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02.04.14

Vermont And The Farm Bill – AT-A-GLANCE Highlights –

Dairy Margin Protection Program - A new Margin Protection Program for Dairy Producers will replace the Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) safety net. This new approach creates a federally subsidized margin protection program that will help dairy farmers to offset low margins caused either by low milk prices or high input costs, and prevent an erosion of equity. A key element of the Senate Farm Bill -- the "market stabilization" provision that would have discouraged the over-supply of milk and prot… Continue Reading


02.04.14

Reaction Of Senator Patrick Leahy To Senate Passage Of The Farm Bill

(TUESDAY, Feb. 4, 2014) - The U.S. Senate Tuesday passed a long-overdue Farm Bill, in a vote of 68 to 32. The House passed the Farm Bill agreement last week, and the bill now goes to the President's desk. Senator Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., says the President will sign it. Leahy was a conferee in the House-Senate Farm Bill negotiations. He is the most senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and a former chairman of the panel. Leahy long has led in Congress on dairy policy, conservation … Continue Reading


02.04.14

Leahy Chairs Hearing On Data Security And Consumer Privacy In Light Of The Target Data Loss And Other Breaches

(Tuesday, February 4, 2014) - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is chairing a hearing this morning entitled "Privacy in the Digital Age: Preventing Data Breaches and Combatting Cybercrime." Leahy recently reintroduced the Personal Data Privacy and Security Act, a bill that would set a national standard for businesses to notify consumers of data breaches and ensure their personal privacy. Testimony, member statements, and a webcast of the hearing are available online. Also… Continue Reading


02.03.14

Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) On The Farm Bill Agreement

We all know the Senate and House agriculture leaders unveiled the long-awaited conference report last week for the 2014 farm bill. It has been a long trip getting this far. Every conference committee, of course, has some controversy, but the 2014 farm bill has had more than its fair share of twists and turns--right down to the negotiations on the dairy policy in the fleeting hours--before we, as conferees, signed this conference report. It sounds like the old days of The Perils of Pauline when w… Continue Reading


02.03.14

Leahy And Welch Spotlight The Value To Vermont And Its Students Of The Vermont Student Assistance Corp.

Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy (D) and Vermont Congressman Peter Welch (D) on Monday visited the Winooski, Vt., headquarters of the Vermont Student Assistance Corp. (VSAC) to highlight the nonprofit student lender for their efforts to provide Vermonters with the resources they need to pursue a higher education. These continued efforts are made possible, in part, by a provision the delegation fought to preserve in the federal omnibus spending bill passed earlier this year by Congress that will al… Continue Reading


01.31.14

Comment of Senator Patrick Leahy On Vermont Site No Longer Considered For East Coast Missile Defense Site

"The ground-based interceptors being contemplated for an East Coast missile defense site cost huge sums of money, without delivering reliable capability. I welcome the news that Vermont's Camp Ethan Allen will not be considered as a site, and I continue to pursue redirecting those funds toward projects that have more proven and cost-effective success in keeping Americans safe."… Continue Reading


01.31.14

Reaction of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Senate President Pro Tempore And Chairman Of The Appropriations Committee’s State Department And Foreign Operations Subcommittee, On The State Department’s EIS On The Proposed Keystone XL Pipeline

"I look forward to reviewing the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Keystone XL Pipeline. "While this process has included more than 1.5 million public comments and several years of analysis, I am concerned that it may not fully take into account the overwhelming evidence that this project will greatly accelerate the release of greenhouse gas pollution and further worsen climate change. This process was fraught with earlier missteps, and now a further review will occur, which is inte… Continue Reading


01.31.14

Leahy, Sanders, Welch Announce $2.5 Million in Heating Assistance for VT

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vt.), who have advocated for additional home heating aid as near-record winter cold grips Vermont, Thursday announced the federal release of an additional $2.5 million in heating assistance to the state. Leahy, Sanders and Welch have long championed the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Thursday released $2,536,734 to Vermont, bringin… Continue Reading


01.30.14

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) On Senate Passage Of S. 1926 The Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act Of 2014

[Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)praised Senate passage Thursday of legislation that would provide relief to homeowners subject to dramatic increases in flood insurance rates. The legislation would ensure that the Federal Emergency Management Agency completes a study on flood insurance affordability before new premiums take effect.] "Tropical Storm Irene brought into sharp focus the importance of the National Flood Insurance Program for non-coastal states like Vermont. Efforts to strengthen the p… Continue Reading


01.30.14

Whitcomb Jr. and Sr. High School

On January 30, Senator Leahy held his first online chat of 2014 with the Whitcomb Jr. and Sr. High School 9th grade social studies class. Using the internet to communicate with the students and their teachers, the Senator answered the students questions about the Leahy War Victims Fund and his work to ban anti-personnel landmines around the world. He also spoke with them about his pastime as a photographer, and his community involvement at home in Vermont.… Continue Reading


