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U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving Illinois Newsletter for Sunday August 04, 2019 ( 52 items )  

10 Trump Nominees Confirmed by U.S. Senate
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- The U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of 10 individuals for positions in the Trump Administration on July 31: Karin J. Immergut, of Oregon, to be United States District Judge for the District of Oregon. John Milton Younge, of Pennsylvania, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Mary M. Rowland, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois. Mark T. Pittman, of Texas, to be United States Dis  more

Auburn Student Morgan Kull Completes Rep. Roby's Congressional Internship Program
WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 -- Rep. Martha Roby, R-Alabama, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL) today congratulated St. Charles, Illinois, native Morgan Kull for completing an internship this summer in her Montgomery office. During her time in Representative Roby's office, Morgan focused on district-based projects of importance, assisted constituents with their various requests, and more. "Morgan worked diligently for the people of Alabama's Second District during  more

Duckworth Secures Important Illinois Priorities in Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), applauded the inclusion of several of her provisions that will help Illinois in the America's Transportation Infrastructure Act of 2019 that passed the EPW Committee today. This critical legislation includes important provisions to improve safety, rebuild aging roads and bridges, reduce congestion  more

Durbin Calls on McConnell to End Legislative Graveyard & Protect Our Elections From Foreign Interference
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Judiciary and Rules Committee, today called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to end his legislative graveyard and bring comprehensive election security bills to the floor. In a speech on the Senate floor, Durbin noted that one of the most important takeaways from Special Counsel Mueller's report is that Russia was ab  more

Durbin Introduces Bill to Increase Federal Research Into Marijuana
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today introduced legislation that would lift federal barriers and increase research into cannabis. The Expanding Cannabis Research and Information Act would remove restrictions on federal research into cannabis and expand studies on the potential benefits and harms from cannabis use. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in 2017 examined the curre  more

Durbin Introduces Bill To Make Cahokia Mounds A National Historic Park
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today introduced a bill that would designate the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site as a National Historic Park. Cahokia Mounds is currently a National Historic Landmark, but Durbin's bill would provide a new designation that ensures protection for the ancient mounds in St. Clair and Madison counties along with Sugarloaf Mound in St. Louis--the city's only remaining moun  more

Durbin Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen Rural Health Workforce
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, along with Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Doug Jones (D-AL), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), introduced bipartisan legislation to address critical rural health workforce shortages. The Rural America Health Corps Act would create a new program that improves the existing National Health Service Corps (NHSC) p  more

Durbin Pays Tribute to Illinois Service Member Killed in Afghanistan
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today paid tribute to Specialist Michael Isaiah Nance, of Chicago, Illinois, who was killed on July 29 in Afghanistan. In a speech on the Senate floor, Durbin expressed his condolences to Nance's family and friends. "The motto of the 82nd Airborne is, 'Airborne all the way!' Isaiah lived every bit of this motto in his faithful service to America, and with his family a  more

Durbin, Duckworth Introduce Bill To Reform American Infrastructure Investment
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), along with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and U.S. Representative Karen Bass (D-CA-37), announced new landmark legislation to make bold reforms to federal infrastructure programs that would help create jobs, rebuild the country, and work to right the wrongs of decades of disinvestment and exclusionary federal policies that have cut off comm  more

Durbin, Duckworth Introduce Resolution to Protect People With Pre-existing Conditions
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today joined Senate and House Democrats to unveil a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution that would roll back the 1332 waiver rule, another Trump Administration effort to sabotage Americans' health care and another attack on the 130 million Americans--including approximately five million Illinoisans--who rely on the critical pre-existing   more

Durbin, Duckworth Join Senate Democratic Caucus to Introduce Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Democracy for All Amendment, introduced by entire Senate Democratic Caucus, would help get big money out of politics and put power back in the hands of the American people * * * U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined the entire Senate Democratic Caucus to introduce the Democracy for All Amendment, a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United v. Federal E  more

Durbin, Duckworth Urge VA Secretary To End Anti-Worker, Anti-Union Negotiation Tactics
WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - VA Has Gone Around Workers & Employed Delay Tactics; Senators Say Failing To Negotiate In Good Faith Threatens Quality Of VA Services Provided To Veterans * * * U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), along with Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and a group of Democratic colleagues, sent a letter to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie urging him to aban  more

