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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Illinois Newsletter for Sunday December 22, 2019 ( 98 items )  

Bishop, Romney Introduce Bill to Protect Wilderness in Illinois
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, ranking Republican member of the House Natural Resources Committee, issued the following news release: Ranking Republican Rob Bishop (R-Utah) and U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) introduced the Shawnee Wilderness Area Designation Act of 2019, legislation to lock up 289,000 acres of land in Illinois and make it part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. Earlier this week, they condemned legislation introduced by Senator Dick Durbin (D-  more

Casten, Durbin, Members of Illinois Congressional Delegation Press EPA Administrator Wheeler on Ethylene Oxide Emissions
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Sean Casten, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06), U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and the other members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation pressed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler about their concerns about ethylene oxide (EtO) emissions at the Medline and Vantage facilities in Lake County. In a meeting with Administrator Wheeler, Durbin pushed for a timeline of regulatory  more

Congresswoman Kelly Announces Winner of the 2019 Congressional App Challenge
MATTESON, Illinois, Dec. 13 -- Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: In recognition of Computer Science Education Week, Congresswoman Robin Kelly announced David Love, a student at Kankakee High School, won the 2019 Congressional App Challenge (CAC) for the 2nd District. David developed an App called "Virtual ATM," designed to serve as a virtual banking system. A video demonstrating his "Virtual ATM" app can be viewed here. "I was truly amazed by the creativity of t  more

Congresswoman Robin Kelly Votes "YES" on Key Trade Deal, Will Benefit Local Farmers & Businesses
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Robin Kelly joined an overwhelming bipartisan majority in the House of Representatives to approve the revised United States-Canada-Mexico Agreement (USMCA). "The Second District is unique; it encompasses urban, suburban and rural communities, including parts of the nation's 3rd largest city and more than 1,200 farms. Representing this district gives me a unique insight into the challenges and   more

Duckworth Introduces Bill to Increase Investments in Liver Cancer Research and Raise Awareness
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) introduced legislation to increase federal support for liver cancer research and help make life-saving preventive and treatment services more accessible to people all across the country. The Liver Illness Visibility, Education and Research (LIVER) Act would boost funding for liver cancer research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by $45 million and the Centers  more

Duckworth Secures Big Wins to Support, Protect the Great Lakes
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: This week, two provisions led by U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) to support the Great Lakes were included in the America's Conservation Enhancement Act (ACE), which was voted out of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee and will now be considered by the full Senate. Duckworth and is Ranking Member of the EPW Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water and Wildlife. "The Great Lakes suppo  more

Duckworth Votes for Bipartisan Agreement to Fund Government
WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) voted for the two Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations packages, which will fund the government through September 30, 2020. The bills passed the U.S. Senate with a bipartisan majority and now heads to the President's desk for his signature. "I'm glad both parties came together to pass this bipartisan budget agreement that includes a number of important provisions, such as   more

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $178,000 to Fight Veteran Homelessness
CHICAGO, Illinois, Dec. 19 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator and combat Veteran Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced $178,172 in federal funding for housing authorities to reduce homelessness among Veterans across Illinois. The funding, from the Housing and Urban Development-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program, will be used to provide rental assistance, case management and other critical servic  more

Duckworth, Durbin Join Colleagues to Introduce Safe Gun Storage Act
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and 17 other colleagues in introducing the Safe Gun Storage Act, which would direct the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to establish safety standards for firearm locks and firearm safes. U.S. Representatives Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) introduced companion legislation in the Ho  more

Duckworth, Durbin, Booker Introduce Bill to Enhance Public Housing Oversight, Transparency, Improve Conditions for Residents
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: As part of her ongoing efforts to prevent future housing crises like what happened in Cairo, Illinois, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), along with Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Cory Booker (D-NJ), introduced legislation to improve public housing oversight and transparency by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The bill, the Averting Crises in Housing Assistance (ACHA) Act, seeks   more

Durbin Announces $5 Million in New Rural EMS Funding in Year-End Funding Bill
WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 -- 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 and Senate Appropriations Committee, announced the inclusion of $5 million in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 appropriations bill for a new grant program that supports rural fire and emergency medical services (EMS). The funding, created through Durbin's Supporting and Improving Rural EMS Needs (SIREN) Act, supports EMS agencies in  more

Durbin Announces Creation of New Website to Report Blocked Crossings to Federal Railroad Administration
WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced that the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) will establish a website where the public can report blocked rail crossings by freight trains in an effort to collect better data and prevent blocked rail crossings, which are jeopardizing safety in communities across Illinois. Durbin helped secure provisions in this year's Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations bill that  more

Durbin, Cramer, Smith Applaud Inclusion Of Bill To Lower Cost Of Insulin For Patients In Year-End Funding Bill
WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), and Tina Smith (D-MN) applauded the inclusion in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 appropriations bill of their Affordable Insulin Approvals Now Act, a bipartisan bill to speed up approvals of lower-cost, generic insulin products in order to help reduce prices of this life-saving medication for patients. Approximately 7.5 million Americans with diabetes re  more

