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.

06.16.10

UNESCO Award in Name of Equatorial Guinea President Causes Uproar

Back in September 2008, the European Union, joined by the United States and Norway, objected when the executive board of the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) agreed to set up a life sciences award in the name of Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, to be endowed for five years by a fine $3 million gift from Obiang. The initiative seemed to stall for a while, especially after some reform candidates won top spots on the 57-nation board. But then in… Continue Reading


06.06.10

Leahy On The Borderline In Immigration Debate

On a map, the nation's borders are innocuous lines of ink. But for U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., they're an increasingly precarious tightrope. As chairman of his chamber's Judiciary Committee, he faces angry Arizonans who want the federal government to back their headline-grabbing efforts to bar illegal immigrants. But as the senior member of Vermont's congressional delegation, he's hearing from dairy farmers desperate to retain an estimated 1,500 hired hands from Mexico, and from truck… Continue Reading


05.07.10

On Choosing A Supreme Court Nominee

President Obama is about to make one of the most important decisions any president can make: choosing a Supreme Court nominee. Next it will be the Judiciary Committee's turn to evaluate the nominee's qualifications and to hold public hearings, and then it's the Senate's turn. Casting a vote to fill a Court vacancy is one of the weightiest decisions any senator will face. The retiring Justice, John Paul Stevens, in many ways is the model of what a Justice should be - a superb and influential j… Continue Reading


05.02.10

High Court's Rulings Affect Your Daily Life

Justice John Paul Stevens has announced his retirement from the Supreme Court of the United States. The process to appoint a new justice to succeed him is just beginning. Now more than ever, Americans should take notice of how the Supreme Court affects us all. Any American who thinks the Supreme Court doesn't matter to them should consider a few questions: Are you over the age of 50? Are you a woman who works? Do you own a small business? Do you care about taxpayer dollars being wasted on fraud… Continue Reading


04.26.10

Op-ED: Pick a Nominee Who Unites Americans

When President Barack Obama chooses his second Supreme Court nominee, the Senate must determine the kind of justice that nominee would be. The debate about judicial nominees, after all, is really a debate about judicial power and the role federal judges are supposed to play in our system of government.One side in that debate wants judges who will rule the way they want on the issues they care about. The political ends justify the judicial means and the only thing that matters is which sid… Continue Reading


04.26.10

Op-ED: Expand the Field of Potential Supreme Court Nominees

As President Barack Obama prepares to select a nominee to succeed Justice John Paul Stevens, I am pleased that he is continuing his practice of reaching out to both sides of the aisle concerning judicial nominations. I am looking forward to consulting with the president, and with the Senate majority leader, the Senate minority leader and Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. This is an important step in the process of confirming the next Supreme Court justice. Last year's nomination of Justice Soni… Continue Reading


04.18.10

What Matters Most In A Nominee?

One of the most frequently asked questions after the announcement of a Supreme Court vacancy is about the attributes that should matter most to the president in choosing a nominee. With the coming retirement of Justice John Paul Stevens, it's difficult to think of any better model than Justice Stevens himself - a superb and influential jurist, a man of great decency, and the last justice from the "Greatest Generation" that carried the nation through the Second World War. The choice… Continue Reading


04.15.10

Leahy Announces Lake Champlain Funding

Vermont's senior senator announced Wednesday more than $700,000 in federal funding to fight invasive species on Lake Champlain. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., made the announcement at a daylong workshop hosted by the Lake Champlain Cooperative Wildlife Technical Committee. The workshop, "Cormorant Predation on Fisheries in Lake Champlain," featured a number of speakers and presenters on the effects of the bird on fish populations. The funding comes from the 2010 appropriations bi… Continue Reading


04.14.10

Justice For All

Sen. Patrick Leahy will be center stage this summer as the Senate Judiciary Committee considers the confirmation of the Supreme Court nominee appointed to take the place of retiring Justice John Paul Stevens. "This should not be a Democratic or Republican issue," Leahy said on Friday. No doubt, he remembers when the Senate confirmed Stevens to the court in 1975 with a vote of 98 to 0. But a lot has happened since 1975, and with the nation these days split into two seemingly irreconcilab… Continue Reading


04.13.10

Celebrating The Birth of Copyright

It was 300 years ago this week that the British Parliament enacted the Statute of Anne, the original predecessor of modern day copyright law. Today these copyright laws are a cornerstone of the American economy. This milestone is a fitting time to reflect on the vitality of our copyright laws and to renew our commitment to strong intellectual property enforcement that ensures copyrighted works have the protections that allow them to contribute so much to our economy and culture. The… Continue Reading


