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February 25, 2021

Ahead of Oversight Hearing Next Week, Durbin Speaks with FBI Director Wray About Domestic Terrorism Threat

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today spoke to Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Christopher Wray on how the Bureau is allocating its resources to respond to and address the threat of violence by white supremacists and other far-right-wing extremists following the insurrection at the Capitol on January 6. Today's call comes ahead of an FBI oversight hearing next Tuesday, March 2, in the Senate Judiciary … Continue Reading


February 25, 2021

Durbin, Grassley Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Extend CARES Act Bankruptcy Relief Provisions

WASHINGTON - Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today introduced the COVID-19 Bankruptcy Relief Extension Act, bipartisan legislation to temporarily extend COVID-19 bankruptcy relief provisions enacted as part of the March 2020 CARES Act and December 2020 omnibus appropriations bill. "Extending these temporary … Continue Reading


February 24, 2021

Durbin, Lee Introduce Bipartisan Inspector General Access Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and U.S. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) today introduced bipartisan legislation to expand the jurisdiction of the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General to include alleged DOJ attorney misconduct. Currently, the DOJ Inspector General (IG) has no authority to investigate professional misconduct by DOJ lawyers. DOJ is the only agency whose IG has such a jurisdictional … Continue Reading


February 23, 2021

Durbin Questions Outside Witnesses for Judge Garland's Nomination to be Attorney General

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today asked questions to the outside witness panel for the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to be U.S. Attorney General. Durbin posed a question to Andrea Tucker, who is a parent of students Judge Garland has tutored. "How have your kids taken to Judge Garland in a personal way?" Durbin asked. Tucker answered by stating her son and daughter seem to love Judge Garland, and that he has … Continue Reading


February 22, 2021

Judiciary Committee Announces Outside Witnesses for Judge Garland's Hearing to be Attorney General

WASHINGTON - The Senate Judiciary Committee released the names of the individuals who will participate in the outside witness panel for Judge Merrick Garland's nomination hearing to be U.S. Attorney General on Tuesday, February 23. Outside Witness Panel - Tuesday, February 23 Mr. Wade Henderson - Majority WitnessInterim President and CEOThe Leadership Conference on Civil and Human RightsWashington, D.C. Mr. Josh Blackman - Minority WitnessProfessor of LawSouth Texas College of LawHouston, … Continue Reading


February 22, 2021

Durbin Questions AG Nominee Garland on Domestic Terrorism and Family Separation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today asked his first round of questions during the nomination hearing for Judge Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden's nominee to be U.S. Attorney General. Durbin posed several questions to Judge Garland on domestic terrorism and the previous administration's cruel zero-tolerance family separation policy. "If you are confirmed as Attorney General, which I believe you will be, you will face … Continue Reading


February 22, 2021

Durbin to Garland: You Can Restore the Faith of the American People in the Rule of the Law

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today delivered his opening statement during the nomination hearing for Judge Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden's nominee to be U.S. Attorney General. Durbin argued that Judge Garland is the right leader to restore integrity and the rule of law in the Justice Department and combat domestic terrorism and systemic racism following four tumultuous years under the previous administration. Key … Continue Reading


February 21, 2021

Durbin Releases Opening Remarks Ahead of Garland Hearing to be Attorney General

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released his opening statement ahead of the nomination hearing for Judge Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden's nominee to be U.S. Attorney General. In it, Durbin argues that Judge Garland is the right leader to restore integrity and the rule of law in the Justice Department and combat domestic terrorism and systemic racism following four tumultuous years under the previous … Continue Reading


February 21, 2021

Judiciary Committee Announced Introducers for Judge Garland's Hearing to be Attorney General

WASHINGTON - The Senate Judiciary Committee released the names of the individuals who will be introducing Judge Merrick Garland at his nomination hearing to be U.S. Attorney General on Monday, February 22. Introducers - Monday, February 22 The Honorable Chris Van HollenUnited States SenatorState of Maryland The Honorable Tammy DuckworthUnited States SenatorState of Illinois … Continue Reading


February 21, 2021

Judiciary Committee Releases Judge Garland's Opening Remarks Ahead of Hearing to be Attorney General

WASHINGTON - The Senate Judiciary Committee released Judge Merrick Garland's opening statement ahead of his nomination hearing to be U.S. Attorney General on Monday, February 22. Key quotes: "If I am confirmed, serving as Attorney General will be the culmination of a career I have dedicated to ensuring that the laws of our country are fairly and faithfully enforced, and that the rights of all Americans are protected." "Almost a century later, the Civil Rights Act of 1957 created the … Continue Reading


