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Date: 07/27/2018
Senate Democrats read an open letter to the American people from 54 immigrant parents separated from their children by the Trump administration.

Leahy Statement On The Passage Of The Appropriations 'Minibus'

Date: 06/27/2018
Senate Floor June 25, 2018

Senator Leahy Questions Secretary Carson On The FY19 HUD Budget Request

Date: 06/14/2018
Senate Appropriations Committee April 18, 2018

Senator Leahy Blasts Trump Administration Child Separation Policy In Committee

Date: 06/14/2018
Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing June 14, 2018

Leahy Seeks Clarification From AG Nominee Sessions About His Views Concerning Sexual Assault

Date: 01/10/2017
Leahy pressed Sessions on his initial response last year to Access Hollywood audio and video which revealed startling comments made by President-elect Donald Trump in which he bragged about groping women.

Leahy Swearing In On The Senate Floor

Date: 01/03/2017
Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont takes the oath of office from Vice President Biden to begin his new term on the first day of the 115th Congress. Leahy is the Dean of the Senate and the incoming Vice Chairman of the Appropriations Committee.

Cuban private entrepreneurs discuss how U.S. regulatory changes have benefited the Cuban people

Date: 12/08/2016
Four Cuban entrepreneurs describe how U.S. regulatory changes have helped their businesses and the Cuban people and urge President-elect Trump and the new administration not to reverse the U.S. regulatory changes that are broadly supported by the Cuban people.

Leahy Tribute To Vice President Biden

Date: 12/07/2016

“You have experienced glory and tragedy, and you have remained yourself throughout it.”

Leahy On Voter Fraud

Date: 12/06/2016

Senator Leahy speaks about the problems with the EB-5 visa program.

Date: 09/22/2016
Senator Leahy speaks about the problems with the EB-5 visa program.

Senator Leahy questions Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack

Date: 09/21/2016
Senator Leahy questions Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack during a Senate Agriculture hearing on September 21, 2016.

Senator Leahy speaks on the nomination of Judge Garland

Date: 09/08/2016
Senator Patrick Leahy holds news conference after his visit Thursday with Chief Judge Merrick Garland, who was nominated 176 days ago to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court. Leahy calls on Senate Republicans to end their obstruction and “do their jobs” by taking up the nomination this month, now that the Senate has come back into session after a lengthy summer recess. “There is plenty of time” to do that, Leahy said. Leahy is the Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Leahy met with Garland in Leahy’s office in the U.S. Capitol.

Watch Senator Patrick Leahy's Senate Floor Speech Explaining His Opposition To A New 'Deal' On GMO Labeling

Date: 06/28/2016

Watch Senator Patrick Leahy's Senate Floor Speech
Explaining His Opposition To A New 'Deal' On GMO Labeling

Taste Of Vermont

Date: 05/19/2016

Leahy Urges Senate Republicans To Pass Bipartisan Criminal Justice Legislation This Year

Date: 04/28/2016

WASHINGTON (THURSDAY, April 28, 2016) – Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), a former prosecutor, in a bipartisan news conference Thursday in the U.S. Capitol called on Senate Republican leaders to bring to the floor the bipartisan Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, a bill to reduce some mandatory minimum sentences and apply those changes retroactively to inmates currently serving unfair sentences.

Leahy Calls For The Senate To Come Together And Do The Work Of The American People

Date: 04/19/2016

WASHINGTON (Tuesday, April 19, 2016) – Tuesday, April 19, marked the 21st anniversary of the tragic Oklahoma City bombing that took the lives of 168 people, including 19 children.  In the immediate aftermath of that tragedy, Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland (then, a prosecutor) supervised the team investigating and prosecuting the Oklahoma City bombing and drew praise from all sides for his work.

Noting the significant anniversary and Garland’s crucial work on the ground in Oklahoma City, Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) called on the Senate to come together and give Garland a hearing and a vote.

On Equal Pay Day, Leahy Calls For End To Discrimination Affecting American Women In The Workforce

Date: 04/12/2016

WASHINGTON (TUESDAY, April 12, 2016) – Hardworking women in Vermont and across the country face persistent gender discrimination with every paycheck, a glaring problem that Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said everyone from business leaders to Congress must address in order to ensure equal opportunity for all workers

Sen. Franken on #DoYourJob

Date: 03/24/2016

Senator Leahy Meets With Supreme Court Nominee Merrick Garland

Date: 03/17/2016

WASHINGTON (THURSDAY, March 17, 2016) – Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) THURSDAY met with Chief Judge Merrick Garland, President Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court of the United States.  The meeting in Leahy’s Capitol Hill office was the first official meeting that Judge Garland held with any member of the Senate as the President’s nominee.  Leahy is the Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. 

Leahy Opposes Bill That Would Block Vermont's GE Labeling Law

Date: 03/01/2016

WASHINGTON (TUESDAY, March 01, 2016) -- Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Tuesday opposed legislation introduced by Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) that would block Vermont and other states from requiring labels on foods containing genetically engineered (GE) ingredients or seeds that are genetically engineered.  Leahy is a leader and former chairman of the Agriculture Committee and is considered the “father” of the national organic standards and labeling program, which also advances consumers’ right to know.

Leahy: Senate Must Direct More Resources To Combat Opioid & Heroin Addiction

Date: 03/01/2016

WASHINGTON (MONDAY, Feb. 29, 2016) – The Senate is poised this week to consider the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), a bipartisan bill to promote a community-based response to addiction to heroin and other opioids.  Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), a leading supporter of the bill who has long championed efforts to treat addiction, said the Senate must embrace an approach that includes more resources and a greater focus on preventive methods.

Leahy Calls On Senate Republicans To "Do Their Job"

Date: 02/25/2016
WASHINGTON (THURSDAY, Feb. 25, 2016) – Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Senate Democrats Thursday gathered in the plaza in front of the U.S. Supreme Court to call on Republican Senators to do their job and agree to consider the forthcoming nomination to fill the Supreme Court Vacancy created by the death of late Justice Antonin Scalia. The gathering was the latest show of solidarity by the senators to break the unprecedented obstruction of their Republican counterparts in refusing to even meet with any nominee put forth by President Obama, a maneuver which could lead to the longest Supreme Court vacancy in recent history.

Leahy & Senate Democrats Call On Senate Republicans To "Do Their Job"

Date: 02/25/2016
WASHINGTON (THURSDAY, Feb. 25, 2016) – Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Senate Democrats Thursday gathered in the plaza in front of the U.S. Supreme Court to call on Republican Senators to do their job and agree to consider the forthcoming nomination to fill the Supreme Court Vacancy created by the death of late Justice Antonin Scalia. The gathering was the latest show of solidarity by the senators to break the unprecedented obstruction of their Republican counterparts in refusing to even meet with any nominee put forth by President Obama, a maneuver which could lead to the longest Supreme Court vacancy in recent history.

Leahy: Senate Must Do Its Job, Uphold Constitution and Consider SCOTUS Nominee

Date: 02/23/2016

WASHINGTON (Tuesday, February 23, 2016) – The Senate must fulfill its constitutional duty this year to fill a Supreme Court vacancy so that the court can fully function and serve as the final arbiter of law, Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said Tuesday.

Leahy & Collins Unveil Bipartisan Bill To Target Illegal Straw Purchasing And Firearms Trafficking

Date: 02/11/2016

WASHINGTON (THURSDAY, Feb. 11, 2016) – Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) Thursday introduced legislation to combat the practice of straw purchasing and illegal trafficking in firearms. It is a problem that has spilled over into the heroin and opioid addiction crisis that has gripped Vermont and other states.

The Stop Illegal Trafficking in Firearms Act of 2016 responds to calls from law enforcement officials for more effective tools to investigate and deter straw purchasers and gun traffickers. 

Currently, there is no law that explicitly makes straw purchasing a crime, and it is only unlawful to traffic a firearm if the transferor had actual knowledge that the firearm would be used in connection with a crime.  The recent terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California highlighted this gap; the rifles in that shooting were allegedly acquired through a straw purchaser.  Firearms trafficking is also an increasingly significant problem in New England, where the surge in opioid abuse has exposed a “guns for drugs” trade.

The bipartisan bill introduced by Leahy and Collins today would make clear that the straw purchasing and trafficking of firearms are federal crimes.  

Committee Approves Leahy-Backed Legislation To Combat Opioid & Heroin Abuse

Date: 02/11/2016

WASHINGTON (THURSDAY, Feb. 11, 2016) – Legislation approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday to respond to the nation’s opioid crisis now contains important provisions to support rural communities, which Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) successfully fought to include.

The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) provides for a community-based response to heroin and opioid addiction; an approach that Vermont has employed and that Leahy highlighted at a field hearing in Rutland in 2014. As amended in committee, the bill includes authorization for some important programs that Leahy helped to create, including a grant program to expand access to Medication Assisted Treatment programs, which are plagued by massive waiting lists—and Federal funding to expand state-led anti-heroin task forces. And importantly for Vermont, and at Leahy’s urging, the bill includes specific language to help rural communities obtain the overdose-reversing drug Naloxone. The bill, of which Leahy is a cosponsor, was originally authored by Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio).

Leahy’s Bipartisan Bill To Expand Farm To School Efforts Advances In The Senate

Date: 01/20/2016

WASHINGTON (WEDNESDAY, Jan. 20, 2016) – The Senate Agriculture Committee Wednesday advanced bipartisan legislation authored by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to double funding for the federal Farm To School grant program as part of a larger package reauthorizing child nutrition programs through 2020. 

Leahy Joins Faith Leaders In Calling For Action On Global Refugee Crisis

Date: 12/08/2015

WASHINGTON (TUESDAY, Dec. 8, 2015) -- Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Tuesday joined Senators Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and interfaith leaders from across the country in the U.S. Capitol to call for an end to the caustic rhetoric directed toward refugees and to offer help, including to those fleeing annihilation by ISIS in Syria.

Leahy has long advocated for a stronger U.S. role in helping to address the Syrian refugee crisis, introducing an emergency bipartisan funding bill with Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) in October that would provide an additional $1 billion in emergency funding to respond to the crisis.

The coalition of national faith leaders included Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Rev. Gradye Parsons, Bishop Sally Dyck, Rev. Richard Graham, Rabbi Jack Moline, Imam Talib Shareef and Rev. Dr. Sharon Stanley-Rea.

Leahy Joins Faith Leaders In Calling For Action On Global Refugee Crisis

Date: 12/08/2015
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Tuesday joined Senators Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and interfaith leaders from across the country in the U.S. Capitol to call for an end to the caustic rhetoric directed toward refugees and to offer help, including to those fleeing annihilation by ISIS in Syria.

Leahy Emphasizes Importance of Level Playing Field for Craft Brewers to Compete

Date: 12/08/2015

WASHINGTON (Tuesday, December 8, 2015) – During a hearing Tuesday of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights to consider the proposed merger of beer companies AB-InBev and SAB Miller, Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) emphasized the importance of a level playing field so that craft brewers can compete.
Noting concern that the large brewing companies can use their power over distributors to squeeze out smaller craft brewers, Leahy called on the companies participating in the merger to commit that they would not increase their ownership of distributors or adopt further exclusionary practices at the expense of craft breweries.

Leahy Urges Action As COLA Deadline Approaches For Seniors, Veterans

Date: 12/02/2015

WASHINGTON (TUESDAY, Dec. 01, 2015)  -- With one month to go until seniors and veterans face a rare zero Cost-Of-Living Adjustment (COLA), Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and other senators Tuesday urged action on the Senate Floor to pass the SAVE Benefits Act.

Cosponsored by Leahy, the bill would boost Social Security and veterans benefits by ending tax subsidies for multi-million dollar corporate bonuses.  If Congress does not act, seniors and veterans will face a zero COLA on January 1st.

The Seniors and Veterans Emergency Benefits Act (SAVE Benefits Act) would provide about 70 million seniors, veterans, people with disabilities and others an emergency supplemental payment of about $581. This payment is equal to 3.9 percent of the average annual Social Security benefit -- the same percentage raise that CEOs at the top 350 firms received last year.  The cost of the bill would be covered by closing a tax loophole allowing corporations to write off executive bonuses as a business expense for "performance pay."

Senator Patrick Leahy On the Need to Support Refugees Fleeing Violence

Date: 11/19/2015

On the Senate Floor Thursday, Senator Leahy objected to Senator Cruz’s motion to force an immediate vote on his anti-refugee bill.

Senator Leahy Invites VT Family To Testify At Hearing On International Adoption

Date: 11/18/2015

WASHINGTON (Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015) – Christine Hutchins and her family from Cambridge, Vt., Wednesday came to the Senate Judiciary Committee to share their story of adopting their son James from Sierra Leone. Hutchins was invited to testify by the committee Ranking Member Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) at the hearing, just days before National Adoption Day.

Leahy said: “The Hutchins’ journey to parenthood is one of courage and perseverance. They represent many other Vermont families who have similarly opened their hearts to a child in need through international adoption. I have been inspired by each Vermont family my office has helped through the adoption process.”

Senate Republicans Block Leahy Resolution Calling For Equal Pay For Female Soccer Athletes

Date: 10/29/2015

Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) calling on the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) to eliminate gender discrimination between male and female athletes.
Leahy first introduced the resolution in July, after the United States women’s soccer team was awarded just $2 million after beating Japan in the Women’s World Cup championship.  By comparison, the 2014 Men’s World Cup winner, Germany, was awarded $35 million for its win over Argentina.  Leahy’s resolution calls for FIFA to end its discriminatory prize structure and provide equal awards for male and female athletes.  
The Republicans’ move to block passage of the resolution came just days after the U.S. women’s soccer team was recognized at the White House for their World Cup victory.

Senator Leahy Reflects On Casting 15,000 Votes

Date: 10/28/2015

As the dean of the Senate (its most senior member) Vermont’s U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D) Tuesday morning passed a U.S. Senate milestone when he cast his 15,000th vote. On Wednesday, he spoke at length on his reflections on reaching this milestone, his career in the Senate and his determination to continue working for Vermonters.

Senator Leahy Casts 15,000th Vote In The U.S. Senate

Date: 10/27/2015

WASHINGTON (TUESDAY, Oct. 27, 2015) --  As the dean of the Senate (its most senior member) Vermont’s U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D) Tuesday morning passed a U.S. Senate milestone when he cast his 15,000th vote.  Only five senators in history have cast more votes.  The vote occurred during a series of votes late this morning during Senate debate on the cybersecurity bill.  According to the nonpartisan website GovTrack, Leahy has sponsored more bipartisan bills than any other current member of this Senate:  Sixty-one percent of his bills have had both Democratic and Republican cosponsors, reflecting his longtime MO of building coalitions and getting things done, helping to make him one of the Senate’s most effective legislators.  In the previous Congress he was one of the youngest senators in recent times to rise to the level of President Pro Tem.

Leahy Backs Bipartisan Legislation To Address The Nation’s Exploding Prison Population This Year

Date: 10/02/2015

Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), a former prosecutor, on Thursday joined in introducing the bipartisan Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 to reduce some mandatory sentences and apply those changes retroactively to inmates currently serving unfair sentences.

Leahy, as chairman of the Judiciary Committee in the last Congress, led hearings on the nation’s exploding prison population and advocated for comprehensive criminal justice reform.  The bill introduced builds on those bipartisan efforts.  Leahy was joined in unveiling the package on Oct. 1 by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.).

Leahy Unveils Senate Resolution Calling For Award Equity For Female Soccer Athletes

Date: 07/13/2015

WASHINGTON (Monday, July 13, 2015) – The 2015 Women’s World Cup drew international attention and record-breaking audiences, yet the female athletes who competed this year were compensated far less than their male counterparts.  Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) spoke out against this pay inequity Monday, and unveiled a resolution calling on the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) to immediately eliminate gender discrimination between male and female athletes.

