BREAKING: Leahy To Serve As Vice Chairman Of Senate Appropriations Committee

“The results of this election have reshaped the policymaking landscape in Washington and show the need for checks and balances, now that one party controls the White House as well as both houses of Congress.  There are many challenges ahead.  Against this new backdrop, I have decided that I will best be able to represent Vermonters’ voices, and reflect Vermont values and ideals, as the ranking Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee.

“I do not come to this decision lightly.  Both the Appropriations Committee and the Judiciary Committee are on the front lines of so many of today’s pressing issues.  These include the priorities we decide in funding the federal government in our annual appropriations bills, and the future of the Supreme Court.  And as the senior Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, I will continue to offer a strong and outspoken voice in defending our Constitution, protecting and promoting human and civil rights, defending Americans’ privacy, and fighting for judicial independence.

“My ongoing efforts range from economic development in Vermont and rebuilding our country's infrastructure, to protecting Lake Champlain, fighting efforts to roll back protections of our air, water, and public lands, and pressing forward with action on climate change.  My priorities also continue to include championing crime victims and addressing the opioid scourge, supporting research on cancer and infectious diseases, and advancing food security and human rights around the world.  All of these issues are at the forefront of Vermonters’ interests and concerns.  I am committed to continue working as the steward of the trust Vermonters have again invested in me.  I am determined to give Vermonters a front-and-center seat as budget and policy priorities are decided.  Right now, at this unusual time, with these results, the best way for me to amplify Vermonters’ voices is as the Ranking Member of the Appropriations Committee.”

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