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Dick Durbin's Public Statements

Office: U.S. Senate (IL) - Sr, Democratic Assistant Minority Leader (Minority Whip)
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Sept. 22, 2018 Tweet - "Teen vaping is skyrocketing in 2018. Why? The companies that make e-cigarettes continue to target teens with candy and fruit flavored products. The numbers are troubling. I have called upon FDA to finally take serious action on this public health issue."
Sept. 22, 2018 Tweet - "Dr. Blasey Ford has made the extremely brave decision to testify before the Senate this coming week. Now Senate Republicans must ensure this is a fair hearing with testimony from other witnesses -- especially Mark Judge -- and questions asked by Senators."
Sept. 21, 2018 Tweet - "Senate Republicans have tried to rig the process against Dr. Blasey Ford -- no neutral investigation, no other witnesses - and now they seem happy that she won't commit to a partisan ambush. They think this makes it easier for them to vote for Judge Kavanaugh. That's insulting."
Sept. 21, 2018 Tweet - "It took an Act of Congress, but we finally have regular public reporting of the Department of Education's processing of borrower defense claims again. It's no surprise the Department didn't want to do this."
Sept. 21, 2018 Tweet - "Some of the loudest voices dismissing credible sexual assault allegations against Judge Kavanaugh are opposed to giving a second chance to young, nonviolent drug offenders who have rehabilitated themselves and taken responsibility for their actions. The hypocrisy is breathtaking."
Sept. 20, 2018 Tweet - "Without #NetNeutrality, small businesses could be relegated to internet slow lanes & forced to pay ridiculous fees to reach customers. It's up to Speaker Ryan to do the right thing and call up the #NetNeutrality resolution in the House. #SaveTheInternet"
Sept. 20, 2018 Tweet - "At a time when Dr. Blasey Ford is experiencing death threats and vicious attacks, Republicans are trying to rush a rigged hearing, refusing to call all of the relevant witnesses, and denying her request to hold off on a hearing until the FBI conducts an independent investigation."
Sept. 20, 2018 Tweet - "One year ago today, Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico, devastating the island and claiming the lives of thousands. We must not forgot this tragedy and the work that still needs to be done to help our fellow Americans. I will continue to support their road to recovery."
Sept. 19, 2018 Letter to Mr. Michael Berghoff, Board of Trustees, Purdue University - End Practice Of Mandatory Arbitration For Enrollment At Global University
Sept. 19, 2018 Tweet - "Refusing a nonpartisan FBI investigation of Dr. Blasey Ford's allegations reflects poorly on the White House and Senate Republicans' confidence in Judge Brett Kavanaugh's denial. What are they afraid of?"
Sept. 19, 2018 Tweet - "Republicans aren't serious about giving Dr. Blasey Ford a fair hearing with all the facts and witnesses available. Rushing this hearing along, and having her appear at the Committee before the FBI can investigate her allegations, would be a big mistake."
Sept. 19, 2018 Durbin And Bustos Highlight Key Provisions In Fight Against Opioid Epidemic
Sept. 19, 2018 Durbin, Duckworth: Defense, Labor, Health, Education Appropriations Package Provides Critical Funding For Illinois
Sept. 19, 2018 Tweet - "Dr. Blasey Ford is calling for an impartial FBI investigation of her serious and credible allegations. Meanwhile Republicans are trying to bully her into a rigged hearing before a neutral investigation and without the only identified eyewitness. #WhatAreTheyHiding"
Sept. 19, 2018 Tweet - "Ending the Flores agreement would allow this anti-immigrant Trump Administration to indefinitely detain children. That's something we can't stand for in America. It's cruel and unnecessary."
Sept. 19, 2018 Tweet - "President Trump has unleashed a scorched Earth trade war that has no end in sight. Until this recklessness ends, American consumers, businesses, and farmers will feel the brunt of it. I'm all for fair trade, but this is no way to go about it."
Sept. 18, 2018 Tweet - "Pres Trump has once again dropped America's moral standing to a new low by setting the refugee ceiling at an embarrassingly low 30,000 in the midst of the worst refugee crisis in history. This betrays America's values & relinquishes our leadership role in defending human rights."
Sept. 18, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Christopher Wray, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Donald McGhan, Counsel to the President - Reopen Kavanaugh FBI Background Investigation
Sept. 18, 2018 Tweet - "Republicans cynically asking why Dr. Blasey Ford didn't come forward earlier should look in the mirror. Their shameful attacks show exactly why it's hard for survivors to come forward. We should respect & listen to her, not try to bully her into silence."
Sept. 18, 2018 Tweet - "Since Judge Kavanaugh's selection, Republicans have been trying to rush his nomination and hide large parts of his record. Even with serious and credible allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh, their approach hasn't changed. What's the rush and #WhatAreTheyHiding?"
Sept. 18, 2018 Tweet - "Dr. Blasey Ford has demonstrated extraordinary bravery coming forward and facing an intense spotlight. Her allegations are credible and serious and should be treated as such. The FBI must conduct an independent investigation before a hearing is held."