03.26.10

Records in Real Time

The Freedom of Information Act has done a lot to make government more transparent. But in Washington - where need-to-know is the favorite status symbol - most agencies still ignore the legal deadlines and take months, even years, to respond to requests. Senators Patrick Leahy, a Democrat of Vermont, and John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, have introduced a bill that would push the bureaucracy to release information more quickly. It is an important and needed fix. The Freedom of Information Act, w… Continue Reading


03.24.10

US Senate committee takes testimony on drug crime

Strapped by shrinking budgets, state and local officials told members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday they need Uncle Sam's help now more than ever in combatting drug crime. The panel _ represented by U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont and U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island _ took testimony from national drug czar Gil Kerlikowske, the director of the Vermont State Police, Barre Mayor Thomas Lauzon and three other people with varying perspectives on the problem.… Continue Reading


03.22.10

Patent Reform: Good For American Innovation, Good For American Jobs

Ingenuity and innovation have been mainstays of the American economy from the time Thomas Jefferson issued the first patent, to today. The discoveries made by American inventors and research institutions, commercialized by our companies, and protected and promoted by our patent laws, have made our system the envy of the world. Despite the importance of our patent system to the American economy and job creation, Congress has not enacted major reforms to the system in more than 55 years. In th… Continue Reading


03.17.10

Senator Leahy's Pictures from Ringside

Photographers who cover politics in Washington are a competitive lot. They don't like it when someone else gets a better position or exclusive access. Resentments can stew. Tempers can flare. But there is one photographer who always gets the different point of view and behind-the-scenes access, yet is never resented by the rest. This photographer, Patrick J. Leahy, has been a fixture around town for 35 years; and not always behind the camera. Between photographs, he is Vermont's senior senator … Continue Reading


02.26.10

Senators' Friendship Strong On and Off Capitol Hill

(CNN) -- While many in Washington believe that bipartisanship is long gone, two seasoned senators say it's not -- at least not yet. The relationship between Sen. Richard Lugar, a conservative Republican from Indiana, and Sen. Patrick Leahy, a liberal Democrat from Vermont, was born in obscurity -- two very junior senators at the far reaches of a committee room table. Leahy recalled a story from a time when their voices were virtually muted in a committee meeting. "Neither one of us coul… Continue Reading


02.25.10

Leahy asks Clinton about Iran

At a hearing with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Wednesday, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) invoked the Iron Curtain in discussing the Iranian regime's use and blocking of technology to thwart pro-democracy activists. "The Iranian government has spent millions of dollars to block Internet and social connections inside Iran," Leahy, chairman of the Senate Appropriations State, Foreign Ops Subcommittee, said. "To me, that's a sign of a regime afraid of their own people. In earlier times the… Continue Reading


02.17.10

New Shelter Is Almost Home

White River Junction --The Upper Valley Haven plans to open its new 20-bed shelter for homeless adults in May but needs to raise roughly $150,000 to add staff and programming for the Hartford Avenue building. "We aren't finished yet. … We still have a ways to go to be able to have the funds to operate this program," Haven Executive Director Sara Kobylenski said yesterday during a ceremony intended to highlight a $200,000 federal earmark U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., included i… Continue Reading


02.05.10

Passport Center Could Be Huge Boost To City

The City of St. Albans will be home to the only non-metropolitan passport agency in America. There is a single reason why: Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. The passport center will be located on South Main Street, where the Post Office used to be. The 6,500 square foot center is being remodeled to the tune of between $1 million and $3 million. It's expected to employ just shy of 20 people and to be open no later than October of this year. Hopefully, much sooner. The next closest passport agency is in… Continue Reading


02.05.10

Senatorial Quiz, Via Webcam

BARRE - Who says you can't be in two places at once? Sen. Patrick Leahy was on Thursday and so were nearly 40 sixth-graders at Barre City Elementary and Middle School. Thanks to the marvels of modern technology, Vermont's senior senator had the opportunity to play are you smarter than a 6th-grader during a noontime break in the nation's capital. He passed with flying colors. Of course it wasn't a particularly tough test for Leahy, whose familiar face was beamed into Susan Connolly's classroom… Continue Reading


01.14.10

Leahy Leads a Repeal Effort

Senator Patrick J. Leahy, Democrat of Vermont and chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and 18 other senators sent a letter to President Obama and Democratic Congressional leaders on Wednesday urging them to repeal the limited exemption for insurers from federal antitrust laws in the final version of major health care legislation. Mr. Leahy had put forward a proposal to repeal the antitrust exemption, which was approved by Congress in 1945. But the proposal was dropped from the Senate version of… Continue Reading

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