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05.16.19

Address On Passage Of The Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program Reauthorization Of 2019

Address of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) On Passage of the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program Reauthorization of 2019< Senate Floor May 16, 2019 Moments ago the Senate passed legislation to permanently reauthorize the Bulletproof Vest Partnership grant program. This is the sixth time I have worked to reauthorize this lifesaving program since Republican Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell and I authored legislation establishing it more than 20 years ago. My role in authoring this progra… Continue Reading


05.15.19

Statement On Alfred Brownell

Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy On Alfred Brownell Congressional Record May 14, 2019 Mr. LEAHY. Mr. President, I want to speak briefly about the courageous environmental activism of Alfred Brownell, a native of Liberia now living in exile in Boston. Mr. Brownell is an environmental and human rights lawyer and the executive director of Green Advocates, a Liberian organization that he founded to promote environmental justice for indigenous communities.Like so many environmental activists ar… Continue Reading


05.14.19

Senate Tonite Passes Permanent Renewal Of Leahy-Led Bulletproof Vests Pgm For Police; Senate Also Names Pgm For Leahy, Its Longtime Champion

(TUESDAY, May 14, 2019) -The Senate Tuesday evening unanimously passed Senator Patrick Leahy's legislation to permanently reauthorize and increase support for the lifesaving Bulletproof Vest Partnership grant program. The bill, S.1231, cosponsored by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and 18 other bipartisan cosponsors, also increases funding for the program by $5 million to $30 million each year. The House of Representatives is expected to pass identical legislation sho… Continue Reading


05.14.19

As President Trump Doubles Down On Failed Immigration Policies, Senate Democrats Reintroduce The Central America Reform And Enforcement Act – A Set of Serious, Legitimate Solutions To Address The Root Causes Of The Central American Migrant Crisis

Senate Democrats today announced the reintroduction of a major legislative proposal to address the root causes of the Central American migrant crisis. The proposal, which was introduced by Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Senate Committee on the Judiciary Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Senate Committee on Appropriations Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Se… Continue Reading


05.02.19

Leahy Joins Markey And Others In Introducing Legislation To Preserve And Extend New START Treaty, Prohibit Increases In U.S. Nuclear Arms Forces

(THURSDAY, May 2, 2019) - In an effort to preserve the last, major U.S.-Russia bilateral nuclear arms control treaty, Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today introduced new legislation to preserve the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), the only, remaining arms control treaty capping Russia's most dangerous nuclear weapons. Senator Markey's Save Arms Control and Verification Efforts (SAVE) Act calls for the United States to extend New START and would specifically prohibit any fundi… Continue Reading


05.02.19

Vice Chairman Leahy Statement on Hearing to Review FY 2020 DHS Budget Request

All reasonable observers would agree that our southern border is experiencing a humanitarian crisis that deserves our attention. We are seeing a large number of asylum seekers and migrants - mostly families and unaccompanied children fleeing for their lives - arriving at our border, creating significant strains on our ability to treat all of them humanely and with due process. But a serious crisis demands serious solutions. Acting Secretary McAleenan: I genuinely believe you are here in good fa… Continue Reading


04.30.19

Leahy And Graham Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Reauthorize Lifesaving Bulletproof Vest Grant Program

. . . Counterpart House Bill Introduced By Pascrell And King WASHINGTON (TUESDAY, April 30, 2019) - Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), joined by Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and 14 other bipartisan Senate cosponsors, on Tuesday introduced legislation, S. 1231, to permanently reauthorize the lifesaving Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program, a federal grant program that helps state and local law enforcement agencies purchase lifesavi… Continue Reading


04.28.19

Statement On The Passing Of Former Senator Richard Lugar

Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) On The Passing Of Former Senator Richard Lugar Dick Lugar was a great credit to his state and the nation, and to the Senate. He was a pillar of civility whose calm and thoughtful contributions helped shape foreign policy, farm and nutrition policy, and national security policy. It's been said that our partnership in leading the Agriculture Committee has been a model of how the Senate can work, and I will always value our close friendship and what we… Continue Reading


04.18.19

Vermont Farmers Can Now Grow Hemp This Season

Thanks To The Efforts Of Leahy And Tester, Vermont Farmers Can Now Grow Hemp This Season . . . senators successfully push USDA and CBP to allow producers to import hemp seeds from Canada in time for planting season (THURSDAY, April 18, 2019) -- After a weeks-long effort, Senator Jon Tester (D-Montana) and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) have successfully pushed the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to allow producers in Vermont, Montana and ot… Continue Reading


04.18.19

Comment On Release Of Special Counsel Mueller's Redacted Report

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) On The Release Of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Redacted Report April 18, 2019 Despite the Attorney General's spin and carefully orchestrated press rollout - obviously intended for an audience of one - nothing can hide that this report amounts to a formal presentment of misconduct that reached the highest levels of the Trump campaign and administration. Members of the Trump campaign were not simply useful pawns in Russia's attack on our elections. T… Continue Reading