Durbin, Duckworth Help Secure Illinois Miners' Pensions, Health Care Coverage In Year-End Funding Bill
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) announced that the Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations bill will protect miners' pensions and health care coverage for retirees impacted by 2018 and 2019 mine bankruptcies. The Bipartisan American Miners Act, included in the final funding package, secures lifetime health care benefits for the 13,000 miners who would have lost their benefits entire  more

Durbin, Duckworth Help Veteran Receive Benefits After Being Denied Assistance
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Flint-Native And Decorated Navy Veteran Will Receive G.I. Bill Benefits After Members Of Congress Intervene In Case * * * U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), along with Congressman Dan Kildee (D-MI-05), announced that a Flint-native and decorated Navy veteran, retired Senior Chief Russell Dotson, will receive tens of thousands of dollars of G.I. Bill higher education  more

Durbin, Duckworth Urge Illinois Residents to Apply Now for Census Jobs
WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Thousands of part-time jobs available to eligible Illinoisans * * * U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) announced that the U.S. Census Bureau in Illinois is recruiting temporary, part-time census takers, among other positions, for the 2020 Census. Thousands of people throughout Illinois will be needed to work as census takers for the 2020 Census between January and Ju  more

Durbin, King, Smith, Sinema Secure $7 Million for Competitive Grants Supporting Open Textbooks in Year-End Funding Bill
WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Angus King (I-ME), Tina Smith (D-MN), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) applauded the inclusion of $7 million in additional funding and report language for the continued implementation of the Open Textbooks Pilot in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 appropriations bill - a $2 million increase from FY19. The Open Textbooks Pilot, based on the Senators' Affordable College Textbook Act,   more

Durbin, Krishnamoorthi Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Create Youth-Vaping Prevention Programs in Schools
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL-08) introduced the Providing Resources to End the Vaping Epidemic Now for Teenagers (PREVENT) Act, a bipartisan and bicameral bill with Representative Peter King (R-NY-02) that will create youth vaping prevention programs in schools and provide resources to help teachers and administrators combat skyrocketing youth e-ciga  more

Durbin, Lankford, Kinzinger, Loebsack Introduce Bill To Support Rural Hospitals
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: This week, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and James Lankford (R-OK), along with U.S. Representatives Adam Kinzinger (R-IL-16) and Dave Loebsack (D-IA-02), introduced a new bill to support financially vulnerable rural hospitals facing risk of closure. The Rural Hospital Closure Relief Act would update Medicare's "Critical Access Hospital" (CAH) designation so more rural hospitals can qualify for this   more

Durbin, Maloney Introduce Legislation to Expand Family Leave Protections
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY-12), Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, introduced legislation that would bring the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) into the 21st Century. The Family Medical Leave Modernization Act will guarantee small necessities leave and make important updates to the definition of family to ensure a br  more

Durbin, Members of Illinois Congressional Delegation Press EPA Administrator Wheeler on Ethylene Oxide Emissions
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation today pressed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler about their concerns about ethylene oxide (EtO) emissions at the Medline and Vantage facilities in Lake County. In a meeting with Administrator Wheeler, Durbin pushed for a timeline of regulatory actions by the U.S. EPA, and called on  more

Durbin, Senators Call on Mnuchin to Strengthen IRS Criminal Division
WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: 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), 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 Secreta  more

Durbin, Takano: VA Must Protect Veteran Students in Wake Of FTC Settlements With For-Profit Colleges
WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Within last several months, FTC has announced major settlements with Career Education Corporation and University of Phoenix * * * U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Mark Takano (D-CA-41), along with several of their colleagues, sent a letter to Secretary of Veteran Affairs Robert Wilkie urging the Department of Veteran Affairs to protect veteran students in the wake of F  more

Durbin: Raising Federal Tobacco Age Is Good Step, But Does Not Address Youth Vaping Epidemic
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) in a speech on the Senate floor addressed the Tobacco to 21 (T21) provision included in the Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations bill. Durbin, who introduced the Tobacco to 21 Act this April and is a longtime supporter of the policy, expressed his concern that the T21 provision, on its own, does not address the youth vaping epidemic. Durbin, who was prevented  more

LaHood, Murphy Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Modernize Financing Tools for Farmers and Manufacturers
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Legislation will help streamline private activity bonds for first-time farmers and manufacturers to encourage expansion and create more jobs * * * U.S. Reps. Darin LaHood (R-IL) and Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) introduced bipartisan legislation to modernize the decades old financing tools used by farmers and manufacturers to grow and create more jobs. The Modernizing Agriculture and Manufacturing Bond  more

Lipinski Presses EPA Administrator Wheeler to Update EtO Regulations Based on Best Available Health Science
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Rep. Daniel Lipinski, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3), Senator Dick Durbin (IL), and other Members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation met with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler to discuss ongoing concerns about health impacts of ethylene oxide (EtO) emissions in Illinois communities. Members pressed Administrator Wheeler to update emissions standards for EtO in a timely manner that   more

