Press Releases

01.21.16

Durbin Welcomes Illinois Mayors to Washington to Discuss 2016 Priorities

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with mayors from across Illinois who are in Washington, D.C. for the annual U.S. Conference of Mayors. At the meeting, Durbin discussed local priorities for 2016, including transportation and infrastructure initiatives and local economic development issues. "The Illinois mayors and local leaders who are here in Washington today represent an important voice for each of their communities, cities and townships back home," Durbin s… Continue Reading


01.20.16

Durbin: Get Beyond the Screaming Rhetoric of the Presidential Campaign, Sit Down and Listen to the Stories of Syrian Refugees

[WASHINGTON, DC] - Today, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) spoke out against legislation that would unfairly block Iraqi and Syrian refugees fleeing violence in their home countries from finding safe haven in the United States, saying on the Senate Floor: "Let's call it for what it is. It's not designed to make us safer. It's designed to stop Syrian refugees from coming to the United States." Each year, the United States accepts about 70,000 refugees from around the world-they are the most … Continue Reading


01.20.16

Durbin: Reject Partisan Attempts to Obstruct Criminal Justice Reform Bill

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senate Assistant Democratic Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) today spoke at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on so-called mens rea reform legislation that Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) ) is insisting be included in the bipartisan Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act negotiated by Durbin and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA). "Instead of working with Democrats to reach a compromise, Sen. Hatch filed his legislation as an amendment to the Sentencing Reform … Continue Reading


01.19.16

Durbin Statement on Supreme Court Taking up Executive Immigration Action

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement regarding the announcement that the Supreme Court will review and rule on President Obama's immigration actions in the State of Texas v. United States of America: "It was cruel but not surprising that an outspoken anti-immigration judge in Texas and Republican-appointed judges on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily halted these critical pro-family programs. But the Supreme Court has been clear th… Continue Reading


01.19.16

Durbin Meets With Syrian and Iraqi Refugees, Expresses Opposition to Anti-Refugee Bill

CHICAGO - A day before the U.S. Senate is expected to vote on legislation that would effectively dismantle the Syrian and Iraqi refugee resettlement program, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) met with a small group of refugees who have settled in the Chicago area to hear their stories and express his opposition to the legislation. The American SAFE Act of 2015 would require the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Director of National Intelligence, and the FBI Director to each personally certify mo… Continue Reading


01.16.16

Durbin Statement on Announcement that Iran has met its Nuclear Agreement Obligations

CHICAGO-Assistant Senate Democratic Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement regarding the announcement that Iran has met its obligations to dismantle its nuclear weapons program under the terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action: When the Iran nuclear agreement was signed experts believed that Iran was only weeks away from developing a nuclear weapon. Because of this historic agreement; the removal of twelve tons of fissile material; the destruction of 13,000 cent… Continue Reading


01.14.16

Durbin Calls for End to Ban On Centers for Disease Control Gun Violence Research

CHICAGO - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today called for the end of a longstanding prohibition on federally funded gun violence research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The provision blocking public health research on ways to combat the gun violence epidemic in the United States dates back to an appropriations rider initially passed by Congress in 1996. The original author of that rider, former Congressman Jay Dickey (R-AR), has expressed regret for that rider and ca… Continue Reading


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

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