Press Releases

01.05.18

Durbin Visits Illinois Veterans' Home at Quincy

QUINCY - In the midst of growing concerns about Legionnaires' disease at Illinois veterans' homes, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin today visited Illinois Veterans' Home (IVH) at Quincy to meet with leadership and tour the facility. Durbin called for improved transparency from Governor Rauner and his Administration in disclosing all new cases of Legionnaires' disease and has urged the state to comply with all recommendations from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prevent future outb… Continue Reading


01.05.18

Durbin, Duckworth Urge DOJ And FCC To Closely Scrutinize Proposed Sinclair-Tribune Merger

SPRINGFIELD - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and seven other senators in urging the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to closely scrutinize media mergers that fall within their jurisdictions, particularly, the proposed Sinclair Broadcasting-Tribune Media merger. A combined Sinclair-Tribune would own 233 television stations and reach 72 percent of American households, af… Continue Reading


01.03.18

Durbin: The Clock Is Ticking On Dreamers

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) again came to the Senate floor today to call on Republican leaders in Congress to pass the bipartisan Dream Act now. More than 14,500 Dreamers have already lost their DACA status at a rate of roughly 1,000 each week. Beginning early this year, 1,000 additional young people will lose their protection from deportation each day. "I plead with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in this closely divided Senate before January 19 to get … Continue Reading


12.21.17

Durbin Statement On Government Funding and the Dream Act

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement: I did not support this government funding measure because it did not include the Dream Act. Since President Trump abolished DACA three months ago, more than 13,000 Dreamers have lost that protection-at a rate of 1,000 each week. This isn't just about the Dream Act for these young people-we are fighting for the American dream.… Continue Reading


12.21.17

Durbin: This Isn't Just About The Dream Act - It's About The American Dream

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) again came to the Senate floor today to call on Republican leaders in Congress to pass the bipartisan Dream Act now. More than 13,000 Dreamers have already lost their DACA status at a rate of roughly 1,000 each week. Beginning early next year, 1,000 additional young people will lose their protection from deportation each day. "In the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln was so frustrated with General McClellan-he wouldn't a… Continue Reading


12.21.17

Durbin Speaks With CDC Director About Deadly Situation At Quincy Veterans' Home

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today spoke with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald about the Illinois Veterans' Home (IVH) Quincy and the continued outbreaks of Legionnaires' disease, which have taken the lives of 13 veterans and residents over the past three years. During today's call, Dr. Fitzgerald noted that CDC staff visited IVH Quincy in early December and took samples. The laboratory results from those tests will be completed in … Continue Reading


12.21.17

Durbin, Duckworth Press Metra, Amtrak, Freight Rail for Update on Positive Train Control Safety Technology

WASHINGTON-Following the tragic Amtrak derailment in Washington this week that left at least three people dead and about 100 others injured, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today pressed Metra, Amtrak, and the American Association of Railroads (AAR) to provide the Illinois Delegation with an update on their ongoing efforts to implement positive train control (PTC) safety technology in Illinois by the December 31, 2018 statutory deadline. PTC is a federally mandated c… Continue Reading


12.21.17

Illinois Congressional Delegation Urges CMS To Approve Illinois's 1115 Medicaid Waiver

WASHINGTON - The Illinois Congressional Delegation today pressed the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma to promptly approve Illinois's Section 1115 Medicaid Demonstration Waiver. Section 1115 Medicaid Demonstration Waivers provide states an avenue to test new approaches in Medicaid, and Illinois's waiver would help provide more tools to address mental illness and combat the opioid epidemic. Illinois's waiver application has been stuck at CMS review for m… Continue Reading


12.20.17

Durbin Statement on DeVos Decision to Slash Student Loan Relief For Defrauded Students

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Education and Secretary Betsy DeVos announced a new discharge process for borrower defense to repayment (BDR) claims that will lead to only partial debt relief for students who have been defrauded by predatory for-profit colleges and universities. Under the Obama Administration, complete student loan forgiveness was granted. "So let me get this straight: Secretary DeVos pro… Continue Reading


12.20.17

Durbin: Is This The Last Chrismas In America For Hundreds Of Thousands Of Young Dreamers?