Ranking Member Davis Calls Out Judiciary Chair For Violating House Regulations... Again
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, ranking Republican member of the House Administration Committee, issued the following news release: Committee on House Administration Ranking Member Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) sent a letter (https://republicans-cha.house.gov/sites/republicans.cha.house.gov/files/documents/Judiciary%20Letter.pdf) to Chairperson Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) following the approval request from House Judiciary Committee Democrat  more

Rep. Bost Issues Statement on Impeachment Vote Against President Trump
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 -- Rep. Mike Bost, R-Illinois, issued the following statement regarding the House vote to impeach President Trump: "Future generations will look back on today as the day Speaker Pelosi and the Washington Democrats put partisan politics above the best interests of the country. "For them, the ends would justify the means if it meant overturning the results of the 2016 election. "This is a dark day for our country, but I am hopeful the Senate will move quickly and acquit the   more

Rep. Bost Votes for USMCA Trade Deal
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Mike Bost, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Rep. Mike Bost (IL-12) voted for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), bringing America's trade relations with Canada and Mexico into the 21st century. It opens Canadian markets up to American dairy, wheat, and poultry products; addresses digital trade; and cleans up unfair trade enforcement provisions. The Senate is expected to consider USMCA in the new year before advancing to the president  more

Rep. Bost Votes to Secure UMWA Coal Miner Pensions
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Rep. Mike Bost, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Rep. Mike Bost (IL-12) voted for a Fiscal Year 2020 spending package that includes a long sought-after fix for retired coal miner pensions. Bost was part of a bipartisan coalition of congressional leaders that has for years sought a long-term solution to save United Mine Workers of America pensions from insolvency. "As the grandson of a UMWA representative, Southern Illinois's mining heritage is, quite l  more

Rep. Bustos Helps Pass Funding Packages With Major Local Wins
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - With Critical Bustos Provisions Included, Appropriations Bills Pass Full House * * * Yesterday, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17), a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, helped pass, out of the House of Representatives, two major funding packages to fully fund the federal government. Congresswoman Bustos secured sweeping wins for hardworking Illinoisans in both packages, includ  more

Rep. Bustos Helps Pass Historic USMCA Deal
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Local labor, agricultural and manufacturing stakeholders express support for USMCA * * * Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) cast her vote in favor of the historic United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA). The legislation is the first trade deal in recent history to receive broad-based support across agricultural and labor stakeholders. "Illinois farmers and workers deserve the strongest pos  more

Rep. Bustos Issues Floor Remarks Urging Congress to Support Rural Green Partnership
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 -- Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois, issued the following floor remarks to urge the Congress to support the Rural Green Partnership: "I rise today to share with you a framework of principles to give rural America a seat at the table as we work to combat climate change. I call it the Rural Green Partnership. "For generations, farm families in Illinois have worked hard to provide food for our country and the world. But this year has brought a challenging growing season. "Farmer  more

Rep. Bustos Issues Statement Congratulating Command Sergeant Major Ann Marie Sydnor on Her Retirement
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Rep. Cheri Bustos, R-Illinois, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Dec. 16, entitled "Congratulating Command Sergeant Major Ann Marie Sydnor on Her Retirement From the United States Army". I rise today to congratulate Command Sergeant Major Ann Marie Sydnor on her retirement from the United States Army. CSM Sydnor is a native of Rock Island, Illinois and a graduate of Rock Island High School. She attended Basic Training and   more

Rep. Bustos Issues Statement Congratulating Tanner Whipple on His Win at Six Day International Enduro in Portugal
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Rep. Cheri Bustos, R-Illinois, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Dec. 16, entitled "Congratulating Tanner Whipple on His Win at the Six Day International Enduro in Portugal". I rise today to recognize Tanner Whipple for his win at the Six Day International Enduro in Portugal. The six-day, 1,140-mile, off-road motorcycle race started in 1913, and is now in its 94th year. This year, Tanner took home the gold medal after compe  more

Rep. Bustos Issues Statement on Articles of Impeachment Against President Trump
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois, issued the following statement announcing position on articles of impeachment against President Trump: "With both a profound sense of constitutional duty and deep respect for the Office of the Presidency, I will solemnly cast my vote in favor of both articles of impeachment for Senate consideration. No one is above the law, and there is beyond ample evidence that President Trump abused the tremendous powers of the presidency to jeopardize ou  more

Rep. Bustos Issues Statement on EPA Rule to Undercut Renewable Fuel Standard
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, issued the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency's rule that would undercut the renewable fuel standard: "The finalization of this EPA rule demonstrates this Administration's complete failure to meet the needs our family farmers and biofuel producers. "Throughout the rule-making process, the Administration said they would seek to fully restore lost gallons, provide more long-  more