Leahy Introduces Legislation To Restore and Advance The Voting Rights Act

Date: 06/24/2015

WASHINGTON (Wednesday, June 24, 2015) – Two years since the Supreme Court gutted core protections in the Voting Rights Act in Shelby County v. Holder, states and localities throughout the country have passed sweeping laws that disproportionately suppress the voting rights of minorities. These laws have left voters without the protections they need to exercise their constitutional right to vote.

To restore and advance the voting protections for all Americans, a group of Senate and House Democratic lawmakers joined together Wednesday to introduce the Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA) of 2015.

Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) introduced the measure in the Senate. Congressman John Lewis (D-Ga.) and Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-Ala.) of the Congressional Black Caucus, Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, introduced an identical measure in the House.

Senate Passes Historic Lee-Leahy USA FREEDOM Act

Date: 06/04/2015

The Senate on Tuesday passed the bipartisan USA FREEDOM Act of 2015, an historic bill coauthored by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) to rein in surveillance authorities for the first time since passage of the USA PATRIOT Act.

Leahy: Senators Should Not Support Efforts To Weaken Bipartisan USA FREEDOM Act

Date: 06/02/2015

WASHINGTON (Tuesday, June 2, 2015) – As the Senate continued consideration of the historic USA FREEDOM Act of 2015 to end the NSA’s bulk collection program, Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) urged senators Tuesday not to weigh the legislation down with weakening and unnecessary changes that would ensure continued expiration of key surveillance authorities without any reform.
VIDEO and AUDIO includes the complete floor statements of Leahy and Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) urging their colleagues to not delay or weaken the bipartisan USA FREEDOM Act.
The USA FREEDOM Act, coauthored by Leahy and Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah), brings needed reform to three expiring sections of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), and ends the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records. A three-judge panel of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously found this program was unlawful, and goes beyond what is authorized under Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act.
The USA FREEDOM Act of 2015 passed the House last month on a bipartisan vote of 338-88. The bill also has the support of the administration, intelligence leaders, the technology industry, and privacy advocates.

Leahy On The USA FREEDOM ACT: “Now is the time for the Senate to act”

Date: 05/22/2015
WASHINGTON (Friday, May 22, 2015) – Supporters from all corners continue calling on Senate Republican leaders to take up and pass the USA FREEDOM Act of 2015, a bipartisan bill initiated two years ago by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to end the bulk collection of Americans’ phone records and to make other key privacy reforms in surveillance laws that are set to expire in the coming days. The House overwhelmingly approved the bill last week. The bill is supported by a majority of senators, yet Republican leaders continue to block reform and have no alternative that can win approval in both chambers. Leahy on Friday again spoke on the Senate Floor, outlining the simple choice now facing the chamber: Either end the obstruction of the bipartisan and widely supported USA FREEDOM Act, or end up with nothing. “Now is the time for the Senate to act.”

Senate Republicans Block Consideration Of USA FREEDOM Act

Date: 05/19/2015
WASHINGTON (Tuesday, May 19, 2015) – Critical surveillance authorities used by the intelligence community are set to expire in a matter of days, and intelligence leaders and the administration are urging Congress to act. Following last week’s overwhelming House vote in favor of the USA FREEDOM Act, Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) joined with Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) Tuesday to seek unanimous consent for the Senate to consider the legislation. Despite having broad support, Senate Republicans objected to even considering the bill.

Leahy: Enough Is Enough

Date: 05/13/2015

As House Prepares To Take Up NSA Reform This Week, Leahy Urges Senate To Act

Date: 05/12/2015
This week, the House is poised to take up and pass the bipartisan USA FREEDOM Act of 2015. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), who coauthored the bill with leading House members to end the government’s dragnet collection of phone records under Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act, joined together Tuesday to call on the Senate to take up and pass the historic legislation after the House acts.

Leahy Hosts The Tenth Annual ‘Taste Of Vermont’

Date: 05/12/2015
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Thursday night hosted the 10 annual “Taste of Vermont” on Capitol Hill, organized by the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Vermont Convention Bureau and the Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation. This year’s exhibition drew 64 Vermont vendors to the Nation’s Capital who shared their quality products with hundreds of invited guests. In the ten years since Leahy launched the exhibition of Vermont products, the annual event has become a high point on the Capitol calendar, drawing a capacity crowd of hundreds who are eager to experience the ‘taste’ of Vermont, in the Senate’s ornate Kennedy Caucus Room.

Leahy, On Opportunities, And Challenges, Of Potential U.S. Agriculture Trade With Cuba

Date: 04/21/2015
WASHINGTON (TUESDAY, April 21, 2015) – Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Tuesday welcomed the potential for opening markets for American farmers in Cuba during a Senate Agriculture Committee...

Leahy Presses FDA On Labeling Of “Maple” Products

Date: 03/12/2015
WASHINGTON (Thursday, March 12, 2014) – With the first maple sap boil of the sugar season expected this week, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Thursday pressed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration...

Leahy Calls On Senate To Restore the Voting Rights Act & Confirm AG Nominee Loretta Lynch

Date: 03/10/2015
WASHINGTON (Monday, March 9, 2015) – Days after a bipartisan group of lawmakers traveled to Selma, Alabama to honor the 50th anniversary of the historic civil rights march that gave way to...

Leahy: Legacy Of Selma Lives In Drive To Restore Voting Rights Act

Date: 03/06/2015
"The best way we can honor those brave marchers of 50 years ago, and the countless others who sacrificed their lives for civil rights, is not only with medals and words, but also with meaningful...

After Extended Delay, Judiciary Committee Approves Attorney General Nominee Lynch

Date: 02/26/2015
WASHINGTON (THURSDAY, Feb. 26, 2015) – A bipartisan majority of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be the 83rd Attorney General of the...

Leahy Comment On FCC Vote Approving The Net Neutrality Rule

Date: 02/26/2015
Senator Patrick Leahy issued a statement Thursday following a vote by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on updated open Internet rules. The new rules, which apply to all domestic...

At Hearing On Human Trafficking, Leahy Urges Focus On Prevention

Date: 02/24/2015
WASHINGTON (TUESDAY, Feb. 24, 2015) –Appearing at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday on human trafficking, Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) urged lawmakers to focus on ...

Leahy Is Part Of Bipartisan, Bicameral Push For Sentencing Reform

Date: 02/12/2015
WASHINGTON (THURSDAY, Feb. 12, 2015) – Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Thursday joined Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Corey Booker (D-N.J.) on Capitol.

Senate Floor Tribute To Ambassador Robert White

Date: 02/12/2015
On Feb. 5, Senator Patrick Leahy gave the following tribute to Ambassador Robert White, former US Ambassador to Paraguay and El Salvador, on the Senate Floor.

Tribute to Senator Barry Goldwater

Date: 02/11/2015
Following the unveiling of a statue of Senator Barry Goldwater, Senator Leahy made the following remarks on the Senate Floor.

Leahy Urges Senate To Support Nominee To Serve As Drug Policy Director

Date: 02/10/2015

WASHINGTON (Monday, February 9, 2015) – Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Monday called for the confirmation of Michael Botticelli to serve as Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).

Botticelli has served as the Acting Director of ONDCP since March 2014, and he was previously the Deputy Director of this office.  Botticelli was first nominated to lead ONDCP in September of last year, and the Judiciary Committee unanimously reported his nomination to the Senate last December. The Committee again unanimously approved his nomination last week.

Leahy Urges Senate To Support Nominee To Serve As Drug Policy Director

Date: 02/10/2015
WASHINGTON (Monday, February 9, 2015) – Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Monday called for the confirmation of Michael Botticelli to serve as Director of...

Senator Patrick Leahy's 1985 Remarks On FOIA

Date: 02/05/2015
In 1985, Senator Patrick Leahy recorded a video to address the Texas Press Association on the Freedom Of Information Act. Now, 30 years later, Leahy continues his fight for an open press and...

Leahy Comment On FCC Chairman Wheeler’s Proposed Net Neutrality Rules

Date: 02/05/2015
The Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced on Wednesday proposed net neutrality rules that, if approved, will apply to all domestic broadband providers. Among other ...

Senator Leahy Passes The Gavel To New Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley

Date: 01/22/2015
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Thursday followed a long standing tradition by passing the gavel to the new Chairman, Senator Chuck Grassley (R- ...

Lake Champlain Water Quality Efforts Net $16 M. Over 5 Years

Date: 01/14/2015
(WEDNESDAY, Jan. 14, 2015) -- Efforts to improve Lake Champlain's water quality got another major boost Wednesday, coming hard on the heels of a succession of other announcements of funding...

Full News Conference: Leahy Leads Group To Bring Back Alan Gross

Date: 12/17/2014

WASHINGTON (WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Wednesday was joined by Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Representative Chirs Van Hollen (D-Md.), Judy Gross and others for an early morning trip to Havana, Cuba to bring Alan Gross home.    
Leahy (D-Vt., president pro tempore of the Senate, and chairman of the State Department and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee) has long sought the release of Alan Gross and has visited him twice in the prison where he has been held for five years.  Leahy also has led in efforts over the years for fundamental changes in U.S. policy toward Cuba, including pushing for an end to the law that prevents most Americans from visiting Cuba.

VIDEO: Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Leads Group To Cuba To Bring Back Alan Gross

Date: 12/17/2014
WASHINGTON (WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Wednesday was joined by Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Representative Chirs Van Hollen (D-Md.), Judy Gross and others ...

Leahy Speaks On Release Of Senate’s Historic Report On Torture

Date: 12/09/2014

WASHINGTON (Tuesday, December 9, 2014) – The summary of a thoroughly researched Congressional report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) use of torture during the Bush administration finally makes details of the program public to policymakers and all Americans who had previously been misled, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said in a lengthy floor speech on Tuesday.

Leahy, who as chairman of the Judiciary Committee presided over several of the many hearings that collected dozens of hours of testimony on the legality and use of harsh interrogation techniques under the Bush administration, said the release of the executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee Study of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program “disproves CIA claims that the torture program was necessary to protect our nation and that it thwarted attacks.”

Senate Passes FOIA Improvement Act

Date: 12/08/2014
WASHINGTON (Monday, December 8, 2014) -- Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) hailed the Senate's passage Monday of historic ...

Leahy Signs "STELA" Bill Extending Satellite TV Law To Ensure Continued Coverage For Viewers

Date: 11/24/2014
Senator Patrick Leah (D-Vt.) Monday signed bipartisan legislation that will ensure that 1.5 million satellite TV subscribers in Vermont and across the country will continue to receive access...

Sen. Leahy Meets with the Land Trust Alliance

Date: 11/19/2014
Senator Leahy Wednesday met with members of the Land Trust Alliance to discuss the importance to farmers and nonprofits of food donation tax deduction provisions.

Senator Leahy and Senator Reid on the USA FREEDOM Act

Date: 11/19/2014
Senate Republicans on Tuesday night blocked the Senate from even debating widely supported legislation to reform the nation's surveillance laws and protect Americans' privacy rights, the...

Leahy Takes To Senate Floor In Strong Opposition of Keystone XL Pipeline

Date: 11/18/2014
WASHINGTON (Tues., Nov. 18, 2014) – Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Tuesday took to the Senate Floor to voice his continuing strong opposition of the Keystone XL Pipeline. The Senate will...

Leahy On Senate Floor Calls On Senators To Protect Americans’ Privacy Rights

Date: 11/18/2014
WASHINGTON (TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014) – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Tuesday urged Senators to take up and pass the USA FREEDOM Act of 2014, which faces a ...

Leahy Recognized For Leadership In Addressing Global Water Issues

Date: 11/13/2014
WASHINGTON (THURSDAY, Nov. 13, 2014) – Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Wednesday was presented with the WASH Advocate Award for his strong support for ending the global safe drinking water...

Leahy Chairs Hearing On Protecting an Open Internet

Date: 09/17/2014
WASHINGTON (Wednesday, September 17, 2014) – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) held a hearing entitled “Why Net Neutrality Matters: Protecting Consumers and ...

Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Ebola Crisis

Date: 09/11/2014
Senator Patrick Leahy Thursday spoke on the Senate Floor about the Ebola crisis in West Africa. Leahy urged his colleagues to support steps needed to combat this public health and moral issue.

Sen. Leahy Opens Debate On Constitutional Amendment To Rein In Massive Campaign Spending

Date: 09/08/2014
WASHINGTON (Monday, September 8, 2014) –Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Monday began the Senate's consideration of a constitutional amendment that would ...

Leahy Introduces Legislation To Ban NSA’s Dragnet Collection Of Americans’ Electronic Communications

Date: 07/29/2014
WASHINGTON (TUESDAY, July 29, 2014) -- Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Tuesday introduced legislation that would restore Americans' privacy rights by ending the...

Leahy On Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Request Relating To The Southwestern Border

Date: 07/11/2014
The Senate Appropriations Committee Thursday afternoon held a hearing on the President's emergency supplemental appropriations request to address the humanitarian crisis of unaccompanied ...

Leahy Addresses Senate To Report on VT Field Hearing on Net Neutrality

Date: 07/10/2014
Senator Patrick Leahy Thursday addressed the Senate to report on the field hearing on net neutrality in Vermont last week. The hearing, "Preserving an Open Internet: Rules to Promote Competition...

A Step Toward A Landmine Ban

Date: 07/08/2014
In the latest of his new series of Senate Floor speeches urging that the United States join the international treaty banning anti-personnel landmines, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Tuesday...

The Senate Passed Comprehensive Immigration Reform One Year Ago

Date: 06/26/2014
It has been 365 days since the Senate passed its comprehensive immigration reform bill, and 365 days later House Republican leaders refuse to act. One year ago, as Floor manager of the bill...

Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing On The Voting Rights Amendment Act

Date: 06/25/2014
Senator Leahy Wednesday held a hearing on bipartisan and bicameral legislation to strengthen the Voting Rights Act and combat voter discrimination in all states and jurisdictions. The Hearing...

Senate Confirms Geoffrey Crawford To U.S. District Court In Vermont

Date: 06/24/2014
Leahy, who chairs the Judiciary Committee, steered the nomination through the committee and through the Senate, which confirmed Crawford this afternoon in a vote of 95 to 0.

Leahy on the Third Review Conference of the Mine Ban Treaty

Date: 06/24/2014
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has long been the leading U.S. official pressing for a worldwide ban on the use of these weapons. In a statement today on the Senate floor, he again urged the...

Senator Leahy on the capture of Ahmed Abu Khattala

Date: 06/18/2014
Senator Patrick Leahy Wednesday took part in a hearing on the annual defense budget, by the Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on Defense. The witnesses were Defense Secretary Chuck ...

Leahy on Needed Reforms at the Department of Veterans Affairs

Date: 06/05/2014
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Wednesday introduced legislation to close what he said is a wasteful loophole in Veterans Administration' (VA) construction project accounting. He said his bill...

Leahy Chairs Nomination Hearing Of Justice Geoffrey Crawford

Date: 06/04/2014
(WEDNESDAY, June 04, 2014) -- Senator Patrick Leahy Wednesday chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the confirmation of Vermont Supreme Court Justice Geoffrey Crawford to the ...

Leahy Holds Hearing On Constitutional Amendment To Rein In Massive Campaign Spending

Date: 06/04/2014
Senator Patrick Leahy Tuesday held a hearing titled "Examining a Constitutional Amendment to Restore Democracy to the American People." The hearing's focus was on a constitutional amendment...

Leahy Again Asks For Agreement To Vote To Renew Bulletproof Vest Program On Senate Floor

Date: 05/14/2014
WASHINGTON (Wednesday, May 14, 2014) -- Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) TODAY pressed for unanimous Senate agreement to allow a vote on his Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program, ...

Leahy Freezes Military Aid To Egypt; Announces His Decision On Senate Floor

Date: 04/29/2014
WASHINGTON (TUESDAY, April 29, 2014) -- Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Tuesday spoke on the Senate Floor, announcing that he is holding up the Administration's request to spend $650 million...

