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03.24.19

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Mueller Report Summary

I forcefully urge Attorney General Barr - in the interests of the integrity of the Justice Department, in the interests of the American people, in the interest of the rule of law - to publicly release the full Mueller report. Any attempt to hide swaths of the Mueller report from public scrutiny will only fuel suspicions that President Trump's Justice Department, which represents the United States, is playing the role of President Trump's defense team. We all deserve better. I want to express m… Continue Reading


03.21.19

Wyden, Paul, Leahy, Daines Question DOJ Over Government Surveillance of Americans’ Location Information

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mt., today asked the Department of Justice a series of questions about when and how the government can collect information about Americans' location, in a bipartisan letter to Attorney General William Barr. The senators asked Attorney General Barr how the Supreme Court's decision in Carpenter v. United States, that the government must get a warrant to obtain location information about Americans in… Continue Reading


03.15.19

Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) About The Terror Attack Against Muslims In New Zealand

Marcelle and I are shocked by the barbaric act of terror against innocent Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand - a mass murder that took the life of 49 human beings. Our hearts ache with the families of the victims and the communities that have been rocked by this attack. Let us be clear about one thing: This wanton violence was explicitly motivated by Islamophobic and xenophobic vitriol that has spread like a cancer in the age of social media. I am saddened to see that, despite progress in … Continue Reading


03.14.19

Remarks On Saudi Prisoners Of Conscience

I want to thank The Freedom Initiative and Human Rights Watch for helping organize this important event. Their research and advocacy is greatly valued here, by both Democrats and Republicans. I appreciate all of you being here. The premeditated murder of Jamal Khashoggi exposed to the world what many have known for a very long time about the Government of Saudi Arabia. That crime was so barbaric, so depraved, and so brutal, that it was what we would have expected of Saddam Hussein . . . and… Continue Reading


03.14.19

Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy On Repression In Saudi Arabia

Mr. LEAHY. Mr. President, it has been more than five months since journalist and American resident Jamal Khashoggi was tortured and murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. More than five months since the Saudi government initially denied it had anything to do with Mr. Khashoggi's disappearance and told the world - in a calculated and quickly disproven lie - that he left the consulate unharmed. As the Saudi government's complicity became clear, its explanations became even more convol… Continue Reading


03.14.19

Senate Floor Address Of Appropriations Vice Chair Patrick Leahy, In Support Of The Joint Res. Of Disapproval Of Pres. Trump’s Declaration Of A National Emergency

When President Trump declared a national emergency, citing a "crisis" at the southern border, he did so for only one reason: to do an end-run around Congress and the Appropriations Committee, and use taxpayer money to build a wall on the southern border that Congress has refused to fund. For three years, he failed to convince Congress that his wall was a good idea. For three years, he requested that Congress fund his cynical campaign promise to build a "big beautiful" wall on the southern bor… Continue Reading


03.13.19

During Sunshine Week, Leahy Again Joins In Introducing Bill With Grassley And Klobuchar To Allow Cameras In Federal Courts

On Wednesday, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) joined Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) in reintroducing bipartisan legislation to expand the public's window into the workings of our justice system by allowing television cameras in federal courtrooms. The Sunshine in the Courtroom Act empowers judges to permit media coverage of trial and appellate cases while ensuring that appropriate due process and privacy safeguards for witnesses and jurors remain intact. The senato… Continue Reading


03.13.19

Bellows Free Academy Fairfax

On March 13, 2019, Senator Leahy continued his series of online chats with Vermont students - this time, with the Bellows Free Academy-Fairfax's AP U.S. Government class, taught by Mr. Joe Emery. Senator Leahy enjoyed answering the students' questions about his close working relationship with the Vermont delegation, and other issues such as internet privacy and college affordability. He also told the students about his experiences visiting Vietnam. Senator Leahy discussed how meeting young vi… Continue Reading


03.13.19

Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy On Justice In Guatemala

Mr. LEAHY. For the past dozen years, the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala, with financial support from the United States and other countries, has worked in collaboration with Guatemala's Public Ministry. That partnership has enabled courageous Guatemalan prosecutors to investigate and bring to trial cases they never could have pursued without the international "shield" and assistance provided by CICIG. It has also enabled courageous Constitutional Court magistrates to d… Continue Reading


03.12.19

Available For Immediate Use: Annual SUNSHINE WEEK Keynote Address Of Senator Patrick Leahy

Sunshine Week is an opportunity for us to reflect upon the foundational principle that a democracy hidden from the people is no democracy at all. Our government's legitimacy is derived entirely from the consent of the governed. But how can the governed consent to that which is concealed from them? This week we recommit ourselves to the idea that the path toward a more perfect union requires us to lay bare and scrutinize our imperfections. From the beginning of my tenure in the Senate, 45 yea… Continue Reading


