Sen. Richard Durbin

Democrat  •  Illinois  •  4th Term  •  Sworn In 1997
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Homebuilt7 09/08/2010 2:55pm

Well, it looks like Obama did grant Durbins request for a “carp czar” and tossed in 80 million taxpayer dollars to boot.
Whoopie, more government spending.

AnnaSchaefer 09/01/2010 11:57pm

The College Debt Swap Act needs to get passed. These students are drowning in debt. With the College Debt Swap Act, we would get the same benefits as the Federal Student Loans have. We are not asking for a bailout. We want to repay our loans, but need a better structure in repayment that is allowed for the federal loans. This will allow these people to regain their buying power. We want to buy a home, raise a family and start new businesses, but with large debt due to the unforgiving interest rates and other fees these private lenders are allowed to saddle us with, we will never have our buying power. So how will the economy ever be strong with the majority of young, educated people at the mercy of these lenders? Please hear our pleas.

purplelilac3084 08/26/2010 6:17am

This is a disgrace that the president and senate are on vacation!
the economy is falling apart due to the socialist bills they have passed!
after spending ALL that money, the jobs have never been created.
They want to end the Bush tax cuts, so small businesses will be taxed!
That is going to create even more unemployment!
I have been going crazy to find a job, I am even enrolled in 5 Temporary Agencies, but of course, they are hit just as bad as I am.
The health care bill will tax them, the bush tax cuts will end, the financial bill will hurt them, so where are we going to get jobs from?
The President has said he don’t care if he is a one term president, as long as he gets his agenda! Please fire these senators in November!

klassylady25 07/12/2010 9:36am

Your argument on healthcare is the same argument that the whole Democratic party spouts. And now you’re saying that a viable solution was never give.

You mean they were never accepts. I watched the pony and cart show. You crammed the bill down our throats. You’re in charge. And Donald Berwick is a scary SOB.

You’re very out of touch. Get off your bottom and out of your island. Put down your written speech and talk about things opening and honestly.

(viewing you on cspan – July 12, 10.)

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pelmof 06/29/2010 4:36am

Dear Senator Durbin,
S.3520 needs to be passed immediately. There are 15 million Americans who are “unemployed through no fault of their own,” and who are also frantically attempting to find new jobs that do not exist. The majority of these 15 million have a family dependent upon their income, so that increases the number to possibly 30 or even 45 million Americans who are in imminent danger of losing everything. When this happens, the financial and moral ramifications for this country will be dire indeed. I’ll say it again— S.3520 needs to be passed immediately! Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.
FYI: I’m in the process of sending this message to every senator, and I’m a resident of Chicago.

Homebuilt7 06/26/2010 4:42am

Senator Durbin, we all know you are not a very bright bulb in the world of reality but a “carp czar”? How about you taking the position of “worthless government job” czar huh?

FreedomGal09 06/16/2010 4:30am

Vote yes for S. 941 BATFE Reform.

This bill corrects some misinterpretations by the BATFE which have resulted in problems in the past. This bill currently has wide bipartisan support so I am requesting you support it also.

WbGoerg 06/13/2010 11:09am

When are yall going to do something for the veterans and other people who are out of work, instead of just lining your own pockets and taking care of the corporations? Elections are coming up and I might not be able to pay my bills, but I can still vote.

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ShrinkTheState 03/24/2010 4:56am

Turbin Durbin is a traitor to America.

sokaro 03/17/2010 9:11pm
in reply to Anjou99999 Feb 26, 2010 12:00pm

If you haven’t noticed here Anjou… The Senate is 59 democrats, 40 republicans, and 1 independent. If the democratic majority of the congress can’t get it done then I suggest that we boot the lot of them out and elect people that can get the job done.

purplelilac3084 03/06/2010 7:24am

This man is a disgrace to our congress. I watch CSPAN and he spends money like it is free! Our country is going to be bankrupt, and they just don’t care that our children and grandchildren will be paying for our corrupt government, who has an agenda of taking away capitalism…You know, our FREEDOM! The healthcare bill is a disgrace and will make insurance costs go UP. The intelligent person knows that only TORT reform will lower premiums. The Democrats will not put this in the bill because the malpractice lawyers donate to them for their campaigns! CORRUPT is the word. The federal government does not have the RIGHT to make us buy anything! They are violating our constitutional right! I don’t know about you, but I am on uneployment and cannot afford any money for insurance, but the government doesn’t care, and will make me. I was a democrat, but switched because I was ashamed to be one.
Please vote out the senators, so we will have a chance of freedom!

