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Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Scourge of Landmines

Mr. LEAHY. Mr. President, I have spoken several times in the past few weeks, and a great many times over the past two decades, about the scourge of landmines. These inherently indiscriminate weapons are triggered by the victim, and often it is an innocent civilian who is either killed or horribly maimed. Although the United States has not exported, produced, or used anti-personnel mines for more than 20 years, we are not among the 161 nations that have joined the international treaty bannin… Continue Reading


Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy On Recent Developments in Egypt Senate Floor

[Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) chairs the State Department and Foreign Operations Subcommittee -- the Appropriations Committee panel that oversees the State Department's budget as well as foreign aid programs. In his role as chairman, Leahy has put a hold on the Administration's April 25 request to obligate $650 million in military assistance for Egypt that was provided under the Fiscal Year 2014 Appropriations bill enacted early this year. Leahy has worked on writing current and previous cong… Continue Reading


Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee, On Judicial Nominations

More than two weeks ago, the Senate voted to end the filibuster on the nomination of Michelle Friedland of California to fill a judicial emergency vacancy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. That vote was the fourth time this year that the Senate had to overcome a Republican filibuster of a highly qualified circuit court nominee. In stark contrast, the Senate confirmed 18 of President Bush's circuit nominees within a week of being reported by the Judiciary Committee. The Nint… Continue Reading



LEAHY, BLUMENTHAL CALL ON FDA TO EXPEDITE REVIEW OF PAIN KILLERS WITH ABUSE-DETERRENT PROPERTIES (Washington, DC) - In a letter to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) urged the agency to expedite review of pain killers with built-in properties to curb abuse. Last year, the pain killer Zohydro ER was approved by the FDA despite lacking abuse-deterrent properties a… Continue Reading


Leahy Nets 1st Award For Social Media Use In Congress;

(MONDAY, April 28, 2014) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Monday netted two more awards for his use of the Internet in his Senate work. In their latest report and citations for the current 113th Congress, the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF), whose evaluations of congressional websites have become the standard, awarded Leahy a Silver Mouse Award for his website, and a Gold Mouse Award For Citizen Engagement On Social Media - the first time the group has assessed congressional use of soc… Continue Reading


Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee, On Judicial Nominations

Last Thursday, the Senate voted to end the filibuster on the nomination of John Owens of California to a judicial emergency vacancy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. This is the longest running vacancy in our entire Federal court system. Today the Senate will finally vote to confirm this outstanding nominee to a court that is in desperate need of judges. The Ninth Circuit is the busiest circuit court in the country, and yet, it has … Continue Reading


The Surge In Opioid And Heroin Addiction Looms As A Key Topic As Leahy Sets Oversight Hearing With Drug Enforcement Chief

(WEDNESDAY, April 23, 2014) - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has set an oversight hearing with the head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) at which a key focus of the discussion will be the rise of opioid and heroin addiction and related problems in communities in Vermont and across the nation. Leahy announced that DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart will testify at the hearing, which is set for 10 a.m. next Wednesday, April 30, on Capitol Hill in Wa… Continue Reading


Government Releases 2 Dissidents In Advance Of Leahy’s Arrival In Vietnam

(WEDNESDAY, April 16, 2014) - Government leaders in Vietnam this week released two prominent imprisoned dissidents in advance of the arrival Wednesday of U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). Leahy, accompanied by Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.), is heading a bicameral, bipartisan congressional delegation to China and Vietnam, while Congress is not in session. In Vietnam over the next five days, the lawmakers will meet with key government leaders, representatives of civil society, Vietnamese… Continue Reading


Vermont Delegation Backs Governor’s Call for Congressional Action on Road Fund

BURLINGTON, VT., April 16 - In a joint statement today, Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) commented on Governor Shumlin's letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) regarding the urgent need to restore the federal Highway Trust Fund. In their joint statement, Leahy, Sanders and Welch said: "Ensuring safe and adequate transportation infrastructure should not be a partisan issue, but unfortunately … Continue Reading


Leahy, Welch Set Policy Visits In China, Vietnam

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), accompanied by Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.), is heading a bicameral, bipartisan congressional delegation to China, Vietnam, and Hong Kong. The delegation departs Washington on Saturday, April 12, and returns Wednesday, April 23, during a period in which Congress is not in session. Leahy chairs the Senate's Judiciary Committee and the Appropriations Subcommittee on the State Department and Foreign Operations, and now is the Senate's President Pro Tempore. W… Continue Reading



