Press Releases

08.02.21

Durbin Announces Illinois AG Raoul To Testify At Tomorrow's Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing On Student Loan Bankruptcy Reform

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today announced Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul will testify at tomorrow's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing entitled "Student Loan Bankruptcy Reform." AG Raoul will testify about the need for student loan bankruptcy dischargeability as a last resort to assist struggling student borrowers, including those who were misled into taking out large loans to attend for-profit schools that did not … Continue Reading


08.02.21

Durbin Announces Former For-Profit College Student To Testify At Tomorrow's Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Student Loan Bankruptcy Reform

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today announced that Diane Barta, a former Ashford University student, will testify at tomorrow's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing entitled "Student Loan Bankruptcy Reform." Barta will testify about her experience attending Ashford University - a for-profit college recently purchased by University of Arizona that has long been the subject of numerous state and federal investigations and lawsuits… Continue Reading


08.02.21

Durbin, Warren, Brown Urge Department Of Ed To Protect Students During Closure Of Fradulent Center For Excellence In Higher Education Schools

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona urging him to assist students impacted by the closure of Center for Excellence in Higher Education (CEHE) schools. Last year, a Colorado state court found CEHE had defrauded students by using predatory tactics and false advertising. In previous letters, the Senators called on the Department to withhold Title… Continue Reading


08.02.21

Durbin: Judiciary Committee Will Not Entertain Bad-Faith Efforts To Derail Chipman's Nomination

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today pressed back on a letter he received from Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee seeking a second hearing on the nomination of David Chipman to be Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). In his response, Durbin called out the request for what it is: the lates… Continue Reading


08.02.21

Durbin: Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Makes Smart And Necessary Investments In America

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today spoke on the Senate floor about the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal. The deal is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to re-build our nation's roads, railways, transit, and bridges; to make high-speed internet and clean water a reality for every household in America; and to create millions of good-paying, family-supporting union jobs across the country. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal is currently being debated on the Senate floor.… Continue Reading


08.02.21

Senate Confirms Ur Jaddou To Lead USCIS

WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Senate confirmed Ur Jaddou to be Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) by a vote of 47-34. Ahead of the confirmation vote, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, spoke in support of Ms. Jaddou's nomination on the Senate floor. "Ms. Jaddou may be the most qualified person ever to be nominated for this job. She has nearly 20 years experience in immigration law, policy, and administration. She's… Continue Reading


07.30.21

Durbin Honors Former Senator Carl Levin On The Senate Floor

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today paid tribute to former U.S. Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) on the Senate floor who passed away earlier this week at the age of 87. In his remarks, Durbin spoke about his friendship with Levin and honored his legacy as a model of integrity and a champion of America's military families and veterans. "When he [Levin] retired in 2014, he left a legacy in the Senate, certainly of important and good legislation, but more importantly of the im… Continue Reading


07.30.21

Durbin: We Must Pass A Pathway To Citizenship For Undocumented Immigrants Via Reconciliation

WASHINGTON - In a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and lead author of the Dream Act, today made the case for passing a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants through the budget reconciliation process. During his speech, Durbin argued that due to four years of former President Donald Trump's 'zero-tolerance,' anti-immigrant policies and Congressional Republicans' refusal to pass meaningful, bipartisan im… Continue Reading


07.30.21

Durbin Meets Virtually With Secretary Of The Air Force

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met virtually with the newly-confirmed Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall to discuss Kendall's new role and Air Force priorities. On the call, Durbin and Kendall discussed the need to strategically position the Air Force to counter China. Durbin also advocated for continued support for Air Force installations in Illinois, including Scott Air Force Base. "It was a pleasure to speak with Secretary Kendall as he assumes his new… Continue Reading


07.30.21

Durbin Meets With President Biden, Democratic Lawmakers On Path To Citizenship For Undocumented Immigrants

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and lead sponsor of the Dream Act, met yesterday with President Joe Biden and Democratic members of Congress in the White House to discuss the plight of Dreamers following the recent federal court decision by Judge Hanen and the need to finally offer a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. "Two weeks ago, a federal court ruling in Texas on the legality of DACA placed the lives and fu… Continue Reading


07.30.21

Durbin Meets With President Biden, Democratic Lawmakers On Path To Citizenship For Undocumented Immigrants

