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In A Letter To The Secretary Of State, Senators Leahy, Sullivan, Coons, Schumer And Others Urge The Evacuation Of Afghan Partners

We write today with extreme concern regarding the ongoing civilian situation in Afghanistan as U.S. forces withdraw. As the Taliban rapidly seizes control of cities across the country, we strongly urge the Department of State to also swiftly expand its overly narrow interpretation of eligibility for the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program to include not only those staff members who have worked under U.S. government contracts, but also those employed under and associated with grants or co… Continue Reading


Senator Patrick Leahy -- Saving Our Afghan Partners

As the Taliban take over the country at breakneck speed, commandeering everything from artillery to helicopters and executing gov't soldiers who surrender, our Afghan partners - judges, lawyers, teachers, scholars, journalists, human rights defenders - many of them women, are desperate to escape to safety in a third country. This is no time to be questioning whether they qualify for visas. We have a moral obligation to evacuate them and their families. ###… Continue Reading


Leahy Praises Passage Today Of Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment And Jobs Act

(TUESDAY, Aug. 10, 2021) -- Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is hailing Senate passage Tuesday of a bipartisan bill to help build back the United States' crumbling infrastructure. The infrastructure package includes $550 billion in new federal investments over five years and $650 billion in authorizations. Leahy, who chairs the Appropriations Committee, said: "Once again, the Senate has shown that infrastructure is - as it always has been - a bipartisan issue. The Infrastructure Investment and… Continue Reading


Durbin, Leahy, Booker, Colleagues: It’s Time To End The Federal Death Penalty

U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Cory Booker (D-NJ), both members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today led 14 of their Senate Democratic colleagues in urging the Department of Justice (DOJ) to take further steps to end the federal death penalty once and for all. In a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland, the Senators commend the recent decision to impose a moratorium on federal executions p… Continue Reading


Leahy, Sanders, Welch And Scott Announce $4.5 M. In N. Border Grants To 14 Vermont Communities

MONTPELIER, Vt. (MONDAY, Aug. 9, 2021) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I), Representative Peter Welch (D), Governor Phil Scott (R) announced Monday that 14 Vermont organizations will receive more than $4.5 million in federal grants to promote economic development across the Green Mountain State. Funds will help local communities address critical water infrastructure needs, open new childcare programs, develop outdoor recreation infrastructure and expand the state's food hub… Continue Reading


Statement On The Infrastructure Investment And Jobs Act

Once again, the Senate has proven that infrastructure is - as it always has been - a bipartisan issue. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act offers a once-in-a-generation vision for America's infrastructure that is long overdue. This bipartisan infrastructure package makes the largest federal investment in public transit, passenger rail, and bridges in more than 50 years. Gone are the days when "infrastructure" has meant only bridges, highways, roads, and rail. While we need to invest … Continue Reading


Appropriations Chair Leahy Announces More Than $21.5 Million For Vermont Military Construction Projects In Appropriations Bill Approved By The Committee On Wednesday

(THURSDAY, Aug. 5, 2021) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced more than $21.5 million for Vermont projects in the annual Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill advanced by the Committee on Thursday. The funding would accelerate construction of a readiness center in Bennington, Vt., and support a new family readiness center at Camp Johnson, on land formally referred to as the Ethan Allen Air Force Base. Leahy said: … Continue Reading


Statement On Repression Of Civil Society Activists In South Sudan

Mr. LEAHY. After decades of civil war, famine, and political instability, after millions were killed and millions more became refugees, many hoped that independence and a peace agreement in South Sudan would usher in a period of stability and progress. Some South Sudanese refugees who had resettled in the United States returned to South Sudan to aid in rebuilding. Unfortunately, peace was fleeting and the past decade of independence has been marred by continued violent ethnic conflict, widespr… Continue Reading


Appropriations Chairman Leahy Announces More Than $15 Million For Vermont Projects In The Energy And Water Appropriations Bill, Approved Wednesday By The Appropriations Committee

(THURSDAY, Aug. 5, 2021) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, on Thursday announced more than $15 million in funding for specific Vermont projects in the Senate's Fiscal Year 2022 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill that will support the Lake Champlain Basin and renewable energy throughout the state. This is the annual Appropriations bill that funds several federal agencies. Leahy secured more than $5 million in Congressionally Directed… Continue Reading


Leahy Secures More Than $23 Million For Vermont-Specific Projects In The Annual Agriculture Appropriations Bill

(THURSDAY, Aug. 5, 2021) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and a senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, on Thursday announced more than $23 million in Congressionally Directed Spending priorities for Vermont as the committee on Wednesday approved the Fiscal Year 2022 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, the annual budget bill for the Department of Agriculture and other ag… Continue Reading


