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Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on “The Impact of Abusive Patent Litigation Practices on the American Economy”

America's patent system fuels our Nation's greatest innovations. It promotes investment in new products and designs that benefit us all. In recent years, however, some bad actors have abused the patent system in ways that detract from its purpose. Small businesses in Vermont have been threatened with patent suits simply for using office equipment they purchased off the shelf. Website owners have faced costly litigation for using basic software in e-commerce. Instead of using patents to driv… Continue Reading


Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy On Assault on Press Freedom in Turkey Senate Floor

Mr. LEAHY. Mr. President, I have spoken many times on the Senate floor in defense of press freedom because it is a fundamental cornerstone of a democratic society. Today I want to briefly draw the Senate's attention to the situation in Turkey, one of the many countries in the world where this basic right is under threat by officials in the government who seek to silence their critics. Recently, in the latest assault on press freedom, Turkish police arrested and detained nearly two dozen member… Continue Reading


Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee, Hearing on “Immigration Reforms Needed to Protect Skilled American Workers”

Almost two years ago, the Senate came together to pass comprehensive legislation to reform our broken immigration system. The bipartisan Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S.744) took meaningful steps to help U.S. businesses fill critical job needs, while ensuring protections remain in place to help and train American workers. Importantly, it did so while focusing on our broken immigration system as a whole. The Senate bill acknowledged that we can only … Continue Reading


Leahy: Victims Of Trafficking Deserve Our Attention

(Tuesday, March 17, 2015) - In a floor speech Tuesday, Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) called on lawmakers to listen to trafficking survivors and victims' advocates who are urging the Senate to take partisan politics out of pending legislation to combat human trafficking. At issue is language in the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act authored by Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) and pending in the Senate that would restrict the access of victims of human traffic… Continue Reading


Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee On Voting in Opposition to Cloture on the Committee Reported Substitute to S. 178

One of the lessons that I have learned in my time as a Senator is that if you listen to the people you serve, really listen to them, you will almost always do the right thing. This morning, as some Senators are trying to shut off debate and end our efforts to provide a comprehensive, victim-centered response to the horrible crime of human trafficking, I ask that we stop and listen. Listen to the voices of the survivors. What they are saying is clear: Please stop playing politics with our lives. … Continue Reading


Sunshine Week Guest Column From Senator Patrick Leahy: Building A Stronger Democracy Through Government Transparency

Sunshine Week is a time to celebrate one of our nation's most basic values, the public's "right to know." Our very democracy is built on the idea that our government should not operate in secret. James Madison, a staunch defender of open government, whose birthday we celebrate each year during Sunshine Week, wisely noted that for our democracy to succeed, people "must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives." Transparency enables the American people to hold their government accountable.… Continue Reading


Victims’ Groups Continue Urging Senate Republicans To Take Politics Out Of Trafficking Debate

(Monday, March 16, 2015) - Organizations dedicated to providing vital services to victims of human trafficking are urgently calling on Senate Republicans to work across the aisle and pass meaningful legislation to address a critical issue affecting thousands of Americans. The call from groups representing children, trafficking victims, and survivors of domestic and sexual violence comes one day before the Senate casts a procedural vote on legislation containing controversial language authored b… Continue Reading


Leahy: Lynch’s Historic Nomination Facing Historic Delay

(Monday, March 16, 2015) - The Senate Republicans' continued delay to consider the nomination of Loretta Lynch to serve as the next Attorney General of the United States has reached historic levels. As of tomorrow, Tuesday, her nomination will have languished on the floor longer than the five previous Attorney General nominees, combined. In a floor statement Monday, Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) criticized the deliberate and unnecessary delay of this historic nominati… Continue Reading


Leahy Hails U.S.-Canada Pre-Clearance Agreement That Brings Closer The Goal Of Restoring Vermont-To-Montreal Passenger Rail Service

(MONDAY, March 16, 2015) -- Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) says years of work on the goal of restoring passenger rail service between Vermont and Montreal took a major step forward Monday as the United States and Canada signed a long-awaited agreement designed to improve cross border travel and security between the two countries. U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Canadian Minister of Public Safety Steven Blaney signed a new pre-clearance agreement in Washington that was negotiate… Continue Reading


Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee, On the Senate Republicans’ Continued Delay in Considering the Nomination of Loretta Lynch to be Attorney General

"Loretta Lynch has been confirmed by the Senate twice before to serve as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, where she has had an impeccable record for prosecuting terrorists and criminals. When she is finally confirmed to be the Attorney General of the United States, Loretta Lynch will be the first African American woman to serve as the country's chief law enforcement officer. Unfortunately, rather than move forward with this historic nomination, Senate Republicans appear i… Continue Reading