Rep. Casten Issues Statement on Restoring Tax Fairness for State & Localities Act
WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 -- Rep. Sean Casten, D-Illinois, issued the following statement after voting to pass the Restoring Tax Fairness for State and Localities Act (H.R. 5377): H.R. 5377 would lift the SALT cap deduction for years 2020 and 2021. The Republican Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 capped the SALT deduction at $10,000 for individuals and families, but not businesses. Republicans took this deduction away from working, middle class families, like those in Illinois 6th Congressional District,  more

Rep. Casten Issues Statement on Spending Bills for FY 2020
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Rep. Sean Casten, D-Illinois, issued the following statement after voting for government spending bills for fiscal 2020: The House passed two measures, the first of which included eight appropriations bill, passed by a 297-120 margin and the second measure which included four appropriations bills passed by a 280-138 margin. The package now heads to the Senate before going to President Trump's desk. "Today I voted for a spending package that would provide funding through   more

Rep. Casten Issues Statement on Vote for Articles of Impeachment Against President Trump
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Sean Casten, D-Illinois, issued the following statement after voting in support of the two articles of impeachment against President Trump: "Impeaching the President was not a step I foresaw when I began my service as a Representative. However, as an elected official, I took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution, against all enemies, foreign and domestic. "The Constitution explicitly includes impeachment as a final check against those who would wield execu  more

Rep. Casten Issues Statement on Vote to Approve U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Sean Casten, D-Illinois, issued the following statement after voting in support of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement: Congressman Casten's vote in support of the USMCA follows months of negotiations initiated by House Democrats to improve the Trump Administration-negotiated deal that had, amongst other things, weak labor protections and big handouts to drug makers. The successful negotiations resulted in seve  more

Rep. Davis Announces $1.5 Million YouthBuild Grant to Housing Authority of Champaign County
CHAMPAIGN, Illinois, Dec. 16 -- Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) announced that the U.S. Department of Labor has awarded a $1,500,000 grant to the Housing Authority of Champaign County to establish a new YouthBuild program, in Champaign, Illinois. Details on YouthBuild YouthBuild is an education and training program with a strong pre-apprenticeship component that helps at-risk youth complete high school or state equivalency degr  more

Rep. Davis Issues Statement on Election Security Funding Effort in Appropriations Package
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, ranking Republican member of the House Administration Committee, issued the following statement after the House and Senate have agreed to provide $425 million for states to improve their election security in the appropriations package: The election security funding includes a 20 percent match of federal funds by states, which is similar to a provision authored by Ranking Member Davis in H.R. 3412, the Election Security Assistance Act. "I'm  more

Rep. Davis: Bipartisan Praise for Updated House Communications Standards
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, ranking Republican member of the House Administration Committee, issued the following news release: Republican and Democratic lawmakers praised the release of new Communications Standards by the House Commission on Congressional Mailing Standards (Franking Commission). The new standards, approved unanimously by the Franking Commission this week, streamline and simplify the rules Members of Congress adhere to in communicating with constituen  more

Rep. Foster Issues Statement in Support of U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Bill Foster, D-Illinois, issued the following statement in support of the updated U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement: "I support and will vote for the updated USMCA trade agreement that is a major improvement over the unenforceable and deeply flawed deal initially proposed by the Trump Administration. "House Democrats negotiated and fought for vital changes, including enhancing enforcement for violations of labor standards, increasing environmental protections, and removi  more

Rep. Foster Issues Statement on Appropriations Bills for FY 2020
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Rep. Bill Foster, D-Illinois, issued the following statement after the House passed two spending packages covering all 12 appropriations bills for fiscal year 2020: "This bipartisan appropriations agreement is a massive improvement over the original budget proposed by the Trump Administration. House Democrats were able to secure critical investments in public health, early childhood education, election security, and environmental protections. "It also provides robust fun  more

Rep. Foster Issues Statement on Impeachment of President Trump
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Bill Foster, D-Illinois, issued the following statement after the House voted to approve two articles of impeachment against President Trump: "I voted in favor of both Articles of Impeachment because the facts clearly show that President Trump abused the power of his office for his personal political gain and willfully ignored subpoenas lawfully issued by Congress pursuant to the exercise of its constitutional power of impeachment. "With this vote, the House has pla  more

Rep. Foster Votes to Provide Relief for Illinois Taxpayers Through Bipartisan SALT Legislation
WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 -- Rep. Bill Foster, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) voted in favor of the Restoring Tax Fairness for States and Localities Act, which would reverse the $10,000 cap on the State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction that that was enacted under the GOP's 2017 tax law. The legislation would eliminate the marriage penalty by doubling the SALT deduction cap to $20,000 for joint filers in 2019 and fully restoring the state and local tax ded  more

Rep. Garcia Issues Statement on Government Funding Packages
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Rep. Jesus Chuy Garcia, D-Illinois, issued the following statement: The U.S. House of Representatives voted on two legislative packages to fund the government through 2020. Congressman Jesus "Chuy" Garcia (IL-04) voted for H.R. 1865, which funds domestic programs that include healthcare, environmental protections, roads and public transportation investments, workforce development and affordable housing. The Congressman voted against H.R. 1158, which funds the Departments   more

