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06.04.13

Reaction of Senator Patrick Leahy To The Convictions In Egypt Of 43 NGO Workers

[Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) chairs the State Department's budget panel, the Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on State Department And Foreign Operations. He is the author of the conditions on U.S. military aid to Egypt.] "The unjust convictions of Egyptian and American citizens by the Egyptian Government, for nothing more than working to defend the fundamental rights of all Egyptians, is appalling and offensive to people of goodwill in Egypt and across the globe. It is part of an ominou… Continue Reading


06.04.13

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee, On The White House Proposal To Combat Patent Trolls

[Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) issued the following comment Tuesday on the White House's release of proposals and administrative actions to combat patent troll abuse. Leahy said recently that he will soon introduce legislation this Congress to ensure American retailers and innovating businesses are not impeded by misuse of the patent system. Leahy is also a lead author of the bipartisan Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, the landmark patent reform law which was signe… Continue Reading


06.03.13

Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee Correcting the Record On Judicial Nominations

Before the Senate went into recess, I was disappointed with statements made to the Senate that misstated the history of Judge Srinivasan's confirmation process. The Senator who said that the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee made "no effort, no effort" to have a hearing on Judge Srinivasan until late last year was misinformed. We made efforts in the fall before the election to schedule such a hearing and renewed our push to have a hearing on his nomination before the end of the session. I w… Continue Reading


06.03.13

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) On The Passing Of Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.)

"Frank Lautenberg was a true public servant. From his courageous service in the Army during World War II, to his dedication to the residents of New Jersey, his record represents the spirit and commitment of the greatest generation of which he was a part. The Senate will miss his statesmanship and his leadership. And I will miss a very dear friend. Marcelle and I send our sympathy to Bonnie and his family." # # # # #… Continue Reading


05.31.13

Leahy/Sanders/Welch/Shumlin: Joint Statement On The Air Force’s Revised Draft Environmental Impact Statement On F-35 Basing

NEWS from Senator Patrick Leahy | Senator Bernie Sanders Congressman Peter Welch | Governor Peter Shumlin Joint Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy, Senator Bernie Sanders, Congressman Peter Welch and Governor Shumlin On The Air Force's Revised Draft Environmental Impact Statement On F-35 Basing Friday, May 31, 2013 "The revised draft Environmental Impact Statement is lengthy, at more than 2500 pages, and will take time to carefully and thoroughly review. We understand that the major cha… Continue Reading


05.29.13

Remarks of Senator Patrick Leahy: "Leahy Center Environmental Summit: Blue Water In Green Mountains" Echo At The Leahy Center For Lake Champlain

Good morning, and welcome to the Leahy Center Environmental Summit. When I think about it, it is hard to believe that 10 years have passed since the doors were opened to this center for learning, research, and the exchange of ideas. Since then, well over one million visitors have passed through its doors. Children and adults alike have explored its exhibits, learned about our "Great Lake," and opened their eyes to the world of environmental science. This is a true public-private partnership,… Continue Reading


05.27.13

Memorial Day Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy

Memorial Day is when Americans set aside time to remember those who died in service to our country. It is important to keep them in thoughts and prayers not only on Memorial Day, but every day. Vermonters have always answered their nation's call to duty. Our state suffered disproportionate losses in Iraq and Afghanistan. Throughout our state, as families plant flowers on the graves of their loved ones, and veterans place the American flag at the graves of all who served, let us all thin… Continue Reading


05.23.13

Comments Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The President’s National Security Address

The President's speech today underscores that in order to keep our nation safe and secure, we must do so in ways consistent with our values and in accordance with the rule of law. I applaud his renewed vow to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, which I have long said contradicts our most basic principles of justice, undermines our national security, and degrades our standing abroad. I am also encouraged that the administration is taking steps to improve transparency as it pertains… Continue Reading


05.23.13

Senate Votes To Confirm D.C. Circuit Court Nominee

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) hailed the unanimous confirmation Thursday of Sri Srinivasan to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Leahy also criticized Republican efforts to delay a floor vote of the highly qualified nominee, who waited months for a confirmation hearing and who was first nominated nearly one year ago. "For the second time this year, the Majority Leader was forced to file cloture on one of President Obama's well-qualified nominees to the D.C. Circuit,… Continue Reading


05.21.13

#CIRmarkup: DAY FIVE RECAP: COMMITTEE CONCLUDES CONSIDERATION OF IMMIGRATION REFORM BILL

From The Senate Judiciary Committee Majority Staff S. 744: The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act Day Five Recap: Committee Concludes Consideration of Immigration Reform Bill The Senate Judiciary Committee today completed consideration of S.744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act. The immigration reform bill will make the first truly comprehensive reforms to the nation's immigration system in a generation. The bi… Continue Reading


