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05.08.13

Leahy On Thursday Begins Markup Process For Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill

On Thursday the Senate Judiciary Committee will begin markup sessions on the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act, first by debating the sponsors' amendment that provides technical corrections and improvements to the legislation. Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) will next recognize members wishing to offer amendments to the so-called "trigger" section of the legislation. The committee will then move to Title I of the bill, which focuses on border enforcement. T… Continue Reading


05.08.13

Leahy: General Electric/Rutland Gains $5.4 Million Navy Contract

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Wednesday announced that General Electric Aviation of Rutland has been awarded a U.S. Navy contract for about $5.4 million for the development and production of fighter engines for the F/A-18 Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft. The contract, which is being divided among several regional GE plants, totals more than $45 million and is a modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract. GE Rutland receives 12 percent - about $5.4 million -- of the… Continue Reading


05.07.13

Leahy Files Additional Amendments To Immigration Reform Bill

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Tuesday filed several amendments to the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act. All amendments filed by Committee members will be available later tonight online. The Committee will meet on Thursday to begin consideration of the bipartisan immigration reform bill. Among Leahy's amendments is one that provides equality in immigration law by allowing American citizens who are in long term committed rela… Continue Reading


05.07.13

SJC Chairman Leahy Hails Confirmation Of Privacy Board Chairman

- The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) can operate at full strength now that the Senate voted to confirm its chairman David Medine, Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said Tuesday. Medine's nomination was approved one year after he was reported by the Judiciary Committee and nine months after the Senate moved to confirm four other nominees to the privacy board. Leahy said the delay in taking up Medine's nomination "is reminiscent of how they have obstructed t… Continue Reading


05.07.13

Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy Hearing on USAID FY 2014 Budget Request Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations

Good morning. We are meeting today to hear testimony from Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development, who will discuss USAID's fiscal year 2014 budget request. Dr. Shah, thank you for being here. We have several new members on this subcommittee and I encourage you to be in contact with them. Those of us who have been here longer know that you are an articulate, passionate advocate for USAID and its mission. I do not envy anyone who is responsible… Continue Reading


05.06.13

Leahy Files Amendment To Block Border Crossing Fees

With markup set to begin Thursday on comprehensive immigration reform legislation in the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the panel's chairman, Monday introduced an amendment to bar the creation of a land border crossing fee. It is the first amendment to the draft bill that Leahy has filed, and he will file others tomorrow. He has set Tuesday at 5 p.m. as the deadline for filing amendments for the upcoming markup sessions, which start on Thursday and are expecte… Continue Reading


05.06.13

A Tax For Crossing The Northern Border? This Vermonter Just Says NO

Last month the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) made a misstep in including in its budget proposal a request for appropriations to study charging people admission for crossing the border into the United States. It does not take a study to know that charging Canadian relatives, friends, tourists, business people and shoppers a fee to enter the United States is a bad idea. I do not intend to let this half-baked idea see the light of day. I will be fighting this on all fronts. This week, a… Continue Reading


05.03.13

Leahy, Sanders, Welch Announce: FEMA Reimbursement For the Town of Bennington

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I) and Rep. Peter Welch (D) Friday announced that the Town of Bennington will receive $1,579,952 in reimbursement for costs incurred to repair damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. Leahy, Sanders and Welch said: "Twenty months after Tropical Storm Irene caused millions in damage to the Town of Bennington, FEMA has finally offered help. We are pleased that the agency responded to our request to reconsider its earlier refusal to reimburse the to… Continue Reading


04.30.13

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman, Senate Committee On The Judiciary, On The President’s Remarks Tuesday On Guantanamo Bay

[Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) issued the following comment Tuesday after President Barack Obama reiterated his position that the military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, should be closed - a view that Leahy has long shared.] "I remain deeply concerned that the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay remains open, and that Congress continues to stand in the way of closing it. As the President again has acknowledged, it is unnecessary, expensive and ineff… Continue Reading


04.25.13

Leahy & Cornyn Introduce Legislation To Reauthorize Landmark Justice For All Act

U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) introduced legislation Thursday to reauthorize the Justice For All Act, a vital law that seeks to help ensure that the criminal justice system functions fairly. The bipartisan measure, introduced during Crime Victims' Rights week and on DNA Day, builds on the 2004 law by improving support services for crime victims and providing support to help state and local governments use DNA evidence to convic… Continue Reading


04.25.13

Sen. Leahy On Committee Consideration Of Bipartisan Immigration Reform Legislation