Leahy Urges EPA Administrator to Renew Commitment to Lake Champlain

Date: 04/09/2014

(WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2014) -- Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) TODAY urged the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Gina McCarthy, to renew the Agency's commitment to the cleanup and preservation of Lake Champlain. Faced with new water quality regulations imposed by the EPA for Lake Champlain, Vermont will face new challenges, as the President's budget request cuts funding for critical federal programs to help states address water quality projects. Leahy is the most senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and has long made the protection of Lake Champlain a priority in Congress.

LEAHY: US Must Sign Treaty Banning Landmines

Date: 04/09/2014
(WEDNESDAY, April 09, 2014) -- Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) took to the Senate Floor to urge the President to join the international treaty banning the use of landmines. Leahy has long been...

Leahy Holds Appropriations Subcommittee Hearing With USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah

Date: 04/08/2014

WASHINGTON (TUESDAY, April 08, 2014) -- Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Tuesday questioned U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah about the recent revelation that the USAID ran and funded "ZunZuneo," the so-called "Cuban Twitter" program, during a scheduled hearing on the President's Fiscal Year 2015 budget request for USAID. Leahy has long been an advocate of restoring relations with Cuba. VIDEO and AUDIO includes excerpts of the exchange between Leahy and Shah. Leahy chairs the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State Department, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, which has oversight of the USAID. Shah testified to answer questions on a wide range of USAID programs around the world.

Sen. Patrick Leahy Speaks at Mines Advisory Group's 25th Anniversary.

Date: 04/03/2014

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 speeches on the topic. On Wednesday, April 02, he spoke before a group gathered for MAG's 25th Anniversary. A photography exhibit titled "Surviving The Peace: Landmines, Mortars, and Munitions" was on display. 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.

Leahy Holds State Department And Foreign Operations Hearing with Secretary of State John Kerry

Date: 03/13/2014
WASHINGTON (Thursday, March 13, 2014) -- Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on State Department and Foreign Operations, Thursday held a hearing with...

Sen. Leahy Addresses Senate After Sen. Feinstein's Remarks on CIA monitoring Senate Intel Committee

Date: 03/11/2014
WASHINGTON (TUESDAY, March 11, 2014) -- Following the remarks of Senator Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) Tuesday morning on the Senate Floor, revealing that the Central Intelligence Agency secretly.

Sen. Patrick Leahy Introduces The Dalai Lama

Date: 03/06/2014

WASHINGTON (THURSDAY, March 6, 2014) -- Senator Patrick Leahy, the Senate's President Pro Tempore, TODAY introduced the Dalai Lama on the Floor of the United States Senate as today's Guest Chaplain, before he offered today's Senate invocation.  Leahy, long a champion of the Tibetan people, has visited often with the Dalai Lama and also introduced him during his address at Middlebury College on Oct. 12, 2012.

Leahy Signs The 2014 Farm Bill, Toasts To Vermont Dairy Farmers

Date: 02/04/2014
WASHINGTON - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Tuesday signed the 2014 Farm Bill in his role as President Pro Tempore of the United States Senate. The House passed the Farm Bill Agreement last...

Senator Leahy on the Passage of the Farm Bill

Date: 02/04/2014
WASHINGTON (TUESDAY, Feb. 4, 2014) -- The U.S. Senate Tuesday passed a long-overdue Farm Bill, in a vote of 68 to 32. The House passed the Farm Bill agreement last week, and the bill now goes ...

Leahy Chairs Hearing On Data Security And Consumer Privacy

Date: 02/04/2014
WASHINGTON (Tuesday, February 4, 2014) -- Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) chaired a hearing this morning entitled "Privacy in the Digital Age: Preventing Data Breaches.

Leahy: Feeding Hungry Children Is An Investment In This Great Nation

Date: 02/03/2014

On Monday, Feb. 3, Sen. Patrick Leahy took to the Senate Floor to discuss the 2014 Farm Bill agreement.

Sen. Patrick Leahy On The Farm Bill Agreement

Date: 02/03/2014

On Monday, Feb. 3, Sen. Patrick Leahy took to the Senate Floor to discuss the 2014 Farm Bill agreement.

Sen. Patrick Leahy Holds Press Conference About Bipartisan Voting Rights Act Legislation

Date: 01/16/2014

WASHINGTON (Thursday, January 16, 2014) -- Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), Congressman John Conyers (D-Mich.), Congressman John Lewis (D-Ga.) and Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) held a press conference to discuss their bipartisan, bicameral introduction of legislation to uphold the Voting Rights Act.

Leahy: The Government Exists To Serve Americans, Not The Other Way Around

Date: 01/14/2014
WASHINGTON (Tuesday, January 14, 2014) --The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing featuring all five members of the President's Review Group on Intelligence and Communications ...

Leahy: Hearing with President's Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies

Date: 01/14/2014
WASHINGTON (Tuesday, January 14, 2014) --The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing featuring all five members of the President's Review Group on Intelligence and Communications ...

Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Fiscal Year 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act

Date: 01/14/2014

On Tuesday, January 14, Senator Patrick Leahy spoke on the Senate Floor on The Fiscal Year 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act.

Leahy Reintroduces Data Privacy Legislation

Date: 01/08/2014

WASHINGTON (Wednesday, January 8, 2014) -- Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Wednesday reintroduced sweeping legislation to protect Americans' personal information and ensure their privacy. Leahy also announced the issue of data privacy would be the subject of a committee hearing early in the new Senate session.

Leahy Speaks On Senate Floor About ‘New Glimmers Of Hope’ On Finishing The Farm Bill

Date: 01/08/2014

WASHINGTON (Tuesday, January 7, 2013) – Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Tuesday afternoon spoke on the Senate Floor to report on progress by House and Senate conferees on the Farm Bill, generating new hope that a bipartisan agreement is near.  

Leahy, the most senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, is a Senate conferee on the bill.  A final agreement by the negotiators is expected soon – as early as the end of this week.

Leahy On Progress On The Farm Bill

Date: 01/08/2014
WASHINGTON (Tuesday, January 7, 2013) -- Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Tuesday afternoon spoke on the Senate Floor to report on progress by House and Senate conferees on the Farm Bill, ...

Leahy Supports Change In Senate Rules To Address Unprecedented Filibusters

Date: 11/21/2013
U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Thursday voted in favor of making changes to the Senate rules to overcome Republican abuse of filibuster rules and ensure the...

Leahy's Opening Statement For The House-Senate Farm Bill Conference

Date: 10/31/2013
On Wednesday, October 30, Senator Leahy attended the first meeting of the House-Senate Farm Bill Conference.

Leahy: Local Economies and Natural Resources Hurt By Made-In-Washington Shutdown

Date: 10/15/2013

On Tuesday, October 15, Sen. Leahy spoke on the Senate Floor about how the made-in-Washington shutdown is impacting local economies and natural resources.

Leahy: Local Economies and Natural Resources Hurt By Made-In-Washington Shutdown

Date: 10/15/2013
On Tuesday, October 15, Sen. Leahy spoke on the Senate Floor about how the made-in-Washington shutdown is impacting local economies and natural resources.

Leahy: Shutdown Hurts Our National Guard Readiness

Date: 10/04/2013
Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy Friday spoke on the Senate Floor about the impact of the government shutdown on the nation's readiness, the National Guard, and veterans. The Vermont National...

Leahy: The Costly Effects Of A Government Shutdown

Date: 10/02/2013
On Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, the second day of the government shutdown, Senator Patrick Leahy spoke on the Senate Floor about the harm the government shutdown is doing to Vermont and the ...

Leahy: Comments On Possible Government Shutdown

Date: 09/30/2013
On Monday, Sept. 30, Sen. Leahy (D-Vt.) spoke on the Senate Floor against a possible government shutdown.

Leahy: Consequences of a Government Shutdown for U.S. National Security

Date: 09/30/2013
On Thursday, Sept. 26, Sen. Leahy spoke on the Senate Floor on the consequences of a government shut down.

Leahy On The Budget Stalemate, And The House's Cuts To The Food Aid Program

Date: 09/24/2013
WASHINGTON (Tuesday, September 24, 2013) -- Sen. Patrick Leahy (D --Vt.) Tuesday took to the Senate Floor to decry recent actions by House Republicans to cut the nation's primary anti-hunger...

Leahy Steers MEDIA SHIELD BILL Through Judiciary Committee

Date: 09/12/2013
WASHINGTON (Thursday, September 12, 2013) -- The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved the Free Flow of Information Act, a bipartisan bill that establishes a qualified privilege to...

Sen. Leahy Questions Deputy Attorney General James Cole on Conflicting Marijuana Laws

Date: 09/11/2013

WASHINGTON (Tuesday, September 10, 2013) --The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing titled "Conflicts Between State and Federal Marijuana Laws."  Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who has pressed the administration on the issue since last year, recently welcomed the Justice Department's release of guidelines for enforcement of federal marijuana laws in light of action at the state level.

Sen. Leahy Holds Hearing on Conflicting State and Federal Marijuana Laws

Date: 09/11/2013
WASHINGTON (Tuesday, September 10, 2013) --The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing titled "Conflicts Between State and Federal Marijuana Laws." Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who has.

Leahy Questions Officials On Surveillance Programs

Date: 07/31/2013

WASHINGTON (Wednesday, July 31, 2013) --The Senate Judiciary Committee today held a hearing titled "Strengthening Privacy Rights and National Security: Oversight of FISA Surveillance Programs."  Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has long called for strong oversight of government surveillance programs, and he recently introduced the bipartisan FISA Accountability and Privacy Protection Act of 2013, which would add important reforms and improve certain provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act and FISA Amendments Act.  


VIDEO includes excerpts of Sen. Leahy's sharp questioning of Deputy Director of the National Security Agency John C. Inglis on accountability and responsibility for recent security lapses.
Member statements and witness testimony are available online.

Sen. Leahy Holds A Hearing On The Voting Rights Act

Date: 07/22/2013

The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing titled "From Selma to Shelby County: Working Together to Restore the Protections of the Voting Rights Act." It is the Committee's first hearing following the Supreme Court's decision in Shelby County v. Holder, in which the Court narrowly struck down the coverage formula of the Voting Rights Act. Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) had a lead role in reauthorizing the Voting Rights Act in 2006 and has long championed voting rights and voting access for all citizens.

Leahy's Closing Statement On Historic Immigration Reform

Date: 06/28/2013

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who was managing debate of the bipartisan immigration reform bill that passed the senate by a vote of 68 to 32, made the following floor statement -- his closing remarks in the debate -- moments before the bill's final passage in the Senate. The measure was also the subject of extensive consideration in the Judiciary Committee under Leahy's leadership. "The world has never before seen such a vibrant, cohesive, economically exuberant and democratically successful experiment as ours. A key ingredient of our successful formula has been, and will continue to be, immigrants anxious to become part of the American experience. They have helped us to be a Nation in constant renewal, welcoming and using this constant influx of fresh talent and energy. And so today is another historic day in the Senate."

Leahy Applauds DOMA Decision, Vows To Continue Fight For Equality For All Americans

Date: 06/26/2013

WASHINGTON (Wednesday, June 26, 2012) --Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) hailed the Supreme Court's decision Wednesday to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act, and he vowed to continue working to ensure the nation's laws provide equal protection for all citizens.

Leahy: Immigration Is About The Promise of America

Date: 06/25/2013

WASHINGTON (TUESDAY, June 25, 2013) --Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who is managing consideration of the comprehensive immigration reform bill before the Senate, delivered the following statement Tuesday about his family's immigration experience. "Nearly every American family has a story like mine and Marcelle's. We are more alike than we are different from today's immigrants and first-generation Americans. The majority of new immigrants will continue this proud tradition of hard work, the drive toward prosperity, and embracing the values that make America great. They will someday tell their children and grandchildren of their own immigrant histories. The bill we consider will continue this cycle of growth and renewal and will improve on many aspects of our immigration system."

Leahy: A Vermonter’s Perspectives On Immigration, Family Values, And American Values

Date: 06/25/2013

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who is managing consideration of the comprehensive immigration reform bill before the Senate, delivered a statement on the Senate Floor Tuesday about his family's immigration experience.

"Nearly every American family has a story like mine and Marcelle's.  We are more alike than we are different from today's immigrants and first-generation Americans.  The majority of new immigrants will continue this proud tradition of hard work, the drive toward prosperity, and embracing the values that make America great.  They will someday tell their children and grandchildren of their own immigrant histories.  The bill we consider will continue this cycle of growth and renewal and will improve on many aspects of our immigration system."

Senator Leahy: The American People Deserve To Know

Date: 06/24/2013

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Monday introduced legislation that would add important reforms and improve certain provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act and FISA Amendments Act. The FISA Accountability and Privacy Protection Act of 2013 will bolster existing privacy safeguards and require greater oversight, transparency, and accountability in connection with the government's expansive domestic surveillance powers.

Leahy Questions NSA Director Keith Alexander On Cyber Security

Date: 06/13/2013

On Wednesday, June 12, Senator Patrick Leahy questioned NSA Director Keith Alexander on cyber security and NSA programs.

Leahy: Citizenship Must Be Earned But Obtainable

Date: 06/13/2013
WASHINGTON --Significant border security provisions in the sweeping immigration bill before the Senate should clear the way for broader reform this year, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman...

S. 744 Provides Workable, Flexible, Affordable and Humane Solutions

Date: 06/13/2013
WASHINGTON --Significant border security provisions in the sweeping immigration bill before the Senate should clear the way for broader reform this year, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman...

Leahy: We Have Made Great Strides On Border Security

Date: 06/13/2013
WASHINGTON --Significant border security provisions in the sweeping immigration bill before the Senate should clear the way for broader reform this year, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman...

Leahy: Senate Begins Consideration Of Historic Immigration Legislation

Date: 06/12/2013

The Senate moved Tuesday to begin consideration of the bipartisan the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, the comprehensive immigration reform bill. Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who is managing the bill on the Senate floor, called on lawmakers to pass the measure and send it to the House for consideration.

Senate Poised To Begin Debate Of Historic Immigration Reform Bill

Date: 06/07/2013

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who led the Judiciary Committee in hours of markups to consider the bipartisan immigration reform bill now poised for debate in the full Senate, called on lawmakers to allow for the same open and transparent process on the Senate floor.

Leahy on UAFA and Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Date: 05/22/2013

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) spoke during the committee markup Tuesday about his amendments to the comprehensive immigration bill to provide equality in immigration law by allowing American citizens who are in long term committed relationships to sponsor their foreign partners or spouses for green cards. Leahy has championed the issue for the last decade through his push to enact the Uniting American Families Act (UAFA), which he reintroduced in February with Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine).

Leahy on UAFA Amendment

Date: 05/22/2013
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) spoke during the committee markup Tuesday about his amendments to the comprehensive immigration bill to provide equality in immigration ...

Leahy: All Families should Be Treated Fairly By Our Immigration Laws

Date: 05/22/2013
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) spoke during the committee markup Tuesday about his amendments to the comprehensive immigration bill to provide equality in immigration ...

Senator Leahy on the 2013 Farm Bill

Date: 05/21/2013
On Monday Senator Leahy (D-Vt.) made a statement on The Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013 on the Senate Floor.

EB-5 Amendment Added To Immigration Bill

Date: 05/16/2013
On Thursday, May 16, Sen. Leahy's amendment to the immigration reform bill to strengthen the investor visa program, EB-5, was unanimously approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Leahy: Border Crossing Fees Make No Sense

Date: 05/09/2013
On Thursday, May 09, Sen. Leahy and the Judiciary Committee began to mark up The Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act.

Leahy Addresses the Senate Floor on Immigration Reform

Date: 04/24/2013
On Wednesday, April 24, Sen. Leahy addressed the Senate floor, updating his colleagues on the proposed immigration reform introduced by the bipartisan "Gang of Eight."

