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Illinois senator says he is 'proud' to receive failing grade

Durbin presses Congress to act on gun violence

Sen. Dick Durbin wants Congress to act after the school shooting in Florida on Wednesday.
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Sen. Dick Durbin wants Congress to act after the school shooting in Florida on Wednesday.

Illinois Senator Dick Durbin has a failing grade, and he couldn't be more pleased.

"I'm proud to have received an F rating from the NRA, America’s gun sales lobby," the Illinois senator tweeted on Sunday.

The grade comes from one of the National Rifle Association's political action committees, the Political Victory Fund, according to the Washington Post. Nearly every member of Congress has received a grade.

The NRA said the fund grades candidates based on voting records, public statements and responses to a questionnaire.

The BND requested grades for other members of Congress from Illinois, but they were not immediately available.

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Sen. Dick Durbin has received no money directly from gun lobbyists.

A Politico analysis, released in October of 2017, showed 27 congressional representatives had received more than $100,000 since 1990. All were Republican except for one Democrat, from Collin Peterson from Minnesota, who had received $98,500 from pro-gun organizations.

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