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01.15.21

Leahy Will Reintroduce Legislation Guaranteeing Full Federal Reimbursement For National Guard COVID-19 Mission

(FRIDAY, Jan. 15, 2021) - Lawmakers in the House and Senate Friday renewed their efforts to require the federal government to cover the full costs to the National Guard and their states for COVID-19 response efforts. Representatives Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and Tim Ryan (OH-13) introduced legislation in the House. Companion Senate legislation will be introduced on January 21 by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) when the Senate first allows introductions. President-elect Biden has announced that his ad… Continue Reading


01.14.21

Reaction To The Final Rescission Proposal From President Trump

For the last four years, President Trump has repeatedly displayed his inability to grasp that a government by the people works for the people. His budgets proposed to undermine our government's ability to help families in need and invest in future growth. Congress turned back each of these irresponsible budgets on a bipartisan basis. Apparently President Trump remains unable to understand the potential consequences of his failed policies. The $27 billion of rescission proposals he submitted… Continue Reading


01.14.21

Statement On President Elect Biden's Proposal To Address The Coronavirus Crisis And Restart The Economy

I am relieved that we will finally have a partner in the White House who takes this unprecedented health and economic crisis seriously. There are pressing needs that have been unaddressed for far too long as hundreds of thousands died, tens of millions were infected, and millions lost their jobs. To restart the economy we must defeat the virus, and I am glad to see the bold action this crisis deserves proposed by President Elect Biden. I look forward to working with the incoming President an… Continue Reading


01.14.21

Shaheen, Bipartisan Group Of Senators Call On Pompeo To Detail How Administration Will Respond To Findings Of Havana Syndrome Report

**Shaheen has stood by these government employees and their families, spearheading legislative efforts to provide them benefits** **On the TODAY Show, Shaheen responded to the findings of the National Academy of Sciences and underscored the urgent need to take action to address these attacks that have targeted American public servants and their families** **In the FY21 NDAA that recently became law, Shaheen successfully included language to expand a provision in law that she wrote last year … Continue Reading


01.14.21

Leahy To Host Astronaut & Also NASA Administrator For Virtual Q&A With Vermont Students

On Thursday, Jan. 14 (today), at 11:00 a.m., Senator Patrick Leahy will host a virtual Q&A with NASA Astronaut Zena Cardman and Vermont middle school students, in coordination with the Vermont Space Grant Consortium. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will facilitate a live discussion between Astronaut Cardman and students from Danville School, Georgia Middle School, and Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School. Vermont students, teachers and members of the media are invited to watch the livestre… Continue Reading


01.13.21

Comment On The Second Impeachment Of President Donald Trump

Today's decisive and bipartisan vote in the House of Representatives to impeach President Trump was nothing less than a vote to preserve our democracy. President Trump has not simply failed to uphold his oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution, which itself would be sufficient to warrant his impeachment and removal. He has emerged as the greatest threat to the Constitution and to American democracy in a generation. He sparked the flames of sedition and has fanned them relentles… Continue Reading


01.13.21

Leahy-Led Bipartisan Bill Promoting Affordable Health Insurance Is Signed Into Law

(WEDNESDAY, Jan. 13, 2021) - Legislation led in the Senate by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Senator Steve Daines (R-Mont.) that promotes lower health insurance costs to consumers by increasing transparency and enhancing consumer protections in the health insurance industry was signed into law Wednesday by the President. The "Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act" will ensure that health insurance issuers are subject to the same federal antitrust laws prohibiting unfair trade practices, suc… Continue Reading


01.13.21

Murphy, Leahy, Cardin, Raise Alarms Over Erosion Of Press Freedom In Ethiopia, Call For Immediate Release Of All Detained Journalists

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), and U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), on Wednesday urged Ethiopia to immediately release all detained journalists and return to a more democratic path. In a letter to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, the senators specifically raise alarms over the recent erosion of press freedom, which stands in contrast to the beginning of his premiership, and call on the country… Continue Reading


01.11.21

Klobuchar, Leahy, And Colleagues Demand Answers From The State Department About Move To Designate Cuba A State Sponsor Of Terrorism

On Friday January 8, 2021, U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Jack Reed (D-RI), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), and Tina Smith (D-MN) sent a letter to Secretary of State Michael Pompeo expressing concern over reports that the Trump Administration's would designate Cuba a state sponsor of terrorism without formal consultation and review by Congress. The Senators also asked the State Department to … Continue Reading


01.11.21

In New Letter, Schumer, Murray, Leahy And Sanders Demand Trump Administration Immediately Address Significant COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Failures

Schumer, Murray, Leahy, Sanders And Senate Democrats Demand Trump Administration Provide Resources, Funding And Guidance To State, Local, Tribal, And Territorial Governments In Order To Efficiently Distribute And Administer Vaccines To People Across The Country In New Letter, Schumer, Murray, Leahy And Sanders Say Trump Administration Must Act Quickly To Address The Significant Failures Of The COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution And Work To Combat Health Inequities WASHINGTON (MONDAY, Jan. 11. 202… Continue Reading


