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  • Catholic Senator Dick Durbin: Democrats cannot dissent from party, must support abortion

    04/24/2017 4:19:51 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 32 replies
    Aleteia ^ | April 23, 2017 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    The 28 percent of Democrats who oppose abortion have no place in the Democratic party, according to two of the party’s leading figures. Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin echoed party chair Tom Perez Sunday in saying that there is no room in the party for dissent on the abortion issue. “I am committed to women’s rights under the law, reproductive rights certainly, and our party is [committed],” Durbin said in an appearance on CNN. “We’ve made that part of our platform and position for a long, long time. I know within the ranks of the Democratic Party there are those who...
  • Durbin Supported Gorsuch as Circuit Judge Before Joining Dem Filibuster Against Nomination

    03/29/2017 6:12:37 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 11 replies
    freebeacon ^ | March 28, 2017 | Cameron Cawthorne
    Sen. Dick Durbin (D., Ill.) announced Tuesday that he will join fellow Democrats in filibustering Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court, despite in 2006 supporting Gorsuch to become a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. Durbin, the Senate's second-ranking Democrat, took to the Senate floor on Tuesday to voice his opposition to Gorsuch's nomination. "He did not earn my vote," Durbin reportedly said. "I'll vote no when his nomination comes before the committee next week. I will vote no on cloture, and I'll oppose his nomination on the Senate on the Senate floor." He...
  • Durbin Statement On DHS Mass Deportation Guidelines

    02/21/2017 6:42:30 PM PST · by mdittmar · 22 replies
    U.S. Senator Dick Durbin ^ | 2/20/2017 | U.S. Senator Dick Durbin
    WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, released the following statement in response to leaked memos from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) implementing President Trump’s controversial executive orders on immigration.  "These guidelines are now the official policy of the Trump Administration, implementing the President's mass deportation Executive Orders. I have called on my counterpart on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Chairman John Cornyn, to hold hearings on these orders—we need an immediate public examination in Congress of these heavy-handed, anti-family policies. The Senate should also pass the bill...
  • Mercy for the 'Dreamers'

    02/01/2017 7:28:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 47 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 1, 2017 | Star Parker
    We should not allow Dreamers to forget that this is a nation of law and they received mercy. On June 15, 2012, President Obama signed an executive order to protect those who arrived illegally to the United States as minors. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals provides a two-year window to shield these people from deportation and allow them to work. They must have been under 16 when they arrived, be in school or have completed school, and have no criminal record. The order produced consternation on two fronts. First, the nature of the action. Many feel that immigration policy, legal...
  • Durbin: Trump Immigration Executive Orders Make Nation Less Safe

    01/25/2017 7:53:29 PM PST · by mdittmar · 48 replies
    U.S. Senator Dick Durbin ^ | 1/25/2017 | U.S. Senator Dick Durbin
    SHEPERDSTOWN, WV—U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), the Democratic Whip and Ranking Member on the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, today issued the following statement after President Donald Trump signed executive orders cracking down on immigrant communities, that, among other things, dramatically increase the number of immigration agents and strip federal funding from communities that limit cooperation with federal immigration enforcement.   “Creating a mass deportation force and depriving cities of millions of dollars in critical federal funding will make our communities and nation less safe,” said Senator Durbin. “After railing against the use of executive power, President Trump is bypassing Congress...
  • Durbin Highlights $10 Million Federal Investment in Illinois CO2 Projects

    12/17/2016 10:32:53 AM PST · by mdittmar · 22 replies
    U.S. Senator Dick Durbin ^ | 12.16.16 | U.S. Senator Dick Durbin
    DECATUR – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that the U.S. Department of Energy has awarded two grants totaling $10 million to the Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS), housed at the University of Illinois’ Prairie Research Institute (PRI). The grants will fund projects to research commercial-scale geologic storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “Any meaningful strategies for addressing the causes and dangers of climate change must include reduced carbon emissions,” Durbin said. “That’s why we are here today to announce a $10 million investment by the United States Department of Energy to study if 50...
  • Is Trump Softening on Young Immigrants? Senators Hope So, Offer Bill

    12/11/2016 8:11:59 PM PST · by Steelfish · 47 replies
    NBCNews ^ | December 11, 2016 | SUZANNE GAMBOA
    DEC 9 2016 Is Trump Softening on Young Immigrants? Senators Hope So, Offer Bill by SUZANNE GAMBOA WASHINGTON - Seizing on President-elect Donald Trump's "encouraging" comments in a Time interview, two U.S. senators are pushing for a stopgap protection from deportation for young immigrants who arrived or stayed in the country illegally as children. Senate Minority Leader Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., partnered to introduce legislation Friday that would protect the young immigrants should Trump repeal the executive action before Congress takes up immigration reform. The protection would be temporary to keep them from being deported while...
  • Senate Leaders Offer Trump A Solution With New Deportation Deferral Plan For Dreamers [AMNESTY?]