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) again came to the Senate floor today to call on Congressional Republicans to pass the bipartisan Dream Act now. More than 12,000 Dreamers have already lost their DACA status at a rate of roughly 1,000 each week. Beginning early next year, 1,000 additional young people will lose their protection from deportation each day. "Yesterday, one of my Republican colleagues looked me in the eye and said 'we're talking about amnesty. These are peo… Continue Reading


12.19.17

Durbin Continues to press Republican Congress to pass the Dream Act Now

WASHINGTON-More than three months after the Trump Administration ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) again came to the Senate floor to call on Republican leaders in Congress to pass the bipartisan Dream Act now. More than 12,000 Dreamers have already lost their DACA status at a rate of roughly 1,000 each week. Beginning early next year, 1,000 additional young people will lose their protection from deportation each day.… Continue Reading


12.19.17

Durbin to DeVos: Where are gainful employment debt-to-earnings rates?

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today pressed the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and Secretary Betsy DeVos on its development and future public release of the second round of debt-to-earnings rates under the Gainful Employment (GE) Rule. The Gainful Employment Rule, which has been in effect since July 1, 2015, uses debt-to-earnings rates to determine which career education programs meet the statutory requirement that they prepare their students for "gainful employ… Continue Reading


12.18.17

Durbin Blasts Trump Administration for Reported List of Seven Forbidden Words

WASHINGTON-Following a Washington Post report that the Trump Administration is prohibiting officials and staff at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from using a list of seven commonly accepted words and phrases, U.S. Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today pressed CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald to provide immediate clarification and a commitment that the agency's critical activities are not being compromised by extreme political ideology. "Imposing a gag order on our nation… Continue Reading


12.15.17

Durbin Joins Resolution to Restore FCC's Net Neutrality Rules

WASHINGTON-Following the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) vote to dismantle net neutrality protections, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and 14 other Senators to announce their plan to introduce a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution that would undo yesterday's action by the FCC and restore the 2015 net neutrality rules. "Yesterday, the FCC walked away from its statutory duties and effectively eliminated its oversight over high-speed internet access.… Continue Reading


12.13.17

Durbin, Duckworth to Roskam, Shimkus: Put Middle-Income Illinoisans Ahead of Large Corporations as Tax Bill Conferees

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today urged U.S. Representatives Peter Roskam (R-IL-06) and John Shimkus (R-IL-15) - the two members representing Illinois selected to serve on the conference committee tasked with resolving differences between the House and Senate versions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act - to reconsider their support for the harmful policies contained in the House version of the Republican Tax Plan and to use their roles as conferee to advocate… Continue Reading


12.13.17

Durbin, Reed Press DoD to Release Contracts between For-Profit Colleges & Military Installations

WASHINGTON-Following a Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) investigation published in September 2017 revealing a contract between the University of Phoenix and Fort Campbell, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Jack Reed (D-RI) requested copies of all currently effective and expired contracts between Department of Defense (DoD) military installations and for-profit colleges going back to Calendar Year 2012. In their report, CIR found that the University of Phoenix paid Fort Campbell $250,… Continue Reading


12.12.17

Following Completion of EPA Evaluation, Durbin Urges Army Corps to Move Forward with Bubbly Creek Restoration

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today pressed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) to move forward with the restoration of the South Fork of the South Branch of the Chicago River - known as "Bubbly Creek" - in the most expedited manner possible now that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) completed its evaluation of the Creek and removed the site from its Superfund program. "The Army Corps restoration project will provide much-needed revitalization to an area with a his… Continue Reading


12.12.17

Durbin-Harris Legislation to Prevent Discharge of Non-Citizen Military Personnel Signed Into Law

WASHINGTON-Legislation by U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), vice chairman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, and U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) to retain military personnel in the Military Accessions Vital to National Interest (MAVNI) program until their background screenings are completed was signed into law today by the President as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). "When the military can't find American citizens with the skills it needs to help… Continue Reading


12.12.17

Durbin, Duckworth Call on FCC to Abandon Plan to Repeal Net Neutrality Rules

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today sent a letter urging Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai to abandon his plan to repeal the agency's net neutrality rules, which would give internet providers the ability to freely block or slow down consumers' access to the internet. The senators' letter comes ahead of a Thursday vote by the FCC to dismantle the net neutrality protections. "Your plan gives a broadband provider the ability to sig… Continue Reading


12.10.17

Durbin Urges Residents to Get Covered Before ACA Enrollment Deadline on Friday

SPRINGFIELD - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today urged those who are uninsured to take action before the December 15th deadline in order to get health care coverage that begins in January. Despite uncertainty in Congress and efforts from President Trump to undermine the Affordable Care Act (ACA), millions have signed up so far this year. About 350,000 people in Illinois purchase their health insurance in the individual market and nearly 300,000 of them are eligible for tax credits that help k… Continue Reading

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