36 Total Quotes

Richard Durbin Quotes

We will initiate at the beginning of next year one of the most serious debates about civil rights and individual liberties in our history.
Richard Durbin
#Beginning

At a time when we see around the world the violent consequences of the assumptions of religious authority by government, Americans may count themselves fortunate. Our regard for constitutional boundaries has protected us from similar travails while allowing private religious exercise to flourish. Those who would renegotiate the boundaries between church and state must answer a difficult question: Why would we trade a system that has served us so well for one that has served others so poorly?
Richard Durbin
#Authority

The time couldn't be better to move this forward, because we've now moved our focus from food safety to include food security,
Richard Durbin
#Focus

We hope before the end of the week the Senate Intelligence Committee will reach an agreement to move forward in this important phase of the intelligence investigation,
Richard Durbin
#Agreement

It is very difficult to track how this man, who gave us such misleading information before the invasion of Iraq -- now under active investigation for endangering American troops --- is now the toast of the town in the Department of the Treasury and Department of State,
Richard Durbin
#Information

we cannot put off the debate over the best course for the future. . . . We do not honor our fallen soldiers simply by adding to their numbers.
Richard Durbin
#Debate

We cannot allow our nation to drift into a war without end in Iraq, ... We do not honor fallen soldiers simply by adding to their numbers.
Richard Durbin
#Honor

following the arrest of Rosa Parks, Judge Johnson ruled that African-Americans of Montgomery, Alabama, were acting within their constitutional rights when they organized a boycott of the buses and that Martin Luther King Jr. and others could march from Selma to Montgomery.
Richard Durbin
#Acting And Actors

We are certain the president will speak to issues relative to terrorism and security, North Korea and Iraq,
Richard Durbin
#Iraq

But our issues and our focus should not just be on Baghdad but on the issues that moms and dads across America are truly concerned about every single day.
Richard Durbin
#Focus

There was nothing that we heard today to suggest that we are coming out of Iraq soon. There is no indication from the president or the leadership that they have a plan that will bring our troops home soon.
Richard Durbin
#Iraq

And in terms of the capability of the Iraqis to fend for themselves, defend their country, there's been no clear indication from this administration that they have the stand-up capability to do that. And until that happens, there is no end in sight,
Richard Durbin
#Country

There is absolutely no evidence that the president knowingly misled the American people,
Richard Durbin
#People

But it is clear that those around [Bush] misled him, and misled the American people indirectly, by making certain that there were claims made that couldn't be backed up with evidence.
Richard Durbin
#People

I think clearly there's been movement that we wanted [at the U.N.]. Now the president sends to Congress this challenge, which basically says, ignore the United Nations, the United States is going to do this alone. I think it's the wrong way to go.
Richard Durbin
#Congress

missing key intelligence information.
Richard Durbin
#Information

the wealthiest people in America will get tax breaks.
Richard Durbin
#America

The secretary testified without even indicating to the members of the Senate that this story existed, about to be disclosed to the American people. That is unacceptable.
Richard Durbin
#Senate

The very agencies that we're counting on to protect America didn't do their job before September 11, ... Saturday Edition.
Richard Durbin
#America

We feel that there are at least four Republican senators who feel as we do and we feel that there are several who are making up their minds at the last moment, ... It is a critical question and it's one that goes to constitutional values.
Richard Durbin
#Republican

Time and time again her votes on the commission have been against the children, against families and for the industry. When you look at the product involved ... she can't find fault with the product; she finds fault with the consumers and the parents.
Richard Durbin
#Children

This is the heart of the debate. This is what the patients' bill of rights is all about.
Richard Durbin
#Debate

The administration has some explaining to do, ... Fox News Sunday.
Richard Durbin
#News

For the president to suggest he had the same intelligence we had is just plain wrong,
Richard Durbin
#Intelligence

This administration portrayed a situation in Iraq that was not true. It was not accurate, ... They need to be held accountable. We're going to continue to press forward on this.
Richard Durbin
#Iraq

We have created a plan here that is so difficult, so confusing and so hard for average people to understand that many seniors are struggling to try to figure out what is the best plan to turn to in order to protect themselves,
Richard Durbin
#People

I think that goes way ahead of the information that's before us. At the first instance what we need to do is get to the bottom of it, understand what legal authority, if any, this administration had to spy on Americans.
Richard Durbin
#Information

These judges were bitter medicine, but I believe the Senate and our caucus is better for it. We preserved the right of extended debate and filibuster, and when and if a Supreme Court vacancy occurs, we have preserved our rights, if a controversial person is named, to exercise our traditional authorities in the Senate.
Richard Durbin
#Medicine

The Federalist Society is going to be the filter for nominations to the Department of Justice as well as to judicial nominations,
Richard Durbin
#Justice

Dr. Condoleezza Rice was in the room, at the table, when decisions were made, and she has to accept responsibility for what she said,
Richard Durbin
#Responsibility