Rep. Garcia Issues Statement on Impeachment of President Trump
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 -- Rep. Jesus Chuy Garcia, D-Illinois, issued the following statement after the House voted to impeach President Trump for high crimes and misdemeanors: "Today's vote to impeach the President is sobering. While I have deep disagreements with President Trump on immigration, health care, climate change and other policy areas, I did not come to Washington to impeach the President. I came to represent the voices of my constituents and I take my duty very seriously. "The facts t  more

Rep. Garcia Issues Statement on U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Jesus Chuy Garcia, D-Illinois, issued the following statement after voting against the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement: "After careful deliberation and many conversations with labor leaders, environmental experts, and advisors in my community and Mexico, I have decided to vote against the USMCA. My parents' generation worked in good manufacturing jobs in Chicago and I saw the devastation caused by job losses resulting from the 1992 North American Free Trade Agreem  more

Rep. Kelly Issues Floor Remarks on Articles of Impeachment Against President Trump
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Illinois, a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security, issued the following floor remarks regarding the pending articles of impeachment against President Trump: "Madame Speaker, today is a solemn day in America. A day that none of us hoped for when we came to Congress. "But the events of today are something that each of us swore that we were prepared to execute in defense of the Constitution of the United St  more

Rep. Kelly Issues Statement on Restoring Tax Fairness for States and Localities Act
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Illinois, issued the following statement after voting for the Restoring Tax Fairness for States and Localities Act (H.R. 5377): "When Congressional Republicans rammed through their GOP Tax Scam, they raised taxes on Illinois homeowners by needlessly capping the state and local tax (SALT) deduction at $10,000 per year. "The imposition of this cap resulted in higher federal taxes on homeowners in Illinois and other so-called "blue" states which tend to   more

Rep. Kelly Issues Statement on U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Illinois, issued the following statement declaring her support for the revised U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement: "When first announced, I had a number of concerns regarding the USMCA. However, after months of intense negotiations and changes that remedy my concerns, I'm proud to announce my support for this significant trade deal that will foster economic growth and opportunity throughout Illinois. I'm honored to represent the Second Congressional Distric  more

Rep. Kinzinger Issues Statement on Impeachment Vote Against President Trump
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 -- Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Illinois, issued the following statement after voting against the resolution (H.Res. 755) impeaching President Trump for high crimes and misdemeanors: "This is a sad, divisive day for our nation and this institution. The foundation for the articles of impeachment is weak and as such, I voted against H.Res. 755 on the House Floor today. "Democracy is the foundation for our freedom, and it is our democratic process that has continued to be a beacon o  more

Rep. Kinzinger Issues Statement on Passage of U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Illinois, issued the following statement after voting in favor of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act (H.R. 5430): "The passage of the USMCA today is long overdue, but a big win for the American people and our economy. "Bringing this trade deal into the 21st century will give our workers, farmers, ranchers, manufacturers, and innovators a chance to compete in the international market and allowing for better digital trade opportuniti  more

Rep. LaHood Issues Statement on House Impeachment of President Trump
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Illinois, issued the following statement regarding the House vote on articles of impeachment against President Trump: "As I have said throughout this process, impeachment is the nuclear option, reserved for the most treasonous and criminal activity. In this case, the House Democrats have failed to present evidence to support this high threshold for impeachment. "Moreover, the entire process has lacked due process, transparency, and fairness. Impeachm  more

Rep. LaHood Issues Statement on U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Illinois, issued the following statement after the House passed the U.S.-Canada-Mexico Agreement: "USMCA is a win for Illinois and today is a victory for our farmers, manufacturers, and workers," said Rep. LaHood. "Since the day this agreement was announced, I have been working to get it across the finish line and, after months of delay, I am proud to see it passed today. Forty percent of the products we grow in Illinois go to Mexico or Canada, and th  more

Rep. LaHood Votes to Send U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement to House Floor for Full Consideration
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: Congressman Darin LaHood (R-IL) voted in favor of the United States Mexico and Canada Free Trade Agreement (USMCA) during the House Ways and Means Committee's full mark-up on the implementing legislation for the trade agreement. The trade pact passed unanimously out of the full Committee. "Today is a significant step for Illinois farmers, manufacturers, and small businesses, and, after months of delay, I a  more

Rep. Lipinski Issues Statement on U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Daniel Lipinski, D-Illinois, issued the following statement about the vote in support of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement: "When President Clinton signed the North American Free Trade Agreement into law in 1993, it was sold as a historic deal between the United States, Canada and Mexico that would increase exports and create jobs. But NAFTA was disastrous for American workers and communities all around the country, including in the Third District. NAFTA resulted in t  more

Rep. Lipinski: Third District Priorities Reflected in House-Passed Appropriations Packages
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Rep. Daniel Lipinski, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-03) highlighted numerous priorities of Illinois' Third Congressional District and other communities across the country in H.R. 1865 and H.R. 1158, two "minibus" packages of the Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations bills that passed the House on Tuesday. The appropriations bills are expected to be approved in the Senate and signed by President Trump later this week. "Families in t  more

