Leahy Calls On The President To Enter The International Treaty Banning Landmines
Thursday) Senator Patrick Leahy, who for two decades has been the leading U.S. official in the crusade to rid the world of anti-personnel landmines, launched what he is announcing will be a series of periodic Senate Floor statements on the topic. Both publicly and privately, in scores of private meetings and public appeals, Leahy has unceasingly pressed every president since Bill Clinton to allow the United States to join the international treaty banning landmines. He now continues those appeals, directed to President Obama. Leahy is President Pro Tempore of the Senate and chairs the State Department’s budget panel, the State Department and Foreign Operations Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee.