Sen. Dick Durbin expecting government shutdown

Sen. Dick Durbin expecting government shutdown

By Sean Sullivan, Published: September 29 at 12:27 pmE-mail the writer

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Sunday he expects a government shutdown, a prospect for which he blamed Republicans.

“I’m afraid I do” think the government will shut down, Durbin said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

Durbin blamed Republicans for bringing the country to the verge of a shut down, which will happen Tuesday if lawmakers don’t pass a new spending bill. The GOP-controlled House early Sunday amended a Senate-passed stopgap spending bill to include provisions aimed at delaying Obamacare and repealing the medical device tax. Continue reading “Sen. Dick Durbin expecting government shutdown”

Congress Looks Resigned to a Shutdown

Congress Looks Resigned to a Shutdown

Matt Berman 7 hours ago

Do you think the government is going to shut down? That’s what CBS’s Bob Schieffer asked Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill, on Face the Nation Sunday morning. “I’m afraid I do,” he said.

Right now, with a day and change left before the government shuts down if Congress can’t agree on how to fund it, Durbin’s prediction is looking pretty sage.

If for no other reason, that’s because with so little time left, the frame of the debate is still far from a position that could yield a real negotiation. On Sunday, Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Rand Paul, R-Ky., took up a line on the budget fight that seems to prime the government for a shutdown. “It’s not a good idea to give the president 100 percent of what he wants on Obamacare without compromise,” Paul said on Face the Nation. “We’ve been offering him compromises.” On Meet the Press, Ted Cruz said much the same thing:  Continue reading “Congress Looks Resigned to a Shutdown”

Durbin: ‘We’re Buying What We Can Get’ With Debt Ceiling Extension


Durbin: ‘We’re Buying What We Can Get’ With Debt Ceiling Extension

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Joining us now is the Senate Majority Whip, the number two Democrat in the leadership, Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois. Welcome to the program once again.

SENATOR DICK DURBIN: Good to be with you.

SIEGEL: You and other Senate Democratic leaders seem to regard the House deferring action on the debt ceiling as an olive branch. Meanwhile, House Democrats like George Miller say they’re tied to a three-month leash. What’s the good part of this deal that House Democrats don’t get? Continue reading “Durbin: ‘We’re Buying What We Can Get’ With Debt Ceiling Extension”

Momentum on Filibuster Reform

Today, activists will be delivering your message and thousands others to Sen. Dick Durbin and Sen. Mark Kirk in Washington, D.C.

Thanks to you, we are building momentum for significant changes to stop the misuse and abuse of the Senate filibuster.

But Sen. Dick Durbin and Sen. Mark Kirk need to hear from you TODAY, because some senators are pushing for a compromise that falls far short of what is needed to fix the filibuster problem. Call 1-866-937-5062 and tell them to publicly support strong rules reform by co-sponsoring Senate Resolution 4.

The filibuster used to be a way to draw attention to a critical issue. But now it’s abused as a tactic to take important bills off the table altogether.

Use of the procedural trick has skyrocketed in recent years, as corporate politicians have done everything possible to block popular progressive bills—even ones with majority support—from becoming law.

The only way we can hope to pass important legislation that’d shape a commonsense immigration process, stop rewarding corporations that offshore jobs or strengthen workers’ rights to make it easier for workers to organize for a voice on the job is to make it harder for a handful of senators to shut down debate.

Call your senators today at 1-866-937-5062 and tell them we want real reform of the Senate’s filibuster rule that ends the silent filibuster and keeps corporate politicians from blocking important legislation.

In Solidarity,

Nicole Aro
Digital Strategies Director, AFL-CIO


Senator: Congress can deal with ‘fiscal cliff’

Senator: Congress can deal with ‘fiscal cliff’

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. J. Scott Applewhite/AP

Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin, D-Ill., said on Sunday that while he is confident Congress can reach a deal to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff,” it will likely take several months to hammer out the details.

“If President Obama is re-elected, I believe we can avoid the fiscal cliff,” Durbin said during an appearance on Bloomberg’s new Capitol Gains Sunday show.

However, Durbin said he believed “only the broadest outlines” of a deal can be achieved when Congress returns for a lame-duck session following the November election. Continue reading “Senator: Congress can deal with ‘fiscal cliff’”