01.30.14

SJC Approves Historic, Bipartisan Legislation To Address The Nation’s Exploding Prison Population

(THURSDAY, Jan. 30, 2014) - In a strong and bipartisan vote, the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday approved legislation to confront the unsustainable growth of the federal prison population. Three Republicans joined with all 10 Democrats on the panel to report the bill to the full Senate. The bill, a compromise agreement of the Smarter Sentencing Act, would lower nonviolent drug mandatory sentences, modestly expand the existing federal "safety valve," and promote sentencing consistent with th… Continue Reading


01.29.14

Privacy And Civil Liberties Oversight Board To Appear Before SJC Next Month

(Wednesday, January 29, 2014) - All five members of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB), who recently issued a report on government surveillance programs, will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee next month to discuss their findings, Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced Wednesday. Members of the PCLOB will appear before the Committee on Wednesday, February 12, less than three weeks after the Board published a comprehensive report concluding that the bulk phone r… Continue Reading


01.29.14

Leahy Chairs DOJ Oversight Hearing With Attorney General Holder

(Wednesday, January 29, 2014) - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is chairing a hearing this morning on oversight of the Department of Justice. Attorney General Eric Holder is testifying before the panel. 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 Oversight Of The Department Of Justice January 29, 2014 I welcome Attorney General Holder ba… Continue Reading


01.28.14

Reaction Of Senator Patrick Leahy To The President’s State Of The Union Message

"Too many families work hard and still fall behind. A greater percentage of the wealth is concentrated in the top 1 percent. It's time we pay attention to our middle class, the people who are the future of our country. I am glad to see the President speak of everyday Vermonters and Americans. They need his support. "After spending months shepherding bipartisan immigration reform through the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate last year, I am glad to see the President give a strong pus… Continue Reading


01.28.14

Vermont And The Farm Bill – AT-A-GLANCE Highlights –

Vermont And The Farm Bill - Top-Line Highlights At-A-Glance Dairy Margin Protection Program - A new Margin Protection Program for Dairy Producers will replace the Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) safety net. This new approach creates a federally subsidized margin protection program that will help dairy farmers to offset low margins caused either by low milk prices or high input costs, and prevent an erosion of equity. A key element of the Senate Farm Bill -- the "market stabilization" provision… Continue Reading


01.28.14

Leahy: Long Overdue Farm Bill Clears Conference On Monday Night

(MONDAY p.m., Jan. 27, 2014) - Nearly one month after a one-year extension of legislation to protect the nation's farming, conservation and nutrition programs expired, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives are poised this week to consider a final, comprehensive agriculture reform bill that will net more than $24 billion in savings, support 16 million American jobs, and make considerable progress in advancing conservation and wildlife protections. Vermont's Senator Patrick Leahy (D), the … Continue Reading


01.24.14

Leahy And Sanders Announce Merit Commission To Screen Candidates For Vermont’s Upcoming Federal Judicial Vacancy

U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Friday announced formation of a new Vermont Judicial Selection Commission to screen candidates for Vermont's upcoming federal judicial vacancy. On Jan. 15, U.S. District Court Judge William Sessions informed Leahy and President Obama that he will be taking senior status after 18 years on the federal bench in Vermont. The District Court in Vermont is at full strength with two active judges currently serving, but Judge Sessions… Continue Reading


01.23.14

AG Holder To Appear Before SJC This Month

Attorney General Eric Holder will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee for an oversight hearing on Wednesday, January 29, Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced on Sunday. The oversight hearing will be just weeks after President Obama charged the Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence with considering reforms to government surveillance programs, a top priority for Leahy and other members of the Judiciary Committee. Holder last appeared before the Senate Judiciary C… Continue Reading


01.23.14

Senator Patrick Leahy Comment On PCLOB Report

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman, Senate Committee On The Judiciary, On The Report Of The Privacy And Civil Liberties Oversight Board January 23, 2014 [Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Thursday responded to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board's Report on the Telephone Records Program Conducted Under Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act and on the Operations of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. Leahy is the lead Democratic coaut… Continue Reading


01.17.14

Comments Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman, Senate Committee On The Judiciary, Following The President’s National Security Speech

[Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Friday responded to President Obama's announcement that he will work with Congress to improve oversight of government surveillance programs. Leahy is the lead Democratic coauthor of the bipartisan USA FREEDOM Act, and earlier this week presided over a hearing featuring all five members of the President's Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies to discuss their recent recommendations to overhaul the government's su… Continue Reading

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