04.17.19

Guest Column: War Legacies And The Expanding U.S.-Vietnam Partnership

Guest Column By Patrick Leahy: War Legacies And The Expanding U.S.-Vietnam Partnership April 17, 2019 [Senator Leahy this week is heading an official bipartisan U.S. Senate delegation of nine senators to Vietnam and to the Korea DMZ, during the current Senate recess. On Wednesday Leahy and the delegation will take part in the official inauguration of a second Agent Orange remediation project in Vietnam. Leahy has led the congressional work in launching and funding the two remediation projects,… Continue Reading


04.16.19

Leahy, Sanders And Welch Announce More Than $20 Million In Affordable Housing And Community Development Funds For Vermont

(TUESDAY, April 16, 2019) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Congressman Welch (D-Vt.) announced Tuesday that Vermont will receive $21 million in new affordable housing and community development funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and NeighborWorks America. These new funds will help reduce and end homelessness by investing in rental assistance, construction, rehabilitation and maintenance of affordable housing and community dev… Continue Reading


04.12.19

Leahy Heads Bipartisan Senate Delegation In Visits To The Korea DMZ, And Vietnam

(FRIDAY, April 12, 2019) -- A bipartisan official U.S. Senate delegation of nine Senators will visit South Korea and Vietnam for meetings with government and military leaders during the Senate's April recess. They will depart Washington on April 14 and return on April 23. The delegation is headed by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the Vice Chair of the Appropriations Committee and the ranking member of its Subcommittee on the State Department and Foreign Operations. Other Senators in the deleg… Continue Reading


04.12.19

Schumer And Leahy Introduce Bill To Provide Assistance To All Disaster-Impacted Areas, Including the Midwest, Southeast, And Puerto Rico

, (Thursday, April 11, 2019) - Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Thursday introduced a comprehensive, emergency disaster supplemental appropriations package that would provide relief to all American citizens from recent natural disasters. The package totals $17.2 billion and includes $3 billion in funding for disasters in the Midwest and Southeast. This amendment is a companion bill to the legislation introduced… Continue Reading


04.11.19

Leahy And Sanders Join In Introducing Resolution Demanding Accountability For Saudi Human Rights Abuses

Resolution also requires the Trump Administration to provide further information about the potential involvement of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman in the assassination of journalist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi WASHINGTON (THURSDAY, April 11, 2019) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Thursday joined Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in introducing a new Senate resolution calling for accountability for Saudi A… Continue Reading


04.11.19

DURBIN, WICKER, LEAHY REINTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO PROMOTE STUDY ABROAD

(THURSDAY, April 11, 2019) - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Roger Wicker (R-MS), and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) Thursday introduced the bipartisan Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Program Act, which creates a competitive grant program for institutions of higher education to expand study abroad opportunities for American college students. Study abroad is an important component of a well-rounded post-secondary education, giving students the opportunity to engage with other cultures, enhance foreign l… Continue Reading


04.11.19

Leahy Joins In Introducing Legislation To Improve Access To Education Benefits For National Guard And Reserve

(THURSDAY, April 11, 2019) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has joined Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.), members of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, in introducing the Montgomery GI Bill Parity Act, legislation that would enable members of the Guard and Reserve to concurrently use GI Bill benefts and Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) programs to fund their education. Leahy is Vice Chairman of the Appropriations Committee and a longtime member of its Defense Appr… Continue Reading


04.09.19

Remarks Of Senator Patrick Leahy On President al-Sisi's Visit To The White House

Senator Patrick Leahy Remarks Press Conference on Egyptian President al-Sisi's Visit to The White House Capitol Hill Tuesday, April 9, 2019 Today, Egypt's President al-Sisi will be welcomed to the White House and treated like a legitimate head of state by President Trump. So it is fitting that we are here to call attention to things that are happening in Egypt that you will not hear about from either president. Egypt is a country with an extraordinary history and culture. It has been a U.S. a… Continue Reading


04.04.19

Senate Republicans Block Comprehensive Disaster Relief For All American Communities For Second Time In A Week

(THURSDAY, April 4, 2019) - Senate Republicans Thursday blocked a disaster assistance package that would address the needs of all American communities affected by recent natural disasters for the second time in a week. The move follows President Trump's campaign of holding aid to all American communities hostage over a petty, political grudge with the American citizens of Puerto Rico. Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said: "I have always stood with victims of … Continue Reading


04.04.19

CREATES Act Chief Sponsor Leahy Hails House Panel’s Unanimous Vote To Advance Counterpart House Bill

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chief Sponsor Of The CREATES Act In The Senate (S.340), Hails The Bill's Growing Momentum, Shown By Advancement Of The Counterpart CREATES Act In The House . . . Reforms Would Save Taxpayers $3.9 B., And Consumers Much More, By Removing Obstacles To Lower-Cost Prescription Drugs "The House Energy and Commerce Committee Wednesday took an strong step forward in removing obstacles to bringing lower-cost prescription drugs to the American people. By unanimously appro… Continue Reading

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