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Richard Durbin

Richard Joseph "Dick" Durbin (born November 21, 1944) is the senior United States Senator from Illinois and the Senate Majority Whip, the second ... More »Richard Joseph "Dick" Durbin (born November 21, 1944) is the senior United States Senator from Illinois and the Senate Majority Whip, the second highest position in the Democratic Party leadership in the Senate. Born in East St. Louis, Illinois, he graduated from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and Georgetown University Law Center. Working in state legal counsel throughout the 1970s, he made an unsuccessful run for Lieutenant Governor of Illinois in 1978. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982, representing the Springfield-based 20th congressional district. In 1996 he won election to the U.S. Senate by an unexpected 15-point margin. He has served as Senate Democratic Whip since 2005, and assumed his current title when the Democratic Party obtained a majority in 2007. As a member of the Democratic leadership, he has a record as one of the most liberal members of Congress. Durbin was born in East St. Louis, Illinois to an Irish-American father,... [ Wikipedia ]

Why Democrats Might Cave On Social Security Cuts

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An Ominous Letter From Sen. Dick Durbin Raises Threats To The First Amendment

Senator Richard Durbin (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Whether it is journalists and their sources being investigated and subpoenaed by the Department of Justice, certain nonprofits’ applications for tax-exempt status being subjected to exceptional scrutiny and delay by the Internal Revenue ...

White House Denies Dick Durbin Claim That GOP Leader “Cannot Even Stand to Look At” Obama

Senate Majority Whip Sen. Richard Durbin answers questions from members of the media after a caucus with Senate Democrats July 25, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The White House spokesman has denied outright an incendiary claim from the Senate’s second-ranking Democrat, Dick ...

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Senate leaders race to draft debt-limit bill after House effort collapses

Republicans have made their base happy. And almost no one else. Get the latest news on the budget fight and a possible government shutdown in this daily newsletter. But it was unclear whether an agreement between Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell ...

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Harry Reid Released From Hospital

Senate Assistant Majority Leader Richard Durbin earlier said that he had spoken with Reid. "He sounds hale and hearty and anxious to get home and then back to work," Durbin said on the Senate floor Friday afternoon. "We look forward to that happening when he returns to this desk ...

Budget Deal in U.S. Would Reduce Automatic Spending Cuts

Negotiations are “making progress, moving in the right direction,” Richard Durbin, the No. 2 Senate Democrat, said on ABC’s “This Week” yesterday. “They haven’t closed a deal.” “They are really close to a deal,” said Ed Lorenzen, a senior adviser to the Committee for a Responsible ...

Government Shutdown Would Have Major Effect On New York

Affordable Care Act, Congress, Effect, government shutdown, New York, Obamacare, President Barack Obama, Sen. Rand Paul, Sen. Richard Durbin, Tara Mergener, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate WASHINGTON (CBSNewYork) — The countdown to a government shutdown is on, with the ...

'We cannot even stand to look at you'

... in a Facebook post that a leading House Republican told President Obama to his face that he and other Senate Republicans could not “even stand to look at you.” This rater revealing comment came, according to Sen. Richard Durbin [Unlink] (D-Ill.) during negotiations over the government shutdown...

SAUERBREY: The Durbin inquisition

How does a conservative group know it is doing something right? It’s a pretty good clue when a heavy-handed leftist U.S. senator attempts to intimidate its supporters. Sen. Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, has sent a chilling letter to some 300 organizations and individuals who are ...

Think tanks defy senator's intimidation durbin, cato, sen

" Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., left, is shown with other lawmakers as they watch President Barack Obama sign a student loan bill, Aug. 9. at the White House. Given the Illinois lawmaker's remarks, we imagine it was quite the unpleasant surprise for leaders of two free-market think tanks ...

Senate Democrats look for help from Republicans to pass budget deal

Richard Durbin, the Senate majority whip, estimated that about eight Republicans were needed to support the bill. “The struggle is still on in the United States Senate,” he told CBS’s Face the Nation. “I feel we’ll have a good, strong showing from the Democratic side. But we need ...

Obama Offers Second Chance For Missouri Court Nominee : NPR

" Sen. Richard Durbin, a Democrat from Illinois, followed up with Ashcroft himself. "Sen. Ashcroft, did you treat Ronnie White fairly? " Durbin asked. "I believe that I acted properly in carrying out my duties as a member of the committee and as a member of the Senate in relation ...

10 Ways To Reduce Prison Overcrowding And Save Taxpayers Millions

The fix: A recent bill introduced by Sens. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt. ) in the Senate, and an identical proposal unveiled last week by Reps. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) and Raul Labrador (R-Idaho), among others, would ...

Statue Of Liberty Reopens Amid Government Shutdown

From left are, Washington Mayor Vincent Gray, Reid, Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., and Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) As the federal government shutdown continues, Tory Anderson, right, with her kids Audrey, 7, and Kai...

Democrats wouldn't reject U.S. budget deal over jobless aid: senator

U.S. Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) talks with reporters near the U.S. Senate floor at the U.S. Capitol during immigration debates in Washington, June 20, 2013. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A senior Democrat said on Sunday he hoped an emerging deal on the U.S. budget would include an extension ...

Senate confirms new Homeland Security deputy and IRS chief

Democrats postpone final approval of Janet L. Yellen as Federal Reserve chairwoman in a cease-fire with Republicans before adjourning for the year. Alejandro Mayorkas was approved by the Senate for the No. 2 job at the Homeland Security Department with no Republican votes. (J. Scott Applewhite ...

Treasury bill rates rise, U.S. stocks fall as Washington talks stall

Senator Richard Durbin, the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate, said Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell would have to wait for some signal on the next steps from House Speaker John Boehner before he takes any further moves. The dollar fell against the yen to 98.13 yen following ...

Federal Reserve Fights Durbin Ruling

The Durbin Amendment -- named after Senator Richard Durbin (D., Ill.) -- is part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which President Obama signed into law in July 2010. The Durbin Amendment placed limits on the interchange fees paid by merchants to large ...

Congress OKs new IRS chief, ends turbulent year

2 Senate Democratic leader Richard Durbin of Illinois. "Unfortunately, it appears we're going to stay in that state for at least a short period. " Durbin was running the Senate Friday because Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., was hospitalized overnight after complaining about ...

House GOP, White House seeking end to budget fight

Photo: Charles Dharapak, AP A Marine honor guard stands watch as reporters wait for comment... From left, Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill., Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. and Senate Budget Committee Chair Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. ...

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