Durbin, Duckworth, Bustos Push Devos, Illinois Community Colleges To Help Midstate College Students
WASHINGTON, July 29 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17), today urged the U.S. Department of Education (ED) to take immediate steps to assist the estimated 183 students affected by the planned August 14, 2019, closing of for-profit Midstate College in Peoria, Illinois. The members, in a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, pressed ED to provide s  more

Durbin, Duckworth, Bustos Push DeVos, Illinois Community Colleges to Help Midstate College Students
WASHINGTON, July 29 -- Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17), today urged the U.S. Department of Education (ED) to take immediate steps to assist the estimated 183 students affected by the planned August 14, 2019, closing of for-profit Midstate College in Peoria, Illinois. The members, in a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, pressed ED to provide studen  more

Durbin, Kennedy Urge DEA to Use Its Authority to Reduce Opioid Production Quotas
WASHINGTON, July 29 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Following years of DEA-approved opioid production increases, Senators passed bill last year to limit Big Pharma's excessive supply * * * U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and John Kennedy (R-LA) today urged the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to apply its new authorities to prevent and limit the pharmaceutical industry's excessively high opioid production levels. Durbin and Kennedy were  more

Durbin, Leahy, Booker Introduce Legislation to Ban Death Penalty
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Cory Booker (D-NJ), all members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today introduced legislation to immediately ban the use of the death penalty by the federal government. The legislation comes after Attorney General (AG) William Barr's announcement that federal executions will resume for the first time in more than 16 years. While there have b  more

Durbin, Menendez Meet With Venezuela Special Envoy Elliot Abrams
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) today met with Venezuela Special Envoy Elliot Abrams to discuss the ongoing violence, deteriorating security situation, and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela caused by the discredited regime of Nicolas Maduro. They also discussed legislation to designate Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and protect approximately 200,000 Venezuelan na  more

Foster, Lujan Lead Bipartisan National Labs Caucus Congressional Delegation to New Mexico
LOS ALAMOS, New Mexico, July 29 -- Rep. Bill Foster, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: This week, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) and U.S. House of Representatives Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.) will lead a bipartisan congressional delegation on a tour of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, and White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. Foster and Lujan will be joined by Congresswoman Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small (D-N  more

Garcia Joins Torres, 15 Members of Congress in Urging Acting DHS Secretary McAleenan to Immediately Rescind 'Safe Third County' Agreement With Guatemala
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Rep. Jesus Chuy Garcia, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Guatemala is one of the most violent and impoverished countries in the world--not a safe place for vulnerable asylum seekers to seek refuge * * * Congressman Jesus "Chuy" Garcia (IL-04) joined a group of 15 Members of Congress, led by Congresswoman Norma Torres (CA-35) in a letter to Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan voicing strong objections to the rece  more

Rep. Bost Announces Grant for Marion Airport
WASHINGTON, July 29 -- Rep. Mike Bost, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today announced the Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois in Marion will receive a $673,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to reimburse certain construction costs for the 23,732 square foot airport terminal completed in 2016. "The new terminal building at Marion's Veterans Airport has allowed the facility to grow and better serve an increasing number of   more

Rep. Bost Announces Head Start Grant for Alexander, Pulaski, Union Counties
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Rep. Mike Bost, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Mike Bost today announced a U.S. Department of Health & Human Services grant of $1.88 million for the Southern Seven Health Department in Ullin. The grant will support the Southern Seven Head Start program, which promotes early learning for income eligible families with preschool age children in several deep Southern Illinois counties, including Alexander, Pulaski, and Union counties. "The  more

Rep. Bustos Welcomes FEMA's Decision to Extend Deadline to Report Flooding Damage
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) welcomed the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) decision to extend the deadline for the State of Illinois to conduct its Preliminary Damage Assessment following extensive flooding and rainfall across Illinois - including portions of the 17th Congressional District. The acceptance of this request comes after Congresswoman Bustos joined colleagues from Illin  more

Rep. Garcia Issues Statement on Supreme Court Allowing President Trump to Proceed With Border Wall
CHICAGO, Illinois, July 27 -- Rep. Jesus Chuy Garcia, D-Illinois, issued the following statement on the Supreme Court's decision allowing President Trump to take funds from the Defense Department for the border wall: "I am deeply disturbed by the news tonight that the Supreme Court will allow the President to spend $2.5 billion from the Pentagon on a harmful, ineffective border wall. "The Congress rejected funding the wall, so the President is going around the Constitution and teaming up with   more