    12/10/2016 9:45:43 PM PST · by Steelfish · 54 replies
    LA Times ^ | December 9, 2016 | Lisa Mascaro.
    <p>Lisa Mascaro.</p> <p>President-elect Donald Trump promised this week to "work something out" for the Dreamers, and on Friday, two senators served up a possible solution.</p> <p>Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) will introduce legislation Friday to give young immigrants three years of protection from deportation under a new program allowing them to work, go to school or the military, and remain in the U.S. if they are otherwise lawful.</p>
  • Hil's lawyers try to quash old report (Clintons ordered IRS audits of critics)

    10/03/2005 3:48:07 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 46 replies · 3,096+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 10/3/05 | JAMES GORDON MEEK
    WASHINGTON - The independent counsel investigation that led to the conviction of a former Clinton administration housing chief could come back to haunt Sen. Hillary Clinton. The Daily News has learned that lawyers are fighting to suppress a potentially embarrassing final report from the probe that found Housing Secretary Henry Cisneros lied to the FBI about paying $250,000 in hush money to his ex-mistress. Cisneros paid a $10,000 fine after he was found guilty in 1999 and was later pardoned by Bill Clinton. And though neither Hillary Clinton nor her husband was targeted by independent counsel David Barrett, his 420-page...
  • Durbin: Knife and Bomb Attacks 'Sad Reminders' of Need for Gun-Control Bills

    09/20/2016 5:42:16 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 54 replies
    PJ Media ^ | September 20, 2016 | Bridget Johnson
    WASHINGTON -- The Senate minority whip told reporters on Capitol Hill today that the Minnesota mall stabbings and the New York/New Jersey bombings were "sad reminders that this Congress has done nothing -- nothing to prevent dangerous people from acquiring guns and explosives to carry out future attacks on Americans." Outside of a closed policy luncheon, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Republicans "have seen multiple opportunities come and go to bring forward and pass bipartisan legislation to prevent terrorists from buying firearms and explosives, closing the so-called terror gap loophole." "All of which have been defeated by the Republican majority....
  • Dick Durbin Says No Self-Respecting Sportsman Uses an 'AR-47' to Hunt Deer in Illinois

    06/18/2016 12:59:53 PM PDT · by Lazamataz · 190 replies
    BuzzPo ^ | 6/15/2016 | BY ERIC REED
    If you haven’t been keeping up with the gun control debate following the Orlando terrorist attack, many democratic senators are conducting a filibuster of sorts to demand banning certain types of weapons. Illinois senator, Dick Durbin, apparently couldn’t resist speaking on the topic either. Ironically, every word that left Dick Durbin’s mouth made him look like a complete jackass. He claimed that no self-respecting sportsman in his home state of Illinois would ever use an ‘AR-47’ to hunt deer. Senator Durbin is actually correct for two major reasons. First of all, there’s no such thing as an ‘AR-47.’ There’s an...
  • Indebted Florida man accused of posing as U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin to avoid paying home loans

    05/20/2016 6:29:55 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 12 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | May 19, 2016 | Laura Bult
    A Florida man is getting probed for posing as U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin to get out of his mortgage payments. Sidney Hines, 67, called a collection agency five times in 2013 and 2014 impersonating “a sitting U.S. Senator from Illinois” with the initials R.D. claiming that his loan for his New Port Richey, Flor. home had been paid in full, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office indictment.
  • Durbin: Trump's positions create a challenge for GOP candidates

    05/12/2016 3:45:58 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 25 replies
    As Donald Trump held closed-door meetings Thursday with top Republican leaders, Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois cautioned that the presumptive GOP presidential nominee's "radical" and "extreme" positions will pose a challenge for Republican candidates in Illinois, including U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk. Kirk, who is up for re-election, has said he will support his party's presidential nominee — even if it is Trump — but will not attend the GOP's national convention in Cleveland in July. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, who is not on the ballot in November, said he will not attend the party's presidential nominating convention — nor...
  • Senate Democrats push climate change bond bill

