that the Trump Administration is considering an executive order rolling back a rule requiring companies registered in the United States to disclose to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) what they are doing to mitigate sourcing from conflict mines in and around the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). "This law was passed to help save the lives of the children, women, and men who were being sl… Continue Reading


02.09.17

Durbin, Duckworth Join Call For Review Of Cost And Impact Of Trump’s Harmful Travel Ban, Mass Deporation Scheme, And Border Wall

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today joined a group of senators calling on the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to review the actions and costs associated with President Donald Trump's recent executive orders to establish a mass deportation force, construct a wall on the Southern border, and ban refugees and immigrants from certain Muslim-majority nations."Each of these executive orders will likely require significant new action on the part of the … Continue Reading


02.09.17

Durbin To Oppose HHS Nominee Rep. Price

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced on the Senate floor that he will oppose President Trump's nominee to lead the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Representative Tom Price (R-GA). Senator Durbin stressed that on issue after issue-from Congressman Price's support for privatizing Medicare, to his attempts to slash funding for the Medicaid program, to his long-standing goal of repealing of the Affordable Care Act, to his misguided efforts to restrict wome… Continue Reading

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