Published On: Tue, Dec 8th, 2015

Dick Durbin Quotes

This dozen … running for president on the Republican side, they’re trying to out-trump one another, get tougher with terrorists. Oh, they’re tough as can be in their speeches but when it comes down to their votes they’re nowhere to be found. – Dec. 7, 2015 on 2016 GOP candidates opposing gun control in the wake of the San Bernardino terrorist attack.

The United States leads the world in financial assistance for the Syrian refugee effort. But we have a moral obligation to do that and more…I call on the administration to accept 100,000 Syrian refugees. – Oct. 20, 2015 from the Senate floor.

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What the administration has posed is modest: 10,000. Too modest. As far as I am concerned, I believe we should be prepared to accept 100,000 — 100,000 Syrian refugees. – Sept. 15, 2015 on allowing Syrian “refugees” in the US.

For too many of America’s young people, pursuing a college education has become a one-way ticket to a lifetime of student loan debt. Giving student loan borrowers the option to opt into a lower interest rate by allowing them to refinance their loans will be a financial relief to millions of families in Illinois and America. I am happy to join Senator Warren on this important issue. – May 6, 2014, introducing the the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act, which would allow those with outstanding student loan debt to refinance at the lower interest rates currently offered to new borrowers. (Full story)

Whatever the motivation behind them, it’s clear these laws often go too far in encouraging confrontations that escalate into deadly violence…They’re resulting in unnecessary tragedies and they are diminishing accountability under our justice system. – Oct. 2013 on ending “Stand Your Ground Laws”

To those who feel politicians shouldn’t define who a journalist is, I’d remind them that they likely live in one of the 49 states, like Illinois, where elected officials have already made that decision. It’s long past time for Congress to create a federal law that defines and protects journalists. – on defining a journalist, Aug. 2013 – more coverage HERE

Well, I can just basically tell you if the narrative that is being presented on your station and through your channel and your network is that the Democrats are godless people, they ought to know better…God is not a franchise of the Republican Party. Those of us who believe in God and those of us who dedicated our lives to helping others in the name of God don’t want to take a second seat to anyone who is suggesting that one word out of the platform means that the Democrats across America are godless. – Sept. 2012, defending DNC removing God and Jerusalem from platform (Full coverage HERE)

I’m just telling you that you are harping on a trifle,” he said. “We know that both parties are devoted to this country. Both parties are God-fearing parties. Let’s get on with the agenda about creating jobs in America, about justice in this country.  – Sept. 2012, defending DNC removing God and Jerusalem from platform (Full coverage HERE)


On one occasion, the air conditioning had been turned down so far and the temperature was so cold in the room, that the barefooted detainee was shaking with cold. On another occasion, the [air conditioner] had been turned off, making the temperature in the unventilated room well over 100 degrees. The detainee was almost unconscious on the floor, with a pile of hair next to him. He had apparently been literally pulling his hair out throughout the night. On another occasion, not only was the temperature unbearably hot, but extremely loud rap music was being played in the room, and had been since the day before, with the detainee chained hand and foot in the fetal position on the tile floor…If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime–Pol Pot or others–that had no concern for human beings. Sadly, that is not the case. This was the action of Americans in the treatment of their prisoners. – June 14, 2005

I offer my apologies to those that were offended by my words. – June 22, 2005 apologizing for comparing the treatment of detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp to methods used by the Nazis, Soviets and other repressive regimes

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