Leahy In The News

Leahy In the News

In addition to Op-Eds that Senator Leahy periodically writes for Vermont and national newspapers, you will find profile stories and links to articles written about issues important to Senator Leahy.


The New York Times: A New Push On Domestic Violence (Editorial)

In an editorial Tuesday, The New York Times calls on the Senate to quickly take up and pass the bipartisan Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, and for the House to quickly follow suit. U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Senator Michael Crapo (R-Idaho) reintroduced VAWA just last week. Leahy is pushing for prompt Senate action on the Leahy-Crapo bill, and floor consideration is expected to begin next week. Excerpts: "The reintroduced Senate bill … Continue Reading


Sen. Patrick Leahy Exhibits His Photos From A Political Life

Sen. Patrick Leahy displays, on his own website, a digital gallery of photographs taken since 2008 - though he has, by his own recollection, wielded a camera "since age 4 or 5." The senator is now 72. His shutterbug habit has been noted numerous times in Vermont's media outlets, including this one. He's had photos of momentous events published in such august publications as theNew York Times. So why would Leahy bother with mounting a local exhibit, like the one that opened last Wednesday at the … Continue Reading


The G.O.P. And Violence Against Women

In an editorial Sunday The New York Times calls on Republicans in Congress to allow final action on the bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, authored by chief sponsor Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). The lead Republican cosponsor of the Leahy-Crapo bill is Senator Michael Crapo (R-Idaho). Excerpts: "If Republicans are serious about repairing their party's standing among women, gay and Hispanic voters, they need to adjust some policies and stop sending hostile messages. A goo… Continue Reading


Courts, Cameras, And The Public's Right To Know

This week, when the Supreme Court hears an historic six hours of oral arguments about the constitutionality of the health insurance reform law, only a few dozen citizens at a time will be allowed into the chamber to watch and listen. The Court's decisions on the Affordable Care Act will decide whether the people's elected representatives have the authority to regulate the nation's health insurance market to make health care more affordable, to hold insurers accountable and to rein in runaway an… Continue Reading


Law Is Firmly Rooted in Congressional Practice, Constitutional Precedent

Two years ago, Congress passed the landmark Affordable Care Act to provide millions of Americans with access to health care and to bring spiraling costs under control. The ACA also is helping to protect some of our most vulnerable citizens by eliminating discriminatory practices by health insurers, ensuring that a patient's gender is no longer a pre-existing condition and reducing the cost of prescription drugs for seniors. These historic and long-overdue reforms also provide the necessary res… Continue Reading


Renewing Our Commitment To Combating Domestic And Sexual Violence

Last week, we joined together to introduce the bipartisan Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2011. For almost 18 years, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) has been the centerpiece of the federal government's commitment to combat domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. We should reauthorize and strengthen these programs. Since it was first enacted in 1994, the programs authorized by VAWA have provided the resources and training needed in our communities… Continue Reading


POLITICO's 2011 Policy Report Card

Welcome to POLITICO's 2011 Policy Report Card. And if you're reading this at the Mandarin Oriental, welcome to the first ever POLITICO-POLITICO Pro Policy and Politics Conference and Awards Dinner. It's a chance to take stock of a tumultuous year in policy - and of the policymakers who made it happen. We asked readers to nominate Policymakers of the Year in health care, energy and technology, and leaders at POLITICO and POLITICO Pro worked through hundreds of nominees to choose the Policymak… Continue Reading


In Congress, Vermont’s Job One After Irene Is Rebuilding Our Transportation Network

Of all the body blows we suffered when Irene raked our state from border to border, repairing the damage to our roads, bridges and rail lines is one of our most urgent priorities. It also is the costliest one. The huge expense of mending our transportation network is well beyond the ability of a small state like ours. As we tallied the destruction, it quickly became clear that Vermont will need far more federal help than is now in the pipeline. In the Senate Appropriations Committee, where… Continue Reading


Another Test Of Marriage Equality

Senator Patrick Leahy, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, took a step toward true equality for all Americans last week by planning a vote next month on whether to repeal the law that bars the federal government from recognizing lawfully performed marriages between same-sex couples. Mr. Leahy's committee held a hearing on the Defense of Marriage Act in July, the first since Congress passed a bill 15 years ago that defined marriage as limited to a man and a woman and President B… Continue Reading


