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Congressional Tipoffs Involving Illinois Newsletter for Sunday January 19, 2020 ( 52 items )  

11 Trump Nominees, Including Assistant Secretary of Labor, Confirmed by Senate
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 -- The U.S. Senate confirmed the nominations of 11 individuals for positions in the federal government on Nov. 21: John Lowry III, of Illinois, to be Assistant Secretary of Labor for Veterans' Employment and Training. Ian Paul Steff, of Indiana, to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Director General of the United States and Foreign Commercial Service. John E. Kramer, of Florida, to be Chief Financial Officer, Department of Transportation. Joshua A. Deahl, of the Distr  more

Rep. Bost Issues Statement on Senate Passage of U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- Rep. Mike Bost, R-Illinois, issued the following statement regarding the Senate passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement: "Senate passage of USMCA means that we are one step closer to delivering a major win for American farmers, manufacturers, and producers. "USMCA will bring North American trade into the 21st century, strengthen export markets for our farmers, and provide certainty to the 70,000 Illinoisans whose jobs depend on free and fair trade with Canada and Mex  more

Rep. Bustos Announces 2020 Valentines for Veterans
WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 -- Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL) announced her seventh annual "Valentines for Veterans" program, encouraging families across Illinois' 17th Congressional District to show appreciation for our service members by making homemade Valentine's Day cards. Congresswoman Bustos has delivered more than 1,000 Valentines to local veterans since first launching the program. "As Valentine's Day approaches, I'm pleased  more

Rep. Bustos, Sens. Durbin, Duckworth Applaud New Dot Initiatives to Protect Roadside First Responders
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 -- Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17), along with U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), applauded new U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) initiatives designed to help avoid traffic accidents and save the lives of first responders rushing to aid in emergencies. The new initiatives closely mirror legislation Bustos, Durbin and Duckworth introduced last year that would establish  more

Rep. Casten, Sens. Durbin, Duckworth Urge DeVos to Ban Harmful Student Seclusion, Restraint Practices
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- Rep. Sean Casten, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Sean Casten (D-IL-06), along with U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), led a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, asking the Department to issue federal guidance banning public schools' use of seclusion and restraint practices that restrict student's breathing and create other life-threatening conditions. This letter follows a November 2019 joint rep  more

Rep. Davis Amendment Passes As Part of Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) announced his bipartisan amendment to study the disproportionate discrimination of older women in the workforce has passed the House as part of H.R. 1230, Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act. The amendment then requires government agencies to make recommendations for best practices to combat age discrimination of women in the workforce. Davis is one of 11 Rep  more

Rep. Davis Announces $1M DOT Grant to Jerseyville
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) announced that the City of Jerseyville in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) was awarded a $1,000,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration. The funding comes from the Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) Demonstration program. The AID Demonstration program provides funding for innovative construction  more

Rep. Davis Issues Statement on FBI Election Policy Change
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, ranking Republican member of the House Administration Committee, issued the following statement after a report from the Associated Press shared information on a policy change made by the Federal Bureau of Investigation: The change states that FBI will now inform state officials if local election systems have been breached, a policy very similar to a provision within Ranking Member Davis' election security legislation, H.R. 3412: The Election  more

Rep. Garcia Issues Statement After Trip to Matamoros, Brownsville
BROWNSVILLE, Texas, Jan. 18 -- Rep. Jesus Chuy Garcia, D-Illinois, issued the following statement on Jan. 17: Congressman Jesus "Chuy" Garcia and a delegation of Members of Congress traveled to Brownsville, Texas and Matamoros, Mexico to investigate the impacts of the Trump Administration's Migrant Protection Protocols, also known as Remain in Mexico policy and the use of tent and court facilities to adjudicate asylum cases. Congressman Garcia issued the following statement after the trip: "W  more

Rep. LaHood Issues Statement on Passage of U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Illinois, issued the following statement after the Senate passed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement: "USMCA is a win for Illinois, and I applaud the Senate to acting swiftly to pass this critical trade deal." "This trade pact will strengthen a vital trade relationship for our producers, and I look forward to President Trump signing this deal in the coming days so our country can reap the benefits. "With USMCA headed to the President's desk and t  more

