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11.21.22

Reaction Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) And Chairman Of The Committee On Appropriations To The Election Of A New President Of The Inter-American Development Bank

"After two turbulent years, I am pleased that a Latin American will once again lead the IDB. Its mission is especially important today, when the Latin American and Caribbean countries are facing immense economic and social challenges exacerbated by climate change, COVID, and the secondary effects of the war in Ukraine. It is vital that the Bank prioritizes lending to support education and equitable development to reduce poverty, investments in clean energy, and strong conditionality to strengt… Continue Reading


11.18.22

Senator Patrick Leahy Announces $1M In USDA Funding For Turning Point Center Of Central Vermont

(FRIDAY, Nov. 18, 2022) - U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced that the Turning Point Center of Central Vermont, which supports all paths to addiction recovery, will be receiving a $1 million grant from the USDA Emergency Rural Health Care Grant program. These funds will be used alongside a Leahy fiscal year 2022 Congressionally Directed Spending provision that he secured for $750,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the renovation of an historic building that w… Continue Reading


11.17.22

Senate Passes Bill By Cornyn, Leahy And Others To Reauthorize Task Force Combatting Child Exploitation

U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Charles Grassley (R-IA), John Kennedy (R-LA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Thom Tillis (R-NC) released the following statements after the PROTECT Our Children Act of 2022, which would reauthorize the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force Program to combat child exploitation across the country, passed the Senate earlier this week: "By providing the resources, o… Continue Reading


11.17.22

Vermont Delegation Supports Locality Pay For Southeastern Vermont

(THURSDAY, Nov. 17, 2022) -- Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Senator-elect Peter Welch (D-Vt.) this week joined their New Hampshire counterparts in sending a letter urging a locality pay region be established for the White River Junction area of Vermont. Federal workers in Windsor and Orange Counties in Vermont, and Grafton and Sullivan County in New Hampshire, face gaps with their private sector equivalents and nearby Federal employees due to categorization as… Continue Reading


11.02.22

Leahy, Sanders And Welch Announce $25.4 Million To Help Vermonters With Rising Home Heating Costs This Winter

(WEDNESDAY, Nov. 2, 2022) - Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and U.S. Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) Wednesday announced that Vermont will be receiving $25.4 million in funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Led by Leahy, the Continuing Appropriations Act, which became law in September, included $1 billion in new supplemental funding for LIHEAP. Administered through the Administration for Chil… Continue Reading


10.28.22

U.S. Congress Letter On Free And Fair Run-off Elections In Brazil

In response to Bolsonaro's threats, I and other Members of Congress call on the Biden Administration to defend free and fair run-off elections in Brazil on Oct 30. See our letter here.… Continue Reading


10.27.22

Leahy And Other Lawmakers Urge Swift Implementation Of Proposed Rule On Organic Livestock And Poultry Standards

(THURSDAY, Oct. 27, 2022) - Senator Patrick Leahy last week led a group of 20 senators in writing to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to convey their support for the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Organic Livestock and Poultry Standards (OLPS) proposed rule. Senators Gillibrand, Brown, Blumenthal, Sanders, Shaheen, Smith, Booker, Tester, Baldwin, Hassan, Wyden, Feinstein, Van Hollen, Padilla, King, Casey, Luján, Collins, and Merkley joined Leahy in urging USDA to limit… Continue Reading


10.26.22

Biden-Harris Administration Announces Vermont To Receive Over $90 Million In American Rescue Plan Funds To Increase Access To Affordable, High-Speed Internet

Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced the approval of over $90 million for broadband projects in the state of Vermont under the American Rescue Plan's Capital Projects Fund (CPF). Vermont will use its funding to connect nearly 14,000 homes and businesses to affordable, high-speed internet. The funding advances the Biden-Harris Administration's commitment to connect every American household to affordable, reliable high-speed internet. "The pandemic exposed longstanding challenges … Continue Reading


10.24.22

Statement On The Forgotten Humanitarian Crisis In Yemen

At a time when much of the world's attention is understandably focused on the ongoing catastrophe and horrific war crimes in Ukraine, the humanitarian situation in Yemen remains precarious. After a half-year truce between Houthi rebels and Yemeni government and coalition forces significantly eased the risk of mass starvation and opened the possibility for negotiations to end the armed conflict, there is a renewed possibility of a return to war. Whether the parties will seize this opportunity f… Continue Reading


10.20.22

Lawmakers Urge HASC & SASC Leaders To Incl. Amendment Closing Leahy Law Loophole In Final NDAA

(THURSDAY, Oct. 20, 2022) - Congresswoman Sara Jacobs (CA-53) and Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), along with 13 of their colleagues, urged the leadership of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees to include their amendment requiring human rights vetting of security cooperation programs in the final FY 2023 NDAA conference agreement. In a letter to Chairman Reed, Chairman Smith, Ranking Member Inhofe, and Ranking Member Rogers, the Members advocated for the House-passed provisions of the… Continue Reading


