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Leahy Joins Officials To Break Ground On New Affordable Housing In Brattleboro

Leahy Joins Officials To Break Ground On New Affordable Housing In Brattleboro BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (MONDAY, Aug. 31, 2015) - Four years after the devastation of Tropical Storm Irene, Senator Patrick Leahy Monday led a groundbreaking celebration to mark the start of construction of Red Clover Commons. Standing alongside state and local officials, nonprofit leaders, developers and community residents, Leahy heralded the new 55-unit, three story building off Canal Street as the first phase of a th… Continue Reading


Leahy And Sanders Join In Calling On Financial Regulators To Hold Oil Companies Accountable, Disclose Risks And Increase Transparency

(WEDNESDAY, Aug, 19, 2015) - In continued efforts to halt offshore oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and other senators this week called on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to require increased transparency from companies engaged in offshore drilling in American waters. The senators' call follows the Obama Administration issuing drilling rights to royal Dutch Shell plc. (Shell) to explore in the deep water off Alaska… Continue Reading


Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) On The Opening Of The U.S. Embassy In Cuba

"It was a privilege for me to accompany the Secretary of State to Havana for the opening of the U.S. Embassy. Seeing our flag raised again and hearing our national anthem was deeply moving - for me, and for the many Cubans who also witnessed this historic moment. I credit President Obama and Secretary Kerry for getting us to this point, after 54 years of a failed policy that isolated the United States and did nothing to improve the lives of the Cuban people. "Opening an embassy is not a conc… Continue Reading


Leahy, State And Local Officials Mark Recovery Milestone In Waitsfield

WAITSFIELD, Vt. (THURSDAY, Aug. 13, 2015) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Thursday joined officials from the state of Vermont and the Waitsfield community to celebrate construction progress on Waitsfield's new town office. The event marked a major milestone for the Waitsfield community, which recently broke ground on a new site to replace the town office building flooded by Tropical Storm Irene. A Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG) from the U.S. Department of Housing an… Continue Reading


Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee On The Federal Trade Commission’s Section 5 Enforcement Principles

(THURSDAY, Aug. 13, 2015) -- Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairwoman Edith Ramirez Thursday announced that the Commission approved a bipartisan set of principles related to the exercise of its standalone enforcement authority under Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act. This authority has existed for over 100 years and provides the FTC the ability to protect consumers from unfair business practices outside the scope of traditional antitrust enforcement under the Sherman Act or Clayton … Continue Reading


Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee On The GAO Report On The EB-5 Program

"I have long supported the EB-5 Regional Center Program's ability to promote economic development and create jobs, and I have also sought important improvements to the program. The Department of Homeland Security needs additional authorities and enforcement tools to guard against fraud and abuse. And increased transparency and oversight are essential to instill confidence in the program. "Today's report on the EB-5 program from the Government Accountability Office further confirms that such ref… Continue Reading


Leahy, Sanders, Welch Announce Over $2.6 Million For Runway Infrastructure Improvement At BTV

(THURSDAY, Aug. 06, 2015)- Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) Thursday announced the Burlington International Airport (BTV) will receive $2,637,844 in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grants to improve the efficiency and safety of operations. The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation and will be used to extend two existing taxiways, the final phase in an ongoing infrastructure improvement project at Bu… Continue Reading


Remarks of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Capitol Hill Press Conference Opposing the “DARK” Act

I want to thank Senator Tester for making this event happen today, and I want to welcome our very accomplished guests. The stage here in Congress might not be as bright as some that you have stood on, but your voice will certainly amplify the importance of this simple right to know issue. My home state of Vermont is the only state in the country on track to implement a law requiring the clear labeling of foods made with genetically modified ingredients. By this time next year, Vermonters and … Continue Reading


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

We began this year with a new Republican majority in the Senate promising to govern responsibly. Unfortunately, this promise has so far proven hollow. Beginning with the shameful treatment of the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be Attorney General, the Republican leadership has used excuse after excuse to keep the Senate from voting on those nominated to serve in our justice system. It took four months for the Republican majority to schedule a vote on a single judicial nomination. So far this… Continue Reading


Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy Thoughts on the Iran Nuclear Agreement United States Senate Floor

This is not the first time nor will it be the last time I speak in this chamber about the Iran nuclear agreement. But after listening to some of the hearings on this subject in the House and Senate last week I want to provide a bit of my own perspective on the challenge before us. I remember during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, when some of President Kennedy's top advisors as well as Members of Congress pushed for a military attack. A war between the two nuclear superpowers would have - at… Continue Reading


Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy On Discrimination Against Dominicans of Haitian Descent

I have traveled to the Dominican Republic and Haiti, and am familiar with the history of racial tensions between the population of Haitian migrants and Dominicans of Haitian descent, and other citizens of the Dominican Republic. These problems are by no means unique to these two neighboring countries, nor are there easy solutions. In addition to race there is competition for land, social services, and jobs. But while this situation should not be oversimplified, the way the Dominican governmen… Continue Reading


Leahy Joins As Original Cosponsor On Bill To Halt Unfair Tax Handouts To Big Oil

(TUESDAY, Aug. 4, 2015) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has joined in introducing legislation to end taxpayer subsidies to the "Big 5" oil companies and to apply that $22 billion in savings toward reducing the federal deficit. Leahy said: "These subsidies, paid for by the American people, are senseless and unconscionable. They are an ancient holdover from the earliest days of the carbon economy. If these loopholes ever were justified, that time has long passed." Leahy noted that these five … Continue Reading


Lee & Leahy Press Senate to Protect Email Privacy

(Tuesday, August 4, 2015) - As the Senate prepares to take up sweeping cybersecurity information sharing legislation this week, Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said lawmakers must also work to protect Americans' emails and other private information stored in the cloud. On Tuesday, Lee and Leahy filed the bipartisan Electronic Communications Privacy Amendments Act of 2015 as an amendment to the information sharing bill. The Lee-Leahy ECPA bill updates a three-decade… Continue Reading



We are now seven months into the 114th Congress, and our Nation is faced with many challenges. Less than a year ago, the American people were promised that if Republicans took control of the Senate, our focus would be on committee-reported bills and promoting bipartisanship. Leader McConnell pledged not to fill the amendment tree and instead to allow for an open amendment process when bills were brought to the floor. These promises have already been broken and this week will likely see them b… Continue Reading


Leahy Hails President’s Clean Power Plan

[Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Monday praised President Obama for taking the most significant step yet to reduce U.S. emissions of greenhouse gases in order to address the causes of climate change. The Clean Power Plan sets the first-ever carbon pollution standards for power plants, requiring each state to create its own plan for reducing carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 32 percent from 2005 levels, by 2030. Power plants are the nation's largest stationary source of … Continue Reading


Ahead Of 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, Leahy Calls On Congress To Restore And Advance This Landmark Law

(THURSDAY, July 30, 2015) - Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), author of the Voting Rights Advancement Act and a longtime champion of voting rights, joined House Democrats on Thursday on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to mark the 50th anniversary of the enactment of the original Voting Rights Act. The landmark law ushered in strong protections against racial discrimination in voting, and Congress has reauthorized the measure four times since it was enacted in 1965. … Continue Reading


Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee On the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015

"The growing threat of cybercrime and cyberterrorism is very real, and it requires a thoughtful and bipartisan response from Congress. Senator Feinstein has worked across the aisle for years to address the many concerns I and other Senators have raised with the Intelligence Committee's information sharing bill. If the Majority Leader is serious about improving our nation's cybersecurity, he will listen to Senator Feinstein and others who have called for a meaningful amendment process. If he w… Continue Reading


Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) On Supporting The Highway Trust Fund

[In a vote of 65 to 34, the U.S. Senate Thursday afternoon approved a comprehensive six-year authorization for transportation programs and the Highway Trust Fund. The House has not yet drafted or acted on a long-term bill. Because the six-year bill is only partially funded, the House and Senate this week also are passing a short-term fix to replenish the Highway Trust Fund before its funding would have been depleted tomorrow at Midnight. Leahy, who has long pushed for long-term solutions for … Continue Reading


Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy, On the 50th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid,

Today we celebrate a true milestone in our Nation's history, and we mark this reminder that basic health insurance is not a privilege for the wealthy, but a right, for every American. On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Social Security Amendments of 1965 into law establishing the Medicare and Medicaid programs. For 50 years, these two programs have offered health care and economic security to millions of Americans and their families. The debate over the right to basic healt… Continue Reading


Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) On Partisan Efforts To Defund Health Services For Women

"Republican senators again are attacking women's health with a renewed effort to eliminate health centers that thousands of Vermonters rely on every day. Across the country, millions of low-income women depend on Planned Parenthood health centers for lifesaving preventive treatments and care including annual exams, cervical and breast cancer screenings, and HIV screenings and counseling. These clinics are the primary source of health services for many women. Eliminating federal funding to Pl… Continue Reading

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