Despite debt impasse, behind-the-scenes talks continue
July 25th, 2011
08:44 PM ET
3 years ago

Despite debt impasse, behind-the-scenes talks continue

Washington (CNN) - Even as the impasse over the debt ceiling continues, behind-the-scenes talks are underway between Democratic and Republican leaders about a bipartisan deal to end the crisis, according to two Senate leaders intimately involved in the situation.

"There are still discussions going on," said Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate. "Everybody's talking."
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Filed under: Debt • Deficit • Dick Durbin • Jon Kyl
Top Senate Dems say not enough time to pass Gang of Six plan
July 19th, 2011
06:50 PM ET
3 years ago

Top Senate Dems say not enough time to pass Gang of Six plan

Washington (CNN) - The top two Democrats in the Senate said they don't think there is enough time before the debt ceiling is reached Aug. 2 to pass the comprehensive debt reduction plan unveiled Tuesday by the Gang of Six debt negotiators.

"The Gang of Six plan has not been drafted nor has it been scored by the CBO (Congressional Budget Office)," said Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the Assistant Majority Leader and a member of the debt gang who supports the compromise. "It's not ready for prime time."
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Filed under: Debt • Deficit • Democrats • Dick Durbin • Harry Reid • Senate
Debt gang to unveil plan to other senators Tuesday
Senate Budget Chairman Kent Conrad, D-North Dakota
July 18th, 2011
07:59 PM ET
3 years ago

Debt gang to unveil plan to other senators Tuesday

Washington (CNN) – Members of a bipartisan group of senators who worked for months to forge an agreement to make deep reductions in the federal debt will unveil a plan to slash trillions of dollars off that debt over the next 10 years.

The former Gang of Six members will reveal their plan privately Tuesday to a group of 40 to 50 senators.
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Filed under: Debt • Deficit • Dick Durbin • Kent Conrad • Saxby Chambliss • Tom Coburn
Durbin says Democrats are considering McConnell’s fallback option
July 12th, 2011
07:56 PM ET
2 years ago

Durbin says Democrats are considering McConnell’s fallback option

Washington (CNN)- A back-up plan proposed by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell that would keep the U.S. government from defaulting on its debts next month is viable and under consideration by Senate Democrats, according to Sen. Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the chamber.

“We’re talking about it as one of the options, yes,” Durbin said in response to a question about whether the McConnell plan is viable.
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Durbin on Weiner's 'serious problems'
June 9th, 2011
07:38 PM ET
3 years ago

Durbin on Weiner's 'serious problems'

Washington (CNN) – The number two Democrat in the Senate alluded to a quote from former President Woodrow Wilson Thursday when asked about the political scandal involving Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-New York.

"Don't murder someone who is already committing suicide," Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois said.
"I think he has some serious problems that will not go away soon," he added.
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Filed under: Anthony Weiner • Dick Durbin
'Gang of Six' senators make rare public appearance
May 25th, 2011
07:41 PM ET
3 years ago

'Gang of Six' senators make rare public appearance

WASHINGTON (CNN) – In what could be the Washington equivalent of a Komodo dragon spotting, senators known as the Gang of Six made a rare public appearance on Wednesday – at least some of them.

At the Peter G. Peterson Foundation's Fiscal Summit held in Washington, four of the six original members of the bipartisan group working toward a deficit reduction plan sat down to a panel discussion. Though the senators withheld the details of their deficit reduction plan, they did give some insight into how the group works.
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Filed under: Debt • Deficit • Dick Durbin • Saxby Chambliss • Tom Coburn
Top Democrat says Coburn walked away from deficit deal
May 22nd, 2011
10:34 AM ET
3 years ago

Top Democrat says Coburn walked away from deficit deal

Washington (CNN) - Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, a member of the bipartisan so-called "gang of six," said the group reached a deal before Republican Sen. Tom Coburn dropped out Tuesday.

"We were ready to announce as far as I was concerned and then Sen. Coburn said no I'm not part of this and walked away," Durbin said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." "The question now is whether senators on both sides of the aisle, Democrat and Republican will step up and say don't stop. We need to do this together, we need to sacrifice and make concessions on both sides if we're ever going to solve this national problem."
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Filed under: Deficit • Dick Durbin • Tom Coburn • TV-State of the Union
Republican Rep.: Congress deserves to be 'tarred and feathered’
April 10th, 2011
10:52 AM ET
3 years ago

Republican Rep.: Congress deserves to be 'tarred and feathered’

Washington (CNN) - Fresh off the debate to avoid a government shutdown, Republican Rep. Jeb Hensarling and Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin expressed cautious optimism following the resolution, while gearing up politically for the debt ceiling drama.

Hensarling, the chairman of the House Republican Conference, explained two ways to view the budget negotiations.
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Alec Baldwin on Capitol Hill
April 6th, 2011
06:03 PM ET
3 years ago

Alec Baldwin on Capitol Hill

Washington (CNN) - Actor Alec Baldwin made a cameo on Capitol Hill Wednesday, advocating for a bill aimed at changing finance regulations for congressional elections.

At a press conference accompanied by Democrats Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin and Connecticut Rep. John Larson, and Maine Rep. Chellie Pingree. Baldwin stressed the importance of "reducing the influence of corporate lobbyists and special interest money."
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Filed under: Campaign finance • Dick Durbin
Senate hearing looks at anti-Muslim bigotry
Democratic Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois questions a witness testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee's Constitution, Civil Rights, Human Rights, and the Law Subcommittee on 'Protecting the Civil Rights of American Muslims' during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, March 29, 2011.
March 29th, 2011
02:00 PM ET
3 years ago

Senate hearing looks at anti-Muslim bigotry

Washington (CNN) - When Sen. Richard Durbin called a hearing on anti-Muslim bigotry, his office insisted it was not a response to a controversial House hearing that recently examined the threat of home-grown terrorism.

"Terrorism is not the subject of today's hearing," Durbin, D-Illinois, said in his opening remarks.

But two Senate Republicans said they couldn't discuss the Muslim-American community without looking at its potential for radicalization. Earlier this month, Rep. Peter King, R-New York, prompted a flurry of controversy and media attention by tackling "the radicalization of American Muslims" in a separate hearing.

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Filed under: Congress • Dick Durbin • Senate
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