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  • **FILE** Sen. Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat

    No. 2 Senate Democrat: Debt deal must be done

    The No. 2 Senate Democrat demanded that fellow lawmakers "stay, close the deal" on a new budget agreement to avert a government default in about three weeks.


  • **FILE** In this photo from Nov. 2, 2009, a customer swipes a MasterCard debit card through a machine while checking out at a shop in Seattle. (Associated Press)

    Senate OKs cap on debit fees

    The Senate sided with retailers over bankers Wednesday, voting to let the Federal Reserve move forward with a plan to cap the “swipe fees” the financial institutions charge merchants to accept their customers' debit cards -- but it is still unclear what impact the decision will have on consumers.


  • Senate set to vote on swipe-fee caps

    A heavily lobbied showdown over financial reforms that would cap "swipe fees" — the charge banks assess merchants to accept their customers' debit cards — comes to a head in the Senate on Wednesday, with both sides claiming to have consumer interests at heart.


  • Illustration: Debit card attack by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

    MURDOCK: Washington declares war on your debit card

    Sen. Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, is here to help. Grab your debit card and run. Thanks to the latest kindness from the Senate's No. 2 Democrat, many of America's 185 million debit-card owners soon will endure new fees and lose existing benefits. Other consumers can kiss their free checking accounts goodbye. Mr. Durbin's bright idea even could shutter some banks.


  • **FILE** Sen. Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat

    Durbin warns lawmakers against default

    Sen. Richard J. Durbin warned Congress on Sunday against the idea of refusing to raise the nation's $14.3 trillion deficit ceiling.


  • **FILE** Sen. Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat

    Senate Democrats back American Muslims

    Less than three weeks after a much-criticized House Republican hearing on the radicalization of American Muslims, Senate Democrats countered Tuesday with a hearing of their own — this one focusing on protecting the civil rights of Muslims.


  • 'PUSHED' FAR ENOUGH: Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, said further domestic spending cuts would put "more kids out of school." (Associated Press)

    $6 billion budget cut: A 'limit' for Democrats, a nick for Republicans

    A top Senate Democrat said Sunday that the $6 billion in additional spending cuts that his party offered is the limit Democrats can accept — drawing a line well short of Republicans' goal with less than two weeks to go before a government shutdown if the two sides can't agree.


  • **FILE** Sen. Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat

    Durbin: No more budget cuts in domestic spending

    Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin on Sunday said Democrats need to stand firm on further concessions in the ongoing federal budget-cutting battles with the GOP.


  • **FILE** Sen. Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat

    Durbin: GOP should delay deficit cuts until 2013

    Sen. Richard J. Durbin said Sunday that Republicans and others trying to improve the economy by cutting the federal deficit should delay hitting the "deficit brakes" for several years.


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