Leahy Praises The President’s Historic Nomination Of Beth Robinson To Serve On 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals

(THURSDAY, Aug. 5, 2021) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), President Pro Tempore of the U.S. Senate and Former Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, strongly praised President Biden's historic nomination of longtime Vermonter and Vermont Supreme Court Justice Beth Robinson to serve on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Justice Beth Robinson - a pioneer in the national movement for LBGTQ rights and the first openly gay Vermont Supreme Court Justice - would be the first ever openly LGBTQ w… Continue Reading


Comment On President Biden’s Nomination Of Beth Robinson To Be A Judge On The Court Of Appeals For The Second Circuit

Today is a good day for Vermont. I am incredibly proud that President Biden has nominated Vermont's very own Justice Beth Robinson to serve as a Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. I strongly praise President Biden for nominating Justice Robinson, who has been a tireless champion for equal rights and equal justice in the mold of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I know that, if confirmed, Justice Robinson would serve on the Second Circuit with integrity, humility, a… Continue Reading


Leahy Holds First Markups As Chair Of Appropriations Committee

(Wednesday, August 4, 2021) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Wednesday held the first markups of the Senate Appropriations Committee as Chairman, advancing the Agriculture, Energy and Water, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs fiscal year 2022 appropriations bills through the Committee with strong bipartisan support. Leahy said: "These bills make important investments in mitigating the climate crisis, our veterans, and our farmers. I'm also glad to announce that we have included more… Continue Reading


Over $18 Million In Federal Aid Provided To Vermont Venues

(TUESDAY, Aug. 3, 2021) - Vermont's Congressional Delegation, Senator Patrick Leahy, Senator Bernard Sanders, and Representative Peter Welch, on Tuesday congratulated the most recent Vermont recipients of the U.S. Small Business Administration Shuttered Venue Operators Grants (SVOG). SVOG was created by legislation authored by Welch, with full support from Senator Leahy and Senator Sanders in their roles as Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Chairman of the Senate Budget Committ… Continue Reading


Remarks On US Institute Of Peace - Vietnam Wartime Accounting Initiative

Thank you Lise, and thanks to the United States Institute of Peace for hosting this event. I am very grateful for the strong interest USIP has shown in the work the United States and Vietnam are doing to address some of the most difficult legacies of the war. I also want to welcome our counterparts from Vietnam's Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including my good friend Ambassador Ha Kim Ngoc as well as officials from our Department of Defense, Department of State, and … Continue Reading


Leahy, Sanders, Welch: Treasury To Release Funding For Vermont Counties Secured Through The American Rescue Plan

(FRIDAY, July 30, 2021) - Vermont's Congressional Delegation, Senator Patrick Leahy, Senator Bernie Sanders and Congressman Peter Welch, announced Friday that the U.S. Treasury Department will release funding secured through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) designated for communities in Vermont's 14 counties. The funding had been held back due to the Treasury Department's previous designation that Vermont's counties were units of general local government, as is the case in most other states.… Continue Reading


Address On The Bipartisan Emergency Capitol Security Supplemental Appropriations Bill

I rise on the Senate Floor today to urge that the Senate take up and pass H.R. 3237, the Emergency Security Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021, with an amendment at the desk. The amendment is the result of bipartisan compromise between myself and Vice Chairman Shelby, and I want to thank him for his hard work and his friendship. This $2.1 billion dollar package is designed to address the aftermath of the violent insurrection that took place on January 6, heal the remaining scars of the C… Continue Reading


Leahy Announces Bipartisan Agreement On Capitol Security Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill

(Tuesday, July 27, 2021) - Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Tuesday announced a $2.1 billion bipartisan agreement on an emergency security supplemental to address the fallout of the January 6 insurrection, the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, and expenses incurred on the Capitol complex as a result of the COVID pandemic. Leahy said: "We have the responsibility to take care of the Capitol Police in the wake of their incredible service on January 6th,… Continue Reading


Leahy, Schumer, Sanders And Gillibrand Introduce Bill To Reauthorize Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership

(TUESDAY, July 27, 2021) - U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) Tuesday introduced a bill to reauthorize the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership (CVNHP). Established in 2006 to recognize and promote the importance of the historical, cultural, recreational and economic resources of the Champlain Valley, the CVNHP is slated to sunset on October 12, 2021. Their bill would authorize the partnership for the… Continue Reading


Schatz, Collins, Young, Leahy, Cassidy Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Reform Disaster Recovery

(THURSDAY, July 22, 2021) - U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Todd Young (R-Ind.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), and Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-La.) today introduced legislation to help communities plan for and recover from major disasters. The Reforming Disaster Recovery Act would strengthen the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) disaster recovery grants for states, local governments, and tribes. It would also improve coordination at the federal level by… Continue Reading

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