Anti-Trafficking Groups Call On Senate To Take Politics Out Of Debate & Pass Meaningful Legislation That Helps Victims

(Friday, March 13, 2015) - Organizations dedicated to providing vital services to victims of human trafficking are calling on Senate Republicans to cast partisan politics aside and pass meaningful legislation to address a critical issue affecting thousands of Americans. Many groups are also urging support for a trafficking alternative introduced by Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). The Leahy alternative, which is cosponsored by 23 Democratic Senators, provides a n… Continue Reading


Leahy Calls on Senate to Support Victims of Trafficking

(THURSDAY, March 12, 2015) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is leading an effort on the Senate floor to advance homeless and runaway youth remedies to combat human trafficking. In a floor speech Thursday, Leahy highlighted the work of Vermont service providers and urged lawmakers from both parties to come together behind his legislation to target traffickers and protect runaway and homeless youth. "The Executive Director of the Vermont Coalition of Runaway & Homeless Youth Programs wrote to… Continue Reading


Leahy & Democratic Senators Propose A Path Forward On Trafficking Legislation

(Thursday, March 12, 2015) - Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Thursday offered a noncontroversial, comprehensive solution to move forward on the stalled trafficking legislation and called on all Senators to support the effort. The substitute is cosponsored by 16 Democratic Senators. "The Senate has been on this trafficking bill now for three days -- but progress on the bill has been thwarted by the inclusion of a divisive provision that would limit the services av… Continue Reading


Anti-Trafficking Groups Call On Senate Republicans To Take Politics Out Of Policy Debate

(Wednesday, March 11, 2015) -Organizations dedicated to providing vital services to victims of human trafficking are calling on Senate Republicans to cast partisan politics aside and pass meaningful legislation to address a critical issue affecting thousands of Americans. At issue is controversial language slipped into legislation authored by Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) that would restrict victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation from being able to access needed health services. T… Continue Reading


Leahy: AG Nominee Loretta Lynch: A Proven Record Combatting Human Trafficking

(Wednesday, March 11, 2015) - As United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Loretta Lynch has built a strong record prosecuting human traffickers and protecting children. Senators who support legislation to prosecute human traffickers and protect victims should also support Lynch's nomination to be the next Attorney General, Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said Wednesday. Lynch's record "is so well established that even prominent Fox News hosts have pr… Continue Reading


[BREAKING] News Backgrounder On The ‘Leahy Law’ And Leahy REAX On ABC News Report On Atrocities By Iraqi Militias –

NEWS BACKGROUNDER ON THE LEAHY LAW Also Below Is Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The ABC News Investigative Report On Atrocities By Iraqi Militias, And The Application Of The "Leahy Law" [BACKGROUND: The Leahy Law - first enacted in 1997 and amended and expanded several times since then -- applies to units of foreign security forces (not to the entire security force of a country receiving U.S. military training or aid). Senator Leahy and the Administration have interpreted that to mean … Continue Reading


Comment Of Senator Leahy, Senator Sanders And Congressman Welch: 13 Vermont Communities Awarded $4.3 Million In Federal Community Development Grants

[Vermont's congressional delegation - Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) - Wednesday issued the following joint statement on $4.3 million in federal development grants to Vermont communities, announced by Gov. Peter Shumlin (D-Vt.). The grants are being awarded to 13 Vermont cities and towns under the federal Community Development Block Grant Program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The funding will build and improve aff… Continue Reading


Leahy Urges Senators To Support Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act

(Wednesday, March 11, 2015) -The Senate is currently considering legislation to combat human trafficking, but the pending bill does not include prevention methods to stop trafficking in the first place. Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) on Wednesday sought to improve the bill by filing as an amendment their legislation to prevent runaway and homeless youth from falling victim to human trafficking and sexual exploitation. The L… Continue Reading


Windham Southeast Supervisory Union

On March 11, 2015, Senator Leahy held an online chat with the sixth, seventh, and eighth grade classrooms of Putney Central School. Senator Leahy was impressed by the students' questions regarding school nutrition and the organic farming movement. He also enjoyed answering their questions on climate change and ways in which Vermont is leading the nation in renewable energy initiatives.… Continue Reading


Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee, On the Anti-Trafficking Legislation Being Considered in the Senate

"Senator Cornyn's language restricting needed, legal health care for women was not included in the trafficking package the Judiciary Committee reported last year. I regret that Senator Cornyn put it in his new legislation this year. "Senate Republicans need to decide whether they want to be a majority party that works across the aisle to advance legislation, or if they want to use debates about some of the most vulnerable among us to advance their own political agenda. The children should be ou… Continue Reading

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