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and lead sponsor of the Dream Act, met yesterday with President Joe Biden and Democratic members of Congress in the White House to discuss the plight of Dreamers following the recent federal court decision by Judge Hanen and the need to finally offer a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. "Two weeks ago, a federal court ruling in Texas on the legality of DACA placed the lives and fu… Continue Reading


07.29.21

Durbin Statement On Senate Passage Of Emergency Supplemental Bill To Pay National Guard, Capitol Police

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today released the following statement after the Senate passed an emergency supplemental appropriations bill, introduced by Senate Appropriations Chair Patrick Leahy (D-VT), that addresses the urgent security needs facing the Capitol and the country. The $2.1 billion bill addresses the violent insurrection that took place on January 6, provides … Continue Reading


07.29.21

Senate Judiciary Committee Advances Bipartisan Bills To Address Lack Of Competition In Pharmaceutical Industry & Rising Cost Of Prescription Drugs

WASHINGTON - The Senate Judiciary Committee today voted unanimously to advance four pieces of bipartisan legislation to address the lack of competition in the pharmaceutical industry and rising cost of prescription drugs. Earlier this month, the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust, and Consumer Rights-Chaired by Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)-held a hearing entitled, "A Prescription for Change: Cracking Down on Anticompetitive Conduct in Prescription Drug Markets," wher… Continue Reading


07.29.21

Durbin Discusses Electric Vehicle Infrastructure And Production With Ford And Lion Electric

WASHINGTON - This week, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) met with Ford North America CEO Kumar Galhortra and Lion Electric CEO Marc Bedard to discuss federal priorities in electric vehicle (EV) production and infrastructure. Durbin spoke about his efforts to secure federal funding for EVs in the bipartisan infrastructure deal and a potential reconciliation bill. He also urged the companies to consider Illinois as a location for future battery plants and EV production. "President Bid… Continue Reading


07.29.21

Durbin: Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Will Keep Illinois Families Safe, Make Historic Investments In America

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today spoke on the Senate floor about the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal. The deal is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to re-build our nation's roads, railways, and bridges; to make high-speed internet and clean water a reality for every household in America; and to create millions of good-paying, family-supporting union jobs across the country. During his speech, Durbin spoke about a recent bridge collapse in Seneca, Illinois, due to … Continue Reading


07.29.21

Durbin Statement On Senate Advancing Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement today after the Senate voted to advance the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework: "This is the first step towards an historic and long-overdue investment in American infrastructure. This bipartisan plan will improve and expand public transit, passenger rail, roads and bridges, clean drinking and waste water infrastructure, and more. It is time to pass the largest long-term investment in our infrastructure … Continue Reading


07.28.21

Durbin: McConnell's Efforts To Stop An Investigation Into January 6 Failed

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today commended the brave Capitol Police Officers and D.C. Metropolitan Police Officers who testified at yesterday's House Select Committee hearing to investigate the events that led up to and occurred on January 6, 2021, and once again slammed Senate Republicans' refusal to support the bipartisan, independent January 6 commission. "It continues to amaze me that an independent, bipartisan commit… Continue Reading


07.27.21

Durbin: To Protect Yourself, Your Family, And Your Community, Get Vaccinated

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today spoke on the Senate floor about the importance of getting vaccinated and dispelling misinformation about COVID-19. Due to low vaccination rates in some parts of the country, the more contagious Delta variant has spread quickly among the unvaccinated and has resulted in "breakthrough cases" among vaccinated populations. In his remarks, Durbin reiterated the updated CDC guidelines and encouraged all individuals, including fully vaccin… Continue Reading


07.27.21

Durbin Honors Former Senator Mike Enzi On The Senate Floor

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today paid tribute to former U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) on the Senate floor who passed away suddenly after suffering serious injuries in a bicycle accident. During his speech, Durbin discussed his efforts with Enzi to give small businesses and Main Street America more of a fighting chance in the age of Amazon and eventual passage of their bipartisan Marketplace Fairness Act in the Senate in 2013. "I'm saddened today to learn of the d… Continue Reading


07.27.21

Durbin Sits Down With Illinois Speaker Of The House Emanuel "Chris" Welch

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with Illinois Speaker of the House Emanuel "Chris" Welch to discuss federal and state priorities for Illinois. During their discussion, Durbin and Welch spoke about the ongoing infrastructure negotiations and maintaining Illinois' position as a leader in the electric vehicle industry. Also joining today's meeting was Illinois State Representative Kam Buckner (D-IL-26). "Our government works best when it works together. I'm grat… Continue Reading

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