Rep. Gonzalez Encourages South and Central Texans to Apply for USDA Assistance to Restore Flood-Prone Lands
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-Texas, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has begun accepting applications for funding for conservation easements on lands damaged by and prone to flooding and other natural disasters. The NRCS has made available $217.5 million for 11 States. The funds are made available by the Emergency Watershed Pr  more

Rep. Kelly Introduces Legislation to Make Straw Purchases Federal Crime
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Yesterday, Congresswoman Robin Kelly introduced the Preventing Gun Trafficking Act, H.R. 4116, legislation to make straw purchases a federal crime. "One of our greatest challenges to combatting gun violence in our communities is that Illinois is an oasis of commonsense safety laws surrounded by a desert of misguided 'guns everywhere, rules nowhere' ideology. In fact, more than half of all crime guns used in  more

Rep. Kelly Thanks Governor Hickenlooper for Supporting the MOMMA's Act, Encourages Others to Back Comprehensive Maternal Mortality Prevention Legislation
MATTESON, Illinois, July 30 -- Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: In advance on the second 2020 Democratic Presidential Debate, SELF magazine asked all of the 2020 Presidential candidates about their plans to tackle America's growing maternal mortality crisis. To answer the question, former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper cited the MOMMA's Act, introduced by Congresswoman Robin Kelly. Over the last two decades, the rate of maternal mortality in America has dou  more

Rep. Kelly: Congress Approves Renaming of Olympia Fields Post Office for Tuskegee Airmen, Capt. Robert L. Martin
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Yesterday, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved Congresswoman Robin Kelly's legislation to rename the Olympia Fields post office in honor of Captain (USA, ret.) Robert L. Martin. "Through his life and career, Captain Robert L. Martin taught us to pursue excellence and be dedicated to service. Honoring Captain Martin's life and accomplishments by naming the post office in Olympia Fields the 'Captain Robert L  more

Rep. Krishnamoorthi Leads 28 of His Colleagues on Bill to Establish Commission to Investigate Hate Crimes
SCHAUMBURG, Illinois, July 30 -- Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi introduced the Hate Crimes Commission Act which will create a bipartisan commission to investigate and expand reporting on hate crimes throughout the United States. This commission would be comprised of a group of 12 members appointed by House and Senate leadership who would have one year to prepare a report on the rise in hate crimes, potential causes  more

Rep. Lipinski Introduces Legislation to Improve Great Lakes Water Quality and End Sewage Dumping
WASHINGTON, July 27 -- Rep. Daniel Lipinski, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) this week introduced H.R. 3894, the Great Lakes Water Protection Act, which will improve water quality in the Great Lakes Basin by working with wastewater treatment plants to end a practice called "blending." Blending happens when there is more water coming into a treatment plant than it can process, resulting in partially-treated or untreated wastewater being mixed with   more

Rep. Lipinski Issues Statement on Shooting at Gilroy Garlic Festival
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Rep. Daniel Lipinski, D-Illinois, issued the following statement on the mass shooting at a food festival he attended in Gilroy, California, that killed three people, including a 6-year-old boy: "My wife Judy and I were at the Gilroy Garlic Festival during the shooting. The shooter was not far from us as we heard the loud "pops," which seemed to get closer as we ran. "We are very thankful to law enforcement. The tragedy would have been far worse if not for their quick ac  more

Rep. Rush Joins Congressional Delegation to Ghana to Observe 400th Anniversary of First Enslaved Africans Landing in America
WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 -- Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Last week, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), and several members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) together traveled to Ghana to observe the 400th Anniversary of the First Enslaved Africans Landing in America. "400 years ago, African slaves were packed like sardines -- head to foot, foot to head -- into the bottoms of slave ships and forced to make  more

Rep. Schakowsky Celebrates Medicare/Medicaid 54th Anniversary With Beneficiaries
CHICAGO, Illinois, July 30 -- Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: On the 54th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid being signed into law, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky was joined by advocates and beneficiaries to celebrate these landmark programs. At a news conference at Federal Plaza today, they talked about the benefits of the nation's largest public health programs and the importance of ensuring access to high quality, affordable health care by addressing skyro  more

