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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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Nov. 16, 2018 Tweet - "On National Rural Health Day, we join the 60 million Americans that live and work in rural communities to recognize the #PowerofRural. We must continue to improve health care in rural areas, not only to help the communities, but also the dedicated health providers serving them."
Nov. 16, 2018 Tweet - "New Zealand is the only other country in the world that allows drug companies to advertise on TV. Doctors, hospitals, AARP and 76% of Americans agree with our bipartisan plan to finally put American patients before Big Pharma."
Nov. 15, 2018 Motion to Discharge--S.J. Res. 65
Nov. 15, 2018 Letter to Governor Rauner - Call For Illinois Public Health Director Shah To Resign Over Botched Response To Legionnaires' Outbreak At IVH Quincy
Nov. 15, 2018 Tweet - "The Trump Administration should practice what it preaches on press freedom abroad. How will countries like China and Myanmar take us seriously when we turn around and ban reporters from doing their constitutional duties?"
Nov. 15, 2018 Tweet - "At fed level, @SenDuckworth @RepSchneider @RepBillFoster & I are holding EPA accountable for not notifying residents about these dangerous emissions. Also pushing FDA to update its standards on ethylene oxide. Lake & DuPage County residents deserve better."
Nov. 15, 2018 Tweet - "E-cigarette use among children and teenagers is an epidemic, just ask our federal health agencies or any school teacher in America. The FDA is finally moving in the right direction by cracking down on the sale of kid-friendly flavors in e-cigarettes and cigars."
Nov. 15, 2018 Durbin, Duckworth, Foster, Schneider Meet With Acting EPA Administrator, Call For Action On Cancer-Causing Pollution In Lake And DuPage Counties
Nov. 15, 2018 Durbin, Murkowski Statement On New FDA E-Cigarette Regulations
Nov. 15, 2018 Tweet - "Forcibly repatriating Rohingya refugees to Myanmar under the current unsafe conditions would be a grave mistake. The Myanmar military has no respect for human rights, and such a move would put the Rohingya in familiar danger."
Nov. 14, 2018 Durbin, Grassely Statement On President Trump's Endorsement Of Comprehensive Criminal Justice Reform
Nov. 14, 2018 Tweet - "I am honored that the Senate Democratic Caucus has again supported me to serve as Whip. Our party is more diverse than ever, our Congress is divided, and the challenges we face are great. But we can, and must, come together to meet those challenges."
Nov. 14, 2018 Durbin Applauds Senate Passage Of Bill To Improve Oil Spill Response In Great Lakes
Nov. 14, 2018 Durbin Re-Elected Senate Democratic Whip For 116th Congress
Nov. 13, 2018 Tweet - "One step Congress can take is to immediately pass my Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act to ensure that the FBI, DOJ, and DHS are assessing and responding to the threat posed by white supremacists and other violent right-wing extremists."
Nov. 13, 2018 Tweet - "I continue to pray for the people of California, especially those who've lost loved ones to these deadly fires. The bravery of our first responders working tirelessly to put out these flames is truly remarkable."
Nov. 13, 2018 Tweet - "Students at 145 closed schools in Illinois are now eligible for automatic closed school discharges. Sec. DeVos must immediately provide this federal student debt relief to eligible students instead of dragging her feet."
Nov. 13, 2018 Tweet - "This is the third year in a row that the FBI's annual hate crimes report has shown an increase in hate crimes across America. We must do more to combat hateful bigotry."
Nov. 13, 2018 Tweet - "Just like Big Tobacco before them, e-cigarette companies are actively targeting kids with their addictive products. They peddle kid-appealing flavors like cupcake, whipped cream, and gummy bear, everywhere, including on the internet where it's easy for kids to buy."
Nov. 12, 2018 Tweet - "My prayers are with the people of California as they battle horrific wildfires. Thankful for the bravery of our first responders."
Nov. 12, 2018 Tweet - "Illinois is lucky to have so many veterans who call our state home. They answered the call when our nation needed it most. Today - and every day - we honor them for their bravery and sacrifices. #VeteransDay"
Nov. 10, 2018 Tweet - "President Trump's asylum ban is illegal & un-American. For generations our country has had a bipartisan tradition of welcoming those fleeing persecution. If the President is truly concerned about border security, he should work with Congress to pass bipartisan immigration reform."
Nov. 9, 2018 Tweet - "In a democracy it takes a free press to hold politicians of both parties accountable. That's their job and we have to respect it. When we start telling folks that they are fake or don't pay attention to them, that discredits an important part of America's democracy."
Nov. 9, 2018 Tweet - "Great to see @Fermilab is looking to hire our veterans for positions in its technical and computing departments. Veterans bring unique skills to the workforce."
Nov. 8, 2018 Tweet - "Acting AG Whitaker was clearly chosen to starve or stop the Mueller investigation. To avoid a constitutional confrontation, Whitaker must recuse himself from the Mueller probe. America's question: is President Trump above the law?"
Nov. 8, 2018 Tweet - "A federal appeals court today called Pres. Trump ending DACA & deporting these young people "cruel and wasteful." Pres. Trump cannot explain this away as national security. It's a hateful policy aimed at innocent young people. Our President should remember his own family's story."