Cuts To Foreign Aid Cost The U.S. Globally

Foreign aid today is an oft-maligned term that is widely misunderstood. It is viewed by many as a form of charity, or a luxury we can do without, or as a sizable part of the federal budget. It is none of those things. What we call "foreign aid" pays for our embassies that help the millions of Americans who travel and work overseas. It pays for UN peacekeeping that does not require the costly deployment of U.S. troops, UNICEF, the operations of our NATO security pact, aid for refugees who have f… Continue Reading


Freedom Of Information Act Needs A Push

THIS YEAR MARKS the 45th anniversary of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), a crucial, if sometimes sluggish, vehicle through which journalists can demand greater government openness and accountability. In May, in a rare moment of bipartisanship, Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and John Cornyn (R-Tex.) won unanimous Senate passage of the Faster FOIA Act, which would establish an advisory panel to examine the backlog of more than 69,000 FOIA requests. It's time for the House to take it up. While … Continue Reading


The Importance Of Patent Reform


Patent changes may help state’s inventors

Five years ago, electrical engineer Denis Place and two partners left Suss MicroTec AG, in Waterbury, a German-owned manufacturer of machines to make microchips, and formed their own company based on an idea they had for testing those chips. Today, Suss MicroTec is gone, and Place and his partners, with a patent in hand for their testing process, have a new company in Winooski. It"s called SemiProbe, with eight employees, and big plans for the future. "In terms of employees, over the next five… Continue Reading


Peace Corps marks 50

PUTNEY -- Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., were in the Dominican Republic, Monday, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps. Over the last five decades, the Peace Corps has sent more than 200,000 volunteers to 139 countries around the world and the group's roots extend all the way back to Windham County. Sargent Shriver founded the Peace Corps, and Shriver's experience in 1935 traveling in Europe as a member of the Experiment in International Living is beli… Continue Reading


Op-ED: The Never Ending Work Of Defending The Public’s Right To Know

This is the sixth anniversary of Sunshine Week, a time to take stock of the public's right to know and to celebrate victories in making ours a more open and transparent government. It was more than 40 years ago that Congress enacted the landmark Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). This watershed law ushered in a new and unprecedented era of transparency in government. More than four decades later, the public and the press continue to draw on FOIA to better understand what the government is do… Continue Reading


Leahy threatens to cut U.S. aid to Egypt until Mubarak out

Amid reports that the Obama administration is negotiating behind the scenes for a swift departure of Hosni Mubarak, a top Senate appropriator is warning he will cut off U.S. aid to Egypt until Mubarak steps down. "I am just stating the facts: Nobody is going to vote for foreign aid for Egypt ... so long as this is going on," Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), chairman of the Senate Appropriations State/foreign ops subcommittee told POLITICO Friday. "I know Mubarak well, I've been many times to Eg… Continue Reading


Top US senator denounces Egypt media attacks

(AFP) - A top US Senator warned Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Thursday that "thuggery" against media covering bloody turmoil in his country will not delay the "inevitable" end of his decades of rule. "For Egypt's future, and for President Mubarak's own good, the attacks on protestors and the assaults on and detention of journalists must end immediately," said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy. Leahy, a Democrat who chairs the subcommittee that decides foreign aid, blasted… Continue Reading


Op-ED: Bipartisanship Needed To Resolve Vacancy Crisis

The nation's federal courts are in crisis. Judicial vacancies have again topped 100, and more than two dozen circuit and district courts across the country are facing judicial emergencies. The time for partisan tit-for-tat in the confirmation of federal judges is over. In his "Year-End Report on the Federal Judiciary," Chief Justice Roberts rightly called attention to the problem facing many overburdened district and circuit courts across the country. The rise in judicial vacancies -- which… Continue Reading


Op-ED: The National Debate On Civility And The Vermont Way

A national discussion has begun about civility in politics and American life. That can be healthy and constructive, if we want it to be. President Obama wisely cautions against letting the tragedy of Tucson become fodder for just another tit-for-tat verbal firefight. No one except perhaps the shooter knows what lit the fuse to the Tucson tragedy, or whether the superheated rhetoric of the recent campaign in Arizona was a contributing factor. But the problem of the erosion of civility i… Continue Reading


Senator urges U.S. to end funds to Haiti government

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - An influential U.S. senator on Friday urged President Barack Obama's administration to suspend direct aid to Haiti's government and visas for its top officials until it ensures a fair and democratic outcome to disputed national elections. Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy made the call as international pressure mounted on outgoing Haitian President Rene Preval's government and Haitian electoral authorities to review the contested results of November 28 elections that h… Continue Reading

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