01.11.21

Reaction Of Senator Patrick Leahy To Secretary Of State Pompeo’s Announcement That State Department Is Redesignating Cuba As A State Sponsor Of Terrorism

"This blatantly politicized designation makes a mockery of what had been a credible, objective measure of a foreign government's active support for terrorism. Nothing remotely like that exists here. In fact, domestic terrorism in the United States poses a far greater threat to Americans than Cuba does. Secretary Pompeo has self-righteously defended Donald Trump's worst foreign policy failures, and on his way out the door he seems intent on making things as difficult as possible for his succes… Continue Reading


01.07.21

Statement On The Law Enforcement Response To Wednesday's Tragic Events

Yesterday, the very heart of our democracy was laid under siege. I am grateful to the men and women in law enforcement who defended the people's house from this violent and lawless mob. However, there were clearly systematic failures, and this breach should have never happened. There are many questions we must answer. In the coming days the Appropriations Committee will be investigating yesterday's tragic events. # # # #… Continue Reading


01.07.21

The Chilling Assault On Our Constitutional Republic

January 6, 2021, will forever mark a day of infamy for our nation. It will be remembered because our beloved Capitol building - the very heart of our democracy - was stormed and laid under siege. Rioters broke through windows, doors, and security barriers in both the Senate and House wings of the Capitol, assaulting Capitol Police officers, leaving a wake of destruction, and forcing me and other Members of Congress to temporarily delay fulfilling our constitutional duty to certify the presiden… Continue Reading


01.07.21

Statement On The Capitol Riots And Republicans’ Attempt To Overturn The Election

January 6, 2021, will forever mark a historic day for our nation. Not simply because our beloved Capitol building - the very heart of our democracy - laid under siege. Not simply because rioters stormed the Senate and House floors, assaulting Capitol Police officers and leaving a wake of destruction along the way. Not simply because the President of the United States encouraged his supporters to commit these felonies - to march to the Capitol and "to fight," in his words. No, today will also… Continue Reading


01.06.21

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Riot At The U.S. Capitol

The criminals who injured people, defiled the Nation's Capitol, and destroyed thousands of dollars' worth of property should be prosecuted for their felonies. And Senators tonight should and are reconvening without delay to resume the electoral count. President Trump doesn't want to accept defeat, so he instead promotes delusional conspiracy theories and encourages felonies. But the Senate has a job to do. We must protect the Constitution and prepare for the new President. It's the Americ… Continue Reading


01.05.21

Vermont’s Congressional Delegation To Recognize Vermont U.S. Service Academy Nominees On Wednesday, December 30, 2020, Video Livestream

U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, and U.S. Representative Peter Welch on Wednesday evening recognized 28 young Vermonters who received nominations to the United States Service Academies, Class of 2025. Each year the Vermont delegation hosts a reception at the Vermont State House for the nominees. However, for everyone's safety, this year's ceremony was held virtually. The names of this year's nominees, selected by Leahy, Sanders, and Welch through a competitive vetting pr… Continue Reading


12.22.20

Sanders, Leahy, Welch Applaud Dam-Repair Funding For Vermont

, Dec. 22 - Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) announced that legislation passed by Congress last night will fund critical water infrastructure projects, including three aging flood-control dams. The Vermont delegation also announced that the state of Vermont has signed an agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to make much-needed repairs to the Waterbury Dam. The project will begin in early 2021, using $40 million in federal funding s… Continue Reading


12.22.20

Daines, Leahy Bipartisan Bill Promoting Affordable Health Insurance Passes Senate, Heads to President’s Desk

U.S. SENATE - U.S. Senators Steve Daines (Mont.) and Patrick Leahy (Vt.) announced that their bipartisan bill promoting access to affordable health care by increasing transparency and enhancing consumer protections in the health insurance passed the U.S. Senate and will be headed to the President's desk to be signed into law. The "Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act" will ensure that health insurance issuers are subject to the same federal antitrust laws prohibiting unfair trade practices, s… Continue Reading


12.21.20

Merkley, Colleagues Push 22 Financial Services Companies to Prioritize American Health, Safety, Economic Security by Not Insuring Arctic Drilling

Oregon's U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley teamed up with U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) to press executives of 22 financial services companies to not insure any oil and gas developments in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, citing significant financial risk, catastrophic damage to one of the world's most delicate ecosystems, and the acceleration of climate chaos. The senators' letters-which were sen… Continue Reading


12.21.20

Appropriations Vice Chair Leahy Announces **VERMONT HIGHLIGHTS** Of Govt. Funding Bill

(MONDAY, Dec. 21, 2020) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Monday evening announced key Vermont highlights of the bipartisan agreement to fund the government for the remainder of fiscal year 2021, which includes the COVID relief package to provide relief to the thousands of Vermonters suffering during an unprecedented health and economic crisis. As the Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Leahy secured several key priorities for Vermont in the fiscal year 2021 spending package. T… Continue Reading

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