Rep. Quigley Issues Statement on FY 2020 Funding Packages
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Illinois, chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, issued the following statement after voting in support of the fiscal 2020 funding packages (H.R. 1865, H.R. 1158): "House Democrats have secured a strong, bipartisan funding agreement that protects our nation and upholds American values. "As Chairman of FSGG, I am particularly proud we secured $425 million for Election Security Grants, fulfilling  more

Rep. Quigley Issues Statement on Impeachment of President Trump
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Illinois, a member of the House Permanent Select Intelligence Committee, issued the following statement after the House voted to impeach President Trump based on two articles of impeachment: "I cast my vote in favor of impeaching President Donald Trump because if Congress did not hold this President accountable for his actions, we would have forsaken our duty, betrayed our oaths of office, and sent the message that some people can avoid justice. "No   more

Rep. Quigley Issues Statement on Passage of U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Illinois, issued the following statement after voting in favor of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement: "Our nation has led the global economy: innovating, manufacturing and selling American made goods around the world. Strong trade agreements are critical to our economic success, national security, and maintaining our leadership role on the international stage. "It is also important we demand these agreements provide protections for American workers. I  more

Rep. Quigley: Congressional Delegation Urges Action on Chicago Shoreline
WASHINGTON, Dec. 13 -- Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: This week, the Chicago Congressional Delegation, led by Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, sent a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers asking them to take swift action to protect the Chicago shoreline. Lake Michigan is currently in a period of record or near-record water levels, leading to significant erosion and damage along much of Chicago's shoreline. Members of t  more

Rep. Rush Highlights Accomplishments of Energy Subcommittee
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 -- Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - The Energy Subcommittee held 10 hearings, two markups, and passed 11 bills. * * * With the first year of the 116th Congress coming to an end, Energy Subcommittee Chairman Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), along with Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.), commended the Energy Subcommittee for its work to advance energy efficiency, invest in a diverse clean energy workforce, transition the U.  more

Rep. Rush Issues Remarks on End of Year Accomplishments
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Illinois, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Energy, issued the following remarks highlighting the end of year accomplishments: I want to thank my Chairman, Mr. Pallone, and I want to thank the Vice Chair of the Committee. As we stand here in this room -- the John Dingell Committee Room -- I just want to take a note and say that the work that we accomplished this year in some great sense was based on the work that preceded us by   more

Rep. Rush Votes in Support of U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush voted in support of H.R. 5430, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) Implementation Act, which includes a series of transformative improvements to the Trump Administration's USMCA as originally proposed and will set a new floor for standards in future U.S. trade agreements. "Illinois depends on our reciprocal trading relationship with Canada and Mexico, which sup  more

Rep. Rush Votes to Impeach President Donald J. Trump
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) voted in favor of impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors. The articles of impeachment charge the President with Abuse of Power and Obstruction of Congress. The articles passed 230-197-1 and 229-198-1, respectively. "Unfortunately, this President has left us with no choice. Impeachment is the only recourse we ha  more

Rep. Schneider Issues Floor Remarks on Articles of Impeachment Against President Trump
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Rep. Bradley Schneider, D-Illinois, issued the following floor remarks as members debated articles of impeachment against President Trump (H.Res. 755): Madam Speaker, The President abused the power of his office by corruptly putting his own political interests ahead of our nation's security. He blocked Congressionally-authorized military aid to coerce Ukraine to launch a phony investigation into his political rival. In the months since, he has waged a campaign of absolute  more

Rep. Schneider Issues Statement on Articles of Impeachment Against President Trump
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Rep. Bradley Schneider, D-Illinois, issued the following statement on the intention to vote for two articles impeaching President Trump for high crimes and misdemeanors: "President Trump abused the power of his office by corruptly putting his own personal and political interests ahead of our nation's security and foreign policy interests. He sought to block Congressionally-authorized, taxpayer-funded military aid to coerce Ukraine to launch a phony investigation into the   more

Rep. Schneider Presses U.S. EPA to Issue Ethylene Oxide Regulations in Meeting With Administrator Wheeler
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Bradley Schneider, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * Schneider personally invited Wheeler to meet with newly-formed bipartisan Congressional Ethylene Oxide Task Force * * * On Wednesday, Congressman Brad Schneider (D-IL) met with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler and pressed the Administrator about the U.S. EPA's responsibilities to inform the public about the dangers of ethylene oxide (EtO) emissions and th  more

Rep. Shimkus Issues Statement on Impeachment Articles Against President Trump
COLLINSVILLE, Illinois, Dec. 18 -- Rep. John Shimkus, R-Illinois, issued the following statement regarding the House vote on articles of impeachment against President Trump: "Long before today's votes were scheduled, my wife Karen and I made arrangements to visit our son Joshua in Tanzania where he's serving in the Peace Corps. At the White House last week I informed President Trump that I would not be present for the these votes, and he was supportive of me visiting my son. I told him I did no  more