Secretary Napolitano Testifies Before Judiciary Committee Immigration Hearing

Date: 04/24/2013
On Tuesday, April 23, Secretary Napolitano testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Immigration Reform. The hearing was chaired by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chairman of...

Leahy Chairs Second Hearing on Proposed Immigration Legislation

Date: 04/22/2013
On Monday, April 22, Sen. Leahy chaired the second Judiciary Committee hearing on proposed immigration legislation crafted by the "Gang of Eight."

Senator Leahy: Gun Violence Legislation Should Not Be Filibustered.

Date: 04/12/2013
On Thursday, April 11, Senator Leahy delivered a statement on the Senate Floor urging his colleagues to not filibuster proposed gun violence legislation but to stand up and be counted with a vote.

Senator Leahy's Floor Statement on Gun Violence Legislation

Date: 04/11/2013
On Thursday, April 11, Senator Patrick Leahy made a floor statement on proposed gun violence legislation before the Senate voted on cloture on the motion to proceed to S. 649, the Safe Communities,.

Sequestration's Impact on Vermont

Date: 03/21/2013

On Tuesday, March 19, Senator Leahy made a statement on the Senate Floor on the impact of sequestrationin Vermont.

Leahy Chairs Hearing on Use of Domestic Drones

Date: 03/21/2013
On Wednesday, March 20, Senator Leahy chaired a Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on the domestic use of drones.

Senator Leahy's Closing Statement at Gun Violence Hearing

Date: 03/15/2013
On Thursday, March 14, Senator Leahy made his closing remarks at the last of four hearings on gun violence in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Senator Leahy's Comments During Gun Violence Hearing

Date: 03/15/2013
On Thursday, March 14, Senator Leahy chaired the last of four hearings on gun violence in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Senator Leahy Questions Janet Napolitano at Immigration Hearing

Date: 02/14/2013
On Wednesday, February 13, Senator Patrick Leahy questioned Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano during the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing on immigration.

Senator Leahy Opens Judiciary Committee Immigration Hearing

Date: 02/14/2013
On Wednesday, February 13, Senator Patrick Leahy held a hearing on immigration reform in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Leahy Addresses the Passage of VAWA in the Senate

Date: 02/13/2013

On Tuesday, February 12, Senator Leahy held a press conference to address the passage of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act in the United States Senate.

Senator Leahy Opens The Debate On VAWA On The Senate Floor

Date: 02/07/2013

On Thursday, February 7, Senator Leahy opened the floor debate on the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act on the Senate Floor.

Senator Leahy Calls for the Passage of VAWA on the Senate Floor

Date: 02/05/2013

On Monday, February 5, Senator Patrick Leahy called for the passage of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act on the Senate Floor before the vote on the motion to proceed to the bill.

Senator Leahy Questions Witnesses About Background Checks And Gun Violence

Date: 01/31/2013

On January 30, 2013, Senator Leahy chaired the first congressional hearing on gun violence held since the tragic shooting in Newtown, CT. At the hearing, Leahy questioned witnesses about the role of background checks in preventing gun violence.

Senator Leahy Chairs The First Congressional Hearing On Gun Violence

Date: 01/30/2013

On January 30, 2013, Senator Leahy chaired the first congressional hearing on gun violence since the horrific shooting in Newtown, CT. The Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony from Captain Mark Kelly, husband of former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who also gave brief remarks at the outset of the hearing. Also testifying was Wayne LaPierre, head of the National Rifle Association.

Senator Leahy Calls for Action on the Violence Against Women Act In New Congress

Date: 01/24/2013
On Wednesday, Jaunary 23, Senator Leahy was Joined by his colleagues Sen. Crapo, Sen. Murray, Sen. Klobuchar, Sen. Ayotte and Sen. Collins along with advocates against domestic violence to...

Leahy: The Violence Against Women Act Must Be A Priority

Date: 01/24/2013
On Wednesday, January 23, Senator Leahy held a press conference to announce the reintroduction of VAWA in the 113th Congress.

Senator Leahy Answers Student Questions about Gun Violence and Filibuster Reform

Date: 01/17/2013
On Tuesday, January 16, Senator Leahy answered questions from law students at Georgetown University after outlining his vision for the Senate Judiciary Committee in the 113th Congress.

Senator Leahy Sets Priorities For Judiciary Committee In 113th Congress

Date: 01/17/2013
Senator Leahy outlined his vision for the Senate Judiciary Committee in the 113th Congress on Tuesday, January 16, at Georgetown University.

Senator Leahy Makes Privacy a Priority for New Congress

Date: 01/17/2013
On Tuesday, January 16, Senator Leahy spoke on issues of privacy at Georgetown University.

Leahy: Not Passing VAWA Comes at a Human Cost

Date: 01/17/2013
On Tuesday, January 16, Senator Leahy spoke about the Violence Against Women Act at Georgetown University.

Senator Leahy Addresses Gun Violence

Date: 01/16/2013

On Tuesday, January 16, Senator Leahy spoke on issues of gun violence at Georgetown University.

Senator Leahy Remembers His Dear Friend Senator Daniel Inouye

Date: 12/19/2012

On December 18, Senator Leahy spoke briefly on the Senate floor paying tribute to his longtime colleague and dear friend, Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii who passed away on December 17.

The Farm Bill Impasse And Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Cuts

Date: 12/12/2012

Senator Leahy took to the Senate floor on December 11 to defend the inclusion of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in the 2012 Farm Bill. The Senate has passed a bipartisan bill that renews the charter for basic agriculture, nutrition and conservation programs, while saving taxpayers $23 billion dollars.

Pushing For Final Action On VAWA: Senator Leahy Welcomes New GOP Proposal On Tribal Violence

Date: 12/06/2012

Senator Leahy once again appealed to his colleagues in both the House and the Senate to push for final passage of the Violence Against Women Act before the 112th Congress adjourns for good. This floor speech from December 6 specifically addresses a new proposal on issues of tribal violence.

The Dale Long Act Advances -- Supporting First Responders And Their Families

Date: 11/29/2012

Senator Leahy, on November 28, 2012, won Senate approval to add to the pending defense authorization bill his "Dale Long Act," which will strengthen and improve a federal program that provides a crucial safety net for the families of first responders who are killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Here he speaks to the merits of the legislation.

One Million Vests And Counting: Protecting Law Enforcement With Bulletproof Vests

Date: 11/29/2012

Senator Leahy spoke at a press conference on November 27, 2012 marking the issuance of the millionth bulletproof vest through his Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program. Cities and rural communities alike have benefitted from the program since it was first enacted in 1999. In Vermont nearly $840,000 in grant money has helped to supply 3,930 vests. According to the Government Accountability Office, $247 million has provided in reimbursement funding nationwide for the purchase of more than one million vests from 1999 through 2011. Approximately 3,000 law enforcement officers' lives have been saved by protective body armor since 1987, according to the GAO.

Updates To Digital Privacy Laws Move Forward

Date: 11/29/2012
On November 29, 2012, the Senate Judiciary Committee overwhelmingly approved legislation authored by Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) that updates the Video Privacy Protection Act and the ...

Republican Leaders Should Not Stand In The Way Of VAWA

Date: 11/19/2012

Senator Leahy spoke on the Senate floor on November 14 about the impasse facing the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) in Congress. The Senate voted nearly six months ago in favor of VAWA, a bill that has broad support and provides meaningful resources for thousands of domestic and sexual violence victims across the country.

Now Is The Time For Leadership And Bipartisanship To Pass The Farm Bill

Date: 11/14/2012

Senator Leahy spoke from the Senate floor on November 13, 2012, urging his counterparts in the House of Representatives to pass the pending 2012 Farm Bill. The Senate passed a bipartisan Farm Bill earlier this year but House leaders so far have refused to bring a Farm Bill to the House Floor for debate and votes.

On VAWA's 18th Anniversary, Leahy Calls For Bipartisan Passage Of The Landmark Law

Date: 09/13/2012

As lead sponsor of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, Senator Leahy spoke on the Senate floor on the 18th anniversary of the law's original enactment, September 13, about the importance of renewing the program's charter. While the legislation won strong bipartisan support in the Senate, House Republicans have failed to act on this consensus bill. Senator Leahy was joined by several Democratic Senators in calling for swift action to renew VAWA.

The Citizens United Court and the Continued Importance of the Voting Rights Act

Date: 09/13/2012

Senator Leahy, on September 12, chaired a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on the Supreme Court and the importance of the Voting Rights Act that ensure equal access to vote for all Americans.

Domestic Violence Victims Deserve Action Now

Date: 08/02/2012

Senator Leahy spoke on August 1 on the Senate floor, once again highlighting the crucial importance of passing a Violence Against Women Reauthorization to protect all victims of domestic and sexual violence.

Ensuring Judicial Independence Through Civics Education

Date: 07/25/2012

Senator Patrick Leahy chaired a hearing on July 25 featuring retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who testified on the importance of judicial independence. Supreme Court Justices rarely testify before the Senate following their confirmation, but Leahy has made these discussions a priority under his chairmanship.

Taking Back Our Democracy: Responding To Citizens United And The Rise Of Super PACS

Date: 07/25/2012

Senator Leahy participated in a Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee hearing on the Citizens United decision and proposed constitutional amendments to address its effects on July 24, 2012. At the hearing, Senator Leahy defended the voices of individual American voters and expressed his deep concern that large corporate contributions will overshadow voters in future elections.

The DISCLOSE Act Protects The Voices Of American Voters

Date: 07/17/2012

On July 17, Senator Leahy spoke on the Senate floor about the DISCLOSE Act, a bill to reinstate many of the measures gutted by the Supreme Court's decision in the Citizens United case.

Recognizing the Vermont National Guard -- The Nation's Best

Date: 07/12/2012

Senator Leahy spoke briefly on the Senate floor on July 11, 2012 about the Vermont National Guard, recognizing their achievements and continued service to the people of Vermont and the nation.

A Timely And Needed Helping Hand To Small Businesses

Date: 07/11/2012

On July 11, Senator Leahy spoke on the Senate floor about the importance of the Small Business Jobs and Tax Relief Act to Vermont's small business owners, employees, and economy as a whole.

Time Is Running Out For Victims Of Violence

Date: 07/11/2012
Senator Leahy spoke on the Senate floor on July 11, 2012 about the Violence Against Women Act and the need to pass a version of the bill that will protect all victims of domestic and sexual violence.

Reaction Of Senator Leahy To The Supreme Court Decision To Uphold The Affordable Care Act

Date: 06/28/2012

On June 28, shortly following the announcement of the Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act, Senator Leahy spoke briefly about the decision of the court to uphold the law.

The 2012 Farm Bill: Putting An End To The Rollercoaster Of Dairy Price Swings

Date: 06/22/2012

Following Senate passage of the 2012 farm bill on June 21, Senator Leahy made remarks about the impact of the bill and the Senate's bipartisan approach to developing and approving the legislation.

Senator Leahy Defends The Forest Legacy Program

Date: 06/21/2012

On June 20, in the midst of the ongoing debate and votes on amendments to the 2012 farm bill, Senator Leahy rose to speak on the Senate floor in defense of the landmark Forest Legacy Program -- an initiative he pioneered in the 2008 farm bill that came under attack by Senator Mike Lee of Utah. The Senate defeated Lee's amendment and the Forest Legacy Program was preserved.

Senator Leahy Questions Secretary Panetta On The Cost Of War

Date: 06/13/2012

On June 13, 2012, Senator Leahy participated in the Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on the fiscal year 2013 budget request for the Department of Defense. Secretary Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Martin Dempsey, were the witnesses at the hearing.

VAWA Is A Lifesaving Law

Date: 04/26/2012

As Senate debate of the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization heated up on Wednesday, April 25, Senator Leahy spoke about the lifesaving power of the law and reminded his colleagues that a victim, is a victim, is a victim. All victims deserve protection and support under VAWA.

Leahy Questions Secretary Napolitano On Secret Service Misconduct

Date: 04/25/2012
In the wake of gross misconduct within the ranks of the Secret Service, the Senate Judiciary Committee held an oversight hearing of the Department of Homeland Security on April 25, 2012. Secretary...

VAWA Reauthorization Addresses Unmet Needs Of Victims

Date: 04/24/2012
The Senate is expected to begin consideration of the Violence Against Women Act on Wednesday, April 25. On April 23, Senator Leahy spoke on the floor about the national imperative of meeting...

Time For Senate To Consider Bipartisan VAWA Reauthorization Bill

Date: 04/20/2012
Senator Leahy's remarks on the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, given on the Senate floor on April 19, 2012.

Leahy: We Ought To Get Out Of Afghanistan

Date: 04/20/2012

Senator Leahy appeared on Vermont Public Television's Report From Washington on April 19, 2012. During the broadcast, Senator Leahy answered a question posed by the host, Mark Johnson, about the U.S. presence in Iraq and Afghanistan. Credit: Vermont Public Television.

Senate Should Consider VAWA Reauthorization Without Delay

Date: 04/19/2012
Senator Leahy spoke on the Senate floor on Monday, April 16 about the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization which is pending before the Senate. Leahy, a longtime champion of services for...

The United States Senate Embraces The Kony 2012 Movement

Date: 04/19/2012

The day before the Kony 2012 movement's global day of action, U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), John Kerry (D-Mass.), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Mary Landrieu (D-La.), and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) released a new video on the Senate's efforts to support the removal of Joseph Kony and his top lieutenants in the Lord's Resistance Army from the battlefield in central Africa. Former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), is also featured in the video, which is aimed at the millions of young Americans who have become part of the Kony 2012 movement in the last month. The seven-and-a-half-minute video, titled "Pursuing Joseph Kony: A Message from the United States Senate" went live on YouTube Thursday and will be pushed out through senators' digital channels, including Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, email, and their websites.

Applying 'Buffett Rule' Fairness To The U.S. Tax Code

Date: 04/19/2012

As the Senate prepared for a vote on the so called 'Buffett Rule' or the Paying A Fair Share Act on April 16, 2012, Senator Leahy took to the Senate floor to call for equality in the American tax system.

Protecting The Voice Of The Electorate: Senator Leahy Speaks On The DISCLOSE Act

Date: 03/29/2012

Senator Patrick Leahy spoke on March 29 at a Senate hearing in Washington about his concerns about the impact of the Supreme Court's 2010 decision in Citizens United. Last week, Leahy joined as an original cosponsor of new legislation designed to address the effects of the Supreme Court's 2010 decision in Citizens United. The DISCLOSE Act of 2012 will help put an end to secretive campaign spending by strengthening disclosure laws. Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is the lead sponsor of the bill.

Eliminating Big Oil Tax Breaks: Relieving The Burden On The American Taxpayer

Date: 03/28/2012
As the Repeal Big Oil Tax Subsidies Act is considered by the full Senate, Senator Leahy pauses to reflect and remark on the importance of addressing this unfair burden on American taxpayers.

What's At Stake: Senator Leahy Comments On The Supreme Court's Consideration Of The ACA

Date: 03/28/2012

Senator Patrick Leahy attended the oral arguments at the Supreme Court on the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday, March 27. He made these comments at a press conference following the Court's session. Senator Leahy was joined by Senator Schumer, Senator Reed, and Senator Harkin.

Fostering Sustainability: Examining the USAID Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Request

Date: 03/14/2012

On March 14, Senator Leahy chaired a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations to examine the fiscal year 2013 budget request of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).The USAID Administrator, Dr. Raj Shah, was the chief witness at the hearing.

Senator Leahy questioned Administrator Shah at length about the priorities of the Agency for the coming year and the ongoing work of the USAID to effect change the world over. Leahy's questions touched upon issues such as Afghanistan, the violence in central Africa and recent widespread attention that has been paid to the Lord's Resistance Army and Joseph Kony, and administration initiatives such as Feed the Future.