Rep. LaHood Issues Statement on Phase One of U.S.-China Trade Agreement
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Illinois, issued the following statement on Jan. 15: Congressman Darin LaHood (R-IL) joined President Donald Trump for the signing of the phase one trade agreement between the United States and China. Following the ceremony, Rep. LaHood released this statement: "It was an honor to join President Trump this morning for the signing of the phase one trade agreement with China. For far too long, China has taken advantage of the United States on trade, an  more

Rep. Quigley Introduces Bipartisan 'Eyes on the Courts Act' Allowing Cameras in Courtrooms
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - By requiring cameras in all Supreme Court and federal appellate court proceedings, the "Eyes on the Court Act" would finally bring cases addressing some of the most important issues facing our country into the public view. * * * U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (D-IL), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), and Representatives Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and Steve Chabot (R-OH), cont  more

Rep. Quigley Leads House Letter Calling for End to Transgender Migrant Detention
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 -- Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Illinois, issued the following news release on Jan. 14: U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), Vice Chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus and a founding Member of the Transgender Equality Task Force, led over forty members of Congress in calling for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to release all transgender individuals currently in detention. LGBTQ immigrants are 97 times more likely to be sexually victimized in detention than straight and ci  more

Rep. Rush Calls for Congressional Oversight Hearing on Major League Baseball Cheating Scandal
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) sent a letter to Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone (D-N.J), Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations Chairwoman Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), and Subcommittee on Consumer Protection & Commerce Chairwoman Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) urging the Subcommittees on Oversight & Investigations and Consumer Protection & Commerce to hold oversight hearings regarding the rece  more

Rep. Rush Issues Statement on Death of Villalon
WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 -- Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Illinois, issued the following statement on the death of U.S. Army Pvt. 1st Class Miguel Villalon: "This weekend we learned of the heartbreaking news that another beloved member of our community was victim to the cowardly and contemptuous actions of terrorists. Joliet native, Pfc. Miguel Villalon, tragically perished in Afghanistan when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device while conducting operations in support of Operation Freedom's Sentin  more

Rep. Schakowsky Issues Statement Regarding GAO Report on Aid to Ukraine
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Illinois, issued the following statement on Jan. 16: Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and a member of the House Budget Committee, made the following statement after the Government Accountability Office issued their legal opinion on the actions surrounding the withholding of foreign aid to Ukraine: "There is no sham, no hoax, no made-up reason for the impeachment of President Donald Trump. Today, we have another legal findin  more

Rep. Schneider Introduces Federal Legislation to Help Communities With Stranded Nuclear Waste, Including Zion, IL
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- Rep. Bradley Schneider, D-Illinois, issued the following news release on Jan. 16: * * * - STRANDED Act would provide federal assistance for communities housing stranded nuclear waste and facing recent plant closure * * * Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10) announced the introduction of the Sensible, Timely Relief for America's Nuclear Districts' Economic Development (STRANDED) Act (H.R. 5608). House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey (NY-17) and House Approp  more

Rep. Shimkus Announces Final Valentines for Heroes Collection
MARYVILLE, Illinois, Jan. 14 -- Rep. John Shimkus, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: As he enters his last year in office, Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) will be wrapping up a number of traditions. One of the most prominent is his Valentines for Heroes program, which he is kicking off for the 13th and final time. "Since its beginning in 2008, Valentines for Heroes has continued to grow, year after year," Shimkus said. "It has gotten to the point where people can't wait   more

Rep. Underwood Questions Homeland Security Official on Need for Electronic Health Record System
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 -- Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: In a Homeland Security Committee Hearing, Vice Chair of the Committee Representative Lauren Underwood (IL-14) questioned top officials from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on the need for an Electronic Health Record (EHR) system across all DHS components. Dr. Alexander L. Eastman, Senior Medical Officer for the Department of Homeland Security, stated that EHRs will allow DHS medical officials   more

