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Dick Durbin's Public Statements on Issue: Health and Health Care

Office: U.S. Senate (IL) - Sr, Democratic Assistant Minority Leader (Minority Whip)
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April 11, 2018 Tweet - "Scott Pruitt has abused our environment, removed protections for our children and families, engaged in activity that creates clear conflicts of interest, and spent taxpayer dollars on frivolous luxuries. It's time for the President to tell Mr. Pruitt, "you're fired"."
April 11, 2018 Durbin Questions Trump Administration On Its New War On Drugs
April 11, 2018 Letter to Sen. Richard Shelby, Appropriations Committee Chairman, and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Appropriations Committee Ranking Member - Find Resources For Communities With Stranded Nuclear Waste
April 11, 2018 Durbin Questions Trump Administration On Its New War On Drugs
April 5, 2018 Letter to Thomas D. Homan, Acting Director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Policy Allowing Increased Detention of Pregnant Women
April 3, 2018 Tweet - "No more delays -- we cannot afford another generation falling prey to Big Tobacco's playbook. Swift FDA oversight is needed on these tobacco products that are clearly targeted to children."
March 28, 2018 Durbin, Winnebago County Leaders Discuss Efforts To Combat Opioid Crisis, New Funding In Federal Spending Bill
March 28, 2018 Durbin, Winnebago County Leaders Discuss Efforts To Combat Opioid Crisis, New Funding In Federal Spending Bill
March 28, 2018 Durbin, Duckworth Highlight How Additional Federal Funding For Veterans Could Help Improve Quincy Veterans' Home, Protect Residents From Legionnaires' Disease
March 27, 2018 Durbin Discusses New Federal Investments In Medical Research
March 27, 2018 Tweet - "Last week's omnibus spending bill represents a significant victory for medical research. We must continue ensuring that our doctors and scientists have the funding they need to develop new vaccines and discover better treatments and cures for diseases like cancer and Alzheimer's."
March 23, 2018 Tweet - "The Affordable Care Act turns 8 years old today. Because of this law, more than 20 million people have gained health insurance (including one million Illinoisans)."
March 23, 2018 Tweet - "The Affordable Care Act turns 8 years old today. Because of this law, more than 20 million people have gained health insurance (including one million Illinoisans)."
March 21, 2018 Tweet - "As we work to prevent the tragedy of school shootings in America we must address another reality: the effect trauma can have on those who witness the violence:"
March 19, 2018 Durbin Statement On New White House War On Drugs
March 19, 2018 Tweet - "The war on drugs didn't work in the 80's, and it won't work now by reviving failed deterrence measures like the death penalty for drug dealers. My full statement on the White House's new war on drugs:"
March 16, 2018 Tweet - "A new report from @CDCgov found 4 in 5 teens are being exposed to e-cigarette ads. That's over 20 million middle and high school students. More has to be done to prevent Big Tobacco from hooking the next generation on its addictive products."
March 14, 2018 Letter to the Hon. E. Scott Pruitt, EPA Administrator - Reinstate Strict Air Toxics Standards for the Country's Largest Industrial Sources
March 14, 2018 Letter to the Hon Lamar Alexander, Chairman of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions and the Hon Patty Murray, Ranking Member of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions - Reed, Whitehouse Join Markey, Colleagues in Calling for Gun Violence Research Funding at CDC
March 13, 2018 Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act--
March 12, 2018 Letter to Scott Pruit, Environmental Protection Administrator - 28 Senators to EPA: Don't Weaken Rules Protecting Workers & Children from Toxic Pesticides
March 12, 2018 Tweet - "Every day, more than 100 Americans die from an opioid overdose. While we know that there are legitimate uses for opioid painkillers, we also know that these dangerous pills are being over-produced, over-prescribed, and over-dispensed."
March 12, 2018 U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) Introduces Bipartisan Opioid Quota Reform Bill
March 12, 2018 U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) Introduces Bipartisan Opioid Quota Reform Bill
March 12, 2018 Tweet - "Every day, more than 100 Americans die from an opioid overdose. While we know that there are legitimate uses for opioid painkillers, we also know that these dangerous pills are being over-produced, over-prescribed, and over-dispensed."
March 7, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Bruce Rauner, Office of the Governor - We Need More Than Vague Assurances That Next Steps Are Coming At IVH Quincy
Feb. 28, 2018 Tweet - "Gov. Rauner and his Administration appeared more concerned about saving face than saving our veterans in the midst of a Legionnaires' outbreak at IVH Quincy. Three years later, IVH Quincy STILL awaits action from him to solve this public health crisis. Unacceptable."