Rep. Stevens Issues Statement to Welcome Eloise Holst Wagner
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 -- Rep. Haley M. Stevens, R-Michigan, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Dec. 17, entitled "Welcome Eloise Holst Wagner": I am happy to congratulate Lindsay Holst and Dan Wagner of Chicago, Illinois, on the birth of their new baby girl, Eloise Holst Wagner. Eloise Holst Wagner was born on November 25, 2019, at Northwestern Prentice Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. Eloise weighed seven pounds and four ounces and measured 20 inche  more

Rep. Underwood Issues Statement in Support of Articles of Impeachment Against President Trump
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Illinois, issued the following statement announcing her decision to vote in support of two articles of impeachment against President Trump: "Our country's founders created impeachment so that no president could place themselves above the law, a crucial Constitutional check-of-power that ensures our country's security and values are protected against corruption and foreign influence in our elections. "As I've weighed this solemn decision I've list  more

Rep. Underwood Issues Statement on Court Ruling on Affordable Care Act
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 -- Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Illinois, issued the following statement on the 5th Circuit Court ruling on the lawsuit to overturn the Affordable Care Act: Republicans have voted over 70 times to try to repeal the law that guarantees coverage and access to essential care for people with pre-existing conditions, requires preventive services without out-of-pocket costs, expands Medicaid, bans junk insurance plans, and allows people up to the age of 26 to stay on their parents' he  more

Reps. Neal, Larson, Davis Issue Statement on Social Security Administration Rule Regarding In-Person Appeals Hearings
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Massachusetts, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, issued the following joint statement with Reps. John B. Larson, D-Connecticut, chairman of the Subcommittee on Social Security, and Danny K. Davis, D-Illinois, chairman of the Subcommittee on Worker and Family Support, after the Social Security Administration posted its final rule regarding the manner for the appearance of parties and witnesses at appeals hearings when an application for  more

Reps. Pallone, Schakowsky Issue Statement After House Passage of Three Bills
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 -- Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following joint statement with Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Illinois, chairman of the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce, after the House passed three bills by voice votes: "By passing these bills, the House is taking a strong step in protecting Americans--especially our children--from dangerous products and safeguarding consumers from overseas scams. "These bil  more

Reps. Underwood, Schakowsky, Guthrie, Kelly Introduce New Bipartisan Legislation to Lower Insulin Costs
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - The Lower Insulin Costs Now Act would increase access to affordable, generic insulin options * * * Representatives Lauren Underwood (IL-14), Jan Schakowsky (IL-9), Brett Guthrie (KY-02), and Mike Kelly (PA-16) introduced the bipartisan Lower Insulin Costs Now Act to help combat the skyrocketing cost of insulin. More than 30 million Americans are living with type I or type II diabetes, includi  more

Romney, Bishop Introduce Bill to Protect Wilderness in Illinois
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 -- Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Congressman Rob Bishop (R-UT) introduced the bicameral Shawnee Wilderness Area Designation Act of 2019, legislation to lock up 289,000 acres of land in Illinois and make it part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. Earlier this week, they condemned legislation introduced by Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) that betrays an agreement to designate nearly one million acres in  more

Rush Votes in Support of Robust Spending Bills and Secures Major Funding for Top Legislative Priorities, Including Funding for Gun Violence Research, 2020 Census
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) voted in support of two legislative packages that, together, comprise all 12 Fiscal Year 2020 funding bills, including hundreds of millions of dollars for top legislative priorities such as $25 million for federal research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) into the nation's gun violence epidemic. "With th  more

Schneider, Wasserman Schultz Lead Jewish Members of Congress in Call for Dismissal of White House Senior Advisor Stephen Miller
WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 -- Rep. Bradley Schneider, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: 25 Jewish Members of Congress called for the dismissal of White House Senior Advisor Stephen Miller for disseminating the views of hate groups supportive of white supremacy and virulently anti-immigrant tropes. The letter to President Donald Trump was led by U.S. Representatives Brad Schneider (D-IL) and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), and signed by all Jewish Democratic Members of Congress. "The re  more

Sen. Duckworth Honored With Heartland Alliance Health Food for Life Award
CHICAGO, Illinois, Dec. 16 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) was recognized for her work supporting our most vulnerable by receiving the Food for Life Award from the Heartland Alliance Health. The annual award is given to leaders who support the mission of Heartland Alliance Health, which strives to provide assistance for individuals and families experiencing homelessness, struggling with mental illness and substance use   more

Sen. Duckworth Hosts Roundtable Highlighting Criminal Justice Reform Efforts
CHICAGO, Illinois, Dec. 16 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Senator's bipartisan Martha Wright-Reed Just and Reasonable Communications Act could reduce recidivism and prevent Americans from being gouged on calls to incarcerated family members * * * U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) hosted a roundtable at the Westside Justice Center, bringing together advocates and Chicago families to discuss her efforts to reform our criminal justice system, i  more

