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Durbin Joins AFGE Legislative Conference to Discuss Issues Facing Federal Employees

SPRINGFIELD - U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today joined the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) virtual legislative conference to hear from AFGE members about some of the issues facing federal employees. Durbin discussed his opposition to former President Trump's executive orders making it easier to fire federal employees and limiting collective bargaining rights, and the importance of providing safe workplaces for federal employees. "I'm committed to ensuring… Continue Reading


Durbin, Cortez Masto, Senate Dems Introduce Bill to Protect Unemployed Workers' Health Insurance During Pandemic

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), together with 11 Senate Democrats, today re-introduced the Worker Health Coverage Protection Act, a bill that would protect millions of unemployed or furloughed workers from losing their health insurance in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The bill would allow laid off workers to remain on their employer health plans, through the COBRA program, at no cost. "Recent estimates have shown that millions of wor… Continue Reading


Durbin, Axne Introduce Legislation to Provide Tax Relief for Unemployed Americans

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Cindy Axne (D-IA-03) introduced legislation to provide tax relief for Americans who lost their jobs and utilized unemployment benefits last year - allowing millions of workers to focus their benefits on covering essentials during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and recession. The Coronavirus Unemployment Benefits Tax Relief Act would waive federal income taxes on the first $10,200 of unemployment bene… Continue Reading


Durbin Discusses COVID-19 Relief with Isabel Guzman, Biden Nominee for Administrator of Small Business Administration

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with Isabel Guzman, President Joe Biden's nominee for Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA). During their Zoom call, Durbin and Guzman discussed the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and how the SBA can help small businesses stay afloat. They also spoke about the disproportionate impact minority-owned small businesses have faced during the pandemic and the importance of ensuring an equitable recovery. "Restaurant… Continue Reading


Durbin Discusses COVID-19, Trade, and Census with Gina Raimondo, Biden Nominee for Secretary of Commerce

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with Governor Gina Raimondo (D-RI), President Joe Biden's nominee for Secretary of Commerce. During their Zoom call, Durbin and Raimondo discussed the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, trade policies that level the playing field for American workers and manufacturers, and ensuring an apolitical count of the 2020 Census. Durbin also spoke about his push for five percent real growth in science agencies for innovation-including program… Continue Reading


Durbin Discusses Labor Priorities and Infrastructure with LIUNA

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today spoke with a group of Laborers' members from Illinois to discuss the importance of investing in transportation infrastructure and prioritizing policies that support workers and their families. Durbin discussed ideas to help increase funding and flexibility for existing transportation formula and competitive grant programs. Durbin and the group also discussed President-elect Biden's Labor Secretary nominee, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. "Illinois … Continue Reading


Durbin Discusses COVID-19 Economic Recovery with Janet Yellen, Biden Nominee for Secretary of the Treasury

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today met with Janet Yellen, President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for Secretary of the Treasury. During their Zoom call, Durbin and Yellen discussed the need to address the COVID-19 pandemic's economic devastation and how to ensure Americans who are unemployed, families that are struggling, and small businesses that worried about their future are supported by the federal government during this crisis. The recent COVID-19 relief bill passed in December… Continue Reading


Durbin, Duckworth, Senate Dems Announce Significant Additions to the Economic Justice Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), along with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senate Democrats, today unveiled new additions to the Economic Justice Act, a major legislative proposal that now provides more than $435 billion in immediate and long-term investments in communities of color to address systemic racism and reverse decades of historic underinvestment. "The substantial additions to the Economic Justice Act make an even larger inv… Continue Reading


Durbin Calls On McConnell To Pass Meaningful COVID-19 Relief Legislation To Help Hard Hit Businesses Struggling During Pandemic

SPRINGFIELD - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to pass the HEROES 2.0 Act to provide assistance for struggling Illinoisans and small businesses and slammed the Senate Republican Leader for spending five days jamming a Supreme Court nomination through the Senate floor instead of helping struggling small businesses and families. The HEROES 2.0 Act passed the House of Representatives nearly one month ago, on October 1. Durbin is a cosp… Continue Reading


Durbin Cosponsors Legislation To Make Payroll Tax Deferral Optional, Including for Military Members And Federal Employees

SPRINGFIELD - Today, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) in announcing legislation to make the payroll tax deferral outlined by President Trump optional for any worker whose employer chooses to participate, including federal employees and service members. The legislation, which can be found here, is cosponsored by more than 14 of the Senators' colleagues. "Because Fortune 500 companies and state governments are rejecting President Trump's poorly thought-out pa… Continue Reading