Feb. 27, 2018 Tweet - "I've heard back from the VA and it plans to offer additional expert consultation and advice to Illinois state officials about the ongoing Legionnaires' outbreak at IVH Quincy. Gov. Rauner should accept its offer to help keep our veterans safe."
Feb. 21, 2018 Tweet - "We need complete transparency from Gov. Rauner about why these cases continue to impact IVH Quincy & where they are occurring. He knows @SenDuckworth & I are here to help, but first we need a plan of action & answers as to why recently released proposals were ignored for years."
Feb. 21, 2018 Tweet - "Last month, Gov. Rauner stated his goal of "zero instances of Legionella infection" at IVH Quincy, yet this is the 4th confirmed case in the past two weeks. It's completely unacceptable, and decisive action to protect veterans and staff at IVH Quincy is beyond overdue."
Feb. 20, 2018 Tweet - "Let's be clear--these Trump plans are not an alternative to ACA health plans. They won't cover essential health benefits or pre-existing conditions, leaving people without coverage when they get sick or hit certain limits. Let's call these Trump plans what they really are: junk."
Feb. 20, 2018 Tweet - "Let's be clear--these Trump plans are not an alternative to ACA health plans. They won't cover essential health benefits or pre-existing conditions, leaving people without coverage when they get sick or hit certain limits. Let's call these Trump plans what they really are: junk."
Feb. 16, 2018 Letter to Dr. Shah - Additional Information On The Latest Three Cases Of Legionnaires' At IVH Quincy
Feb. 16, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Scott Pruitt, EPA Administrator - Update Dangerous Lead Hazard Standards
Feb. 15, 2018 Letter to Dr. Schuchat - Take Greater Leadership Role In Mitigating Legionnaires' Disease At IVH Quincy
Feb. 14, 2018 Letter to the Honorable Alex Azar, Secretary of Health and Human Services - End Unlawful Attacks on Women's Health Care
Feb. 14, 2018 Letter to the Honorable Alex Azar, Secretary of Health and Human Services - End Unlawful Attacks on Women's Health Care
Feb. 13, 2018 Durbin, Duckworth Statement On New Legionnaires' Disease Cases Confirmed At Illinois Veterans' Home Quincy
Feb. 7, 2018 Tweet - "Philip Morris is again trying to hook a new generation of children on its deadly & addictive tobacco products. That's why I sent a letter with Senate colleagues urging FDA to reject all tobacco products that target youth or fail to improve public health."
Feb. 6, 2018 Tweet - "Community health centers provide affordable health care to 27 million Americans, including 1.3 million Illinoisans. They're invaluable everywhere, but especially in rural communities. And yet, more than four months ago, Congress allowed funding for these health clinics to expire."
Feb. 5, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader and the Hon. Charles Schumer, Senate Minority Leader - Push For Critical Community Health Center Funding
Feb. 5, 2018 Letter to Michael Shores, Director of Office of Regulation Policy and Management, Department of Veterans Affairs - Limiting Caregiver Support Services
Feb. 1, 2018 Tweet - "Raising the age for tobacco sales to 21 can help reduce tobacco use among our youth, which is why I support making this a national policy too. Illinois should lead the way on this effort."
Jan. 19, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Eric D. Hargan, Acting Secretary and Deputy Secretary, HHS - Unprecedented, Harmful Medicaid Changes
Jan. 18, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management and Budget and Ryan Fisher, Acting Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Army Civil Works - Stabenow, Peters Lead Bipartisan Push to Fund Critical Strategy to Protect Great Lakes Coastline in Next Year's Budget
Jan. 18, 2018 Letter to Governor Bruce Rauner - Where's Your Plan For IVH Quincy
Jan. 17, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Eric Hargan, Acting Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services - Medicaid Waiver Authority
Jan. 16, 2018 Letter to the Hon. Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency - EPA Putting Taxpayers on the Hook for Hard Rock Mining Disasters
Jan. 8, 2018 Tweet - "Natural disasters have caused a record-setting amount of damage in the U.S. this year. There's no denying that climate change will cost the U.S. trillions more in the next decade and that we have a financial and national security reason to act."
Jan. 5, 2018 Tweet - "MORNING READ: State officials must heed CDC advice and begin considering options that can fully guarantee safety for our veterans. I'm visiting the veterans' home in Quincy today to get an update from folks on the ground."
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