He may be back in the minority in the U.S. Senate, but U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) isn’t giving up hope on certain issues heading into the new year. Durbin mentions a new transportation bill as among the top priorities, saying new legislation will need to be passed by May. As for other issues, he’s hopeful that the new Republican majority will be willing to work with Democrats.

“I will try my best to be constructive and do everything I can to bring good jobs and business to Illinois, and to help working families who are struggling, trying to get by,” Durbin said.

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Durbin has spent a little more than half his time in the Senate as part of the majority, most of it since 2007, when Democrats regained control of the upper chamber and he became the Majority Whip. Republicans were in the majority when he first came into office in 1997.

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