Press Releases

01.13.16

Durbin Applauds President's State of the Union Commitment to Breakthrough Research & Discovery

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) - author of The American Innovation Act and The American Cures Act - applauded President Obama's commitment in last night's State of the Union to supporting breakthrough developments in scientific and biomedical research. "Last night, the President committed to innovation, and it was music to my ears to hear him talk about medical research and the difference it can make in the United States and in the world," Durbin said. Senator … Continue Reading


01.12.16

Durbin Releases Video Statement Following the State of the Union

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) released a video statement today following President Obama's State of the Union address. Footage of Senator Durbin's statement is available for TV Stations using FTP in high definition here and in standard definition here. In what has become an annual tradition, Durbin hosted an Illinois servicemember as his guest for the President's State of the Union address. This year's guest is Major Gerry Sharp - a Buf… Continue Reading


01.12.16

Durbin Statement on President Obama's State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON-Assistant Senate Democratic Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement on President Obama's State of the Union Address: About a decade ago, I had a conversation with my Senate colleague, a young man named Barack Obama, about running for higher office. Tonight, I was honored to hear my friend and former Senate colleague deliver his final State of the Union Address as President of the United States. We've come a long way. When President Obama took office, o… Continue Reading


01.12.16

Durbin Meets with Illinois Service Member Who Will Be His Guest for the State of the Union

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with Major Gerry Sharp - a Buffalo Grove, Illinois native and Northern Illinois University graduate - who will be his guest for President Barack Obama's State of the Union address later this evening. Major Sharp has served in the United States Army for twenty-six years. In his current position as Director of the Warrior and Family Coordination Cell at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Major Sharp coordinates efforts to supp… Continue Reading


01.12.16

Durbin Meets with Newly Confirmed Assistant Secretary of the Air Force

[WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) met today with Gabe Camarillo, the newly-confirmed Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. During the meeting, Camarillo and Durbin - who also serves as Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees discretionary spending for our nation's military, including bases - discussed the long-term future of Illinois' Air Force installations. "I am proud to represent some of our nation's most … Continue Reading


01.12.16

Durbin Discusses Long-Term Transportation Bill with Illinois Coalition

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - In a meeting with the Transportation for Illinois Coalition, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today discussed the Illinois impact of the long-term transportation bill - the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act - passed by Congress and signed into law by the President in December of last year. Members of the group also stressed the importance of making investments in infrastructure a national priority in 2016. "Our ability to keep growing our economy depe… Continue Reading


01.11.16

Durbin Continues Tradition of Hosting Illinois Service Members for Tomorrow's State of the Union

[WASHINGTON, DC] - In what has become an annual tradition, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) will host an Illinois service member or veteran as his guest for President Barack Obama's State of the Union address. Major Gerry Sharp - a Buffalo Grove, Illinois native and Northern Illinois University graduate - has served in the United States Army for twenty-six years. In his current position as Director of the Warrior and Family Coordination Cell at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Major … Continue Reading


01.08.16

Durbin Announces Progress Towards Restoring U.S. Commitment to Scientific and Biomedical Research

SPRINGFIELD - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced major progress towards his goal of restoring the United States' commitment to breakthrough scientific and biomedical research, reversing a troubling, decades-long downward trend in funding that has threatened America's standing as a leader in discovery and innovation and our global competitiveness. He highlighted the $2 billion increase he was able to secure in the Omnibus Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2016 for the National Inst… Continue Reading


01.06.16

Durbin Urges Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs to Work Quickly to Implement CDC Recommendations for Quincy Facility

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today called on the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs to quickly implement recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) following the agency's investigation into the cause of a Legionnaires' disease outbreak at the Illinois Veterans' Home (IVH) in Quincy beginning August 2015. In addition to the recommendations, the CDC's report identified a number of highly concerning environmental and epidemiological facto… Continue Reading


01.05.16

Durbin Applauds Proposed Executive Actions to Prevent Gun Violence

CHICAGO - Following President Obama's announcement of a series of executive branch actions to help reduce gun violence, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today applauded the President's proposal and said additional action is needed at all levels of government to address the epidemic of gun violence plaguing our nation. The proposed executive actions include: strengthening the background check system; better enforcing the gun laws on the books; increasing mental health treatment and reporting; and … Continue Reading