FOIA Front And Center: Annual Sunshine Week Hearing In Senate Judiciary Committee

Date: 03/13/2012

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy chaired a hearing on March 13, 2012, on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the nation's premier open government law. The nation is celebrating Sunshine Week, an observance of the importance of an open and transparent government. At the hearing, Leahy committed to working to ensure that the public's interest in accessing essential health and safety information is protected when Congress considers legislative exemptions to FOIA.

National Guard Breakfast

Date: 02/29/2012

Senator Leahy is the Democratic co-chair of the Senate National Guard Caucus, a bipartisan group of Senators committed to supporting the men and women who serve in the National Guard. On February 29, the Senator spoke briefly at the Senate National Guard Caucus breakfast, an event attended by Guard leadership from around the country and the Pentagon.

The State Of Foreign Aid: Leahy Chairs A Hearing On The State Department Budget Request

Date: 02/28/2012

Senator Patrick Leahy chaired a hearing on February 28 about the fiscal year 2013 budget request for the Department of State and Foreign Operations. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was the chief witness and testified about the priorities of the Department of State for the coming year and about the outlook for the continually evolving situation in the Middle East and North Africa. Leahy, who is the chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, returned on Monday from an official trip to Haiti, Cuba and Colombia to evaluate the continued need for and the use of United States foreign aid dollars.

Protecting Those Who Protect Us: The Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program

Date: 02/15/2012

Senator Patrick Leahy chaired a hearing in Washington, D.C. on February 15 about the importance of the lifesaving Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program, a federal grant program to assist state and local law enforcement authored by Leahy. Burlington Police Chief Michael Schirling testified before the Senate panel.

The Video Privacy Protection Act: Protecting Viewer Privacy In The 21st Century

Date: 01/31/2012

Senator Leahy attended a Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA) on Tuesday, January 31. At the hearing, he made remarks on the legislation. Leahy was the lead author of the VPPA, which is considered one of the nation's model privacy laws.

Online Theft Undercuts Economic Recovery

Date: 01/24/2012

Senator Leahy took to the Senate floor on Monday, January 24, as the Senate reconvened for the second session of the 112th Congress. The Senator spoke about the PROTECT IP Act and the need to address the sale of counterfeit goods online for the safety of consumers and the good of the economy.

Jumpstarting Job Creation

Date: 12/07/2011

Senator Leahy chaired a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on December 8, 2011 on the EB-5 Regional Center Program. This key foreign investor program has successfully drawn millions of dollars in economic investment to Vermont's economy. The hearing featured a Vermont witness, Mr. Bill Stenger, President and co-owner of Jay Peak Resort. Among other important Vermont businesses, both Jay Peak and Sugarbush, two of Vermont's destination ski resorts, have successfully raised capital through the Regional Center program, and have been engaged in ambitious development projects.

Reauthorizing VAWA

Date: 11/30/2011
Nearly 20 years after the Violence Against Women Act was first signed into law, U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy introduced bipartisan legislation on Wednesday, November 28, to further strengthen...

Standing By Our National Guard

Date: 11/29/2011

On November 28, 2011, Senator Leahy took to the Senate floor in support of his National Guard Empowerment Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act.

Leahy Comments On Post-Irene Funding And Waivers -- Critical Support For Vermont

Date: 11/17/2011

Senator Leahy made comments on Thursday, November 17, 2011 about the Transportation Appropriations bill which was passed by the House by a vote of 298-121 and was expected to be voted on by the Senate that evening.

Equality and Justice -- A Landmark Step For The Respect For Marriage Act

Date: 11/10/2011

On November 10, 2011 the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee approved legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), a critical step forward in restoring the rights of all lawfully married couples. The Respect for Marriage Act would repeal DOMA, which was enacted in 1996. Under the current law, legally married, same-sex couples cannot take advantage of federal protections available to every other married couple.

Critical Funding For Transportation: Addressing Vermont's Disaster Recovery Needs

Date: 11/01/2011

On Tuesday, November 1, the Senate voted to pass the Transportation-HUD appropriations bill. Following the vote, Senator Leahy made brief remarks on the floor of the Senate about the critical funding included in the bill for Vermont.

Leahy Questions SBA On Disaster Loans

Date: 10/13/2011

Senator Leahy attended a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on October 12, 2011 and questioned a representative of the Small Business Administration on the application review rate for disaster loan assistance following Hurricane Irene.

A Rare Occurrence -- Two Supreme Court Justices Testify Before Congress

Date: 10/06/2011

Senator Leahy chaired a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee on October 5, 2011, on the role of judges under the American constitution. Testifying at the hearing were Associate Supreme Court Jusitces Stephen Breyer and Antonin Scalia.

Irene's Toll On Vermont's Homes And Families

Date: 10/05/2011

Senator Leahy gave remarks on the floor of the Senate on Monday, October 3, highlighting the continued impact of Hurricane Irene on Vermont's homes and families. Winter is fast-approaching and Senator Leahy remains committed to doing everything in his power to assist Vermonters in need.

The Indomitable Vermont Spirit

Date: 09/26/2011

On September 20, Senator Leahy took to the Senate floor and spoke about the indomitable Vermont spirit and the many cases of Vermonters helping Vermonters over the past month as the state has worked to recover from Hurricane Irene.

The National Guard Response To Hurricane Irene

Date: 09/26/2011

Senator Leahy spoke on the floor of the Senate on Thursday, September 22 and addressed the role of the National Guard in responding to the devastation left by Hurricane Irene in Vermont.

Senator Leahy Seeks To Reduce Heavy Truck Traffic In Vermont Downtowns

Date: 09/20/2011

Senator Leahy gives brief casual remarks on the necessity of legislation regulating truck weights on Vermont's secondary roads.

Senator Leahy Stands Up For Vermont, Calls For United And Immediate Response For Disaster Recovery

Date: 09/14/2011

At a news conference on Capitol Hill Senator Leahy joined several of his colleagues to call for immediate action on legislation to provide additional disaster assistance funding to the many Americans working to recover from the recent series of storms. Leahy, surrounded by Senators from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Louisiana, made it clear that Vermonters cannot wait for Washington to sort out their differences and concerns over offsets and that this is a time for action.

Senator Leahy Calls For Cooperation On Disaster Aid

Date: 09/13/2011

Senator Leahy gave an impassioned speech on the floor of the United States Senate on Tuesday calling on his colleagues to come together in support of Americans in need. Citing examples of bridges, roadways, homes and schools washed away in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene, Leahy highlighted the challenges Vermonters are working to overcome and called the objections of some of his Senate counterparts to legislation providing additional disaster aid funding unconscionable.

Senator Leahy Brings Vermont's Story To Washington

Date: 09/08/2011

Senator Leahy has been a fierce advocate for the people of Vermont as they work to recover and rebuild after Tropical Storm Irene. In this video, excerpts from the Senator's remarks on the Senate floor on September 6 and September 8 are featured.

On The Senate Floor -- Senator Leahy On The Debt Crisis

Date: 08/01/2011

As debate continued on the debt crisis, Senator Leahy gave an impassioned speech on the Floor of the United States Senate on Saturday, July 30.

A Compromise To Avoid Default

Date: 08/01/2011

Senator Leahy speaks in support of the deal reached by Congressional leadership and the White House in the face of the looming debt crisis.

A Time For Statesmanship -- Proposed Solutions To The Debt Limit Crisis

Date: 07/26/2011

Senator Leahy spoke on the Senate floor on Tuesday, July 26 with regard to the looming debt crisis and the proposed solution put forward by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. He called for statesmanship in this time of uncertainty.

"Our Constitution Deserves Protection" -- Balancing The Budget Responsibly

Date: 07/22/2011

Senator Leahy spoke on the floor of the Senate on July 22 in opposition to a proposed constitutional amendment related to the federal budget. In the midst of the heated debate over the debt ceiling and fiscal policy, Senator Leahy stood his ground and defended the fundamental charter of the United States.

Repealing DOMA -- An Historic Hearing On Respect For Marriage

Date: 07/20/2011

Senator Leahy chaired the first-ever congressional hearing on proposals to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. Testimony at the hearing focused on the damaging affect of DOMA on the lives of American families. Vermont witness Susan Murray testifed about how DOMA has caused significant economic harm to families.

The Second Chance Act -- Reducing Recidivism In The United States

Date: 07/13/2011

On July 13, Senator Leahy was joined by Senator Portman and representatives of Departments of Corrections from around the country at a news conference about the Second Chance Act. In this video, Senator Leahy speaks about the bill, followed by Andy Pallito, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Corrections.

Pushing For Afghanistan Withdrawal

Date: 06/15/2011

Senator Leahy questioned Defense Secretary Gates and Admiral Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, on June 15, 2011 at a Defense Appropriations Subcommittee hearing. He pushed for a faster timeline for troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Senators Leahy And Graham Unveil The Next Steps For National Guard Empowerment Reforms

Date: 06/09/2011

On May 19, Senator Leahy joined Senator Graham to announce new National Guard Empowerment legislation. Leahy and Graham are the co-chairs of the bipartisan National Guard caucus and work to draw attention to issues impacting the National Guard across the country.

FEMA Administrator Fugate Answers Senator Leahy's Questions About Disaster Relief In Vermont

Date: 06/09/2011

At an Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on Homeland Security, Senator Leahy questioned the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Craig Fugate, about Vermont's pending application for disaster relief in the wake of the extreme flooding that has plagued the state in recent weeks.

Tribute to Professional Firefighters of Vermont

Date: 06/07/2011
Senator Leahy pays tribute to the brave men and women who put their lives on the line each day as firefighters in Vermont.

Protecting Mobile Privacy: A Senate Judiciary Subcommittee Hearing

Date: 05/11/2011
The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law held it's first hearing on May 10, 2011. The hearing, which examined the practices of major technology companies such as...

Senator Leahy Speaks On The Death Of Osama bin Laden

Date: 05/05/2011

Following the announcement of the death of Osama bin Laden by the administration on May 1, 2011, Senator Leahy made a statement on the floor of the Senate. In his May 2 floor speech, the Senator paid tribute to the victims of the tragic events of September 11, 2001 and called for unity in the face of hatred and violence.

Senator Leahy Speaks In Opposition To The 2011 Budget Bill

Date: 04/15/2011

Senator Leahy spoke on the Senate floor on April 14, 2011 just prior to the vote on the 2011 budget bill.

Senator Leahy Examines The USAID FY 2012 Budget Request

Date: 04/13/2011
On April 12, 2011, Senator Leahy chaired a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations to examine the FY 2012 budget request for the US Agency for ...

Effects of a Government Shutdown on US Troops

Date: 04/07/2011

In a speech delivered on April 7, 2011 on the floor of the Senate, Senator Leahy challenges Congress to do the right thing by our troops and their families. Now, in the midst of two wars and other overseas action, is not the time to withhold their paychecks.

Senator Leahy Speaks To Representatives Of NeighborWorks

Date: 04/06/2011
On April 5, 2011, Senator Leahy spoke briefly to representatives of NeighborWorks, a national organization devoted to issues related to affordable housing and community development. In his...

Senator Leahy Questions Pentagon Officials On Defense Health Programs

Date: 04/06/2011

On April 6, 2011, Senator Leahy took part in a Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on Defense Health Programs. Senator Leahy challenged Pentagon officials to do more for Guard and Reserve personnel and to incorporate medical information technology to improve standard medical processes and health outcomes for service members.

Senator Leahy Speaks On Online Infringement

Date: 04/05/2011

On April 4, 2011, Senator joined several of his colleagues from the House of Representatives as well as representatives of labor and American businesses to discuss the importance of addressing issues related to online infringement.

Protecting the Civil Rights of American Muslims: Senator Leahy's Opening Remarks

Date: 03/29/2011

The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, Human Rights, and the Law, held a hearing on March 29 to examine issues related to protecting the civil rights of American Muslims. Prior to hearing witness testimony, Senator Leahy delivered this opening statement.

Senator Leahy Travels to the Dominican Republic and Haiti

Date: 03/28/2011

From March 21 -23, 2011, Senator Leahy led a Congressional Delegation on a fact-finding trip to the Dominican Republic and Haiti. In the Dominican Republic, the delegation commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps. In Haiti, they visited camps for internally displaced persons and spoke with relief workers assisting the Haitian people as they rebuild following the earthquake of 2010.

This composite slide show features photos taken by both Senator Leahy and his staff. Audio excerpts from interviews he gave to Vermont press accompany the photos.

Senator Leahy's Opening Remarks to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson

Date: 03/16/2011

On March 16, 2011, the Senate Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies held a hearing on the FY 2012 budget proposal for the Environmental Protection Agency. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson was the chief witness. Senator Leahy delivered brief opening remarks about the role of the EPA in protecting Vermont's Lake Champlain.

Senator Leahy Speaks At Judiciary Committee FOIA Hearing

Date: 03/15/2011

On March 15, 2011, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the Freedom of Information Act. Senator Leahy delivered opening remarks prior to asking questions of the witnesses. The hearing took place during the sixth annual Sunshine Week, a national movement to promote open government and transparency.

Senator Leahy Questions Secretary Napolitano At DHS Oversight Hearing

Date: 03/09/2011

On March 9, 2011, Senator Leahy chaired a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on oversight of the Department of Homeland Security. Senator Leahy delivered opening remarks and questioned Secretary Napolitano about TSA security procedures and the implementation of the Real ID Act.

FY 2012 State Department Budget -- Subcommittee Hearing

Date: 03/03/2011

On March 2, 2011, Senator Patrick Leahy chaired a Department of State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the proposed budget for the State Department in FY 2012. The chief witness was Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Prior to hearing her testimony, the Senator delivered these opening remarks.

Senator Leahy Speaks On Vermont's Long History Of Innovation And Invention

Date: 03/03/2011

On March 3, 2011, Senator Patrick Leahy spoke on the floor of the Senate about the relationship between Vermont and the America Invents Act. Senator Leahy is the author of this bill to overhaul America's patent system and takes great pride in the innovative spirit that characterizes his home state.

Senator Leahy Speaks On The Constitutionality Of Health Care Reform

Date: 02/02/2011

Excerpts from Senator Leahy's opening statement at a hearing held by the Senate Judiciary Committee, of which he is the Chair, on the constitutional issues involved in the Affordable Care Act. The hearing was held on February 2, 2011.

Senator Leahy's Agenda Speech Q & A -- Security Issue

Date: 01/11/2011

On January 11, 2011, Senator Patrick Leahy spoke at the Newseum in downtown Washington, DC about his priorities for the Senate Judiciary Committee in the 112th Congress. Here, Senator Leahy answers a question about security for public officials in the wake of the attack in Tucson and in relation to his own experience as a target of the anthrax attacks in 2001.

Senator Leahy's Agenda Speech -- Remarks on Tucson Tragedy

Date: 01/11/2011

On January 11, 2011, Senator Patrick Leahy spoke at the Newseum in downtown Washington, DC about his priorities for the Senate Judiciary Committee in the 112th Congress. Prior to detailing the work he would like to see accomplished in the coming years, Senator Leahy paused to address the tragic attack in Tucson, Arizona.

Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Effort To Repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Date: 12/20/2010

Senator Patrick Leahy gives remarks on the floor of the United States Senate on Saturday, December 18, 2010 regarding the the repeal of the discriminatory Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy.

Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Untimely Passing Of Ambassador Richard Holbrooke

Date: 12/15/2010

On December 15, 2010, Senator Patrick Leahy paid tribute to his dear friend Ambassador Richard Holbrooke on the floor of the Senate with this statement.

Senator Leahy's Opening Statement - Agriculture Hearing On The National Organic Law At 20

Date: 09/16/2010

On September 15, 2010, Senator Leahy chaired an Agriculture Committee Hearing on the National Organic Law at 20. The law, which was authored by Leahy in 1990, established standards for organic agriculture nationwide.