    04/29/2016 7:13:36 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 4/27/2016 | Devin Henry
    The bill is unlikely to find much support in the GOP-controlled Senate. But Boxer, who is retiring from Congress, said she wants to put this in motion now, and Durbin volunteered to take up the mantel when Boxer is gone. “I hope, if we can’t pass this this year, I can take up the flag and carry it in her name in years to come so when we talk about finally passing this, it will be known as Barbara Boxer’s legacy,” he said.
  • Durbin: Gang of 8 Rubio blocked bid to protect U.S. workers, limit H-1B visas

    02/28/2016 1:33:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | February 26, 2016 | Paul Bedard
    As a member of the controversial "Gang of Eight" working up comprehensive immigration reform three years ago, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio blocked bipartisan efforts to reform the worker visa program to make sure American workers get first dibs on jobs, according to a top Senate Democrat. At a hearing on H-1B worker visas Thursday, Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois said that "a junior senator from Florida" fought to kill visa changes in the legislation that would have limited the ability of firms to replace American workers with cheaper foreign labor. "In 2013, I was part of the Gang of Eight....
  • Durbin: US should accept 100,000 Syrian refugees

    09/16/2015 12:40:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Hill's Floor Action ^ | September 15, 2015 | Jordain Carney
    Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Tuesday that the United States should accept 100,000 Syrian refugees, far outpacing the number the administration said last week that it will accept. “What the administration has posed is modest: 10,000. Too modest,” the No. 2 Senate Democrat said. “As far as I am concerned, I believe we should be prepared to accept 100,000—100,000 Syrian refugees.” Durbin's remarks come after White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the United States will accept at least 10,000 Syrian refugees during the 2016 fiscal year that starts next month. The senior Democrat’s comments echo those of 72 House...
  • 14 US Senators tell Obama: Bring MORE Syrians to America (65,000 is a good number!)

    09/04/2015 2:09:30 PM PDT · by robowombat · 42 replies
    Refugee Resettlement Watch ^ | May 22, 2015 | Ann Corcoran
    14 US Senators tell Obama: Bring MORE Syrians to America (65,000 is a good number!) Posted by Ann Corcoran on May 22, 2015 Update May 24th: Be sure to see Leo Hohmann’s good article at World Net Daily on this newest push for a mass infusion of Syrians into the US. Also, on this Sunday morning is your church indirectly supporting the resettlement of 65,000 mostly Muslim Syrians to America? Click here. Urgent update! If your Senator is listed here, you really need to get the word out so that they get an earful from constituents! Breaking News: According to...
  • Dem voting bill targets states with 'record of racial discrimination'

    06/25/2015 2:03:00 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | Jordain Carney
    Democrats have rolled out a proposal that would restore a key provision of the Voting Rights Act that the Supreme Court struck down in 2013. The bill, introduced by Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.), would establish a new formula to determine which state and local governments are required to get approval before changing their voting laws. Under the legislation, states that have a "record of racial discrimination" within the past 25 years would need federal approval to change their voting laws, according to a fact sheet from Leahy's office. The proposal would also allow...
  • Senate Dems call on Obama to resettle 65,000 Syrian refugees

    05/24/2015 5:33:19 PM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/21/2015
    A group of Senate Democrats is urging the Obama administration to allow at least 65,000 Syrian refugees to settle inside the United States. “While the United States is the largest donor of humanitarian assistance to Syrian refugees, we must also dramatically increase the number of Syrian refugees that we accept for resettlement,” the group of 14 lawmakers — led by Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) — said Thursday. The group letter noted the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) wants to resettle 130,000 Syrian refugees over the next two years and has thus...
  • Secret Deal Could Contain a Myriad of Gun Restrictions, Ammo Bans!

    05/23/2015 11:44:20 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 73 replies
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Orrin Hatch may soon give the President authority to write gun control restrictions into a “trade agreement.” So click here to contact your Senators –- whether they are liberal or conservative. Urge them to vote against the anti-gun “fast track” bill (S. 995). Will UN-style gun control be rammed down our throats? Gun import bans ... Microstamping of firearms ... Ammunition bans ... The full implementation of the anti-gun UN Arms Trade Treaty ... Illegal amnesty which locks in millions of new, anti-gun voters.