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Leahy Recognized For Leadership In Addressing Global Water Issues

(THURSDAY, Nov. 13, 2014) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Wednesday was presented with the WASH Advocate Award for his strong support for ending the global safe drinking water crisis. In a presentation in the U.S. Capitol, Leahy was joined by Vermont advocates Carolyn Meub and Barbara Carris of Pure Water For The World. Also on hand was his wife, Marcelle Leahy, a Registered Nurse. In one of Leahy's visits to Haiti to inspect relief efforts funded by Leahy's panel in the aftermath of the mas… Continue Reading


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

As we return from recess for the remaining days of the 113th Congress, I begin by congratulating my friend, Senator Chuck Grassley, who will become Chairman of the Judiciary Committee beginning in the 114th Congress. We have a very good working relationship, and I hope that this will continue when he assumes the chairmanship in January. We still have several weeks left in this Congress with much work left to be done. As history shows, when both sides work together, the lame duck session can b… Continue Reading


Senate Poised To Take Up USA FREEDOM Act of 2014 This Month

(Wednesday, November 12, 2014) -Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Wednesday urged swift passage of the USA FREEDOM Act in the final weeks of the 113th Congress, after the Senate moved toward a vote on the historic legislation. The bipartisan bill, which Leahy introduced in July, will restore Americans' privacy rights by ending the government's dragnet collection of phone records and by requiring greater oversight, transparency and accountability for domestic surveillance aut… Continue Reading


Leahy Applauds Groundbreaking U.S.-China Agreement To Combat Climate Change

(WEDNESDAY, Nov. 12, 2014) - U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) released the following statement about the announcement made Tuesday night by President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping on significant near-term pollution cuts that will help the two largest emitters in the world chart a path to the deep reductions needed by mid-century to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Leahy spoke with Secretary of State Kerry about the agreement on Wednesday: "This announcement from the world'… Continue Reading


Leahy Introduces Bill to Ensure Equal Treatment for All Spouses Under the Copyright Act

(Wednesday, November 12, 2014) - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Wednesday introduced legislation to close a loophole in the Copyright Act that discriminates among lawfully married couples. A provision in the Copyright Act grants rights to the surviving spouse of a copyright owner only if the marriage is recognized in the owner's state of residence at the time he or she dies. This means that a writer who lawfully marries his or her same-sex partner in Vermont or Cali… Continue Reading


Judiciary Chairman Leahy On The Expected Nomination Of Loretta Lynch To Be The Attorney General Of The United States

Judiciary Chairman LeahyOn The Expected Nomination Of Loretta LynchTo Be The Attorney General Of The United States November 7, 2014 "I congratulate Loretta Lynch, the expected nominee to be the next Attorney General of the United States. The Attorney General serves as the chief law enforcement officer for the entire Nation, and it is important for that person to have the right prosecutorial and management experience for the job. Ms. Lynch is an experienced prosecutor, and if confirmed, she … Continue Reading


Leahy Calls On Speaker Boehner To Let House Vote On Bipartisan, Senate-Passed, Immigration Reform Bill

"I agree with Speaker Boehner that Americans want their government 'to get things done.' And that is exactly why he should simply allow the House to vote on the comprehensive immigration bill that a bipartisan majority in the Senate passed last year. For years, Congressional Democrats have been working to fix our broken immigration system and have led efforts to do that under both Republican and Democratic Presidents. But a vocal bloc of Republicans has consistently stood in the way. House l… Continue Reading


In Letter, Senator Leahy, Senator Feinstein and Senator Durbin Urge President Obama To Reject Bush-Era Interpretation Of International Treaty Against Torture

In a letter released Friday, Senator Leahy, Senator Feinstein and Senator Durbin urged President Obama to reject the Bush-Era interpretation of the International Treaty Against Torture. The letter can be found here.… Continue Reading


Judiciary Chairman Leahy, On Today’s FTC Settlement Concerning Patent Demand Letters

[The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday announced a settlement agreement with MPHJ Technology Investments LLC and its law firm concerning charges that they made deceptive claims and false legal threats in letters that accused thousands of small businesses around the country of engaging in patent infringement. The FTC settlement bars the company and its law firm from making deceptive representations when asserting patent rights. Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) introduced bipa… Continue Reading


Leahy Hails Extension Of Signup Deadline For New Dairy Price Insurance Program For Farmers

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is urging Vermont's dairy farmers to take advantage of U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack's decision to extend for a week the signup period for the new dairy farm production price insurance program created under the 2014 Farm Bill. Vilsack on Wednesday afternoon announced that the signup deadline for the new Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy) will be extended to December 5, 2014, and that the comment period for the new MPP-Dairy rule would be exte… Continue Reading


Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Impasse Between FairPoint And Its Workers

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Impasse Between FairPoint And Its Workers Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 "Thousands of Vermonters rely on FairPoint for their businesses, residential and emergency services. These are essential connections for real people, and I encourage all parties involved in the negotiations to return to the bargaining table and work in good faith to resolve the remaining differences. Vermonters expect both sides of the table to be respectful and to remain focused on the … Continue Reading


Judiciary Chairman Leahy Presses Leading Broadband Providers To Fight Against Internet Fast Lanes

(Thursday, October 23, 2014) - Following a letter to Comcast sent earlier this week, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Thursday continued his call for leading broadband providers to take a stand against fast lanes on the Internet. In letters sent to AT&T, Verizon, Time Warner Cable, and Charter Communications, Leahy pressed for concrete commitments that the companies will not enter into paid prioritization agreements to charge websites for priority access over the… Continue Reading


U.S. Energy Department Awards $3 Million in Solar Energy Grants to Vermont Companies

BURLINGTON, Vt., Oct. 22 - Vermont's congressional delegation - Sens. Patrick Leahy (D) and Bernie Sanders (I) and Rep. Peter Welch (D) - announced today that the U.S. Department of Energy awarded more than $3 million in grants to two Vermont companies to help make solar energy more affordable and accessible. "These Vermont companies are on the forefront of reducing the cost of solar energy, a crucial element in helping transform our energy system away from fossil fuels and into renewable energ… Continue Reading


Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee, On the Decision in the Blackwater Trial

[Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) issued the following comment Wednesday after the verdict was handed down in the Blackwater trial. A jury found one Blackwater security guard guilty of first-degree murder and three other guards guilty of voluntary manslaughter. Leahy is the author of the Civilian Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act (CEJA), a bill he introduced in July that would close a gap in current law and ensure that government employees and contractors working overse… Continue Reading


Senator Patrick Leahy Urges Comcast to Take a Stand Against Internet “Fast Lanes”

(Monday, October 20, 2014) -As the Federal Communications Commission continues its consideration of updated open Internet rules, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Monday urged the nation's largest cable and Internet provider to set the example by pledging that it will not enter into any paid prioritization agreements through which websites could be charged for priority access over the Internet. Preventing the creation of such "fast lanes" is critical to meaningful net… Continue Reading


Comments Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The IBM-Global Foundries Announcement

"Vermont has always had a special relationship with IBM. While this marks a new chapter for the plant, I appreciate that Global Foundries recognizes that the most valuable asset they are acquiring is the talented workforce in Essex. These are some of the most highly skilled workers in the entire nation, and I remain committed to working with them and the new ownership to keep an active and vibrant plant as part of Vermont's economic landscape." # # # # # [Senator Leahy and Governor Shumlin … Continue Reading


Comment of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee, on the Announcement by Google Concerning Websites Dedicated to Online Piracy

[Google announced today that it will update the tools it uses to address the problem of illegitimate websites dedicated to infringing activity, by demoting such sites in its search results and removing more terms from autocomplete. Senator Leahy has long called for such action to reduce the prevalence of websites dedicated to infringement, which remain a serious problem for America's artists, creators and consumers.] "I welcome Google's announcement that it will improve its efforts to address… Continue Reading


Leahy, Sanders, Welch: With Cold Weather Around The Corner, Vermont Receives $17.2 M. In Home Heating Assistance

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vt.) -- who have long championed the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) -- Thursday announced $17,252,695 in federal home heating assistance to Vermont. The new funding, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is part of a nationwide release of $3.05 billion in LIHEAP funds to help struggling families heat their homes. The new funds represent about 90 percent of the fundi… Continue Reading


SJC Chairman Leahy, Senate Democrats Press DHS Against Expansion of Family Detention System

A group of leading Democratic Senators on Thursday pressed Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on recent plans to expand the immigration detention system, notably the decision to construct a massive new immigration detention facility at the southern border, and urged the administration to ensure the physical safety and due process rights of women and children seeking asylum in the United States. The new detention facility in Dilley, Texas, slated for opening in the coming months, will be th… Continue Reading


Comment of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee, on the Nomination Of Michelle Lee to be Undersecretary Of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

[President Obama announced on Thursday his intent to nominate Michelle Lee to serve as Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The USPTO plays a vital role in protecting and promoting our nation's intellectual property. If confirmed, Ms. Lee would be the first woman and first Asian Pacific American to serve as Director of the office.] "I congratulate Michelle Lee on her nomination. During her tenure as Deputy… Continue Reading

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