Postcards From Home - Message From the Clarendon Fire Dept. to the Troops

Date: 08/25/2010
The Clarendon, VT fire department sends their best wishes to the troops serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Postcard From Home - Chris O'Neill from 105.3FM

Date: 08/25/2010
Radio host Chris O'Neill gives a shout-out to the members of the armed services currently in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Big Times In A Small Town - James Mee - Box of Kisses Event

Date: 08/17/2010
Vermont singer/songwriter James Mee performs his well-known song "Big Times In a Small Town" at the Box of Kisses Event in Clarendon at the end of July 2010.

Sunday Drive - James Mee - Box of Kisses Event in Clarendon

Date: 08/17/2010
Singer/songwriter James Mee performs "Sunday Drive" and shares stories from his childhood in Vermont at the Box of Kisses Event in Clarendon.

Postcard From Home - Msg. for Tyson - Clarendon Box of Kisses Event

Date: 08/16/2010
Vermonters send their best wishes to their son, Tyson, currently serving in the Vermont National Guard overseas.

Postcard From Home - Clarendon Box of Kisses Event

Date: 08/16/2010
Two Vermonters send their best wishes to members of the Vermont National Guard serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Postcard From Home - Msg. for Nick - Clarendon Box of Kisses Event

Date: 08/16/2010
Vermonters send warm wishes and greetings to a loved-one serving overseas.

Postcard From Home - To Albee - Clarendon Box of Kisses Event

Date: 08/16/2010
A Vermonter sends a greeting to a loved-one serving overseas.

Postcard From Home - Msg. to Cisco - Clarendon Box of Kisses Event

Date: 08/16/2010
A message to 1SGT Cisco Herrera of the Vermont National Guard, currently serving overseas.

Postcard From Home - To Cassidy - Clarendon Box of Kisses Event

Date: 08/16/2010
Attendees at the Box of Kisses event in North Clarendon, VT send their greetings to a member of our armed services currently overseas.

Postcard From Home - Message for Cisco - Clarendon Box of Kisses Event

Date: 08/12/2010
Family members and friends send their greetings to loved ones serving overseas.

Postcard From Home - To Cisco - Clarendon Box of Kisses Event

Date: 08/12/2010
An attendee at the Box of Kisses Event in Clarendon, VT sends a message to a loved one serving overseas.

Postcard From Home - For Maria - Box of Kisses Event

Date: 08/12/2010
A Vermonter sends a message to soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan at the Box of Kisses event in Clarendon.

Postcard from Home - Clarendon Box of Kisses Event 3

Date: 08/12/2010
A Vermont couple sends greetings to their son serving overseas in the Vermont National Guard.

Postcard From Home - Clarendon Box of Kisses Event2

Date: 08/12/2010
An attendee at the Box of Kisses event in Clarendon, VT sends a greeting to a relative serving overseas.

Postcard From Home - Clarendon Box of Kisses Event

Date: 08/11/2010
A young Vermonter sends a message to her father serving overseas in the Vermont National Guard.

Peg Flory Postcard From Home

Date: 08/11/2010
Vermont State Senator Peg Flory of Pittsford sends a message to Vermonters serving in the armed forces abroad.

Patty and Clara From North Clarendon "Postcard From Home"

Date: 08/11/2010
Patty and Clara of North Clarendon, VT send their best wishes to those serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Lt. Col. Kenneth Shaw, Ret. "Postcard From Home"

Date: 08/11/2010
Lt. Col. Kenneth B. Shaw, Army Ret. passes along his best wishes and those of American Legion Post 31 to the Vermonters serving overseas.

Box Of Kisses - Song Performance

Date: 08/10/2010
The Clarendon Elementary School choir sings the song "Box of Kisses" to their family members and neighbors serving in the armed forces abroad.

National Anthem at Dusk - Clarendon Box of Kisses Event

Date: 08/10/2010
A moving performance of the national anthem at the Box of Kisses event held in honor of Vermonters serving in the armed forces across the globe.

Group Kisses from Clarendon

Date: 08/10/2010
Attendees at the Box of Kisses event in Clarendon, VT on July 31, 2010 blow kisses to their loved-ones and neighbors serving overseas.

General Powell Records Postcard From Home Message To The Troops

Date: 07/19/2010

On July 19, General Colin Powell sent a message to Vermonters in military service as part of the ongoing "Postcards From Home" YouTube video project launched in April by Senator Leahy.  Leahy had invited General Powell to record a message directed to Vermonters serving overseas and the General visited Leahy's Washington office to do so.

Fox 44 - Senator Leahy Joins Groundbreaking at Jay Peak

Date: 07/12/2010

On Wednesday, July 7, Senator Leahy joined Jay Peak President Bill Stenger and others for a groundbreaking ceremony for the 275,000 Hotel Jay that will feature 170 suites and the largest water park in the Northeast. Senator Leahy helped obtain federal funding to expand the Jay water system, and has supported the EB-5 investor program that has provided critical funding to the expansion.

Senator Leahy Closes Third Day of Kagan's Confirmation Hearing

Date: 06/30/2010

June 30 marks the third day of nomination hearings for Solicitor General Elena Kagan to be the next Associated Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. After two and a half days of answering questions from Senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Elena Kagan is finished with her testimony. The hearing will continue tomorrow with testimony from witnesses about her record and service.

Tribute to Senator Robert C. Byrd

Date: 06/29/2010

On June 28, Senator Leahy made a statement on the Senate Floor about the passing of his dear friend and colleague, Senator Byrd from West Virginia. Senator Byrd was 92 and a longtime defender of the Constitution.

C-SPAN 3: Leahy Opens Supreme Court Hearings Today

Date: 06/28/2010

On June 28, 2010, Senator Leahy (D-Vt.) opened the hearings for Elena Kagan to be the next Associated Justice on the Supreme Court of the U.S. Elena Kagan is currently Solicitor General for the U.S. and would be the fourth woman nominated the nation's highest court. As Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Leahy will lead her nomination through the Committee this week.

Leahy Discusses Kagan Nomination In Advance of Next Week's Supreme Court Hearing

Date: 06/23/2010

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) joined leading members of the Senate Judiciary Committee at a press conference today to discuss the Supreme Court and the nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to be an Associate Justice of Supreme Court of the United States. The Judiciary Committee will begin the confirmation hearing on the nomination on June 28.

Leahy Holds Hearing On 'Risky Business of Big Oil'

Date: 06/10/2010
On Tuesday, June 8, Senator Leahy (D-Vt.) chaired a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing to examine how recent court decisions and federal liability caps influence corporate behavior, affect...

Leahy Opposes Murkowski Resolution on Greenhouse Gases

Date: 06/10/2010

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Thursday joined colleagues on the Senate floor for a debate on the resolution by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) that would prevent the EPA from regulating reductions in greenhouse gases. During his statement, Leahy announced he will oppose this resolution because it will overturn strong scientific evidence with a political veto. By supporting this resolution, Leahy says, we will "undermine America's ability to clean our air and our waters."

Leahy Joins Oil Rig Victims' Families In Call For Accountability

Date: 06/10/2010

Senator Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) held a press conference with family members of victims who died in the April 20 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico to press for accountability from the oil and drilling companies responsible for the tragedy in the Gulf.

The widows of the 11 men killed on the oil rig met with President Obama Thursday afternoon. They are urging action on bills introduced by Leahy, Schumer and Whitehouse to ensure that the oil and drilling companies responsible for the tragic explosion on April 20, and the continuing environmental disaster in the Gulf, are held fully accountable.

C-SPAN: Leahy Joins Wall Street Reform Bill Conferees for First Meeting

Date: 06/10/2010

On Thursday, June 10, Senator Patrick Leahy joined the 42 other members of the House and Senate conference committee tasked with finalizing the financial reform package. During this meeting, Senator Leahy stressed the importance of keeping strong rules on the trading of derivatives in the final package. Video courtesy of C-SPAN 3

Tim Kavanagh Postcard From Home Message

Date: 06/07/2010
This video is part of a video message project called "Postcards From Home."

Leahy Urges Senators To

Date: 06/07/2010

On June 7, 2010, Senator Leahy spoke on the Senate Floor, regarding the nomination of Elena Kagan to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. In his brief statement, he urged his colleagues across the aisle to reject an ideological litmus test when it comes to judging Kagan's ability to serve as a fair and independent Justice.

Jacqui Hood "Postcard from Home"

Date: 05/25/2010
Jacqui Hood, President-elect of the Vermont Business and Professional Women sends a video greeting to the troops. Jacqui recorded her message at Senator Leahy's annual Women's Economic ...

Gerry and Eileen from Sugarbush "Postcard From Home"

Date: 05/24/2010
Gerry and Eilleen send a video shout-out to the troops. This video was recorded as part of Senator Leahy's "Postcards from Home" project at Senator Leahy's annual Taste of Vermont reception...

Jason, Selene, and Jake's Postcard From Home

Date: 05/21/2010
Jason, Selene, and Jake are from Burlington, Vt. This video is part of a video message project called "Postcards From Home." Senator Leahy urges fellow Vermonters to send their thoughts via...

Senator Leahy Asks About Housing For Vermont's Homeless Veterans

Date: 05/20/2010

At a unique Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on May 20, 2010, Senator Leahy questioned Veterans Administration Secretary General Eric Shinseki and Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan about improving housing for homeless veterans in Vermont.

Senator Leahy Sets Date For Kagan Confirmation Hearing To Begin June 28

Date: 05/19/2010

At a hearing on May 19, 2010, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced that proceedings to consider the nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to be an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court will begin on June 28. You can read more about Elena Kagan's nomination to be an Assosicate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court here.

Way Forward On Anti-Personnel Landmines

Date: 05/18/2010

On May 18, 2010, Senator Leahy spoke on the Senate floor about his most recent efforts to put the United States on the path to joining the international treaty banning landmines. Although the U.S. has not signed the treaty, 158 other nations have over the last ten years. In a letter to President Obama today, Senator Leahy and 67 other Senators signaled the Senate's willingness to work with the Administration to move the U.S. toward signing the treaty.

Megan D. "Postcard from Home"

Date: 05/17/2010
Megan D. sends a "postcard from home" to Vermonters serving overseas. This video was recorded at the Women's Economic Opportunity Conference on May 15, 2010 as part of Senator Leahy's ...

Pam Brown's Video "Postcard from Home"

Date: 05/17/2010
Pam Brown of Vermont's chapter of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) sends her video greeting to the troops. This video is part of Senator Leahy's "Postcards from Home" project...

Cindy Logan's video postcard saluting the troops

Date: 05/17/2010
Cindy Logan of the Red Fox Inn and Ma Bean's Vermont Pie Company sends a video shout-out to the troops, with a special message for a local soldier. This video was recorded as part of Senator...

Dave Wheel, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, greets the troops

Date: 05/17/2010
Dave Wheel, of the Vermont Chapter of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, greets the troops from Senator Leahy's annual Women's Economic Opportunity Conference in Randolph, VT on.

Family of a Vermont Guard Member sends their love

Date: 05/12/2010
Jack Tracy's family sends a shout-out to him while he serves in Afghanistan.

Leahy Meets With U.S. Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan

Date: 05/12/2010

On May 12, Senator Leahy met with President Obama's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, Solicitor General Elena Kagan, in his Washington, D.C. office. After a private meeting, Senator Leahy held a press conference to talk about her nomination. As Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Leahy will lead the nomination through the Senate.

Rich of Burlington's Postcard From Home

Date: 05/11/2010
This video is part of a video message project called "Postcards From Home."

Leahy Questions Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Date: 05/11/2010
On May 11, 2010, Senator Leahy chaired a Judiciary Committee hearing on oversight of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the agency that serves as the principal administrator of the...

Paul from the Cow Cart's Postcard From Home

Date: 05/11/2010
The Cow Cart is located on Church Street in Burlington, Vermont.

Sadie Katz' Postcard From Home Message

Date: 05/11/2010
Sadie Katz is a deli located in downtown Burlington, Vermont.

Senator Leahy Holds Press Conference On Kagan Nomination To Supreme Court

Date: 05/10/2010

On May 10, 2010, President Obama nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan to be the next Associate Justice to the Supreme Court. Kagan is nominated to replace Justice John Paul Stevens, who announced he was retiring on April 9. As Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Leahy will lead Kagan's confirmation hearings. Senator Leahy held a press conference this morning to talk about the nomination of Kagan to the nation's highest court.

William Busier Postcard from Home

Date: 05/04/2010
Wililam Busier of Essex Junction sends a message to the Troops from the Department of Vermont Disabled American Veterans. This video is part of a video message project called "Postcards From...

Robert Pixley Postcard from Home

Date: 05/04/2010
Robert Pixley sends a message to the Troops from the Department of Vermont Disabled American Veterans. This video is part of a video message project called "Postcards From Home." Senator Patrick...

Richard Crossman Postcard from Home

Date: 05/04/2010
Richard Crossman of Rutland sends a message to the Troops from the Department of Vermont Disabled American Veterans. This video is part of a video message project called "Postcards From Home.

Maynard Greenwood Video from Home

Date: 05/04/2010
Maynard Greenwood sends a message to the Troops from the Department of Vermont Disabled American Veterans. This video is part of a video message project called "Postcards From Home." Senator Patrick Leahy urges fellow Vermonters to send their thoughts via video message to Vermont National Guard troops and Vermonters in the armed services who are currently serving in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other locations across the globe.

Lisa Sloane Postcard from Home

Date: 05/04/2010
Lisa Sloane of Bennington sends a message to the Troops from the Department of Vermont Disabled American Veterans. This video is part of a video message project called "Postcards From Home."...

Dennis Clark Postcard from Home

Date: 05/04/2010
Dennis Clark sends a message to the Troops from the Department of Vermont Disabled American Veterans. This video is part of a video message project called "Postcards From Home." Senator Patrick.

Dennis Backus and Tammy Cook Postcard from Home

Date: 05/04/2010
Dennis Backus and Tammy Cook of White River Junction send a message to the Troops from the Department of Vermont Disabled American Veterans. This video is part of a video message project ...

Asiat Ali Postcard from Home

Date: 05/04/2010
Asiat Ali of Essex Junction sends a message to the Troops from the Department of Vermont Disabled American Veterans 61st Annual Convention. This video is part of a video message project called...

Steve Myers Postcard from Home

Date: 04/29/2010
Steve Myers of Burlington sends a message to the Troops from the VFW Post 782. This video is part of a video message project called "Postcards From Home." Senator Patrick Leahy urges fellow...

Floyd FitzPatrick Postcard from Home

Date: 04/29/2010
Floyd FitzPatrick of Burlington sends a message to the Troops from the VFW Post 782. This video is part of a video message project called "Postcards From Home." Senator Patrick Leahy urges...

Don Sawyer Postcard from Home

Date: 04/27/2010
Don Sawyer sends a message to the Troops from the VFW Post 782. This video is part of a video message project called "Postcards From Home." Senator Patrick Leahy urges fellow Vermonters to...

Patrick McDonald Postcard from Home

Date: 04/27/2010
Patrick McDonald of Shelburne sends a message to the Troops from the VFW Post 782. This video is part of a video message project called "Postcards From Home." Senator Patrick Leahy urges fellow...

Jean Rainville Postcard from Home

Date: 04/27/2010
Jean Rainville of South Burlington sends a message to the Troops from the VFW Post 782. This video is part of a video message project called "Postcards From Home." Senator Patrick Leahy urges...

Dennis Hamel Postcard from Home

Date: 04/27/2010
Dennis Hamel of Milton sends a message to the Troops from the VFW Post 782. This video is part of a video message project called "Postcards From Home." Senator Patrick Leahy urges fellow ...

David Garan Postcard from Home

Date: 04/27/2010
David Garan of Charlotte sends a message to the Troops from the VFW Post 782. This video is part of a video message project called "Postcards From Home." Senator Patrick Leahy urges fellow...

