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Durbin and Schumer Split Up

Schumer and Durbin are moving out. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Senate's longstanding D.C. roommates have gone their separate ways.  

Democratic Sens. Richard J. Durbin of Illinois and Charles E. Schumer of New York had long rented space in a Capitol Hill row house owned by Rep. George Miller.  

Bipartisan Bedfellows Push Overhaul of Prison, Sentencing Systems

Booker, left, wants to continue working on prison overhaul. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With Republicans set to have control of both chambers of Congress, there has been no shortage of talk of leaving the dysfunction of the 113th Congress behind and focusing on areas of compromise in the coming year.  

One possible area (which is off most political radars) is overhauling the prison and sentencing systems, an issue on which Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky.; Cory Booker, D-N.J.; Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., and Mike Lee, R-Utah, agree. They'll all still be around in the 114th Congress.

Durbin, Reed, Warren Seek Executive Action to Combat 'Inversion'

Warren is among Democrats urging the president to take executive action on corporate inversions. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A trio of liberal Senate Democrats want President Barack Obama to make use of his "pen and phone" to cut down on corporate "inversions."  

In a new letter, Sens. Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, Jack Reed of Rhode Island and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts seek executive action to reduce or eliminate tax preferences that come along with the business practice, in which a U.S. company will acquire an overseas company and then be based in the foreign country, at least on paper. The practice has increased in popularity as a tax-avoidance strategy.  

Coburn, Udall Pushing Senators to Keep Earmark Moratorium

Udall would not support the return of earmarks. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A bipartisan duo is circulating a letter touting support for maintaining the moratorium on earmarks by the legislative branch.  

Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and Mark Udall, D-Colo., are spearheading the newest effort.  

FDA E-Cig Regulations Disappoint Democrats, Cheer Industry

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Several Democratic lawmakers who have pushed for the FDA to draft e-cig regulations to treat the electronic cigarettes like their traditional counterparts aren't happy.  

A group led by Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin of Illinois and House Energy and Commerce Ranking Democrat Henry Waxman of California had issued a report last week blasting marketing practices by the e-cig industry.  

Durbin Tweets Happy Birthday to Wrigley Field — Doesn't Mention the Lights

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The celebration of Wrigley Field's 100th birthday wouldn't be complete without hearing from the senior senator from Illinois.  

Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin Tweeted his congratulations Wednesday afternoon:

Ban on E-Cig Sales, Marketing to Children Pushed by Durbin, Waxman

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E-cigarette sales and marketing to children will soon be banned and flavorings could be restricted by the federal government if two senior congressional Democrats get their way.  

Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin of Illinois and House Energy and Commerce ranking member Henry A. Waxman of California want the Obama administration to regulate e-cigarette products the same way as traditional tobacco products. On Monday, they touted the findings of a report they commissioned with several other Democratic lawmakers finding that a number of e-cig brand manufacturers are marketing to children.  

Durbin, Democrats Rip E-Cigarettes as 'Candy-Flavored Poisons,' Want Ban on Sale to Children

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Seven Senate Democrats are calling on the Food and Drug Administration to regulate electronic cigarettes, citing a new report on nicotine poisoning.  

The senators, led by Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, asked FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg in a new letter to regulate newly-developed nicotine products.  

Top Intelligence Appropriator Blasts CIA, Wants Torture Report Released

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CIA Director John O. Brennan is facing new pressure from the Senate Democrat in charge of the agency's secret budget.  

Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin of Illinois, who doubles as the chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, sent a lengthy missive Thursday to Brennan backing concerns raised by Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and calling for declassification of a torture report prepared by the Intelligence panel.