Senator Dick Durbin

Senator Dick Durbin

Serving the people of Illinois. Democratic Whip.

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This morning I visited @ScottAFB  to meet with leadership and @IllinoisNG  about current base operations. Scott AFB is not only critical for our national defense, it’s a driving force for the Metro East economy.

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On #NationalFarmersDay , I’m thankful for our hardworking American farmers. In Illinois & across the the U.S., our farmers are an essential part of our nation’s communities & economy.

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A decade of inaction on e-cigarettes has led to 5 million children addicted to nicotine. @US_FDA  can’t wait any longer to act. #VapingTargetsKids 

Nearly 140,000 high schoolers suffer concussions every year according to @NFHS_Org , though many go unreported. Today, I introduced the Protecting Student Athletes from Concussions Act to help elementary and secondary schools prevent, identify, & treat concussions.

My bill would require states to adopt “when in doubt, sit it out” policies, which prevent student athletes suspected of having sustained a concussion from returning to play the same day and, after that, only once cleared by a qualified health care professional.

For too long, we’ve had the wrong mentality about the long-term dangers of concussions. These are serious injuries that can’t be shrugged off. Adopting the “when in doubt, sit it out” policy will help increase student health and safety in youth sports.

You can read more about my bill - and the various health care, athletic, and educational organizations that have endorsed it - here:

This morning, I joined @GovPritzker  & transportation leaders to announce a new collaboration with Chicago schools as part of the 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project. I’m proud to have worked to secure federal funding to help make this project a reality.

This project will enable faster and safer rail service. Partners are making an important investment in local students by introducing them to the fields of transportation & engineering through classroom activities, field trips, & internships.

President Trump supports ethanol? I'll believe it when I see it. Farmers built ethanol and biodiesel. This President unravels it.


94% of Americans (93% of gun owners) want background checks on every gun sale. Retweet if you do too.

BREAKING: Senate Democrats just tried to get Senate Republicans to adjourn for a few days and take the time to actually read their tax bill. RT if you agree that reading bills before they’re voted on is the least we can do.

Remember Brian Benczkowski? He represented Russia’s Alfa Bank and was a top staffer to then-Senator Sessions. Senate Republicans plan to vote next week to confirm him to head the DOJ Criminal Division.

I'm gravely concerned that the 14 criminal referrals from Special Counsel Mueller related to the investigation are under the supervision & control of AG Barr. He's virtually disqualified himself to be the kind of person we can expect to stand back & make sure justice is served.

White supremacists were responsible for every incident of race-based domestic terrorism in the U.S. in 2018. Every single one. But for some reason, the DOJ decided not to share this information with Congress despite my repeated requests. Why? There’s no good explanation.

No, Mr. President, not "many sides." There is one side with nazi flags and nazi salutes. America is not on that side.

Why won’t Sen. McConnell allow a vote on election security legislation? Ever since 2016, when our top intelligence chiefs urged him to speak up and he refused, he has consistently failed to stand up to Russia’s election interference. Inaction is putting our democracy at risk.

I cannot believe that in the history of the White House, in that Oval Office, any president has ever spoken the words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday. President Trump said things that were hate-filled, vile, and racist. He used those words repeatedly.