Durbin Introduces Bill To Give Unemployed Americans Tax Relief

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced the Coronavirus Unemployment Benefits Tax Relief Act, a bill that would provide additional financial relief to unemployed Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic by temporarily excluding the first $10,200 of unemployment compensation from federal income taxes for tax year 2020. This amount is equal to 17 weeks of the now-expired $600 per week federal enhanced benefits included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Ac… Continue Reading


Durbin Statement On Illinois Budget Issues Resulting From COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today issued the following statement after Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker sent a letter to the entire Illinois Congressional Delegation about the State's budget issues and revenue shortfalls resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, and asked for federal support for state and local governments in the next COVID-19 relief package: "The State of Illinois is not alone facing a serious revenue loss resulting from this pandemic. State and local governments a… Continue Reading


Durbin, Duckworth Urge Federal Reserve And Treasury To Increase Access To Main Street Lending Program

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) urged Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell and Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin to establish more favorable terms for businesses and nonprofits participating in the Main Street Lending Program (MSLP). In a letter to Chair Powell and Secretary Mnuchin, Durbin and Duckworth highlighted that many businesses and nonprofit organizations across Illinois - especially in Black and Brown communities that have been hit dis… Continue Reading


Durbin Introduces Bill To Create Civilian Conservation Corps

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced the introduction of the RENEW Conservation Corps Act, a bill that would create a civilian conservation corps that provides valuable job training and work experience to Americans while also completing needed maintenance and restoration of parks, trails, and natural areas. Modeled after President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Civilian Conservation Corps - which employed, educated, and trained three million young men during the Great Depre… Continue Reading


Durbin Discusses Paycheck Protection Program With Illinois Credit Union League

SPRINGFIELD - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) spoke today with members of the Illinois Credit Union League (ICUL) about negotiations on the next COVID-19 relief package and the importance of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to ensure Illinois small businesses can maintain their operations and pay their employees as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the economy. Durbin also discussed simplifying the Small Business Administration's loan forgiveness application, especially for borrowe… Continue Reading


Durbin Joins Minority Business Owners To Discuss The Paycheck Protection Program

SPRINGIFELD - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today joined the Illinois State Black Chamber of Commerce, the NAACP, and the American Business Immigration Coalition at the organizations' webinar for minority business owners in Illinois to discuss the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which has allocated more than 225,000 loans worth nearly $23 billion to Illinois small businesses. During the webinar, Durbin spoke about his support for providing a second round of loans to the hardest hit business… Continue Reading


Durbin Discusses Health Care Protection During Pandemic With Union Leaders

SPRINGFIELD - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today joined a call with union leaders from UNITE HERE Local 1 to discuss health care and his efforts to help workers who've lost jobs as a result of the coronavirus pandemic stay on their employers' health care plans. Durbin has urged for the inclusion of federal COBRA funding in the next coronavirus relief package and supports a provision in the House-passed HEROES Act that would provide premium assistance to cover 100 percent of COBRA premiums so … Continue Reading


Durbin Discusses COVID-19 Relief With Navy Pier Board Members

SPRINGFIELD - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today joined a call with members of the Board of Directors for Chicago's Navy Pier to discuss the latest on negotiations to pass an additional COVID-19 relief bill. Durbin said he would continue to fight for additional relief for Navy Pier, which employs hundreds of people. Navy Pier received a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan, but like many businesses facing economic uncertainty because of the pandemic, is in need of additional financial assi… Continue Reading


Durbin Discusses COVID-19 Relief And USPS Service With St. Louis Regional Chamber

SPRINGFIELD - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today joined a call with members of the St. Louis Regional Chamber to discuss the latest on negotiations to pass an additional COVID-19 relief bill, including unemployment insurance, small business assistance, and protecting the United States Postal Service (USPS). Durbin shared his support for maintaining the $600 per week federal enhanced unemployment benefits and his recent letter to the USPS Postmaster General DeJoy urging him to take corrective … Continue Reading


Durbin: I Reject Notion That $600 A Week Keeps People From Going Back To Work

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today slammed Senate Republicans' and President Donald Trump's proposed partisan coronavirus response legislation, and the lack of Senate action to save expanded federal unemployment benefits which are set to expire tomorrow. In a speech on the Senate floor, Durbin called out Republicans' plan to cut the $600 weekly federal unemployment benefit to $200 per week. "There are people prepared to go back to work. And I happen to believe th… Continue Reading

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