U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Thursday discussed the Committee's upcoming schedule for considering the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013. Leahy announced the first markup session on this bipartisan legislation will be on Thursday, May 9th, with amendments to the measure made publicly available ahead of time. The open and transparent process for considering this important measure comes after six Committee hearings… Continue Reading


04.25.13

Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee, On Celebration of World IP Day

This Friday, April 26, is "World IP Day," when countries around the world celebrate the role of intellectual property in encouraging innovation and creativity. It is an opportunity for us to acknowledge the authors, artists, and musicians who enrich our lives; the inventors whose work is transforming our digital economy; and creators around the world. Whether you are an inventor, a creative artist, or a small business owner protecting your brand, you deserve the benefit of your work. By prot… Continue Reading


04.25.13

SJC Approves Leahy-Lee Electronic Communications Privacy Amendments Act

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday favorably reported bipartisan legislation coauthored by Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) to protect the privacy of emails, texts, social media posts and other electronic communications. Both Senators hailed the Committee's strong bipartisan support of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act Amendments Act of 2013, which updates one of the Nation's most important digital privacy laws. "All Americans -- regardless of political… Continue Reading


04.24.13

Vermont Gains $40 million In Federal Tax Credits To Spur Privately Funded Economic Development Projects That Will Create Jobs In Communities With High Unemployment

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I) and Rep. Peter Welch (D) Wednesday announced that Vermont Rural Ventures will receive $40 million in federal tax credits to spur economic development projects throughout the state. The New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program was established by Congress in 2000 to spur investment of private capital in economic development projects in communities with high poverty and high unemployment. The program is administered by the U.S. Treasury Department. Un… Continue Reading


04.24.13

Senate Votes To Confirm Kelly To Eighth Circuit

The Senate voted unanimously Wednesday to approve the nomination of Jane Kelly to serve on the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) praised the Senate's approval of this highly-qualified nominee, who was reported by the Judiciary Committee last month, and said other nominees should be taken up just as quickly. Leahy added that Kelly has "proven the exception to the practice of Republicans of holding up confirmations of circuit nominees for no good reason for months."… Continue Reading


04.24.13

Leahy Reports To Senate On Judiciary Committee’s Progress Toward Starting Markup On Comprehensive Immigration Reform Legislation

(Wednesday, April 24, 2013) - U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) made the following report to the Senate Wednesday on the panel's work on comprehensive immigration reform -- the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013, the bipartisan bill that was the subject of three public hearings over the last week and which will soon be marked up in Committee. The Judiciary Committee this year has held six hearings on immigration reform, a… Continue Reading


04.24.13

Leahy, Sanders And Welch Announce: St. Johnsbury Fire Department To Receive $475,000 To Replace Out-Of-Service Ladder Truck

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. - U.S. Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and Congressman Peter Welch this week told St. Johnsbury Fire Department Chief Troy Ruggles that his four-year quest to replace the department's 36-year-old ladder truck is complete. Leahy, Sanders and Welch announced Wednesday that a $475,000 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) will help the department replace its 1976 tower truck that was out of service last year on December 23rd when … Continue Reading


04.23.13

Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing On “Drone Wars: The Constitutional and Counterterrorism Implications of Targeted Killing”

Today, the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights holds an important hearing to explore the administration's use of unmanned aerial vehicles, or "drones," to target and kill suspected terrorists overseas. The subcommittee will examine the constitutional and statutory authority to use drones to conduct these targeted killings, as well as key questions regarding the scope of the battlefield, which individuals can be targeted, and the possibility of establishing a transpa… Continue Reading


04.23.13

DHS Secretary Napolitano Testifies Before SJC On Comprehensive Immigration Reform Legislation

The Senate Judiciary Committee is currently holding a hearing on the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 featuring the testimony of Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who also testified before the panel in February on the need for comprehensive immigration reform. The Committee has this year held six hearings on the issue, with three of those hearings focused specifically on bipartisan legislation to reform the Nation's immigr… Continue Reading


04.22.13

Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Second Hearing On Comprehensive Immigration Reform Legislation

- The Senate Judiciary Committee is currently holding a hearing on the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013. The hearing chaired by Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) marks the Committee's fifth immigration-related hearing this year, and the second focused on bipartisan legislation to reform the Nation's broken immigration system. Testimony, member statements, and a webcast of the hearing are available online. # # # # # Statement Of Senator Patrick… Continue Reading

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