Reps. Durbin, Schneider Reintroduce Legislation to Combat Domestic Terrorist Threat
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 -- Rep. Bradley Schneider, D-Illinois, issued the following news release Jan. 14: Following a year of horrific incidents of domestic terrorism targeting religious and ethnic minorities and communities of color, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Brad Schneider (D-IL-10) reintroduced bicameral legislation to address the growing domestic-terrorism threat. The Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act of 2020 would enhance the federal government's ef  more

Reps. Kinzinger, Panetta Introduce Legislation to Restore Servicemembers' Ability to Transfer Education Benefits
WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 -- Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: Last month, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) joined Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) as an original cosponsor to introduce bipartisan legislation to restore eligibility to servicemembers seeking to transfer their educational benefits to dependents. The Post-9/11 GI Bill Transferability Entitlement Act ensures that all servicemembers who have completed ten years of service in the Armed Forces are eligible  more

Reps. Kinzinger, Welch Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Make Federal Agencies More Energy and Water Efficient
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Illinois, issued the following news release: Congressmen Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Peter Welch (D-VT) introduced legislation to authorize the Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), which is responsible for reducing energy use in federal buildings. To date, the FEMP has never received a formal authorization from Congress despite being an existing program whose functions were spelled out in the National Energy Conservation Po  more

Reps. Neal, Larson, Davis Issue Statement on Draft Social Security Rule
WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 -- Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Massachusetts, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, issued the following joint statement with Rep. John B. Larson, D-Connecticut, chairman of the Subcommittee on Social Security, and Rep. Danny K. Davis, D-Illinois, chairman of the Subcommittee on Worker and Family Support, regarding the draft Social Security Administration rule that would narrow the eligibility criteria for Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability bene  more

Reps. Underwood, Schrier Unveil Legislation to Make Mental Healthcare Treatment Affordable
WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 -- Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Primary and Behavioral Health Care Access Act would require insurance to cover three primary care visits and three mental health or substance use disorder treatment visits per year without charging patients out-of-pocket * * * Representatives Lauren Underwood (IL-14) and Kim Schrier, M.D. (WA-08) introduced new legislation to help more Americans access the care they need. The Primary and Beha  more

Sen. Duckworth and Durbin Join Colleagues to Support Puerto Rico's Request for a Major Disaster Declaration in Response to Earthquakes
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: This week, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined 34 of their colleagues, led by Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), in sending a letter to President Trump to express strong support of Puerto Rico's request for a major disaster declaration following the widespread damage caused by the powerful 6.4-magnitude earthquake on January 7 and its aftershocks, as well as the  more

Sen. Duckworth Demands Secretary Esper Disclose Why DOD Believes Killing Soleimani Was Legal
WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a combat Veteran and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), wrote to U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper requesting he inform Congress and the American people precisely what legal authority, or which legal authorities, authorized the military operation that killed General Qasem Soleimani. During Esper's confirmation hearing last year, he affirmed to Du  more

Sen. Duckworth Discusses FVL Program & Logistics Infrastructure With Army Under Secretary Nominee
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, met with U.S. Army Under Secretary Nominee James McPherson in her office on Capitol Hill. Duckworth and McPherson discussed the Army's efforts to accelerate the Future Vertical Lift (FVL) program, as well as the importance of investing in the Army's logistics and transportation infrastructure and focu  more

Sen. Duckworth Issues Statement on Economic Issues Discussed with Ambassador to Thailand DeSombre
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following statement: U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement after meeting with Michael DeSombre, who was recently confirmed by the Senate to be U.S. Ambassador to Thailand. The two discussed economic issues, U.S. national security, American interests in the Indo-Pacific region and countering Chinese influence in Southeast Asia. "As a Thai-American, I feel strongly that whoever takes on the post of U  more

Sen. Duckworth Issues Statement on Impeachment Trial of President Trump
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following statement after being sworn in as a juror for the impeachment trial of President Trump: "I raised my right hand to once again to swear an oath to this nation: to do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws," Duckworth said. "What I hope for in this trial is to see witnesses, documents and evidence, and then I will deliberate. Trials have witnesses, cover-ups don't. We need a transparent process so tha  more

