Press Room

Press Releases

Search Senator Leahy’s press releases, floor statements, and Committee speeches by date or by subject.


Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy, Chair, Intellectual Property Subcommittee, On The Supreme Court’s Decision In Arthrex

Ten years ago, Congress enacted the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, which gave the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) the necessary authority to curb the abuse of poor-quality patents. Patents are one of the core engines of our American economy. High-quality patents are essential to American innovation, creating jobs and boosting economic output, while poor-quality patents have the opposite effect, depriving Americans of new inventions and miring small businesses in needless litigation. Th… Continue Reading


Leahy Secures And Announces $11 Million To Support The Food Systems Research Center At UVM

BURLINGTON, Vt. (FRIDAY, June 18, 2021) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Friday joined University of Vermont (UVM) leaders to announce federal funding for the Food Systems Research Center. Leahy, who chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee, secured $11 million in 2021 to support the Center's work researching all facets of the regional food system, from production agriculture to food security. Leahy said: "When the pandemic struck, Vermonters turned to their local farms for food security… Continue Reading


Advocating For Vermont Dairy Farmers, Leahy Asks Agriculture Secretary Vilsack When USDA Will Release Funds Allocated For Pandemic Relief To Dairy Farmers

** NEWS ALERT ** NEWS EDITORS: ** VIDEO LINK BELOW ** This morning (TUESDAY), Senator Patrick Leahy, Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, asked U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack about delivering urgently needed relief to Vermont's dairy farmers. Leahy asked Vilsack at a hearing by the Appropriations Committee's Agriculture Subcommittee to review the President's budget request. Dairy producers in Vermont and throughout the Northeast continue to face market volatility a… Continue Reading


Statement Of Chairman Leahy On The GAO Decision On The Pause Of Border Barrier Construction Obligations

Today's announcement by the GAO is a welcome one. As the ruling made clear, a review of the environmental havoc wrought by former President Trump's vanity wall, and taking the time to actually consult with the various stake holders, including landowners whose land was being seized, is legal and permitted by law. President Trump's approach to the wall at the Southern Border was at best a bumper sticker approach to a serious policy issue, and it should be reviewed to ensure that American taxpaye… Continue Reading


Statement Of Senator Leahy Unofficial Preliminary Transcript Vermont Marks A COVID Vaccination Milestone

Madam president, we had interesting news in Vermont this morning. Our governor, Governor Scott, announced that we've reached 80% immunity - vaccinations - so the state will in effect reopen. Now, I mention this because right from the beginning, and I've worked closely with our governor, we tried to show no partisanship in this. I'm a Democrat. He's a Republican. We are both first and foremost Vermonters. And restrictions were put in place. Efforts were made to vaccinate. I know my wife, Marcell… Continue Reading


Risch, Leahy, Colleagues: Biden Should Support Nicaraguan People’s Efforts To Restore Democratic Governance In Nicaragua

(FRIDAY, June 11, 2021) - U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), President Pro Tempore of the Senate, yesterday led Senators John Cornyn (R-Texas), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Majority Whip, Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), ranking member of the subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Todd Young (R-Ind.), and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) in sending a letter to President Biden encouraging the administration to hold the Ortega-Murillo regime … Continue Reading


Leahy And Boozman Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Make Summer Meal Programs More Flexible

(THURSDAY, June 10, 2021) -- A bipartisan group of senators led by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Senator John Boozman (R-AR) are proposing to apply lessons learned from the pandemic to existing child nutrition programs to make them more efficient, flexible and better equipped to reach children in need during the summer months. Leahy and Boozman Thursday introduced the Hunger-Free Summer for Kids Act to add flexibility to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Summer Food Service Progra… Continue Reading


NEWS EDITORS: Video Clips On VT Topics In Today’s Approps Hg W/EPA Adm. Regan: Leahy Discusses 1) Biden Reversing Trump Policy By Asking For LAKE CHAMPLAIN $; 2) BURLINGTON HIGH SCHOOL PCB Pollution

In today's Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on EPA's budget for Fiscal Year 2022, Chairman Patrick Leahy discussed two current topics important to Vermont. Leahy raised two current EPA issues affecting Vermont in today's hearing with EPA's new Administrator, Michael Regan. VIDEO CLIPS of Leahy's exchanges with Administrator Regan about Lake Champlain funding and about the closure of Burlington High School because of the discovery of high levels of PCBs are available at the LINKS BELOW. … Continue Reading


