(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.
(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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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.
(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.
(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.
2 p.m. ET - The Senate's number two Democrat was very candid in a gaggle with a few of us just now that the Senate is likely to adjourn late next week – a week earlier than planned.
"I think we're going to try to get out of here next week if we can," Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill, said.
"Why?" I asked.
(CNN) - Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, was released from University of Chicago Medical Center Friday night after undergoing surgery to have a small tumor removed from his stomach.
"At approximately 7pm last night, Sen. Dick Durbin was discharged from University of Chicago Medical Center where he was recovering after having a small tumor removed." Durbin spokesman Joe Shoemaker said in statement to CNN. "Durbin expects to resume a light schedule in a few days and a full schedule next week."
The senior Illinois Senator underwent surgery Thursday to have a small gastro-intestinal stromal tumor (GIST) removed from his stomach.
According to Durbin's doctors, there was no evidence that the tumor had spread beyond the site from which it was removed.
Washington (CNN)– Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, the Democrats' number two man in the Senate, underwent surgery Thursday to remove a small, potentially cancerous tumor from his stomach, his office announced.
Durbin's doctors said the mass was completely removed during surgery at the University of Chicago Medical Center, and there was no sign of cancer in the senator's stomach or esophagus, according to the statement. A Durbin spokesman said there was "no evidence that the tumor had spread beyond the site from which it was removed."
A full biopsy will be conducted, but his office said "preliminary biopsy results demonstrate a favorable prognosis." According to the statement, doctors said they did not expect further treatment to be needed after his recovery.
Washington (CNN) - The number two Democrat in the Senate, who has close ties to the White House, is urging Rep. Joe Sestak to come clean.
Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin told CNN Tuesday that the Pennsylvania Democrat should fully explain whether Obama administration officials pressed him to drop his Democratic primary challenge to Sen. Arlen Specter in exchange for a job.
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"At some point I thing Congressman Sestak needs to make it clear what happened," Durbin told CNN. Sestak has refused to reveal whom he spoke with at the White House about a job offer.
Sestak made the claim in February when he was still trailing Specter, who had the backing of the White House, in the polls. Sestak captured the Pennsylvania Democratic Senate nomination last week.
Aides to President Obama have acknowledged that conservations took place between White House aides and Sestak during the campaign, but said nothing improper took place. Still, administration officials have also refused to divulge who talked to Sestak.