News From -- Senator Patrick Leahy Senator Jeanne Shaheen Senator Richard Burr Senator Susan Collins (Washington, DC) - A bipartisan coalition of 51 senators are urging the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies to support the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and Forest Legacy programs as they begin considerations for the upcoming fiscal year. In a letter led by U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Richard Burr (R-N… Continue Reading


Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman, Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Urging Passage of The Justice for All Act During National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

This week marks the 30th annual National Crime Victims' Rights Week. It is a time to recognize victims of crime and their families, and to acknowledge the efforts to help them recover and rebuild their lives in the wake of tragedy. It is also a time to ask what more we can do to help serve victims of crime and improve our criminal justice system. We have an opportunity this week to pass a bill that will not just pay lip service to crime victims, but actually impact and improve their lives. I… Continue Reading


Leahy, Sanders, Welch: Vermont Nets $257,300 in Rural Development Grants

U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and U.S. Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) Wednesday announced that two Vermont towns have received a total of $257,300 in grants for rural development projects. The grants were awarded by the United States Department of Agriculture to Greensboro and Brattleboro. In a joint statement, Leahy, Sanders and Welch said: "Whether funding public safety needs in Greensboro or strengthening the local food system in Brattleboro, USDA Rural… Continue Reading


Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman, Senate Committee On The Judiciary, On Committee Consideration Of Patent Legislation

"For weeks, members of the Judiciary Committee have been engaged in extensive bipartisan negotiations on legislation to address abuses in the patent system. We have made enormous progress, and we now have a broad bipartisan agreement in principle. This is a complex issue and we need additional time to draft the important provisions that have been the subject of discussion. "I have talked to many Senators on both sides, and because I want to be sure everyone is comfortable with how these pie… Continue Reading


LEAHY: US Must Sign Treaty Banning Landmines

[Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has long been the leading U.S. official pressing for a worldwide ban on the use of these weapons. In a statement today on the Senate floor, he again urged the administration to sign the international treaty banning landmines. Leahy has pressed every administration since the Clinton administration to join the international treaty. Leahy is the most senior member of the United States Senate, and chairs the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee responsible for overseei… Continue Reading


Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) On The Paycheck Fairness Act

[The Senate is now holding a procedural vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation cosponsored by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) that would close the gender wage-gap and help ensure equal pay for equal work. The legislation has twice before been considered by the Senate, and has twice been filibustered. Today's procedural vote is on a motion to proceed to the bill, which would enable the Senate to begin debate on the measure. Senator Leahy's statement on the legislation follows.] Stateme… Continue Reading


Leahy Chairs SJC Hearing On Proposed Cable Merger

(Wednesday, April 9, 2014) - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is chairing a hearing this morning entitled "Examining the Comcast-Time Warner Cable Merger and the Impact on Consumers." This is the first Congressional hearing on the pending merger of the nation's top two cable companies. Testimony, member statements, and a webcast of the hearing are available online. Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on "Examinin… Continue Reading


Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee Hearing On “Environmental Protection Agency Fiscal Year 2015 Budget”

[At a hearing of the Interior Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) today urged the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Gina McCarthy, to renew the Agency's commitment to the cleanup and preservation of Lake Champlain. Faced with new water quality regulations imposed by the EPA for Lake Champlain, Vermont will face new challenges, as the President's budget request cuts funding for critical federal programs to help states address wat… Continue Reading


Statement of Chairman Patrick Leahy Subcommittee on the Department of State and Foreign Operations Hearing on USAID’s Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Request

Good morning. We are meeting today to hear testimony from Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development, who will discuss USAID's fiscal year 2015 budget request. Dr. Shah, thank you for being here. USAID, like every federal agency, needs to adapt to a fast changing world. So does the Congress. In order to do that effectively, we need a shared understanding of USAID's core purpose. I have always assumed it is sustainable development, and I am sure… Continue Reading


Comment of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) On Senate Passage of the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act

[The Senate Monday night approved the bipartisan Emergency Unemployment Compensation Act by a vote of 59-38, legislation which will reauthorize emergency unemployment insurance benefits for five months, allowing for retroactive payments going back to December 28, when the benefits expired.] "Our economy is showing strong signs of improvement, but millions of Americans, including thousands of Vermonters, remain out of work, still trying to find a job to help support their families and their hous… Continue Reading

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