Bob Colby Postcard from Home

Date: 04/27/2010
Bob Colby of Burlington sends a message to the Troops from the VFW Post 782. This video is part of a video message project called "Postcards From Home." Senator Patrick Leahy urges fellow ...

Senator Leahy Secures Public Meeting For Proposed Border Facility

Date: 04/27/2010

On April 27, Senator Leahy chaired an oversight hearing on the Department of Homeland Security, at which DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano testified. In an exchange with Secretary Napolitano over the controversy surrounding the proposed replacement of a border crossing facility at Morses Line, Leahy secured a pledge for a public meeting to be held near the crossing point in Vermont.

Governor Jim Douglas "Postcard from Home"

Date: 04/23/2010
Vermont Governor Jim Douglas sends a greeting from the Burlington, VFW Post 782. This video is part of a video message project called "Postcards From Home." Senator Patrick Leahy urges fellow...

MAJ Chris R.postcard from VFW Post 782

Date: 04/23/2010
Major Chris R. sends a message to the Troops from the VFW Post 782. This video is part of a video message project called "Postcards From Home." Senator Patrick Leahy urges fellow Vermonters...

Senator Leahy Discusses Supreme Court and Agriculture Derivatives Bill

Date: 04/21/2010

On April 21, Senator Leahy discussed his meeting with President Obama about the upcoming Supreme Court vacancy. He also commented on The Wall Street Transparency and Accountability Act, which was passed by the Agriculture Committee, and is intended to bring full transparency to financial markets, prevent future bailouts and keep jobs on Main Street.

Senator Leahy On Equal Pay Day

Date: 04/20/2010

On April 20, 2010, Senator Leahy spoke on the Senate floor about Equal Pay Day. Gender discrimination still exists in our country, and hopefully today will serve as an important reminder that we must redouble our efforts to fully close the wage gap.

Postcards From Home - Instructional Video

Date: 04/15/2010

Senator Leahy is urging Vermonters to send their thoughts via video message to members of the Vermont National Guard's 86th Brigade who are deployed in Afghanistan, and other Vermont service members who are stationed across the globe. For more information on this project, please visit Postcards From Home.

Postcards From Home - Senator Patrick Leahy and Marcelle Leahy Thank Troops

Date: 04/15/2010

Senator Leahy is urging Vermonters to send their thoughts via video message to members of the Vermont National Guard's 86th Brigade who are deployed in Afghanistan, and other Vermont service members who are stationed across the globe. For more information on this project, please visit Postcards From Home.

Major General Michael Dubie's Postcard From Home Message

Date: 04/08/2010
This video is part of a video message project called "Postcards From Home." Senator Patrick Leahy urges fellow Vermonters to send their thoughts via video message to members of the Vermont...

Floor Statement On Comprehensive Health Insurance Reform

Date: 03/25/2010

On March 23, 2010, Senator Leahy joined other members of Congress and health care reform advocates at the White House to watch as President Obama signed into law the historic Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This legislation is the most comprehensive health care reform since the creation of the Medicare program in 1965. This will provide health insurance for more than 32 million uninsured Americans and improve our national health care system.

Comments on Vermont's Breakthrough on Medicaid In Health Reform Plan

Date: 03/19/2010

On March 18, Senator Patrick Leahy announced that the final health reform package that is headed for House and Senate votes will recognize the early investment Vermont has made in its Medicaid program, meaning more than $100 million in added funding for Vermonts Medicaid programs over the next ten years.

Comments On The New Audit of Organic Standards and Labeling Program

Date: 03/19/2010

On March 18, 2010, the USDA's Inspector General released a long awaited audit of the national organic standards and labeling program. Senator Leahy, the father of the organic program, also secured funds for this audit. Leahy commented on the audits findings after it was released.

Senator Leahy Questions Housing Secretary on FY2011 Budget Request

Date: 03/11/2010

On March 11, 2010, Senator Leahy questioned Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan on the President's Fiscal Year 2011 budget requests. Senator Leahy was able to ask about how the budget will affect rural housing efforts, support for shared equity programs, and what steps the HUD Department is taking to improve oversight of lenders participating in the Making Home Affordable program.

Mysterious Bat Disease Is Spreading

Date: 03/09/2010

On March 9, 2010, Senator Leahy attended a Senate hearing with Interior Department Secretary Ken Salazar. At the hearing, Leahy warned Secretary Salazar that a rapidly spreading bat pandemic continues unchecked and could be on the verge of sweeping across the country. White Nose Syndrome, which was first found in bats in the Northeast, has wiped out millions of bats and was found for the first time last month in Tennessee. Leahy also questioned the Secretary on the Eagle Point property in Derby, Vermont. The 480-acre parcel of land is coming up on a September deadline for the Interior Department to accept the land as a gift from the estate of the late Michael Dunn.

Burlington Police Chief Testifies Before Leahy Panel

Date: 03/04/2010

Burlington Police Chief Michael E. Schirling testified March 3, 2010, before a congressional panel chaired by Senator Patrick Leahy. Leahy invited Schirling to testify at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Encouraging Innovative and Cost-Effective Crime Reduction Strategies.

Senator Leahy Congratulates Vermont Olympians on Senate Floor

Date: 03/02/2010

Senator Leahy delivered a statement on the Senate floor on March 2, 2010, honoring the 21 Vermonters who competed in the Olympic games in Vancouver. The Senator commended the athletes for all their hard work and for being positive role models for young Vermonters.

CNN - Senators Leahy and Lugar Discuss Bipartisanship With Candy Crowley

Date: 02/26/2010

U.S. Senators Leahy and Dick Lugar (R-IN) discuss bipartisanship in the Senate, comparing how it was decades ago to the current climate on Capitol Hill. They spoke with Candy Crowley of CNN. Aired February 26, 2010.

Senator Leahy Promotes Successful Vermont Housing Model

Date: 02/24/2010

On February 24, 2010, Senator Leahy gave brief opening remarks at a seminar at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C., on expanding homeownership. Brenda Torpy, of Burlington's Champlain Housing Trust (CHT) and is featured at the beginning of this video, attended the event which highlighted the innovative model known as shared equity. CHT has been a national leader in using this model to make homeownership more accessible to more moderate and low-income Vermonters.

You can read more about the event, or watch video of the entire event, on the Center for American Progress' website.

Leahy Asks Clinton About Iran's Electronic Curtain

Date: 02/24/2010

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified before the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee today on Fiscal Year 2011 Budget Request. Senator Leahy is chairman of this subcommittee and asked about Iran's satellite jamming of broadcasts by BBC, Voice of America and Deutsche Welle. Senator Leahy asked Secretary Clinton about the Electronic Curtain the Iranian regime is using to cut Iranians access to the outside world and to each other, over social media and other communications links.

Senator Leahy Honors Vermont Nurses Who Volunteered In Haiti

Date: 02/05/2010

On February 4, 2010, Senator Leahy spoke on the Senate Floor about eleven doctors, nurses and other health professionals who traveled to Haiti to volunteer after the devastating January 12th earthquake. Senator Leahy shared some of the stories and pictures from their time there.

Senator Leahy Asks President Obama About Federal Judiciary Nominations

Date: 02/03/2010

On February 3, 2010, President Obama spoke at the Senate Democratic Conference. Senator Leahy had the chance to ask the President if he will continue to nominate people for federal judicial seats as quickly as possible and will he work with both sides to see these posts are filled?

Senator Leahy's Reaction To President Obama's State of the Union Address

Date: 01/28/2010

On January 27, 2010, President Obama addressed Congress in his State of the Union address.

Leahy Comments On The Citizen's United Supreme Court Decision

Date: 01/28/2010

On January 28, 2010, Senator Patrick Leahy spoke on the Senate floor about the recent Supreme Court decision in Citizen's United v Federal Election Commission. The Supreme Court issued a 5-4 decision last week that reversed long-standing precedent and declared government restrictions on corporate independent expenditures on elections to be unconstitutional in violation of the First Amendment.

Highlights of Senator Leahy's Comments On The Earthquake In Haiti

Date: 01/22/2010
On January 22, 2010, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) spoke on the Senate floor on the widespread devastation in Haiti, ten days after a deadly earthquake rattled the hemispheres poorest country. Just as Haiti was moving towards political stability and increased economic development, the hope of a new future was buried in rubble. Now is an opportunity to help rebuild Haiti better than it was before. Despite the massive loss of life and the destruction of thousands of homes, the response from around the world has been one of compassion and generosity.

Senator Leahy's Full Comments on The Earthquake In Haiti

Date: 01/22/2010

On January 22, 2010, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) spoke on the Senate floor on the widespread devastation in Haiti, ten days after a deadly earthquake rattled the hemispheres poorest country. Just as Haiti was moving towards political stability and increased economic development, the hope of a new future was buried in rubble. Now is an opportunity to help rebuild Haiti better than it was before. Despite the massive loss of life and the destruction of thousands of homes, the response from around the world has been one of compassion and generosity.

Leahy Chairs Hearing On Improving Anti-Terrorism Tools And Inter-Agency Communication

Date: 01/20/2010

On January 20, 2010, Senator Patrick Leahy chaired a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing about the failed Christmas Day airliner plot and its lessons for improving the effectiveness of anti-terrorism tools and inter-agency communication. FBI Director Robert Mueller and other homeland security officials testified before the Committee. Leahy also asked questions about an Inspector General report released Wednesday morning about the FBIs misuse of so-called exigent letters in requesting phone records of Americans.

WCAX - Senator Leahy Addresses Vermont National Guard at Deployment Ceremony

Date: 01/06/2010

On January 6, 2010, Senator Leahy addressed about 100 members of the 101st Field Artillery B Battery of the Vermont National Guard who are being called to duty for the mission in Afghanistan. The ceremony was held at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction. The troops also heard from Major General Michael Dubie, Governor Jim Douglas, Congressman Peter Welch, and a representative from Senator Bernie Sanders' office. Video from WCAX, Channel 3.

Senator Leahy Comments on Landmine Ban

Date: 12/01/2009

On December 1, 2009, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) spoke on the Senate floor regarding the Cartagena Landmine Ban Treaty Review Conference. Last week, the Obama Administration announced that the United States would not be signing the landmine ban treaty. The United States is one of only 37 countries that have not joined the treaty, including Russia and China.

Leahy Debates Senate Health Insurance Reform Plan

Date: 11/21/2009

On Saturday, November 21, 2009, in a rare weekend session, Senator Leahy spoke during floor debate on the Senate's health insurance reform plan. By a vote of 60 to 39, the Senate voted to end a filibuster by the Senate Republicans on a procedural vote to move to debate on the health insurance plan. Senator Leahy voted against the filibuster, in support of moving to debate on this legislation.

Leahy's Opening Statement At Hearing On Department of Justice Oversight

Date: 11/18/2009

On November 18, 2009, Attorney General Eric Holder testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in a hearing on "Department of Justice Oversight." Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) chaired the hearing and asked Holder several questions, including questions on trying the 9/11 terrorists in New York City, and about the shooting at Ft. Hood, Texas.

Leahy Questions Attorney General Holder at Oversight Hearing

Date: 11/18/2009

On November 18, 2009, Attorney General Eric Holder testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in a hearing on "Department of Justice Oversight." Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) chaired the hearing and asked Holder several questions, including questions on trying the 9/11 terrorists in New York City, and about the shooting at Ft. Hood, Texas.

Senator Leahy Holds Hearing On Reiss Nomination To Be U.S. District Judge For Vermont

Date: 11/04/2009

On November 4, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) held a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Christina Reiss to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Vermont.

Senator Leahy Speaks On Vermont's Contribution To Health Insurance Reform

Date: 11/04/2009

On Wednesday, November 4, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) spoke on the Senate floor about health insurance reform and Vermont. While Vermont has been a model in coordinating care and offering wider health coverage through public programs, it is time to move forward on national health insurance reform.

Leahy Chairs Hearing On Health Care Fraud

Date: 10/28/2009

On October 28, 2009, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) held a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing to examine federal efforts to combat health care fraud. This video has some excerpts from Leahy's opening statement and a question he asked witness Tony West, who is the Assistant Attorney General from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Leahy Praises Passage of Bill to Strengthen Hate Crimes Law

Date: 10/23/2009

In a news conference in the U.S. Capitol on Friday, Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) hailed Thursday nights final passage of long-sought legislation to strengthen federal hate crime laws. Leahy is chief sponsor of the hate crimes legislation that is now headed to President Obama, who has said he will sign it. The hate crimes measure will broaden federal hate crimes law to include crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

Leahy Praises Passage of Bill to Strengthen Hate Crimes Law

Date: 10/23/2009

In a news conference in the U.S. Capitol on Friday, Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) hailed Thursday nights final passage of long-sought legislation to strengthen federal hate crime laws. Leahy is chief sponsor of the hate crimes legislation that is now headed to President Obama, who has said he will sign it. The hate crimes measure will broaden federal hate crimes law to include crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

Leahy Announces Amendment To Promote Fair Competition Within Health Insurance Industry

Date: 10/21/2009

On October 21, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) joined Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senator Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) to announce that he will offer an amendment to health care reform legislation that will eliminate antitrust exemptions for insurance companies.

Senator Leahy Supports Passage Of Historic Hate Crimes Legislation

Date: 10/21/2009

On October 21, 2009, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) spoke on the Senate floor about the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which will be included as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act. The Senate is expected to vote on the Defense bill later this week.

Senator Leahy Answers Your Questions On Health Care #4

Date: 10/15/2009

Will my medical privacy be compromised with health care reform legislation?

Senator Leahy has received many questions from Vermonters about the health care reform debate currently happening in the Senate.

Leahy Holds Hearing To Repeal Health Insurance Antitrust Exemption

Date: 10/14/2009

On October 14, 2009, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) held a hearing to examine the health insurance industry antitrust exemption. Since 1945, the insurance industry has been exempt from our nation's antitrust laws, which is anticompetitive and wrong. Senator Leahy introduced the Health Insurance Antitrust Enforcement Act of 2009 to end this exemption. This bill would give doctors and consumers the confidence that the price they pay for insurance is fair and the product of a competitive marketplace.

Senator Leahy Answers Your Questions On Health Care #3

Date: 10/08/2009

Will we have enough doctors and nurses to deal with the increase in the number of the insured?

Senator Leahy has received many questions from Vermonters about the health care reform debate currently happening in the Senate.

Senator Leahy Answers Your Questions On Health Care #2

Date: 10/01/2009

Myth v Fact
MYTH: No one agrees on what should be in health care reform
FACT: Congress agrees on almost 80% of the health care bills pending before the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Senator Leahy Praises Much Needed Aid For Dairy Farmers

Date: 09/30/2009

On September 30, Senator Leahy and Senator Sanders announced an agreement by Senate and House negotiators to include $350 million for hard-pressed dairy farmers.

Senator Leahy Answers Your Questions On Health Care #1

Date: 09/25/2009

Why dont we just slow down the process on health care reform or start over from scratch?

Senator Leahy has received many questions from Vermonters about the health care reform debate currently happening in the Senate.

Leahy, Sanders At Dairy Press Conference

Date: 09/15/2009

On September 15, 2009, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) joined Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and several other senators at a press conference on Capitol Hill in support of struggling dairy farmers across the country.

Senator Leahy Honors Senator Edward Kennedy

Date: 09/10/2009

On Thursday, September 10, 2009, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) honored the passing of his friend and colleague with a statement on the Senate Floor.  

Senator Leahy Comments on Health Care Reform

Date: 09/09/2009

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) made comments on health care reform and why it's important for Congress to address this now and why it's important to include a public option.

USDA Boost In Dairy Pricing Caps Leahy-Led Push To Help Farmers

Date: 07/31/2009

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced Friday, July 31, 2009, that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will raise the floor price for dairy products, beginning immediately. This short-term boost in the price the federal goverment pays for milk and dairy products will help stabilize milk prices and provide support for struggling dairy farms in Vermont and around the country.