Sen. Duckworth Meets With Iraqi Ambassador to the United States
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release on Jan. 16: U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met with Iraq's Ambassador to the United States, Fareed Yasseen, in her Capitol Hill Office. Following the Trump Administration's erratic actions in Iraq, Duckworth and Yasseen discussed the impact these actions have had on regional stability and the U.S. - Iraqi partnership. Duckworth also asked Yasseen what she and her Senate colleagues can do to help repa  more

Sen. Duckworth Meets With Local Leaders to Discuss Equity in Legalization of Recreational Cannabis in Illinois
CHICAGO, Illinois, Jan. 14 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) met with local leaders at Mission South Shore Marijuana Dispensary on the recent legalization of recreational cannabis in Illinois. Duckworth was joined by Illinois Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton, Senior Advisor to Gov. Pritzker on Cannabis Control Toi Hutchinson, Illinois State Senator Robert Peters (IL-SD-13), Chicago Ald. Susan Garza (10th Ward), Illinois Deputy T  more

Sen. Duckworth Pays Tribute to Retiring Sen. Isakson
WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following floor statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Dec. 17, paying tribute to Johnny Isakson: I rise today to recognize my colleague and friend, Senator Johnny Isakson, for a lifetime of service to our Nation that started with his time as a load master in the Georgia Air National Guard, to his tenure in the Georgia General Assembly, to his years of public service in the U.S. House of Representatives a  more

Sen. Duckworth to Support Bipartisan U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release on Jan. 15: During a Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) spoke in support of the bipartisan U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Key quotes from her remarks are included below and a full clip can be found here. The agreement was reported out of the committee with Senator Duckworth's vote. As of this morning, all other Senate committees of jurisdicti  more

Sen. Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $300,000 to Help Minority-Owned Businesses in Chicago
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, issued the following news release on Jan. 15: U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced $312,750 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) to help provide business consulting and development services to minority-owned businesses in Chicago. The Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council will use this funding to help provide resources to help minorit  more

Sen. Durbin Calls On Senate Colleagues to Stand Up For Veterans & Students Defrauded By For-Profit Colleges
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: * * * - Ahead Of House Vote Tomorrow, Durbin Urges Senate To Overturn DeVos Borrower Defense Rule To Help Defrauded Student Borrowers * * * U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), in a speech on the Senate floor, slammed Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' rewritten borrower defense rule that guts essential protections for student borrowers and taxpayers. Durbin urged his Senate c  more

Sen. Durbin Continues to Call For Fair and Honest Impeachment Trial Including Key Witnesses & Documents
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release on Jan. 16: On the day that Senators will be sworn in as jurors in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) once again called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to conduct a fair impeachment trial with key witnesses and documents directly related to the Trump Administration's decision-making regarding the delay in military aid to Ukrai  more

Sen. Durbin Discusses Illinois Agriculture With U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Brandstad
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release on Jan. 14: U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, met with U.S. Ambassador to China and former Iowa Governor Terry Brandstad to discuss Illinois agriculture, including President Trump's recently announced "Phase One" trade deal with China. Durbin shared his concerns with the Trump Administration's haphazard trade approach with China, a  more

Sen. Durbin Issues Floor Statement on Impeachment
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following floor statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Jan. 15, on impeachment: Before I make remarks on a different issue, I would like to address comments made this morning by the majority leader, the Senator from Kentucky. The first related, as most of his comments recently, to the pending impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate. I listened carefully to his arguments that the House and the Senate have   more

Sen. Durbin Issues Floor Statement on U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following floor statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on Jan. 15, on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement: The majority leader, Senator McConnell, also addressed the USMCA. This is characterized as the NAFTA-2 or "the new trade agreement" between the United States, Canada, and Mexico. As he noted, trade among our three countries is critically important to all of us and, certainly, to the American econom  more

Sen. Durbin Issues Statement on GAO Report Confirming Violation of Impoundment Control Act by Trump Administration
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following statement on Jan. 16: U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, released the following statement after the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a legal decision, which finds that the Trump Administration's order to hold $250 million in defense aid to Ukraine violated the Impoundment Control Act, a law passed by Congress to rein in Nixon-  more

Sen. Durbin Issues Statement on Passage of U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following statement: U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, released the following statement after the Senate voted 89-10 to pass the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA), which updates the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Durbin voted in support of the USMCA. "The USMCA will support the economy in Illinois by improving tr  more