February 19, 2021

In Amicus Brief, Durbin, Grassley, Booker, Lee Call on Supreme Court to Make Lowest-Level Drug Offenders Eligible for First Step Act Relief

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee; U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee; and U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Mike Lee (R-UT) today submitted an Amicus Brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in Tarahrick Terry v. United States, a case related to the interpretation of provisions of the First Step Act of 2018 (FSA) and the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010. The Fair Sentencing Act, authored … Continue Reading


February 14, 2021

Durbin, Grassley Announce Subcommittees and Subcommittee Chairs and Ranking Members of Senate Judiciary Committee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee today announced the establishment of the Subcommittees of the Senate Judiciary Committee for the 117th Congress, and the assignment of Chairs and Ranking Members to these Subcommittees. Durbin reconstituted the Human Rights and the Law Subcommittee, the first standing body of the Senate dedicated to human … Continue Reading


February 09, 2021

Durbin, Grassley Announce Nomination Hearing Date for Judge Merrick Garland, Biden Nominee for Attorney General

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today announced that the Committee will hold a nomination hearing for Judge Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden's nominee to be U.S. Attorney General, on Monday, February 22 and Tuesday, February 23. The Committee will vote to advance Judge Garland's nomination on Monday, March 1 after all Committee members … Continue Reading


February 04, 2021

Durbin & Graham Introduce the Dream Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), incoming Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) today introduced the Dream Act of 2021, which would allow immigrant students without lawful status who were brought here as children and grew up in the United States to earn lawful permanent residence and eventually American citizenship. Durbin and Graham introduced identical legislation in the last two sessions of Congress. These young people, known as Dreamers, … Continue Reading


February 04, 2021

Durbin Meets with Civil Rights Leaders on Judiciary Committee Priorities

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, met with Wade Henderson, Interim President and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.; and Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP. During their call, the group discussed civil and human rights priorities, including criminal justice reform, voting rights, policing … Continue Reading


February 04, 2021

Twenty Years Since It Was First Introduced, Durbin Calls On The Senate To Finally Make The Dream Act The Law Of The Land

WASHINGTON - Twenty years since he first introduced the Dream Act, U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, called on the Senate to finally make the bipartisan Dream Act the law of the land. The bill would allow immigrant students who were brought here as children and grew up in the United States to earn lawful permanent residence and eventually American citizenship. Durbin, along with Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), will introduce the Dream Act … Continue Reading


February 03, 2021

Durbin Discusses Justice Department Priorities With Kristen Clarke, Nominee For Assistant Attorney General For DOJ Civil Rights Division

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), incoming Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today met with Kristen Clarke, President Joe Biden's nominee be the Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Civil Rights Division. During their Zoom call, Durbin and Clarke discussed the importance of working closely together on DOJ priorities, including reinvigorating DOJ's protection of Americans' civil rights and voting rights, combating hate crimes and domestic … Continue Reading


February 03, 2021

Durbin Statement On President-Elect Biden's Attorney General Nominee, Merrick Garland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today issued the following statement on President-elect Joe Biden's announcement that he would nominate Merrick Garland to be U.S. Attorney General: "I applaud President-elect Biden's nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to be the next Attorney General of the United States. An Illinois native, Judge Garland has dedicated his career to public service and to upholding the rule of law. He is clearly well-qualified to serve as our … Continue Reading


February 02, 2021

Durbin: Delaying Judge Garland's Confirmation Hearing Risks Our National Security

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), incoming Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, spoke on the Senate floor to again urge current Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to schedule Judge Merrick Garland's confirmation hearing to be considered as the next U.S. Attorney General. Due to Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's unprecedented obstruction of the Senate organizing resolution, Graham is still Judiciary Committee Chairman and controls the Committee's agenda. … Continue Reading


February 02, 2021

Durbin Joins Senate Dems To Introduce Resolution Denouncing Pervasive Threat Of Domestic Terrorism And White Supremacy

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), incoming Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joined Senate Intelligence Committee Member Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Senate Democrats to introduce a resolution expressing the sense of the Senate on the imminent and pervasive threat of domestic terrorism, violent white supremacists, neo-Nazis, anti-government militias, and dangerous, fringe conspiracy … Continue Reading

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