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03.11.20

Durbin, Cassidy Introduce Bill To Ensure Greater Transparency For Third-Party Sellers Of Consumer Products Online

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) introduced legislation to combat the online sale of stolen, counterfeit, and dangerous consumer products by ensuring transparency of large-volume third-party sellers in online retail marketplaces. The Integrity, Notification, and Fairness in Online Retail Marketplaces for Consumers (INFORM Consumers) Act would direct online retail marketplaces that include third-party sellers of consumer products to authenticate the ide… Continue Reading


12.20.19

Durbin, Senators Call On Mnuchin To Strengthen IRS Criminal Division

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), along with Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT), today sent a letter to the Department of the Treasury urging the Administration to strengthen the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) enforcement efforts, including focusing on tax code violations and financial crimes. The Senators, in a letter to Secretary Steven Mnuchin, expressed serious concern over the IRS Criminal Investiga… Continue Reading


12.11.19

Durbin, Duckworth Statement On MLB Announcement Of Extended Netting

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement after MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred announced that all 30 Major League Baseball (MLB) teams will extend protective netting next season: "With more foul balls being hit at high speeds into the stands than ever before, it was imperative for MLB to address ballpark safety at the Winter Meetings. Extending protective netting well beyond the end of each dugout will make the ballpark a safer… Continue Reading


10.28.19

Durbin Calls On FTC To Scrutinize Unsubstantiated Claim In E-Cigarette Advertisment

WASHINGTON - Amidst a youth e-cigarette epidemic, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today pressed the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to closely examine the unsubstantiated claims made in an e-cigarette advertisement being run by the Vapor Technology Association. On October 16, 2019, the Vapor Technology Association began airing a commercial that claims, "Vaping is at least 95 percent safer than smoking." This and other similar claims are not supported by any credible medical evidence, which is w… Continue Reading


10.24.19

Durbin Presses Trump Administration To Finalize E-Cigarettes Flavor Ban

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) pressed Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar in a call for an update on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) forthcoming e-cigarette flavor ban. The Trump Administration has not issued final guidance to ban e-cigarette flavors, including mint and menthol, despite announcing six weeks ago that they would do so "within a couple weeks." During the call with Secretary Azar, Durbin urged HHS and the FDA to act quickly and… Continue Reading


10.01.19

Durbin, Colleagues To JUUL / Altria: Protect Children Over Profits

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Patty Murray (D-WA), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Tom Udall (D-NM), Ed Markey (D-MA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) today sent letters to JUUL Labs' new CEO K.C. Crosthwaite and Altria CEO Howard Willard slamming the companies for their role in fueling the youth vaping epidemic and probing the recent corporate marriage of JUUL-the most popular e-cigarette product among children-with Altri… Continue Reading


09.26.19

Durbin, Whitehouse, Blumenthal, Brown, Reed, & Merkley Once Again Urge Pharmacies to Stop Selling Tobacco Products Amid Vaping Epidemic

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Jack Reed (D-RI), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) today sent letters to Walgreens, Rite Aid, Dollar General, and Walmart urging them to stop selling all tobacco products, given their detriment to the public health. Earlier this year, the Senators wrote to these pharmacies to urge each company to end tobacco sales. After the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced an impending e… Continue Reading


09.20.19

Durbin, Bipartisan Senators Urge FDA To Remove All Pod- And Cartridge Based E-Cigarettes From Market Until They Can Be Proven Safe

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), along with Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), today called on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Acting Commissioner Dr. Ned Sharpless to immediately remove all pod- and cartridge-based e-cigarettes from the market, unless or until they can prove that they benefit the public health. In a letter to Sharpless, the Senators cited 530 cases of vaping-related lung disease, as well as eight deaths.… Continue Reading


09.19.19

Durbin, Colleagues Introduce Bill To Reduce Youth Tobacco Use & Vaping Epidemic

WASHINGTON-U.S Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D- IL) and U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Jack Reed (D-RI), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Ed Markey (D-MA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Patty Murray (D-WA), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) today announced the Tobacco Tax Equity Act of 2019, which would help reduce youth tobacco use by closing loopholes in the tax code that have long been exploited by the tobacco industry to avoid regulation and taxes for their products. This legislation wo… Continue Reading


09.18.19

Durbin, Duckworth Ask FCC To Step Up Prevention Of Robocalls

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to use the tools at its disposal to curb the number of robocalls received by Americans. In a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and the four FCC Commissioners, Durbin and Duckworth urged the agency to enhance traceback efforts to bring these scammers to justice, stop this illicit robocall traffic, and prioritize enforcing the laws already on the books. Robocallers place… 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, 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

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 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


09.09.19

Durbin Calls For Acting Commissioner To Take Decisive Action To Stop The Vaping Epidemic Or Resign

CHICAGO - In the wake of hundreds of illnesses and multiple reported deaths of vaping-related lung disease, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) held a news conference to urge the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take immediate action to address the public health epidemic of e-cigarettes, especially among children and young people. Last week, Durbin sent a letter calling on FDA Acting Commissioner Dr. Ned Sharpless to take decisive action within the next ten days to properly regulate e-ciga… Continue Reading


09.06.19

Durbin To Acting FDA Commissioner: Take Decisive Action To Stop The Vaping Epidemic Or Resign

CHICAGO - Following the death of a third person related to a mystery respiratory illness linked to vaping, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today called on U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Acting Commissioner Dr. Ned Sharpless to take decisive action within the next ten days to properly regulate e-cigarettes and the accompanying kid-friendly flavors and products. In the letter, Durbin said that should Acting Commissioner Sharpless fail to act within ten days, Durbin will ca… Continue Reading


08.27.19

Durbin Presses FDA To Regulate E-Cigarettes In Aftermath Of Vaping Death And Illnesses

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today called on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Acting Commissioner Dr. Ned Sharpless and Center for Tobacco Products Director Mitch Zeller to get off the sidelines and address the public health epidemic of e-cigarettes, especially among children and young people. In a letter to Sharpless and Zeller, Durbin cited the death of an Illinoisan who had recently vaped, and was hospitalized with severe respiratory illness. According to the Ill… Continue Reading


08.12.19

Durbin, Markey, Blumenthal Request Information On Student Data Collection Practices

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Ed Markey (D-MA), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) today sent letters to numerous education technology (EdTech) companies inquiring about data collection practices on American students. The Senators raised concerns that the learning tools used by these companies could pose a serious risk to students, parents, and educational institutions as a result of the potential for massive amounts of personal information to be stolen, collected, or sold without thei… Continue Reading

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