Sen. Durbin Issues Statement on President Trump Plan to Divert Pentagon Funds for Border Wall
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following statement: U.S. Senate Democratic Whip and Defense Appropriations Subcommittee Vice Chair Dick Durbin (D-IL), along with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Appropriations Committee Vice Chair Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-RI), and Appropriations Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee Ranking Member Tom Udall (D-NM) released the following stat  more

Sen. Durbin, Duckworth Call on Army to Review Illinois Army Reserve's Handling Of Sexual Assault Claims
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release on Jan. 15: U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) called on the U.S. Army to review reported mishandling by leaders of the Illinois-based Army Reserve unit, the 416th Theater Engineer Command, of multiple sexual assault claims. In a letter to U.S. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, Durbin and Duckworth called for a comprehensive review of the troubling charges brought to light by a rece  more

Sen. Durbin, Duckworth Join Colleagues to Request Meeting With HUD Secretary on Radon Dangers In Public Housing'
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and a bipartisan group of Senators in requesting a meeting with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson to get answers on why the agency has failed to protect tenants living in federally subsidized housing from the cancer-causing dangers of radon and to chart a path forward to  more

Sen. Durbin, Duckworth, Bustos Applaud New DOT Initiatives To Protect Roadside First Responders
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- 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 U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17), applauded new U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) initiatives designed to help avoid traffic accidents and save the lives of first responders rushing to aid in emergencies. The new initiatives closely mirror legislation Durbin, Duckworth, and Bustos introduced last year that would est  more

Sen. Durbin, Schneider Reintroduce Legislation To Combat Domestic Terrorist Threat
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release on Jan. 14: Following a year of horrific incidents of domestic terrorism targeting religious and ethnic minorities and communities of color, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Brad Schneider (D-IL-10) reintroduced bicameral legislation to address the growing domestic-terrorism threat. The Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act of 2020 would enhance the federal government's  more

Sen. Durbin: The Power to Declare War Rests Solely With Congress
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Illinois, issued the following news release: U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, continued to caution President Donald Trump from plunging the United States into yet another endless war in the Middle East. In a speech on the Senate floor, Durbin also urged his colleagues to support a war powers resolution, introduced by Durbin and Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) earlier this mo  more

Sen. Graham, Ranking Member Feinstein Issue Statement on Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Keep Dangerous Drugs Off Streets
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, issued the following news release: Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-California) made this statement following the Senate's passage of their legislation, the Temporary Reauthorization and Study of the Emergency Scheduling of Fentanyl Analogues Act. The measure is also cosponsored by Senators Dick Durbin (D-Illinois), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Maggie Hassan (D-N  more

Sens. Cotton, Colleagues Seek Reform of H-2B Visa Program
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, issued the following news release on Jan. 16: A bipartisan group of Senators have renewed calls for reforms to the H-2B visa program before increasing the annual visa cap. In a letter to the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Labor, Senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Dick Durbin (D-Illinois), Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut), and Dianne Feinstein (D-California) raised concerns that the flawed non-ag  more

Sens. Durbin, Duckworth Announce $144 Million in Continued Funding For Local Homeless Assistance Programs
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- 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 a total of $114,704,242 in grants have been awarded to renew support to more than 300 local homeless assistance programs and nonprofits across Illinois. The funding, which is awarded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Continuum of Care Program (CoC), will support a broad array of interventions d  more

Sens. Graham, Feinstein Issue Statement on Temporary Reauthorization & Study of the Emergency Scheduling of Fentanyl Analogues Act
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, and Dianne Feinstein, D-California, chairman and ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statements after Senate passage of the Temporary Reauthorization and Study of the Emergency Scheduling of Fentanyl Analogues Act: The measure is also cosponsored by Senators Dick Durbin (D-Illinois), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Maggie Hassan (D-New Hampshire), John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey). "I  more

Trump Nominee to Lead SBA Confirmed
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 -- The U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of an individual for a position in the Trump Administration on Jan. 7: Jovita Carranza, of Illinois, to be Administrator of the Small Business Administration.  more