Nov. 8, 2018 Tweet - "This is devastating. Yet again my heart breaks for an American community suffering from the scourge of gun violence. My prayers are with the friends and family of Sgt. Ron Helus, and the many other victims of this horrific tragedy."
Nov. 7, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Charles Sheehan, Acting Inspector General for the EPA - Durbin Calls For Investigation Into Trump Administration's Delay Of Notifying Lake County Residents About Cancer-Causing Pollution
Nov. 7, 2018 Tweet - "AG Sessions' forced resignation is a transparent effort to clear the way for President Trump to limit or stop the Mueller investigation. Acting AG Whitaker has made his intentions clear to do the President's bidding and stop Mueller."
Nov. 6, 2018 Tweet - "The Trump Administration continues to do everything in its power to end #DACA and deport #Dreamers who came here as children. They have so much to contribute to the only country they call home. Congress must pass my bipartisan #DreamAct."
Nov. 6, 2018 Tweet - "President Trump and Republicans continue to try and dismantle the ACA. They don't want you to know that enrollment for health insurance on the individual market is ongoing. #GetCovered today here: http://healthcare.gov "
Nov. 5, 2018 Durbin, Duckworth Call On Illinois Public Health Director Nirav Shah To Resign Over Botched Response To Legionnaries' Outbreaks At IVH Quincy
Nov. 5, 2018 Tweet - ".@SenDuckworth & I are calling on IL Director of Public Health Nirav Shah to resign. There was definitive evidence that a serious public health crisis was underway at IVH Quincy, and the Rauner Admin & Director Shah chose to sit on their hands as veterans & staff fell victim."
Nov. 5, 2018 Tweet - "End U.S. taxpayer and military support of the Saudi war in Yemen. There are no winners when so many innocent people are killed."
Nov. 5, 2018 Tweet - "In 2012, I held a hearing on the threat posed by violent white supremacists. Six years later, not nearly enough has been done to combat this peril. Congress must stop turning a blind eye and immediately pass my Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act."
Nov. 3, 2018 Tweet - "One week ago, the tragic shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh revealed in heartbreaking detail the hate and latent violence that lives in the hearts of too many in this land."
Nov. 2, 2018 Letter to Alexander Azar, Secretary of Health and Human Services - Senate Democrats to Secretary Azar: End Efforts to Redefine Sex to Exclude Transgender Persons
Nov. 2, 2018 Durbin Statement On Rauner & Trump Administrations' Delay Of Notifying Lake County Residents About Cancer-Causing Pollution
Nov. 2, 2018 Tweet - "The Rauner Administration's delay on notifying residents in Lake County about cancer-emitting chemicals from two plants is simply outrageous. Day after day, the Rauner and Trump Admins continue to prioritize public relations over serious public health hazards."
Nov. 2, 2018 Durbin Statement On One-Week Anniversary Of The Worst Ant-Semitic Attack In U.S. History
Nov. 1, 2018 Letter to Acting Inspector General Sheehan - EPA Investigation Into Rauner And Trump Administrations' Delay Of Notifying Public About Sterigenics Cancer Risk
Oct. 31, 2018 Tweet - "This tweet is a Halloween trick, not treat. In 2017, President Trump & Republicans were one vote away from ending protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Since then, his Administration has been relentless in its efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act."
Oct. 31, 2018 Tweet - "The Trump Administration has given a shameful pass to Saudi Arabia, and has not stood up for American values abroad. Will Saudi Arabia be held accountable for its barbaric premeditated murder of Jamal Khashoggi?"
Oct. 30, 2018 Tweet - "Met with middle and high school principals and counselors today at @JolietSD86 to discuss the skyrocketing rates of teen e-cigarette use and what we can do to prevent today's students from tobacco and nicotine addiction."
Oct. 29, 2018 Tweet - "Here's how the newly signed bipartisan opioids bill will help make a difference as we fight this epidemic. The bill includes many priorities I helped author, like funding to help children and families cope with serious traumatic experiences."
Oct. 29, 2018 Tweet - "I stand in solidarity with my good friends at @HIASrefugees. They responded to the rejection of Jewish refugees during the Holocaust by leading America to a more welcoming approach to refugees. They are acting on their faith and fighting for American values."
Oct. 29, 2018 Wyden, Durbin, Murray & Colleagues Urge FDA to Protect Kids from Tobacco Use and Addiction
Oct. 29, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Scott Gottlieb, Comissioner of the Food and Drug Administration - Wyden, Durbin, Murray & Colleagues Urge FDA to Protect Kids from Tobacco Use and Addiction
Oct. 29, 2018 Tweet - "I'm grieving with the Jewish community in Pittsburgh, but those of us who serve in Congress must offer more than thoughts & prayers. We must unequivocally condemn anti-Semitism & all forms of bigotry. There's only one legitimate side in this debate & we must unite against hate."
Oct. 29, 2018 Tweet - "It's past time to end U.S. military and taxpayer support of Saudi Arabia's disastrous war in Yemen. A staggering loss of innocent life."
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