Leahy Praises Passage Of Bipartisan U.S. Innovation And Competition Act And Funding For Domestic Semiconductor Production

(WEDNESDAY, June 9, 2021) -- Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is hailing Senate passage Tuesday night of a bipartisan bill to fund the CHIPS Act, passed as part of last summer's annual defense policy bill, and to authorize a wide-range of federal investments in research and development in order to make the United States more competitive in the global economy of the 21st Century. Leahy, who chairs the Appropriations Committee, said: "In a bipartisan vote, the Senate advanced important legislation … Continue Reading


Vermont Delegation Sends Letter Urging Biden Administration to Immediately Work with Canada to Safely Open the Northern Border

Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders, and Representative Peter Welch sent a letter to the Biden administration late Monday urging him to work with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to allow additional travel between the United States and Canada. With increased vaccination rates in both the United States and Canada, and updated CDC guidance for fully vaccinated Americans, the delegation urged the Biden administration to work with Canada to add additional essential traveler classes and to continu… Continue Reading


Statement On The Situation In Tigray, Ethiopia

I vividly recall the shocking images back in 1984 of a million emaciated Ethiopian men, women and children, many of them from Tigray, who had fled the country in the midst of a massive famine caused by prolonged drought, widespread food shortages, and discriminatory government policies. Eventually the rains returned and the refugees went home, but the country has been plagued by periods of conflict and food insecurity ever since. Today, the people of Tigray are being subjected to human rights… Continue Reading


As VP Travels To Mexico And Central America, Leading Senate Democrats Boost Diplomatic Efforts To Address Causes Of Irregular Migration, Foster Stability In Central America

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today led a group of 18 of his Senate colleagues in voicing their support for Vice President Kamala Harris' leadership of the Biden administration's diplomatic efforts to address and mitigate the underlying factors driving Central American migration to the United States. Sent in advance of Vice President Harris' upcoming visit to Mexico and Guatemala, the senators' letter reiterates their call for the develop… Continue Reading


Statement On The Introduction Of The Biden Budget And The End Of The Budget Control Act

The Budget Control Act of 2011 expires this year, and that is a good thing. This law led to a decade of underfunding our domestic priorities, from which it will take years to recover. Right now, in communities across the country, our infrastructure is crumbling, millions of Americans cannot access federal programs for which they qualify, and we are falling behind in investing in science, research, and development on the global economic stage. All of this because the Budget Control Act set ar… Continue Reading


Statement On Senate Passage Of The United States Innovation And Competition Act Of 2021

Today, in a bipartisan vote, the Senate advanced important legislation to increase our nation's competitiveness with China. The United States Innovation and Competition Act (USICA) of 2021 is significant legislation, and an example of what process and debate can yield in the United States Senate. This legislative package is the end result of the bipartisan work of from multiple Senate Committees and reflects the urgency of addressing the challenges faced by domestic manufacturers and American r… Continue Reading


Statement On Passage Of CHIPS Funding As Part Of The U.S. Innovation And Competition Act

Mr. President, as the Senate prepares to vote on the US Innovation and Competition Act, I wanted to take moment to highlight the support this bill provides to the US Semiconductor Industry. I want to commend the leadership that Senators Warner, Cornyn and Schumer have shown in highlighting the need for our country to ensure that we maintain leading edge manufacture capabilities in the United States. I strongly support the over $50 billion provided in this bill for the Department of Commerce to… Continue Reading


Memorial Day Message Of Senator Patrick Leahy

For all of us, Memorial Day is the 'kick off' of summer. Especially after the struggles we all have faced during the last year, this is a particularly welcome and highly anticipated day to gather with family and friends, have cookouts, shake off a long winter and Mud Season, and get on with our summer activities. The root of the word memorial is memory. My hope is that we all will also pause to remember that the true spirit of this day is to remember that we are able to come together, as fam… Continue Reading


Leahy And Pascrell Renew Senate And House Push For Crime Gun Tracing Modernization Act To Bring ATF Into The 21st Century

(TUESDAY, May 25, 2021) -- Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Representative Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-NJ-09) Tuesday reintroduced the Crime Gun Tracing Modernization Act of 2021, their bill to modernize the capabilities of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) to trace crime guns. After a firearm associated with a crime is discovered somewhere in the United States, federal, state or local law enforcement officials contact ATF, which then must recreate the chain of custody o… Continue Reading