Rep. Schakowsky Issues Statement on Passage of Bipartisan Budget Act
WASHINGTON, July 26 -- Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Illinois, issued the following statement after House passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act (H.R. 3877): This bill is a vast improvement over the harmful cuts in the President's proposed 2020 budget and restores certainty to our nation's budgeting. "This legislation creates a budget that invests in the health, financial security and well-being of the American people, and advances our national security. "It will avoid a government shutdown, which we   more

Rep. Schakowsky Issues Statement on Passage of Prevent All Soring Tactics Act
WASHINGTON, July 26 -- Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Illinois, issued the following statement after the House passed the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act (H.R. 693) by a 333-96 vote: "I am so proud to have sponsored, voted for, and help pass the PAST Act. "The PAST Act prevents horse soring, the despicable act of deliberately inflicting pain on a horse in order to force them into an exaggerated high-stepping gait known as the 'big lick.' Unscrupulous trainers do this by using caustic chemicals such as   more

Rep. Schakowsky Pays Tribute to Congressional Research Service Specialist Schneider
WASHINGTON, July 28 -- Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Illinois, issued the following speech, which was published in the Congressional Record on July 24, paying tribute to Judy Schneider, specialist at the Congressional Research Service: I rise today to offer my deep gratitude and appreciation to someone who has played an indispensable role in Congress for more than four decades--my guide and my great friend, Judy Schneider. After a legendary career as a Specialist on Congress at the Congressional Resea  more

Rep. Schakowsky, Chicago Fire Department, Highlight Dangers of Children Dying in Hot Cars for National Heatstroke Prevention Day
CHICAGO, Illinois, July 30 -- Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: In light of recent tragedies locally and nationally, and as part of an effort to raise awareness for National Heatstroke Prevention Day (July 31), government representatives, first responders, health professionals, safety advocates and other partners joined together today at the Edgewood Fire Station to raise awareness and discuss ways to prevent child deaths and injuries in hot vehicles. Since 19  more

Rep. Schneider Supports AbilityOne Program
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Rep. Bradley Schneider, D-Illinois, issued the text of the following speech in the Congressional Record July 30, supporting the AbilityOne Program: I rise today to commend the outstanding work of the AbilityOne Program, which empowers Americans with disabilities and helps bring them into the workforce. The AbilityOne Program promotes exemplary public-private partnerships to employ Americans with significant disabilities, including veterans and the blind. According to the B  more

Rep. Stanton Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Support Small Transit Systems
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Rep. Greg Stanton, D-Arizona, issued the following news release: Rep. Greg Stanton introduced a bipartisan bill, the Small Community Transit Improvement Act, with Reps. Rodney Davis from Illinois, Jimmy Panetta from California, and John Rutherford from Florida to increase federal funding available to transit systems in small communities. "We're working to improve access to great public transportation options across Arizona," said Stanton, a member of the House Transportat  more

Reps. Garcia, Lee Call on DOJ to Explain Elimination of In-Court Interpreters for Immigrants
WASHINGTON, July 29 -- Rep. Jesus Chuy Garcia, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Last week Representatives Jesus "Chuy" Garcia (IL-04) and Barbara Lee (CA-13), joined by 40 Democratic Members, sent a letter to the Department of Justice raising grave concerns about its plan to end the use of in-court interpreters for undocumented immigrants appearing in their first deportation hearings, and instead, use pre-recorded videos. The proposed change would jeopardize immigrants' rights to   more

Reps. Kinzinger, Durbin Send Letter to HHS to Save Rural Hospitals
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) sent a joint letter to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) urging action for vulnerable rural facilities at risk of closure. Designating these hospitals as a Critical Access Hospital (CAH) would provide some relief and keep essential health services in rural communities. It would also help prevent the closures of rural ho  more

Reps. LaHood, Sewell Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Boost Post-Graduation Scholarships
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: Representatives Darin LaHood (R-IL) and Terri Sewell (D-AL) introduced H.R. 4038 to amend the Internal Revenue Service Code to exclude certain post-graduate scholarship grants from being treated as gross income, which will alleviate student loan debt, help businesses recruit talent, and boost economic growth in our local communities. This legislation will create parity for student loan payments with how sch  more

Reps. Slotkin, Underwood, Crow Introduce Bill to Prevent Foreign Interference in U.S. Elections
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - FIRE Act requires campaigns to report any foreign contacts to FEC * * * U.S. Reps. Elissa Slotkin (MI-08), Lauren Underwood (IL-14), and Jason Crow (CO-6) introduced the FIRE (Foreign Influence Reporting in Elections) Act, a bill that would help prevent foreign interference in U.S. elections by requiring political campaigns to report attempts by foreigners to influence U.S. elections to the F  more

