Political gas wars
March 13th, 2011
02:14 PM ET
4 years ago

Political gas wars

Washington (CNN) – A leading Democrat called for President Obama to tap the Strategic Petroleum Reserves to prevent rising gas prices from harming the economic recovery.

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois said the president is right to consider putting "the oil we have in reserve into the economy."
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Filed under: Dick Durbin • TV-State of the Union
Political punches thrown at Obama over budget debate
March 13th, 2011
11:00 AM ET
4 years ago

Political punches thrown at Obama over budget debate

Washington (CNN) - While Congress debates how to continue funding the government, the political debate Sunday centered on the president’s involvement in the negotiations.

Republican Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona blamed the Democrats, who controlled the House and Senate before the midterm elections, for the current budget battles and touted the Republican plan to fund the government for the remainder of this fiscal year.
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Filed under: Dick Durbin • Jon Kyl • Kevin McCarthy • TV-State of the Union
Senators signal broader approach on budget than spending cuts alone
March 6th, 2011
03:30 PM ET
4 years ago

Senators signal broader approach on budget than spending cuts alone

Washington (CNN) - Amid the partisan political posturing of Sunday talk shows, indications emerged of how a congressional budget compromise might take shape even as a stop-gap deal remains elusive.

Two influential senators - Democrat Dick Durbin of Illinois and Republican John McCain of Arizona - both said any lasting solution to mounting federal deficits and debt must include more than the discretionary nonsecurity spending targeted by House Republicans.

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Filed under: Budget • Dick Durbin • John Kerry • John McCain
Message from senators: Tone it down
January 9th, 2011
11:01 AM ET
4 years ago

Message from senators: Tone it down

(CNN) - Following the Saturday shootings in Arizona, senators on both sides of the aisle cautioned against inflamed rhetoric in political discourse while previewing actions of Congress in the weeks ahead.

On Sunday, Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin said violent words and images have become too "pervasive in our discussion of political issues."
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Filed under: Arizona • Congress • Dick Durbin • Lamar Alexander • TV-State of the Union
December 12th, 2010
12:23 PM ET
4 years ago

Durbin pushes for tax vote

(CNN) -- Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin said Sunday that Democrats "will need Republican support" to pass a tax package negotiated by President Obama with Republicans, though he declined to say whether he thinks the deal will pass the Senate.

In an interview on CNN's "State of the Union," Durbin, D-Illinois, said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, has "promised" GOP backing on the deal to extend tax cuts.
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Filed under: Dick Durbin • State of the Union • Taxes
December 12th, 2010
11:00 AM ET
What will the Senate do now?
November 28th, 2010
11:09 AM ET
4 years ago

What will the Senate do now?

(CNN) - Senate leaders disagreed Sunday over if and when to ratify a new arms control treaty with Russia.

Republican Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl said Congress has more urgent business to address than the New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) when they continue the lame-duck session this week.
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Filed under: Claire McCaskill • Congress • Dick Durbin • Jon Kyl • START treaty
November 9th, 2010
01:58 PM ET
4 years ago

Political Circus: Senator makes a leap to the big screen

Washington (CNN) - Politics is serious business - but not all of the time. From the halls of Congress to the campaign trail, there's always something that gets a laugh. Here are some of the things you might have missed.

Does he get SAG points?

The St. Louis Business Journal reports that Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, is filming a scene in Chicago on Tuesday for director Steven Soderbergh's movie, "Contagion."

Durbin joked that his appearances on C-SPAN have "prepared me for this historic moment in my life, but I'm still a little nervous. All I can think of is going on too long with the thank-you list in my Oscar acceptance speech."

No word yet on if he gets Screen Actors Guild benefits.

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Filed under: Dick Durbin • Political Circus
September 26th, 2010
12:28 PM ET
4 years ago

Will Rahm run for the 'greatest job'?

(CNN) - If Rahm Emanuel wants to run for mayor of Chicago–and it's pretty safe to say he wants to–he may have to do it without the endorsement of a big name in Illinois politics.

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, the state's senior senator, declined to endorse Emanuel for mayor Sunday on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley.

"I have said publicly to Rahm Emanuel, if you want to run, you can't do it from the White House. You need do it from the loop in Chicago," Durbin said, referring to the Windy City's major downtown commercial center.

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Filed under: Chicago mayoral race • Dick Durbin • Rahm Emanuel
September 26th, 2010
11:29 AM ET
4 years ago

Durbin says Democrats don't have votes for tax extension

(CNN) – Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, the second most powerful Democrat in the Senate, said Sunday that his party does not have the votes they need to pass a tax cut extension for families making less than $250,000 a year.

"I can count, and I know you can too," Durbin told CNN's Candy Crowley on State of the Union. "We have 59 Democrats and not a single Republican in the Senate supports our position."

Democrats need 60 votes in the Senate to overcome a Republican filibuster and pass their tax extension legislation.

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Filed under: Dick Durbin • issues • Senate Democrats • State of the Union
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