Leahy, With Schumer And Others, Leads Bicameral Push For Farm Business Viability Support

(TUESDAY, May 25, 2021) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and the most senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, joined by Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and others in the Senate, and Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Antonio Delgado (D-N.Y.) in the House, are leading a bicameral group of lawmakers in urging Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to invest in business technical assistance for small and midsized farm and food b… Continue Reading


Statement On The Inhofe/Shelby Amendment To S. 1260

This amendment would mandate dollar-for-dollar parity between defense and non-defense programs, unless we had sixty votes to overcome a point of order. It is not limited to discretionary spending on the FY 2022 appropriations bills, it applies to ALL federal spending. Providing a dollar to the Defense department for every dollar of non-defense spending is simply arbitrary, and would lead to absurd results. Under this amendment, if we pass an infrastructure bill through reconciliation provi… Continue Reading


Klobuchar, Moran, Leahy Introduce Legislation To Lift Cuba Trade Embargo

U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Jerry Moran (R-KS), and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) reintroduced major bipartisan legislation to lift the Cuba trade embargo. The Freedom to Export to Cuba Act would eliminate the legal barriers to Americans doing business in Cuba and pave the way for new economic opportunities by boosting U.S. exports and allowing Cubans greater access to American goods. The legislation repeals key provisions of previous laws that block Americans from doing business in Cuba, but doe… Continue Reading

Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 64 Page 65 Page 66 Page 67 Page 68 Page 69 Page 70 Page 71 Page 72 Page 73 Page 74 Page 75 Page 76 Page 77 Page 78 Page 79 Page 80 Page 81 Page 82 Page 83 Page 84 Page 85 Page 86 Page 87 Page 88 Page 89 Page 90 Page 91 Page 92 Page 93 Page 94 Page 95 Page 96 Page 97 Page 98 Page 99 Page 100 Page 101 Page 102 Page 103 Page 104 Page 105 Page 106 Page 107 Page 108 Page 109 Page 110 Page 111 Page 112 Page 113 Page 114 Page 115 Page 116 Page 117 Page 118 Page 119 Page 120 Page 121 Page 122 Page 123 Page 124 Page 125 Page 126 Page 127 Page 128 Page 129 Page 130 Page 131 Page 132 Page 133 Page 134 Page 135 Page 136 Page 137 Page 138 Page 139 Page 140 Page 141 Page 142 Page 143 Page 144 Page 145 Page 146 Page 147 Page 148 Page 149 Page 150 Page 151 Page 152 Page 153 Page 154 Page 155 Page 156 Page 157 Page 158 Page 159 Page 160 Page 161 Page 162 Page 163 Page 164 Page 165 Page 166 Page 167 Page 168 Page 169 Page 170 Page 171 Page 172 Page 173 Page 174 Page 175 Page 176 Page 177 Page 178 Page 179 Page 180 Page 181 Page 182 Page 183 Page 184 Page 185 Page 186 Page 187 Page 188 Page 189 Page 190 Page 191 Page 192 Page 193 Page 194 Page 195 Page 196 Page 197 Page 198 Page 199 Page 200 Page 201 Page 202 Page 203 Page 204 Page 205 Page 206 Page 207 Page 208 Page 209 Page 210 Page 211 Page 212 Page 213 Page 214 Page 215 Page 216 Page 217 Page 218 Page 219 Page 220 Page 221 Page 222 Page 223 Page 224 Page 225 Page 226 Page 227 Page 228 Page 229 Page 230 Page 231 Page 232 Page 233 Page 234 Page 235 Page 236 Page 237 Page 238 Page 239 Page 240 Page 241 Page 242 Page 243 Page 244 Page 245 Page 246 Page 247 Page 248 Page 249 Page 250 Page 251 Page 252 Page 253 Page 254 Page 255 Page 256 Page 257 Page 258 Page 259 Page 260 Page 261 Page 262 Page 263 Page 264 Page 265 Page 266 Page 267 Page 268 Page 269 Page 270 Page 271 Page 272 Page 273 Page 274 Page 275 Page 276 Page 277 Page 278 Page 279 Page 280 Page 281 Page 282 Page 283 Page 284 Page 285 Page 286 Page 287 Page 288 Page 289 Page 290 Page 291
Showing page   of 291