03.12.19

Grassley, Leahy Press Trump Administration on EB-5 Regulations

U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) are again calling on the Trump administration to finalize regulations reforming the EB-5 investor visa program, which has long been riddled with fraud and abuse. Grassley and Leahy have previously called for the administration to approve regulations addressing the program's flaws absent congressional action. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently submitted to the Office of Management and Budget for final approval a… Continue Reading


03.11.19

Senator Patrick Leahy's Sunshine Week Keynote Address At The National Archives

Thank you for that generous introduction, David. And thank you for the profoundly important work that you and your team do here at NARA. NARA is our nation's historian, and therefore, our nation's mirror as we look to challenges ahead. As we strive to live up to our Founders' ideals, NARA ensures we have the knowledge to learn from our mistakes and build upon our successes. Such "advancement and diffusion of knowledge," James Madison observed, "is the only guardian of true liberty." Sunshine… Continue Reading


03.11.19

Statement Of Senate Appropriations Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy On President Trump's Budget Proposal

For the third year in a row, President Trump has sent a budget proposal that is dead on arrival and divorced from reality. It is not worth the paper it is printed on, and it will be rejected by Congress. Yet again, the President has proposed shortsighted cuts that would slash investments in infrastructure, medical research, and American families, cuts that have been rejected by Congress two fiscal years in a row. But now he relies on a budget gimmick, Overseas Contingency Operations funding … Continue Reading


03.07.19

Torres, McGovern, Cardin, Leahy Introduce Bicameral Bill to Impose Targeted Sanctions on Guatemalan Officials Who Undermine Justice

Today, U.S. Representatives Norma J. Torres (D-CA) and James P. McGovern (D-MA) and U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced the Guatemala Rule of Law Accountability Act to authorize Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act sanctions against Guatemalan officials who have engaged in corruption, obstructed justice, misused U.S.-provided equipment, disobeyed Guatemalan Constitutional Court rulings, and interfered with the work of the U.S. government. In Guatemala,… Continue Reading


03.07.19

On the 12th Anniversary of Bob Levinson’s Captivity, Menendez, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Assist Americans Held Hostage or Unlawfully Detained Abroad

Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, lead a bipartisan group of Senate colleagues in introducing a bill today to improve the U.S. government's efforts to bring back Americans held hostage or unlawfully detained abroad. The Robert Levinson Hostage Recovery and Hostage-taking Accountability Act bolsters programs to address hostage-taking, and gives the United States government new tools to rescue hostages and punish their captors. The legislatio… Continue Reading


03.07.19

Leahy, Sanders And Welch Back Legislation To Restore Net Neutrality

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) joined House and Senate colleagues in introducing legislation to restore a free and open internet. The legislation would overturn a 2017 anti-consumer move by the Trump administration's Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that gutted net neutrality protections enacted by the Obama Administration. In a joint statement, Leahy, Sanders, and Welch said: "A free and open internet is essential to our economy, a f… Continue Reading


03.06.19

Senate Floor Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy On Judicial Nominations

Judiciary Committee - I again feel compelled to warn about the destruction of the long held norms and traditions that have protected the Senate's unique constitutional role with respect to lifetime judicial appointments. Until recently, members of this body knew well that they would have a say when it comes to who will sit on federal courts in their home states. Blue slips protected the prerogatives of home-state senators and gave meaning to the constitutional requirement of "advice and consen… Continue Reading


03.06.19

Leahy And Other Senators Welcome As ‘A Breakthrough’ A Judicial Conference Warning To Judges, Clerks, Against Partisan Training Programs

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) Wednesday welcomed as a "breakthrough" an advisory opinion published by the Judicial Conference of the United States' Committee on Codes of Conduct that warns federal judges and their clerks against participating in events sponsored by anonymously funded partisan organizations. The guidance follows revelations that a Heritage Foundat… Continue Reading


03.06.19

Leahy Receives Award For Congressional Leadership In Public Diplomacy

U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Tuesday night received the George Washington University Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication's annual Walter Roberts Award for Congressional Leadership in Public Diplomacy at a ceremony on Capitol Hill. IPDGC also announced a grant from the Walter Roberts Endowment to the Vermont Council on World Affairs to enhance international youth leadership exchanges. Assistant Secretary of State … Continue Reading


03.05.19

Leahy, Cummings, Grassley And Cornyn Raise Concerns About The Interior Department's Proposed Rule That Would Weaken FOIA

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, on Tuesday joined Representative Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, and Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas), member of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, in sending a letter to Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) David Bernhardt expressing serious concerns with a pr… Continue Reading

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