01.04.16

Durbin Statement on President's Proposed Actions on Gun Violence

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement after meeting with President Obama and other members of Congress to discuss ways to reduce gun violence in America: We know this issue all too well in Illinois. There were 2,939 people shot in Chicago last year, and families and communities are suffering. We've got to do something. I can understand why the American people are upset with Congress-the overwhelming majority of Americans support common sense reforms t… Continue Reading


01.04.16

Durbin Announces Progress Towards Restoring U.S. Commitment to Scientific and Biomedical Research

CHICAGO - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced major progress towards his goal of restoring the United States' commitment to breakthrough scientific and biomedical research, reversing a troubling, decades-long downward trend in funding that has threatened America's standing as a leader in discovery and innovation and our global competitiveness. He highlighted the $2 billion increase he was able to secure in the Omnibus Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2016 for the National Institut… Continue Reading


12.18.15

Durbin Joins Bipartisan Coalition of Senators Hailing Passage of Historic Chemical Safety Law

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today joined a bipartisan coalition of senators, led by U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D-NM) and David Vitter (R-LA), in celebrating the Senate's historic passage of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, a chemical safety reform bill to overhaul the nation's broken Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA). The bill passed the Senate last night by a unanimous voice vote and now has 61 bipartisan cosponsors. The 39-y… Continue Reading


12.18.15

Durbin Commends President for Commuting Sentences of 95 Nonviolent Drug Offenders

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), sponsor of the Fair Sentencing Act and the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, commended President Obama today for commuting the sentences of 95 Americans, including Alton Mills and eight other Illinoisans. After learning of Mr. Mills' story and meeting with his family and attorney, Durbin wrote President Obama in support of Mr. Mills' petition for commutation of his sentence earlier this month. Mr. Mills has served 22 years of a mandatory… Continue Reading


12.18.15

Durbin Announces Illinois Priorities Included in Omnibus Appropriations Bill Passed by Congress

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the Consolidated and Further Appropriations Act of 2016 was passed by the Senate. The bill was passed by the House earlier today and will need to be signed by the President to become law. "Thanks to the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, critical investments in the middle-class, our veterans, and the nation's infrastructure and scientific research programs were part of today… Continue Reading


12.17.15

Durbin: Omnibus Appropriations Bill Invests $500 Million in Priority Transportation & Infrastructure Projects

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced today that the Omnibus Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2016 includes $500 million for investments in priority transportation projects through the competitive TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) Grant Program. Illinois has been the second largest beneficiary of TIGER funding across the country, receiving nearly $290 million since the popular program was created in 2009. "Illinois lies at the heart … Continue Reading


12.16.15

Durbin's Cures Act Sets Standard for Increased Biomedical Research Funding in Omnibus

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced today that the Omnibus Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2016 dramatically increases overall funding for breakthrough scientific and biomedical research based on targeted funding levels set by Durbin's American Cures Act. In total, the bill includes nearly $42 billion in funding to support the research at the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, the Department of Defense Health Program, and the Veterans … Continue Reading


12.16.15

Durbin, Bustos: Continued Funding for Prison Activation in Omnibus Appropriations Bill is More Good News for Jobs, Economic Development in the Quad Cities

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (IL-17) today announced that the Omnibus Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2016 includes a level of funding for Bureau of Prisons that will allow for continued funding for the activation of the Thomson correctional facility in Thomson, Illinois. Though today's bill does not detail how this funding will be spent, Durbin and Bustos expressed confidence that the funding for the Thomson facility's activation … Continue Reading


12.16.15

Durbin: Omnibus Appropriations Bill Funds Innovation & Research At Argonne National Lab & Fermilab

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced the Omnibus Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2016, which was introduced late last night, preserves essential federal funding for scientific research and development programs that support work at both Argonne National Laboratory and Fermilab. Together, Argonne and Fermilab employ roughly 5,150 Illinoisans. The bill must now be voted on by both chambers of Congress and signed into law by President Obama. "Today's legis… Continue Reading


12.16.15

Durbin: Congress Agrees to Fund Great Lakes Restoration Initiative at 300 Million

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced the inclusion of $300 million in funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) in the Omnibus Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2016 will support ongoing efforts to protect the Great Lakes including: combating invasive species, particularly Asian Carp; reducing and removing pollution, waste run-off and toxic chemicals; and restoring wetlands and other lakefront assets. The bill, which was introduced in the House … Continue Reading

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