Anjou99999 02/26/2010 12:00pm

Thank you for your valiant effort last night to extend Unemployment Benefits.
You do seem to be aware of the fact that people who are unemployed ( particularly long-term) have no safety net of savings,health care,retirement benefits to fall back on and are feeding our children check to check.

Obviously, the Republican Senate and Congress has no interest in bi-partisan
politics,and is only motivatated by ambition and political tactics. Enough kowtowing to them,stop wasting time on the vain hope of bi-partisanship,and get things done without them.That is what we want to see on C-Span, and the only way
it seems that anything will get done in Washington.

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rattso12 01/25/2010 8:30am
in reply to sjr Aug 31, 2009 8:54pm

You sir, have drunk too much from the socialist kool-aid bucket. Durbin, like Obama, is an enemy our constitution.

shan3131 01/07/2010 4:06pm

Please re-introduce Kevins law. Please support this bill!

kstace 01/07/2010 3:36am
in reply to bbolan Dec 01, 2009 5:25pm

Agreed! Why can’t we get this bill passed? It’s been years!

irishguy3m 12/06/2009 11:43am
in reply to bbolan Dec 01, 2009 5:25pm

Please! Give the USDA the power to stand up to the people that provide something as fundamental as our food. Refuse to let money impact the scales of justice and re-introduce a bill that, I think, most people would say is common sense. I am so glad someone said it.

bbolan 12/01/2009 5:25pm

Please support Kevin’s Law — re introduce this bill. watch Food Inc. and you will understand. People will get behind this.

ramonalp 10/28/2009 6:13am

TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE!!!! We our losing our homes and at risk of being displaced, can’t feed our families, our utilities are in jeopardy of being shut-off!! This will be the catalyst that will seemingly rip our families apart and destroy the “family unit” as we know it!!! We our in unemployment crisis!!! Why are our “Public Officials” NOT hearing our voices?! I too, would like to know why our Democratic Senators have NOT pushed this bill through, and it still has NOT been passed!!! I too, think we might be better served through the media!!!! In addition we NEED to exercise our right…of DISSATISFACTION…at the voting poll!! Again, please ask our Senators, “What have you done for us lately”?!

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robinjuhl 09/26/2009 6:47am

I would like to know why the Senate is sitting on the unemployment extension. Bill hr.3548 went through the House very fast. They even moved the voting up a day to vote on it. It is like the bill went to the Senate to die. We are not hearing anything about it. Please go to and see what the country is saying about the bill. It is an eye opener. People are starting to contact the news media instead of the Congressmen. Maybe there will be some action on this. Please ask the other Senators to act on this bill. It is considered an emergency bill. Healthcare is not the only important issue this country is facing

dlramsey69 09/18/2009 6:00pm

Mister Senator,
I have one question for you. The H.R.45 – Blair Holt’s Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009. What are your thoughts on this bill? Will be become as the citizens of Australia, China, Malaysia, and other countries? Will we not have the right to defend our self without having to submit to the government saying if we can or cannot have a gun and then be taxed on each gun. This bill only puts more illegal guns out on the street and puts the law abiding citizens in more danger as that we would not be able to have protection of our home and property. Some people can’t afford the taxes we are forced to pay now. Then if this bill passes we will be taxed on our right to bear arms. Where will this all end?
Don Ramsey

sjr 08/31/2009 8:54pm
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dona – you do not speak for me or the majority of Sen. Durbin’s constituents. The majority of people in this country want health reform, including a strong public option. Personally, I would like to see single payer enacted but I will compromise for a strong public option. I appreciate all the Senator has done for the state and the country and ask that he continue to fight for real health reform.

dona 08/29/2009 4:15pm

I have tried to contact the senator quite a few times. The only response I received was on the bailout. His form letter said that while he valued my opinion (yada,yada,yada)…he voted how HE THOUGHT BEST FOR HIS CONSTITUENTS. How condescending and arrogant. The majority of his constituents said no. AND WE ARE NOW SAYING NO on the healthcare debacle. The senator disregards his constituents and focuses on his PARTY’S power. He refuses to take his oath seriously. We, the people, should vote NO on Senator Durbin.

Mad in Illinois

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