Latest Richard Durbin News

Manchin says he wouldn't defy parliamentarian on immigration

Dec. 09, 2021 00:16 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pivotal Sen. Joe Manchin said Wednesday he'd vote to uphold the Senate parliamentarian's decision if she rules that immigration or other provisions should fall from Democrats’ huge social and environment bill, underscoring the party's uphill fight to keep some top priorities...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Dec. 08, 2021 14:49 PM EST

Jamestown Post-Journal. December 3, 2021. Editorial: State’s Green Energy Goals Come Home To Roost In Your BPU Bills The cost of New York’s clean energy program continues to go up for Board of Public Utilities users – though the state is doing its best to make...

Third inmate killed in new spate of federal prison violence

Dec. 06, 2021 23:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal prisoner at a high-security penitentiary in Colorado died Monday in an altercation with another inmate, marking the third time an inmate has been killed in a U.S. federal prison in the last month. Jamarr Thompson, 33, was pronounced dead Monday afternoon...

Time is no ally as Dems strain to finish Biden's $2T bill

Dec. 04, 2021 00:41 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — If President Joe Biden's $2 trillion social and environment package was a Broadway show, its seven months on Congress' stage could qualify it as a hit. But lawmaking isn't show business, and many Democrats worry that with the curtain falling soon on 2021, time is not their...

3rd worker at federal prison charged with sexual misconduct

Dec. 03, 2021 18:35 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal correctional officer at a women’s prison in California was charged Friday with sexually abusing an inmate, just months after the prison’s warden was arrested for similar conduct. The officer, John Russell Bellhouse, is the latest employee...

Time is no ally as Dems strain to finish Biden's $2T bill

Dec. 03, 2021 17:58 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — If President Joe Biden's $2 trillion social and environment package was a Broadway show, its seven months on Congress' stage could qualify it as a hit. But lawmaking isn't show business, and many Democrats worry that with the curtain falling soon on 2021, time is not their...

Roe 'settled' law? Justices' earlier assurances now in doubt

Dec. 03, 2021 07:53 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — During his confirmation to the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh convinced Sen. Susan Collins that he thought a woman’s right to an abortion was “settled law,” calling the court cases affirming it “precedent on precedent” that could not be casually overturned. ...

Durbin: Prisons chief has 'no intention of reforming' system

Dec. 02, 2021 16:41 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee lambasted the director of the beleaguered federal prison system on Thursday, saying he has “no intention of reforming the institution” and reiterating his call for the director to be immediately fired. ...

Inmate stabbed in eyeball in latest federal prison violence

Nov. 17, 2021 00:07 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — An inmate at the largest federal prison in the U.S. was stabbed in the eyeball by a fellow prisoner this month, the latest gruesome example of violence in a prison system plagued by chronic unrest, understaffing, corruption and abuse. The 27-year-old...

Durbin calls for Garland to remove federal prisons director

Nov. 16, 2021 10:51 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee demanded Tuesday that Attorney General Merrick Garland immediately fire the director of the beleaguered federal Bureau of Prisons after an Associated Press investigation detailing serious misconduct involving correctional...