Senator Dick Durbin (IL) is the state’s senior Senator, and the Democratic Whip in the U.S. Senate. He is a champion for progressive values, and a leader in the fight to defend and build on the Affordable Care Act. He has led the fight against pharmaceutical companies to bring down the cost of prescription drugs, and led the effort to pass the bipartisan First Step Act, a landmark criminal justice reform law. He is a tireless advocate for comprehensive immigration reform, and first introduced the Dream Act in the Senate in 2001.
In office, Durbin co-sponsored the For the People Act, which is the most comprehensive anti-corruption and democracy reform bill to pass the House since Watergate. The bill is being denied a fair vote by Mitch McConnell, Senate Republicans, and special interests who control the U.S. Senate. The bill would take on dark money and foreign interference in our elections, fix our broken campaign finance system, tighten ethics laws, crack down on lobbyists, limit partisan gerrymandering used to manipulate elections, and expand and protect the right to vote. Durbin introduced the Fair Elections Now Act, which established the public financing small donor matching system included in the Senate version of the For The People Act.
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