05.21.13

Judiciary Committee Completes Historic Consideration Of Comprehensive Immigration Reform

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved Tuesday the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act, a bipartisan bill to reform the nation's immigration laws. The Committee held five markup sessions to consider the bipartisan legislation, debating more than 200 amendments offered by members of both parties. Tuesday's vote also comes after six hearings in the Judiciary Committee on the issue of immigration reform, including three focused specifically on the legislation… Continue Reading


05.21.13

Leahy Statement On Removing Discrimination From Broken Immigration System

(TUESDAY, May 21, 2013) -Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) made the following statement Tuesday about his amendments to the comprehensive immigration bill to provide equality in immigration law by allowing American citizens who are in long term committed relationships to sponsor their foreign partners or spouses for green cards. "I take the Republican sponsors of this important legislation at their word that they will abandon their own efforts if discrimination is remov… Continue Reading


05.21.13

Undocumented Workers Will Face A Hard-Earned Path To Citizenship

From The Senate Judiciary Committee Majority Staff S. 744: The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act Undocumented Workers Will Face a Hard-Earned Path to Citizenship An estimated 11 million undocumented individuals are living and working in America. Both Republicans and Democrats agree that deporting millions of undocumented workers is unachievable. The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act outlines a hard-earned path to ci… Continue Reading


05.21.13

Statement Of Senator Leahy (D-Vt.) The Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013 Senate Floor

Last week, the Senate Agriculture Committee once again reported to the full Senate a bipartisan Farm Bill, and I am pleased the Senate has turned to its consideration this week. The bill before us represents nearly two years of hard work to satisfy the widely varied agricultural interests of this country, while supporting food assistance programs for those in need. The Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act will save $23 billion over 10 years, which is remarkable given the fiscal restraints we … Continue Reading


05.21.13

Leahy: Vermont Nets $6.3 M. In Homeland Security Grants

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Tuesday announced that Vermont will receive $6.3 million in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), up from $5.7 million last year. The grants - under a formula championed by Leahy that protects smaller states like Vermont -- will help Vermont develop prevention and preparedness programs to respond to and recover from acts of terrorism and other catastrophic events. Leahy said, "As a rural state and a border state, Vermont understand… Continue Reading


05.21.13

Judiciary Committee Begins Fifth Day Of Markup

From The Senate Judiciary Committee Majority Staff S. 744: The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act #CIRmarkup: Judiciary Committee Begins Fifth Day of Markup RECAP: The Senate Judiciary Committee has concluded four days of markup of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act. The Committee has considered over 165 amendments, offered by both Republicans and Democrats, to every title of the bill. Coming Up Today in the Comm… Continue Reading


05.21.13

Statement of Chairman Patrick Leahy Subcommittee on the Department of State and Foreign Operations Hearing on Assistance for Children in Adversity

I want to thank Senator Landrieu, whose idea it was to hold this hearing, and I thank our witnesses for being here. The fate of the world's children is the responsibility of everyone. Today, in the 21st Century, it is appalling to consider how many children are born into lives of misery. UNICEF's 2013 State of the World's Children report is due later this month, but the statistics available today show that in 2010 more than 8 million children died before the age of five, mostly from preventabl… Continue Reading


05.21.13

Day Four Recap: More Than 165 Amendments Considered To Immigration Bill

From The Senate Judiciary Committee Majority Staff S. 744: The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act Day Four Recap: More Than 165 Amendments Considered to Immigration Bill The Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday continued consideration of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act. The markup began at 10:00 a.m., and concluded around 8:30 p.m. Through four days of markup, a total of 168 amendments were considered by the C… Continue Reading


05.20.13

Statement On the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Consideration of S.744, The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act

Over the past several weeks the Senate Judiciary Committee has considered the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act. In addition to the three hearings the Committee held this year on the need for comprehensive immigration reform, the Committee held an additional three hearings specifically on this legislative proposal after it was introduced. In those legislative hearings we received testimony from 26 witnesses, including the Secretary of Homeland Security, S… Continue Reading


05.20.13

Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee, On the Nominations of Sheri Chappell and Michael McShane

Today the Senate will finally be allowed to vote on the nominations of Judge Sheri Chappell and Judge Michael McShane. For Judge Chappell in particular, this day is long overdue. She was nominated almost a year ago, and was one of the 11 nominees who Senate Republicans refused to vote on before the end of the last Congress. They delayed her confirmation even though she had the support of every single Republican on the Judiciary Committee, and the bipartisan support of her home state Senators,… Continue Reading

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