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ENG: 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 ...
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Sen. Durbin: Social Security Cuts Should Not Be Ruled Out

Senator Dick Durbin, D-Ill., says the bi-partisan group of senators working to find a way to reduce the deficit -- the so-called "Gang of Six" -- is near agreement on a plan that will chart a middle ground between the House Republican budget and the plan outlined last week by President Obama. And while other top Democrats say Social Security should be untouched, Durbin says Social Security changes should be made now. "You have the House Republican budget from Congressman Paul Ryan, who I know and like, which is going to be placed somewhere on the right side of the spectrum. You have the ...

Dick Durbin holds Muslim rights hearings

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin said it wasn’t a response to Republican Rep. Peter King’s comments at a congressional hearing this month on post-Sept. 11 Islamic radicalization and terrorism — but it sure seemed like it. The Illinois Democrat’s hearing Tuesday on anti-Muslim bigotry — the first congressional hearing of its kind — was an opportunity for Democrats to present Muslim-Americans in a different light: as a community that is facing growing discrimination and intolerance. Durbin noted that King, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland ...

Sen. Dick Durbin Writes a Letter to Baidu

Are Baidu and Facebook cooking something up for China? U.S. Senator Richard Durbin (D, Ill.) wants to know, too. The assistant Senate majority leader wrote a letter this week asking about rumors that have been circulating about a potential partnership between the two companies, expressing concerns that the Baidu doesn’t take measures to protect its users’ rights to freedom of expression and privacy, and asking what the company would do to protect users if it launches a social-networking service with Facebook. “As a member of the U.S. Congress, I am especially concerned ...

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Allies of Immigration Bill Aim for Added Support
Backers of the legislation headed to the Senate floor were mobilizing to bring more Republicans on board by focusing on strengthening its border-security provisions.
Wind Down the War on Terrorism? Republicans Say No
Republican lawmakers assailed President Obama’s vision, using talk show appearances to accuse him of misunderstanding the terror threat in a way that will embolden unfriendly nations.
On the Sunday Morning Talk Shows, a Rather Familiar Cast of Characters
Politicians like Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Richard J. Durbin are perennial guests on the networks’ political news programs.
Immigration Forum Planned to Pressure Congressman
Two Democratic senators say they will hold a forum in the district of Representative Steve King to pressure him after he said that some young illegal immigrants were drug mules.

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