Senator Dick Durbin has joined Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in opposing fast track trade authority for the Transpacific Partnership (TPP) as well as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Durbin’s opposition could signal the beginning of the end for the agreements as now prominent Democratic leaders in both the Senate and House are opposing giving the Obama Administration fast track trade authority for the controversial agreements.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday January 30, 2014 1:17 pm|
The Senate took an important step towards reforming the nation’s broken drug laws and fixing our out of control spending on prisons. In a bipartisan 13-5 vote the Senate Judiciary committee decided to send the Smarter Sentencing Act to the full Senate.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday October 23, 2013 11:30 am|
President Obama has always wanted a grand bargain to cut Social Security benefits. As long as he is in office it is a real concern, but every day it seems less and less likely Republicans would ever agree to work with him.
|By: DSWright Monday October 21, 2013 7:01 am|
Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin went on Fox News to promote a deal that would cut Social Security in exchange for tax increases.
|By: DSWright Tuesday October 1, 2013 9:10 am|
Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin is offering a concession to Republicans in hopes of ending the shutdown. The concession, a repeal of the medical device tax, would be acceptable if it was offset by other revenue. Medical device companies have considerable influence in DC and lobbied for a repeal of the tax on their products that helps pay for Obamacare.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday September 12, 2013 1:35 pm|
The Senate Judiciary Committee passed legislation that would establish a federal shield law for reporters or journalists in the United States. The legislation was amended, before passing out of committee, to define who would be a “covered journalist” under the proposed shield legislation.
|By: Jon Walker Friday March 22, 2013 12:30 pm|
The rather painless vote on a no strings attached temporary increase in the debt limit back in January and the easy passage of a continuing resolution this week made it seem as if the age of manufactured budget crises might finally be over. But apparently Speaker John Boehner is not ready to give up on them just yet. Yesterday, he said he was planning to hold the debt ceiling hostage once again.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday March 20, 2013 10:20 am|
One of the best pieces of news I have seen in awhile is that Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) is not very optimistic about a grand bargain being reached. He currently puts the odds at less than 50 percent.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday February 12, 2013 5:24 pm|
Journalists with the web-based project dedicated to bringing attention to the widespread use of solitary confinement, Solitary Watch, report the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) is going to be expanding the Thomson Correctional Center in Illinois to hold federal prisoners in supermax conditions. This means cells will be holding prisoners in conditions of solitary confinement and conflicts with plans by the Bureau to review the practice of solitary confinement in US prisons.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday December 13, 2012 11:49 am|
According to Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), one of Obama’s closest allies in the Senate, raising the Medicare age from 65 to 67 is no longer on the table.