Sen. Duckworth Issues Statement on FAA, TSA Federal Employees Being Overlooked on Paid Family Leave
WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following statement: * * * - Duckworth joins Senators Schumer, Schatz, Murray, Reed, Peters, Cantwell to cosponsor a legislative fix to address the problem * * * U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement regarding the exclusion of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) workers, including air traffic controllers, from being eligible for 12 weeks of paid   more

Sen. Duckworth Issues Statement on Impeachment of President Trump
WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following statement after the House voted to impeach President Trump: "The fact that a majority of duly elected representatives of the American people voted to impeach Donald Trump is not something anyone should celebrate. This is a grave moment in our nation's history. "In the coming weeks, every single United States Senator will be required to raise their right hand and swear an oath to do 'impartial justice according to the  more

Sen. Durbin Announces Legislation to Expand Family Leave Protections
CHICAGO, Illinois, Dec. 16 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) held a news conference to announce legislation that would bring the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) into the 21st Century. The Family Medical Leave Modernization Act will guarantee small necessities leave and make important updates to the definition of family to ensure a broader range of caregiving relationships are covered by FMLA's protections. Approximatel  more

Sen. Durbin Introduces Bill to Protect America's National Parks and Monuments
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced the America's Red Rock Wilderness Act, a bill to protect 8.2 million acres of land in Utah that is rich in archaeological resources and home to numerous rare plant and animal species. These landscapes are also the access point for many national parks and offer research, educational, and recreational opportunities for scientists, educators, outdoor enthusiasts,  more

Sen. Durbin Introduces Legislation to Improve Accountability of Foreign Medical Schools Receiving Federal Student Aid
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced legislation that would protect students and taxpayers by closing a loophole that gives special treatment to a small number of overseas medical schools. U.S. Representative Michael Burgess (R-TX-26) introduced the bill in the House of Representatives earlier this year. The Foreign Medical School Accountability Fairness Act would require all medical schools out  more

Sen. Durbin Issues Statement on 2020 Appropriations Bills
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement after the Senate passed the fiscal 2020 appropriations bills: "These bills invest in Illinois' environment, transportation infrastructure, health, agriculture, service members, and security. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, bringing home federal dollars will always be a top priority for me. "I'm glad that Congress was able to come togeth  more

Sen. Durbin Issues Statement on Affordable Care Act Federal Appeals Court Ruling
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following statement: U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement after a federal appeals court ruled on the lawsuit backed by President Donald Trump and Republican attorneys generals that the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) individual mandate is unconstitutional. The court did not reach a decision whether to invalidate the entire ACA and ordered a lower court to provide additional analysis on t  more

Sen. Durbin Issues Statement on Bipartisan Government Funding Bills
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following statement after voting for the bipartisan fiscal 2020 appropriations bills, which secure funding for priorities for families and national security: "These funding bills include important investments for Illinoisans and Americans across the country, including increased funding for our troops, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - i  more

Sen. Durbin Issues Statement on EPA Final Renewable Fuel Standards
WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, a member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, issued the following statement expressing concern over the final supplemental rule establishing the renewable fuel standard's renewable volume obligations and 2021 biomass-based diesel volumes: "By issuing 85 waivers that allow oil refineries to stop blending biofuels, President Trump has single-handedly delivered one crippling blow after another to everyone who inves  more

Sen. Durbin Issues Statement on Senate Passage of National Defense Authorization Act
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following statement: U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, released the following statement after voting for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which included a Durbin amendment to speed up the long process that the U.S. Department of Defense has for developing and fielding new weapons systems, as well as proposals to   more

Sen. Durbin Pays Tribute to Illinois Senate President Cullerton
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illionis, issued the following floor statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Dec. 10, paying tribute to Illinois Senate President John Cullerton: This January, it will be 12 years since Illinois banned smoking in businesses. In 2008, the Smoke-Free Illinois Act went into effect and changed the lives of people throughout the State. There has been a 20-percent decrease in hospitalizations for conditions aggravated by secondhan  more

Sen. Durbin: We Need a Comprehensive, Smart and Effective Approach to Opioid Addiction
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Following IG Report, Durbin Blasts DEA's Failure To More Proactively Prevent Big Pharma's Excessive Opioid Production * * * U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing addressing the opioid epidemic, slammed the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for inadequate oversight and accountability of Big Pharma's role in fueling the nation's worst drug epidemic in his  more

Senate Passes Several Duckworth Provisions as Part of 2020 Defense Bill
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Duckworth's provisions will help protect servicemembers from toxic chemicals, support IL jobs and shield Veterans from deportation * * * Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) successfully secured a number of her priorities in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that passed the U.S. Senate on a bipartisan vote of 86-8 and now heads to the Preside  more

Underwood's Legislation to Reduce Taxes for Middle Class Families Passes House
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Legislation also increases educator and first responder tax deductions * * * The legislation co-sponsored and championed by Representative Lauren Underwood (IL-14) to reduce taxes for middle class families passed the House of Representatives. The Restoring Tax Fairness for States and Localities Act (H.R. 5377) would end the burden on middle class families caused by the 2017 Republican tax law  more