Similarly, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.), who has been a major backer of the proposal to move detainees to his home state, praised the decision in a joint statement with Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D). This move will have a tremendously positive impact on the local economy creating more than 3,000 jobs and injecting more than $1 billion into the local economy. This is an opportunity to dramatically reduce unemployment, create thousands of good-paying jobs and breathe new economic life into this part of downstate Illinois, the two Democrats said.Jackie Kucinich contributed to this report.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.