Leahy, Sanders Meet With Agriculture Secretary On Dairy Price Supports

Date: 07/29/2009

On July 29, 2009, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and 10 other senators met with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to discuss dairy price supports. The coalition, led by Leahy, urged Vilsack to use his authority to raise the floor price to help farmers all over the country who are facing falling milk and dairy product prices.

Leahy, Reid Hold Press Conference On Sotomayor Nomination

Date: 07/29/2009

On July 29, 2009, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) held a press conference with several civil rights leaders to discuss the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court. This video shows supporting comments from Sen. Reid, Lillian Rodriguez Lopez, and Sen. Leahy. Lopez spoke today representing the Naitonal Hispanic Leadership Agenda.

Senate Judiciary Committee Vote on Sotomayor Nomination

Date: 07/28/2009

On July 28, 2009, the Senate Judiciary Committee recommended the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor favorably to the Senate floor by a bipartisan vote of 13-6.

Sen. Leahy Asks Sotomayor About "Wise Latina" Remarks

Date: 07/15/2009

During the first round of questions at the confirmation hearings for Judge Sonia Sotomayor, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) asked Sotomayor about some of her remarks she made earlier in her career and how her experiences have impacted her. Sotomayor responds that "no words that I have ever spoken or written have received so much attention."

Sen. Leahy's Opening Statement at the Confirmation Hearings For Judge Sonia Sotomayor

Date: 07/13/2009

On July 13, 2009, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT.) chaired the hearing on the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. During the first day of the hearing, senators on the Judiciary Committee will give their opening remarks, followed by Judge Sotomayor's opening remarks.

Sen. Leahy Call Sotomayor A "Consensus Judge" At Event With Law Enforcement Leaders

Date: 07/07/2009

On July 7, 2009, Sen. Leahy was joined by leaders from eight national law enforcement organizations in support of the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court. Leahy also released the results of a comprehensive study of Sotomayor's appellate decisions in criminal justice cases.

Affordable and Accessible Health Care For All Americans

Date: 06/26/2009

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) recently taped a message to Vermonters about health care reform.

Remarks at the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law Annual Rauh Lecture - Part 1

Date: 06/16/2009

On June 16, 2009, Senator Leahy (D-Vt.) gave a lecture at the University of the District of Columbia on the Supreme Court and the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to be an Associate Justice.

Remarks at the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law Annual Rauh Lecture - Part 2

Date: 06/16/2009

On June 16, 2009, Senator Leahy (D-Vt.) gave a lecture at the University of the District of Columbia on the Supreme Court and the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to be an Associate Justice.

Sen. Leahy Sets Time For Sotomayor Hearing

Date: 06/09/2009

On June 9, Senator Leahy spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate about the timing of the Judiciary Committee hearing for Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor.

Press Conference After Meeting With Judge Sonia Sotomayor

Date: 06/02/2009

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) met with Judge Sonia Sotomayor, who was nominated by President Obama to replace Supreme Court Justice David Souter. As Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Leahy will oversee Sotomayor's confirmation hearings.

Sen. Leahy Questions DHS Secretary Napolitano on H2-A Visas and I-91 Border Stations

Date: 05/06/2009

On May 6, the Senate Judiciary Committee held its first Department of Homeland Security oversight hearing since the beginning of the year. This was Secretary Janet Napolitano's appearance before the Committee. Senator Leahy asked many questions, including the ones shown here about H2-A Visas for seasonal workers and the border stations along I-91 in Vermont.

Senate Hearing on 25th Anniversary of the Victims of Crime Act

Date: 04/28/2009

Senator Leahy chaired a hearing on the 25th Anniversary of the Victims of Crime Act, which was passed by Congress to protect and support victims of crime. The Victims of Crime Fund is funding not through taxes, but through federal crime fines and penalties.

Sen. Leahy Comments On Sen. Arlen Specter

Date: 04/28/2009

At a press conference earlier today, Leahy made the following comments about the decision of Senator Arlen Specter to change political parties. Specter is the senior Senator from Pennsylvania.

Sen. Leahy Holds Press Conference On Fraud Enforcement Legislation

Date: 04/22/2009

On Wednesday, April 22, Sen. Leahy was joined by Sens. Ted Kaufman (D-Del.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) at a press conference on a bill to strengthen the enforcement of anti-fraud bills. This bill will increase the tools available to help prosecutors combat fraud by authorizing funding and amending federal law to give law enforcement enhanced tools for fighting fraud.

Senator Leahy Introduced Resolution To Honor Captain Phillips

Date: 04/22/2009

On Wednesday, April 22, Sen. Leahy introduced a Senate resolution to honor Captain Richard Phillips and his rescuers. The resolution will put the Senate on record in hailing the heroism and selflessness of Captain Phillips and the bravery of his U.S. Armed Forces rescuers.

Senator Leahy On National Guard Funding For Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Date: 04/02/2009

On April 2, Senator Leahy announced the Vermont National Guard will receive $3.5 million in federal stimulus funds to renovate its buildings. Leahy says this is a "three-fer for Vermont." These funds will go towards projects that will create jobs, offer better facilities for our Guard members and gie greater budget leeway for other Guard projects down the road.

Sen. Leahy Begins Debate On David Ogden To Be Deputy Attorney General

Date: 03/11/2009

On Wednesday, March 11, Senator Leahy opened debate on the Senate floor on the nomination of David Ogden to be Deputy Attorney General of the United States. Ogden was first nominated on January 5, and a final vote is expected later this week.

Sen. Leahy Chairs A Hearing On Truth Commission

Date: 03/04/2009

Senator Leahy first proposed such a commission at a speech in Georgetown on Feb. 9 and this is the panels first look at the effectiveness of such commissions. Leahy proposed forming a nonpartisan commission to examine the policies and actions of the Bush Administration. The goal of the commission is to uncover the truth so that similar mistakes will not occur in the future.

Sen. Leahy Sets Hearing On His Proposal For A Commission Of Inquiry

Date: 02/25/2009

On Feb. 25, Leahy addressed the U.S. Senate to announce that the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on March 4 to explore ideas on whether and if so, how best -- to establish a nonpartisan truth commission to examine rule-of-law matters such as torture, extraordinary rendition to countries that torture, and other issues from recent years. Leahy first raised the idea of a truth commission on Feb. 9, 2009.

Sen. Leahy On Importance Of Economic Recovery Plan

Date: 02/12/2009

Senator Leahy today on the Senate Floor urged prompt final action on the economic recovery package. Leahy said this plan will create and save jobs, relieve state and local deficits in Vermont and other states, cut taxes for working families and for businesses, and invest in road, bridges and other infrastructure projects.

Sen. Leahy's Comments On A Reconciliation And Truth Commission

Date: 02/09/2009

During a speech at Georgetown University on February 9, 2009, Sen. Leahy introduced his idea for a reconciliation and truth commission, whose mission would be to find the truth about the last eight years.

Sen. Leahy and Gov. Douglas Discuss the Economic Recovery Plan

Date: 02/02/2009

Senator Leahy and Governor Douglas met this afternoon to discuss the economic recover plan. Leahy is a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, which handles the Senates work in drafting the spending sections of the package. Douglas has endorsed the plan. The Senate begins debating the stimulus package today. The Appropriations Committee on Friday released its official analysis of the formula grant totals that Vermont and other states would receive under the Senates version of the bill.

Sen. Leahy Opens Debate On Eric Holder's Nomination

Date: 02/02/2009

Senator Leahy managed the Senate's debate on the nomination of Eric H. Holder Jr. to be Attorney General of the United States. Leahy delivered his opening floor statement around 3pm on February 2, and a vote was held later in the evening. By a vote of 75 to 21, Holder was confirmed as Attorney General.

Sen. Leahy Comments On The Importance Of CHIP

Date: 01/29/2009

The Senate is currently considering the Childrens Health Insurance Program, which will extend and renew coverage for millions of uninsured children across the country. Senator Leahy comments on CHIP and how this legislation will affect Vermonts uninsured children, as well as why this legislation is important now.

Sen. Leahy's Statement Before the Judiciary Committee On Eric Holder's Nomination

Date: 01/28/2009

During an executive business meeting on January 28, 2009, the Senate Judiciary Committee discussed and voted on the nomination of Eric Holder to be Attorney General. His nomination passed the Committee by a vote of 17-2. The nomination is now sent to the full Senate.

Sen. Leahy Comments On The Stimulus Plan Passed By Appropriations Committee

Date: 01/28/2009

Sen. Leahy says the economic stimulus plan approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee will ease Vermont's widening state budget deficit and bolster Vermont's economy.

Sen. Leahy's Reaction To The Conclusion Of The Eric Holder Confirmation Hearings

Date: 01/21/2009

At the conclusion of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings to consider the nomination of Eric Holder to be Attorney General, Leahy explained what he thought the hearings revealed about the kind of Attorney General Holder will be, what needs to be done to restore confidence at the Department of Justice, and about Holders answer to Leahys questions about torture techniques like waterboarding.

Some senators had looked at the Holder nomination as the most controversial of Obamas picks for his Cabinet, but the hearings gave Holder a chance to demonstrate his deep experience and quick wit.

Sen. Leahy Questions Attorney General Nominee Eric Holder During Confirmation Hearings

Date: 01/16/2009

During Round One of questioning, Leahy asked Holder questions on waterboarding, the Second Amendment, media shield legislation, and the pardon of fugitive Mark Rich. Watch Leahy's questions and Holder's answers here.

Senator Leahy Questions Agriculture Secretary Nominee on Rural Access To Broadband

Date: 01/14/2009
At the confirmation hearing Wednesday for President-elect Obamas choice for Secretary of Agriculture former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack -- Senator Leahy today asked about one of Vermont's priorities when he asked about federal help to expand broadband access to rural communities. Leahy is a senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and is leading efforts to include rural broadband expansion in the upcoming economic stimulus package.

Senator Leahy Questions Agriculture Secretary Nominee on Organic Farming

Date: 01/14/2009

At the confirmation hearing Wednesday for President-elect Obamas choice for Secretary of Agriculture former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack -- Senator Leahy today asked about one of Vermont's priorities when he asked about organic farming. Leahy is the father of the organic standards and labeling program that has helped vault organic products into the fastest growing sector of American agriculture.

Sen. Leahy Visits Exhibit On Samuel de Champlain at the Canadian Embassy

Date: 12/19/2008

Senator Leahy and his wife, Marcelle, had a chance to visit the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC, and view an exhibit on Samuel de Champlain. 2009 marks the 400th Anniversary of de Champlain's arrival to Lake Champlain. Throughout 2009, special events and opportunities are planned for young and old alike to celebrate and commemorate the anniversary of this historic occasion.

Sen. Leahy Meets With Eric Holder And Holds Press Conference After

Date: 12/19/2008

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) met with Attorney General Designate Eric Holder on Monday December 8, 2008 in his Washington office. Leahy said he supports Holder's nomination and he intends to hold nomination hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee in early January. Holder and Leahy met with reporters before a private meeting. Leahy then held a press conference after his meeting with Holder.

Sen. Leahy Statement Before Agriculture Committee

Date: 12/08/2008

Full Committee Hearing On Promoting Health, Preventing Chronic Disease and Fighting Hunger, Assessment of USDA Food Assistance and Child Nutrition Programs in the Economic Downturn

Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing On Bankruptcy Law

Date: 11/19/2008

SJC Hearing held at 10:00am in SH-216.

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Leahy Opposes Murkowski Resolution on Greenhouse Gases

Date: 06/10/2010
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Thursday joined colleagues on the Senate floor for a debate on the resolution by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) that would prevent the EPA from regulating reductions in greenhouse gases. During his statement, Leahy announced he will oppose this resolution because it will overturn strong scientific evidence with a political veto.

Leahy Holds Hearing On 'Risky Business of Big Oil'

Date: 06/08/2010
Opening statement and Christopher Jones' comment

Senate Judiciary Committee Hrg on VAWA

Date: 05/05/2010
Opening statement

Senator Leahy Discusses Supreme Court and Agriculture Derivatives Bill

Date: 04/21/2010
Senator Leahy discusses his meeting earlier today with President Obama about the upcoming Supreme Court vacancy. He also commented on The Wall Street Transparency and Accountability Act, which was passed by the Agriculture Committee today, and is intended to bring full transparency to financial markets, prevent future bailouts and keep jobs on Main Street.

Floor Statement On Equal Pay Day

Date: 04/20/2010
On April 20, 2010, Senator Patrick Leahy spoke on the Senate floor about Equal Pay Day. Gender discrimination still exists in our country, and hopefully today will serve as an important reminder that we must redouble our efforts to fully close the wage gap.

Floor Statement On Comprehensive Health Insurance Reform

Date: 03/23/2010
On H.R. 4872, the Reconciliation Act of 2010

Exchange Between Senator Leahy and Bradley Smith at Senate Judiciary Hearing on Citizens United

Date: 03/10/2010
March 10, 2010 - On Vermont State Legislature "freaking out."

Senator Leahy Honors Vermont Nurses Who Volunteered In Haiti

Date: 02/04/2010
On February 4, 2010, Senator spoke on the Senate Floor about eleven doctors, nurses and other health professionals who traveled to Haiti to volunteer after the devastating January 12th earthquake. Senator Leahy shared some of the stories and pictures from their time there.

Vermont Wins $50.5 Million For Passenger Rail

Date: 02/01/2010
U.S. Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) today hailed a major announcement that Vermont will receive $50 million for major rail improvements along Amtrak’s Vermonter line.

Meeting with NRC Chairman

Date: 01/26/2010
Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) met this afternoon with Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory B. Jaczko regarding recent alarming reports about the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant.

Leahy Chairs Hearing On Improving Anti-Terrorism Tools And Inter-Agency Communication

Date: 01/20/2010
On January 20, 2010, Senator Patrick Leahy chaired a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing about the failed Christmas Day airliner plot and its lessons for improving the effectiveness of anti-terrorism tools and inter-agency communication. FBI Director Robert Mueller and other homeland security officials testified before the Committee.

Comments On The President's Plan For Guantanamo

Date: 05/21/2009
Senator Leahy gave a floor statement on May 21, 2009, regarding President Obama's plan for closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay.

Comment On Eric Holder Part 2

Date: 01/08/2009
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) today joined leaders of national law enforcement organizations at a press conference on Capitol Hill in support of the designation of Eric Holder to be the next Attorney General of the United States. Holder’s designation was announced on December 1, 2008, and hearings on the nomination are scheduled for January 15, 2009. Holder’s nomination has received wide support from law enforcement organizations, civil rights groups, crime victims’ advocates and former Republican officials.

Comments On Eric Holder Part 1

Date: 01/08/2009
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) today joined leaders of national law enforcement organizations at a press conference on Capitol Hill in support of the designation of Eric Holder to be the next Attorney General of the United States. Holder’s designation was announced on December 1, 2008, and hearings on the nomination are scheduled for January 15, 2009. Holder’s nomination has received wide support from law enforcement organizations, civil rights groups, crime victims’ advocates and former Republican officials.

Leahy Chairs Hearing On Law Enforcement Assistance

Date: 01/08/2009
The Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday held a hearing to examine proposals to provide resources for underfunded law enforcement programs in the economic stimulus package. Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who also serves as a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, has requested funding in the stimulus package for the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), the Byrne grant program and other initiatives that assist state and local law enforcement agencies by providing resources to hire more police officers and to buttress other anti-crime efforts and proven crime prevention strategies. Leahy invited Burlington Police Chief Michael E. Schirling to testify. To watch the hearing and to read witness testimony, visit the Senate Judiciary Committee website.

Amending The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Executive Business Meeting

Date: 02/28/2008
Amending The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Executive Business Meeting

The False Claims Act Corrections Act

Date: 02/27/2008
The False Claims Act Corrections Act