10.20.22

Lawmakers Urge HASC & SASC Leaders To Incl. Amendment Closing Leahy Law Loophole In Final NDAA

(THURSDAY, Oct. 20, 2022) - Congresswoman Sara Jacobs (CA-53) and Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), along with 13 of their colleagues, urged the leadership of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees to include their amendment requiring human rights vetting of security cooperation programs in the final FY 2023 NDAA conference agreement. In a letter to Chairman Reed, Chairman Smith, Ranking Member Inhofe, and Ranking Member Rogers, the Members advocated for the House-passed provisions of the… Continue Reading


10.19.22

Tillis, Leahy Legislation Supporting Creative Students Signed Into Law

This week, the ARTS Act, legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) to direct the Register of Copyrights to waive the copyright registration fee for winners of the Congressional Art Competition and the Congressional App Competition, was signed into law. Both of these competitions, sponsored and led by the House of Representatives, encourage talented students to engage in the arts and coding. These students are recognized by each district and for the win… Continue Reading


10.17.22

Vermont’s Student Borrowers Can NOW Apply For Student Debt Relief

It takes fewer than 5 minutes. The President's plan will provide up to $10,000 in relief to working and middle class borrowers with federal student loans and up to $20,000 in relief to borrowers who were Pell Grant recipients. Borrowers who earned less than $125,000 as individuals or $250,000 as a household in 2020 or 2021 are eligible for relief. The Administration's plan will help borrowers who need relief the most as they recover from the pandemic and prepare to resume loan payments this… Continue Reading


10.14.22

(UPDATE, 5:30 p.m. FRIDAY) – Statement From The Office Of Senator Patrick Leahy

Senator Leahy spent an uneventful night in the hospital last night for tests and observation. He was discharged today (Friday), and he and Marcelle plan to fly to Vermont Saturday morning for a full schedule of planned events in the days ahead. Patrick and Marcelle are deeply grateful for the expressions of concern and support that they have received since last night.… Continue Reading


10.13.22

Statement From The Office Of Senator Patrick Leahy (8:15 p.m. Thursday) –

Late today (Thursday) Senator Leahy was not feeling well and was taken to a Washington area hospital for tests, as a precaution. He had been at their residence in McLean, Virginia, at the time. At the recommendation of his doctors, he is expected to remain overnight for observation. As is our practice, we will offer updates as warranted.… Continue Reading


10.13.22

U.S. Lawmakers Urge Marcos Government To Release Former Philippine Senator Leila de Lima From Prison

Text of Letter (PDF) Washington (October 13, 2022) - Days after Philippine prisoner of conscience Senator Leila de Lima was held hostage by an imprisoned terrorist who attempted to escape Camp Crame, U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) led his colleagues Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), and Representatives Amata Coleman Radewagen (AS), Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), and Don Beyer (VA-08) in urging Philippine Secretary of Justice Jesus Crispin C. Remulla to review Senator de Li… Continue Reading


09.29.22

Senators Leahy And Cornyn Are Joined By Senators Klobuchar And Tillis In Introducing The Patrick Leahy And Orrin G. Hatch Justice For All Reauthorization Act Of 2022

(THURSDAY, Sept. 29, 2022) -- Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), joined by Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Amy Klobuchar (MN), Thursday introduced the Patrick Leahy and Orrin G. Hatch Justice For All Reauthorization Act of 2022. The Justice for All Act was originally enacted in 2004 as a groundbreaking piece of bipartisan criminal justice legislation, authored by a bipartisan coalition of senators including Leahy. Leahy and Cornyn led the reauthorizations of the Justice For A… Continue Reading


09.29.22

Statement On Final Senate Passage Thursday Afternoon Of The Continuing Resolution

Before I begin, I want to acknowledge that this morning, countless Floridians woke up to a world turned upside down in the wake of Hurricane Ian. And hundreds of thousands in Puerto Rico remain without power more than 10 days after the storm that ravaged the island. Vermonters will stand by your side as you rebuild your communities and your lives, and so will this chamber. The continuing resolution we are about to consider contains $18.8 billion for the FEMA Disaster Relief Fund, which would… Continue Reading


09.27.22

Leahy Statement On The Continuing Appropriations And Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act Of 2023

Today, the Senate will vote to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R. 6833, and take up a substitute amendment containing a continuing resolution to fund the federal government through December 16. I will vote to invoke cloture and move the process forward. I urge my colleagues to do the same. Funding the federal government is the most basic responsibility of Congress. The continuing resolution before the Senate today will keep vital services running for the American people through… Continue Reading


09.27.22

Leahy Secures $1 Billion For LIHEAP In The Continuing Resolution

(Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022) - Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Tuesday announced that $1 billion in new funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) was included in the Continuing Resolution. Leahy said: "No family should have to choose between 'heat or eat' in Vermont or in any community across the country. The third hottest summer on record had already put a strain on LIHEAP funding, so I am glad that we were able to secure these new resource… Continue Reading

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