Sept. 18, 2018 Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act, 2019--Conference Report
Sept. 18, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Charles Grassley, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee - Judiciary Committee Democrats to Grassley: Don't Repeat Past Mistakes
Sept. 18, 2018 Durbin, Feinstein Statement On Trump Administration Decision To Slash Refugee Resettlement Goal For Second Year In A Row
Sept. 18, 2018 Tweet - "In June, the Judiciary Committee held two hearings that discussed the challenges sexual assault survivors face in coming forward. #MeToo has shown that credible allegations often surface many years after the fact. We must respect & listen to survivors, not attack & bully them."
Sept. 18, 2018 Tweet - "Rs are rushing a hearing within a week after a serious, credible allegation of sexual assault against Judge Kavanaugh. No FBI background investigation has been completed, no witnesses beyond the Judge & Dr. Blasey Ford have been asked to testify. Rs are trying to rig the hearing."
Sept. 18, 2018 Durbin Introduces New Compromise Legislation To Lift IMD Exclusion, Help More Americans Get Treatment For Addiction
Sept. 17, 2018 Tweet - "Republicans cannot simply dismiss Dr. Ford's allegations with a conference call. These are serious and credible allegations. Thursday's vote must be delayed."
Sept. 17, 2018 Tweet - "Along with my Democratic colleagues on the Judiciary Committee, I'm requesting the White House confirm it has directed the FBI to conduct a background investigation into Dr. Ford's serious and credible allegations of sexual assault by Brett Kavanaugh."
Sept. 17, 2018 Juan Requesens
Sept. 17, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Charles Grassley, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee - Judiciary Committee Democrats Ask to Grassley to Postpone Kavanaugh Vote, Investigate Allegations
Sept. 17, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Mitchell McConnell, Senate Majority Leader, the Hon. Paul D. Ryan, House Speaker, the Hon. Richard Shelby, Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and the Hon. Rodney Frelinghuysen, Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee - Harris, Espaillat Lead Lawmakers in Letter Urging Gop Leadership, Appropriators to Reject Expansion of Family Immigration Detention
Sept. 17, 2018 Judiciary Committee Democrats Oppose Staff Call on Kavanaugh Allegations
Sept. 17, 2018 Letter to Donald McGahn, Counsel to the President - Reopen Kavanaugh FBI Background Investigation
Sept. 17, 2018 Substance Use-Disorder Prevention That Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act
Sept. 16, 2018 Durbin Statement On Sexual Assault Allegation Against Judge Kavanaugh, President Trump's Supreme Court Nominee
Sept. 16, 2018 Tweet - "Thinking about those lost due to Hurricane Florence and everyone who is still affected by the storm. Very thankful for the hard work of first responders who have braved the elements and danger to rescue those in need."
Sept. 15, 2018 Tweet - "America has always been a land of opportunity -- and a place where refugees fleeing unspeakable violence have finally found safety. The Trump Administration has shut the door on our bipartisan tradition of generous leadership in refugee resettlement for the most vulnerable."
Sept. 15, 2018 Tweet - "I am calling on Senate Republicans to delay next week's Judiciary Committee vote on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh."
Sept. 14, 2018 Murphy, Colleagues Introduce New Legislation to Encourage Colleges to Remove Criminal and Juvenile Record Questions from Admissions Applications
Sept. 14, 2018 Tweet - "Standing in solidarity with the Chicago hospitality workers on strike for better health care and wages. I grew up in a union household and will continue to fight for our working families."
Sept. 14, 2018 Tweet - "Americans deserve a strong CFPB to police predatory student loan companies, servicers, and #4profit colleges. The Trump Administration & Mick Mulvaney are letting these corporate and #4profit interests exploit students and taxpayers with impunity."
Sept. 14, 2018 Tweet - "For 2 years in a row, the Trump Admin has cut federal funding that helps Illinoisans sign up for health insurance. Pres Trump has shown us time & again he's more interested in tax breaks for the super wealthy than helping bring down health care costs for middle-class families."
Sept. 14, 2018 Tweet - "12% of kids are vaping in America today. Why? The companies that sell these products have all types of candy and fruit flavors designed to attract children. The evidence is clear: e-cigarette companies are expanding their reach into our kids' lives. That has got to stop."
Sept. 14, 2018 Durbin Highlights Successes In Senate's Bipartisan Opioid Package
Sept. 13, 2018 Tweet - "Republicans voted against my Kavanaugh subpoena request today. What is the purpose of administering the oath before the Committee if we are not holding witnesses to telling the truth, and when they fail to tell the truth, holding them accountable?"
Sept. 13, 2018 Tweet - "The Trump Admin's answer to those most in need across the globe? Fear mongering and a cold shoulder. It's inexcusable to cut the refugee resettlement program, which has helped America lead by example, in the midst of the worst refugee crisis in history."
Sept. 13, 2018 Tweet - "My amendment with @ChuckGrassley & @SenAngusKing was supported by both parties, @AARP, American Medical Association, health insurance plans, 76% of Americans, Pres Trump & HHS. The only group who opposed it? Big Pharma & their Representatives in Congress:"
Sept. 13, 2018 Tweet - "The President's assertions fly in the face of the what we know happened to our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico, and completely disrespects their suffering in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria."
Sept. 13, 2018 Durbin & Duckworth: Appropriations Bill Provides Critical Funding For Illinois
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