Press Releases

09.18.19

After Seventh Death Related To Vaping, Durbin Reacts On Senate Floor, Calls For Action

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today spoke on the Senate floor following yesterday's report that a seventh person had died due to a vaping-related illness, this time in California. Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it would imminently ban all non-tobacco flavored e-cigarettes, including mint and menthol. Durbin urged the FDA to act quickly and not delay the removal of e-cigarette flavors - such as mint, menthol, unicorn milk, bubblegum… Continue Reading


09.17.19

Durbin To McConnell: Do Something On Gun Violence

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined dozens of Democratic U.S. Senators in floor speeches tonight to talk about the impact of gun violence and the many actions legislators could take to respond. Following the mass shootings in El Paso, Dayton, and Odessa - and the daily toll of gun violence in Chicago - Durbin called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to do his job and hold votes on legislation that would help reduce the gun violence epidemic. More than 200 … Continue Reading


09.17.19

Durbin Honors Civil Rights And Disability Rights Champion Marca Bristo On Senate Floor

WASHINGTON - In a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today honored the life of civil rights and disability rights champion Marca Bristo, who passed away on September 8th in her adopted hometown of Chicago at the age of 66. Marca was a nationally and internationally acclaimed leader in the disability rights movement who was instrumental in helping write and pass the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. "Remove the barriers, and people with disabilities can lead rich… Continue Reading


09.17.19

Durbin: Senate Must Stand Up Against President Trump's Continued Diversion Of Funds From The Military To His Ineffective Border Wall

WASHINGTON - In a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee and Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee, today spoke out against President Donald Trump's continued efforts to divert funding from our military in order to build his medieval border wall. Last week, Durbin did not support reporting to the floor the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee funding bill because … Continue Reading


09.16.19

Durbin Statement On Recent Reporting On Justice Kavanaugh's Confirmation Process

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today released the following statement regarding recent reporting around Justice Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation process: "During the Kavanaugh confirmation process, I repeatedly called for a neutral, thorough, and impartial investigation into the allegations of sexual assault involving then-Judge Kavanaugh. FBI career investigators were not allowed to conduct that type of investigation. The consequences of that decision… Continue Reading


09.16.19

Durbin, Lightfoot, Jackson Working To Educate, Protect Kids In Response To Youth Vaping Epidemic

CHICAGO - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Public Schools CEO Dr. Janice Jackson today at Richard T. Crane Medical Preparatory High School to discuss the impact of vaping and e-cigarette use on children and teenagers. The news conference comes on the heels of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) announcement last week that it will imminently ban all non-tobacco e-cigarette flavors, including mint and menthol. On Friday, Durbin sent a letter to U.S.… Continue Reading


09.13.19

Durbin Calls On Surgeon General To Launch National Strategy To Educate, Prevent, & Respond To Youth Vaping Epidemic

CHICAGO - U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today called on the U.S. Surgeon General to develop and launch a national strategy to educate, prevent, and respond to the youth e-cigarette epidemic. Durbin's letter to U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams comes on the heels of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) announcement this week that it would imminently ban all non-tobacco e-cigarette flavors, including mint and menthol. Preliminary data revealed this week shows that five … Continue Reading


09.12.19

Durbin, Colleagues Introduce Temporary Protected Status For The Bahamas

WASHINGTON - Following reports that the Trump Administration will refuse to grant temporary protections to Bahamians affected by Hurricane Dorian, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and 15 of his Senate Democratic colleagues in introducing the Bahamas Temporary Protected Status of 2019. The legislation designates The Bahamas for Temporary Protected Status for 18 months and provides humanitarian protection for eligible Bahamian citizens who are unable to return to… Continue Reading


09.12.19

Durbin Meets With The Illinois Farm Bureau To Discuss Farming Conditions, Disaster Aid, & Trade Policy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, met with the Illinois Farm Bureau to discuss financial difficulties with crop conditions in Illinois due to the wettest planting season in decades. During the meeting, farmers expressed concerns with the Trump Administration's uncertain trade approach with China, and the importance of more federal investments in infrastructure, like rural broadband. They also discussed the Trum… Continue Reading


09.12.19

Durbin, Kennedy Applaud DEA For Lowering Opioid Quotas For Fourth Year In A Row

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and John Kennedy (R-LA) today praised the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) proposal to reduce production quotas for nearly all Schedule II prescription opioids by an average of 32 percent for next year. The DEA is responsible for establishing annual quotas determining the exact amount of each opioid drug that is permitted to be produced in the U.S. each year. After two decades of dramatic increases to the volume of opioids allowed to come to… Continue Reading


