From the Steve Sauerberg for U.S. Senate campaign (he's the Republican opposing Durbin in November) --
(Springfield, IL) - "Last night is a shameful reminder of just how out of touch Dick Durbin has become from average Illinoisans," said U.S. Senate nominee Steve Sauerberg, M.D. "Just yesterday alone, Dick Durbin cast votes against securing our border, against supporting our brave men and women in uniform, and against a common-sense one year moratorium on wasteful pork barrel spending."
Durbin voted against an amendment offered by Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) that would establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund for border security, immigration enforcement, and criminal alien removal programs. The Sessions amendment requires the completion of 700 miles of fencing along our southern border along with the deployment of 6,000 National Guard members to our border with Mexico. Additionally, the Sessions amendment requires the evaluation of federal, state and local prison populations in order to remove criminal illegal aliens.
"Instead of working to end our immigration crisis, Dick Durbin consistently votes to make this crisis worse," continued Sauerberg. "The people of Illinois have made it clear that they expect the politicians in Washington to secure our border, unfortunately Dick Durbin could care less what his constituents want or expect."
Senator Durbin also voted against the Semper Fi Act. The legislation would have stripped Berkeley, California's earmarks in response to the city's decision to tell the Marine Corps that a recruiting office was "not welcome" in Berkeley and referred to the recruiters as "uninvited and unwelcome intruders."
"It is sad that Durbin's vote against this legislation isn't surprising," said Sauerberg. "Dick Durbin has a long history of open hostility to our men and women in uniform."
Durbin also voted against an amendment offered by Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) that would have imposed a one year moratorium on wasteful pork barrel spending. "Dick Durbin should have joined with us and Senator Obama in supporting this bipartisan, common-sense effort to begin reforming the broken earmark process in Washington," continued Sauerberg.
"Enough is enough. Illinoisans deserve a Senator who shares their values and their priorities. Senator Durbin has made it clear that he isn't interested in being that Senator. When I am representing Illinois in the U.S. Senate I will vote to secure our borders, to support our military and to reign in wasteful spending," concluded Sauerberg. "In short, I will take seriously the responsibility that Senator Durbin has so callously abdicated - the responsibility to actually represent the people of Illinois."