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.
|By: David Dayen Monday December 10, 2012 6:35 am|
Staffers in this White House in particular float trial balloons on a continual basis on virtually every issue of importance to gauge public response, and the whole point of that exercise is to actually respond to it rather than not take it seriously. And if that’s the case, and the eligibility age conversation represented a trial balloon, I think we can say it’s been effectively and efficiently popped. Because over the weekend, Dick Durbin, perhaps the closest US Senator to the White House, criticized the idea.
|By: Jacob Swenson Wednesday December 5, 2012 2:20 pm|
Join other Chicagoans tomorrow – December 6th – in the Federal Plaza at Noon where we’ll be demanding that Senator Durbin stand up for our communities instead of championing the interests of Wall Street CEOs. Senator Durbin, the message is simple: revenue, not cuts.