Schneider Completes Visit to U.S.-Mexico Border to Investigate Impact of Trump Administration Immigration Policies
WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 -- Rep. Bradley Schneider, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Schneider joins congressional delegation visit to El Paso and Ciudad Juarez * * * Today, Congressman Brad Schneider (D-IL) completed a two-day congressional delegation visit to the southern border in El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico to investigate the impact of the Trump administration's immigration policies. "This was an eye-opening visit. We face a humanitarian crisis at our southe  more

Sen. Duckworth Issues Statement on Senate Approval of Bipartisan Budget Agreement
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following statement after Senate passage of bipartisan budget agreement: "Today's bipartisan compromise ends the threat of devastating across-the-board sequester cuts to critical programs, provides billions in additional funds to carry out the 2020 census and prevents the economic catastrophe that would come from defaulting on our debt. "That's why, even though I may not agree with every aspect of this agreement, I appreciate t  more

Sen. Durbin Issues Statement on Bipartisan Budget Act
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement after voting for the Bipartisan Budget Act: "This important agreement will avoid harmful cuts to domestic priorities and prevent a default on our nation's debt. "Most importantly, this agreement will help prevent another disastrous government shutdown. "While not perfect, this budget agreement will finally allow Congress to work on this year's appropriati  more

Sen. Durbin Issues Statement on Markup of Asylum Proposal in Senate Judiciary Committee
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, ranking member of the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on Immigration, issued the following statement after voting against an asylum proposal in the Senate Judiciary Committee: "The Trump-Graham proposal includes no assurances that children will be humanely treated or that they will be safe from violence once they are deported. And this bill does nothing to address root causes that are causing migrants to flee the Northern Triangle in recor  more

Sen. Durbin Reintroduces Bipartisan Legislation to Combat Illegal Straw Purchasing, Firearms Trafficking
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), along with Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Susan Collins (R-ME), introduced bipartisan legislation to close loopholes that criminals exploit to obtain firearms through straw purchasing and firearms trafficking. The Stop Illegal Trafficking in Firearms Act of 2019 would, for the first time, make it an explicit federal crime to act as a straw purchaser of firearms. The   more

Sen. Durbin: Illinois Congressional Delegation Urges FEMA to Support State's Request for Preliminary Flood Damage Assessment
WASHINGTON, July 29 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: The entire Illinois Congressional Delegation sent a letter to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Acting Administrator Peter Gaynor supporting Illinois Governor JB Pritzker's request for an extension in conducting its Preliminary Damage Assessment from flooding events between February and July. A flood of this duration had not been seen in Illinois since the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, and   more

Sen. Durbin: Senate Republicans Block Bipartisan, House-Passed Venezuela TPS Legislation
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Senate Republicans today blocked bipartisan, House-passed legislation that would designate Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and protect approximately 200,000 Venezuelan nationals in the United States from deportation. U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) was joined by U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on the Senate floor   more

Sen. Schumer Issues Statement on Venezuela
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-New York, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on July 30, on Venezuela: On one last subject, after I conclude my remarks, I will yield to my friend, colleague, and former roommate from Illinois, who will ask this body to take up and pass what I believe is a very important measure, temporary protected status for Venezuelans currently residing in the United States. Last week, the House passed bipartisan   more

Senate Environment & Public Works Committee Issues Report on Restore the Harmony Way Bridge Act
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee issued a report (S.Rpt. 116-64) on legislation (S. 1833) to transfer a bridge over the Wabash River to the New Harmony River Bridge Authority and the New Harmony and Wabash River Bridge Authority. The report was advanced by Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyoming, on v. Excerpts of the report follow: GENERAL STATEMENT AND BACKGROUND The Harmony Way Bridge is a two-lane bridge that connects Illinois Route 14 with Indiana State Road  more

Sens. Durbin, Duckworth Issue Statement on Confirmation of Two District Judges for Northern District of Illinois
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Sens. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, and Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following joint statement after the Senate confirmed the nominations of Martha M. Pacold and Mary M. Rowland to serve as district judges on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, based in Chicago: "We are pleased that the Senate has confirmed Martha Pacold and Mary Rowland. "They have the qualifications, integrity, and judgment to serve with distinction as district c  more