09.12.19

Durbin: Congress Must Stand Up To The President's Continued Infringement Of Congress's Power Of The Purse

WASHINGTON - In today's Senate Appropriations Committee markup, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, did not support reporting to the floor the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee funding bill because of President Donald Trump's continued infringement of Congress's power of the purse by taking essential funds from our military and their families in order to pay for his ineffective border wall. Just last week, the… Continue Reading


09.12.19

Durbin, Bipartisan Group Of Senators Meet With FDA Commissioner, Push For Strong Enforcement To Address Youth Vaping Epidemic

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Acting Commissioner Dr. Ned Sharpless to discuss FDA's announcement yesterday that it would imminently ban all non-tobacco e-cigarette flavors, including mint and menthol. During the meeting, Durbin pressed Sharpless to ensure that e-cigarette flavors are removed from the market without delay, and to use his authority as Acting FDA Commissioner to immediately remove illegal vaping devices from th… Continue Reading


09.11.19

Senate Confirms Nomination Of Steven Seeger To Serve As U.S. District Judge For The Northern District Of Illinois

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement after the Senate confirmed the nomination of Steven C. Seeger to serve as a District Judge on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, based in Chicago: "We are pleased that the Senate has confirmed Steven Seeger. He has the qualifications and judgment to serve with distinction as a district court judge in the Northern District of Illinois. We appreciate the Administra… Continue Reading


09.11.19

Durbin Reacts To FDA E-Cigarette Flavors Announcement On Senate Floor

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today spoke on the Senate floor following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announcing it would imminently ban all non-tobacco flavored e-cigarettes, including mint and menthol. Durbin commended the FDA for finally announcing it would use its authority to remove e-cigarette products and kid-friendly flavors - such as mint, menthol, unicorn milk, bubblegum, and razzelberry - from the market. "We are making it clear in the Unit… Continue Reading


09.11.19

Durbin, Duckworth Statement On Retirement Of Former Chief Judge Ruben Castillo

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today released the following statement after District Judge Rubén Castillo, a Federal District Court Judge in the Northern District of Illinois (NDIL), announced that he will be retiring effective September 27, 2019: "Judge Castillo served with integrity and distinction in the Northern District of Illinois for more than 25 years. We thank him for his leadership and many contributions to the judiciary, especially hi… Continue Reading


09.11.19

Durbin Statement On FDA E-Cigarette Announcement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today released the following statement after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced steps to ban all non-tobacco flavored e-cigarettes: "Vaping targets kids, and these flavors-mint, menthol, gummy bear, Unicorn Milk, lung candy-have been essential to the industry luring children into this new addiction. I will closely review FDA's guidance. Finally, the FDA is doing its job." Durbin spoke on the Senate floor earlier t… Continue Reading


09.11.19

Durbin: Vaping Targets Kids

WASHINGTON - Today, following the death of a sixth person linked to vaping, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) again called on U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Acting Commissioner Dr. Ned Sharpless to take decisive action immediately to properly regulate e-cigarettes and the accompanying kid-friendly flavors and products. Durbin noted that the FDA has the authority to remove e-cigarette products and kid-friendly flavors - such as unicorn milk, bubblegum, and razzelberry - fro… Continue Reading


09.10.19

Durbin Discusses The Importance Of Continued U.S. Global Engagement At Council On Foreign Relations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today discussed the United States' role in the world, countering historic and current strains of American isolationism, and the importance and benefit of continued global engagement in a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations. "Multicultural democracy isn't easy. And yet, we have done it better and on a larger scale than any nation in history. That's part of the American idea," Durbin said. "Siding with democracy over tyranny, … Continue Reading


09.10.19

Durbin Meets With The Illinois Farmers Union To Discuss Farm Economy, Trade, And Biofuels

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today met with the Illinois Farmers Union to discuss financial difficulties with crop conditions in Illinois due to the wettest planting season in decades, the Trump Administration's uncertain trade approach with China, and damaging decisions to the biofuels industry. During the meeting, the Farmers Union presented Durbin with the Golden Triangle Award for his leadership in he… Continue Reading


09.10.19

Durbin, Feinstein Call On Trump Administration To Consult Congress About Refugee Resettlement, As Required By Law

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Ranking Member of the Senate Immigration Subcommittee, and U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today pressed the Trump Administration to immediately engage in meaningful consultations with Congress, as required by law, before setting the annual refugee admission ceiling for next year. Prior to any presidential determination on the number of refugees to be admitted in the upcoming fi… Continue Reading

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