The Leahy Letter - May 5, 2009

Senator Patrick Leahy's Update from the Nation's Capital

Delegation Introduces
'Greener Gardens Bill'

Last week, Senator Leahy, Senator Sanders, and Representative Welch introduced legislation that would offer consumers a 25 percent tax credit for the purchase of lower-emissions yard equipment. By providing a financial incentive to purchase and operate clean, alternative power equipment, the Vermont Congressional Delegation is helping to protect Vermont's air and water and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Click here to read more about how the tax credits could benefit you.


Leahy's Anti-Fraud Bill
Overwhelmingly Passes Senate

On April 28, the Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation authored by Senator Leahy that will boost resources and tools for federal investigators and prosecutors to prosecute fraud, including cases like the $26 million mortgage fraud scheme allegedly run out of Highgate, Vermont. The Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act (FERA) authorizes funding over the next two years for the Department of Justice and other investigative agencies to hire more than 700 new investigators and prosecutors to combat the growing problem of fraud nationwide. Beyond helping to reduce fraud, FERA will return misused taxpayer funds to the Treasury. The legislation is now being considered by the House of Representatives. For more about FERA, click here.


Yesterday, Senator Leahy announced a $1 million NASA grant for the Burlington Technical Center's Aviation Technology Center. Leahy was joined by students from the Technical Center, Lt. Governor Brian Dubie, Burlington Mayor Bob Kiss, Laura Zeno of the UVM-NASA EPSCoR program, and the director of the Aviation Technology Program Rick Sylvester. To read more about the grant, click here.

Two Vermonters Testify At Hearing
During National Crime Victims' Rights Week

On April 28, Senator Leahy chaired a Judiciary Committee hearing during "National Crime Victims' Rights Week" on the importance of the Victims of Crime Act. This year is the 25th anniversary of the Act, which was passed by Congress to protect and support victims of crime. Two Vermonters testified at the hearing; Leahy is pictured here with Sue Russell of Warren, a crime victim survivor, and Judy Rex, the Executive Director of the Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services. Click here for more on the hearing.

Senator Leahy talks with Vermonters at Hearing during National Crime Victim's Rights Week
Photo by: U.S. Senate Photographer

News You Can Use

American Recovery
And Reinvestment Act

The Vermont Office of Economic Stimulus and Recovery has all the latest information on how and when State, community, and private organizations obtain federal funds for projects that will build Vermont's infrastructure and alleviate pain of the current economic crisis. Click here to find out more about projects that are pending or have been awarded.

H1N1 Flu Outbreak

You can find information about the recent flu outbreak and its status locally on the Vermont Department of Health website. For information on the national status of the virus, you can visit the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Vermont Department of Health

Centers For Disease Control And Prevention

Press Contact

David Carle: 202-224-3693