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Senator Dick Durbin

Appropriations; Judiciary; Rules and Administration

“Responsible stewardship of the earth and its assets is something we owe to our children as well as to ourselves. I have long advocated on behalf of measures that protect America’s precious natural resources. Whether leading the fight to preserve our Great Lakes, championing the manufacturing and broad use of ethanol and renewable sources of energy, or cleaning up toxic waste sites, I am committed to a clean, healthy, and vibrant environment.”


Leadership: As a lifelong Illinois resident, Senator Durbin knows the Great Lakes and our waterways are vitally important to our way of life. He has helped restore Lake Michigan’s shoreline and protected the Lake and our rivers from toxic dumping and invasive species like the Asian Carp. Senator Durbin cosponsored the Great Lakes Ecological and Economic Protection Act of 2015, further showing his commitment to restoring and protecting the Lakes for future generations. He was also the author of the Great Lakes Water Protection Act and, with other Midwestern representatives from both parties, helped protect commerce along one of our most important waterways through the Mississippi River Navigation Sustainment Act. Senator Durbin also sponsored the Clean Cruise Ship Act of 2013, which establishes national standards and prohibitions for discharges from cruise vessels.

Senator Durbin sponsored:

  • S. 1375 (America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act of 2015)
  • S. 565 (Mississippi River Navigation Sustainment Act)
  • S. 1962 (Pullman National Historical Park Act)
  • S. 1359 (Clean Cruise Ship Act of 2013)

Senator Durbin cosponsored:

  • S. 504 (Great Lakes Ecological and Economic Protection Act of 2015)
  • S. 785 (FRAC Act: A bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to repeal a certain exemption for hydraulic fracturing, and for other purposes)
  • S. 896 (Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Act of 2015)
  • S. 1187 (America Implementing New National Opportunities To Vigorously Accelerate Technology, Energy, and Science Act)
  • S. 2089 (American Energy Innovation Act)
  • S. 2341 (A bill to designate a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness)
  • S. 2579 (Drinking Water Safety and Infrastructure Act)
  • S. 2587 (CLEAR Act: A bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to promulgate regulations to improve reporting, testing, and monitoring related to lead and copper levels in drinking water)
  • S. 2198 (Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2014)
  • S. 571 (Great Lakes Water Protection Act, 2013)
  • S. 801 (Prairie Protection Act of 2013)
  • S. 827 (Big Oil Bailout Prevention Trust Fund Act of 2013)
  • S. 828 (Big Oil Bailout Prevention Unlimited Liability Act of 2013)
  • S. 860 (Rural Energy Investment Act of 2013)
  • S. 1961 (Chemical Safety and Drinking Water Protection Act of 2014)
  • S. 7 (Extreme Weather Prevention and Resilience Act, 2013)
  • S. 3588 (Great Lakes Ecosystem Protection Act of 2012)