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01.31.13

First Payments To Dairy Farmers Set For Next Week Under Leahy’s MILC Fix In The New Year’s Day ‘Cliff’ Package

(THURSDAY, Jan. 31, 2013) -- Vermont dairy farmers will be eligible for safety net payments retroactive to last September under legislation that U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) included in the New Year's Day 'fiscal cliff' rescue package, and the first payments will be made next week. USDA Farm Service Agency Vermont State Executive Director Robert Paquin says that in implementing Leahy's provisions, USDA will issue the first payments beginning Feb. 5, under the Milk Income Loss Contract (MI… Continue Reading


01.31.13

Senate Judiciary Committee Adopts Memberships For Subcommittees For 113th Congress

(Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013) - The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved the proposed subcommittees, jurisdictions, chairs and ranking members, and membership rosters for the 113th Congress. The Committee now has seven subcommittees, including two new subcommittees: the Bankruptcy and the Courts Subcommittee; and the Oversight, Federal Rights and Agency Action Subcommittee. The Committee's rules were also adopted Thursday. For information about upcoming hearings, nominations, legislation… Continue Reading


01.30.13

Judiciary Committee Holds First Congressional Hearing On Gun Violence

(Wednesday, January 30, 2013) - The Senate Judiciary Committee is currently holding a hearing entitled "What Should America Do About Gun Violence?," a hearing called by Committee Chairman Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) in the wake of the tragedy that recently struck Newtown, Conn., and Sandy Hook Elementary School. Testimony, member statements, and a webcast of the hearing are available online. # # # # # On December 14, America's heart was broken when 20 young children and six dedicated educ… Continue Reading


01.29.13

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On President Barack Obama’s Announcement On Immigration Reform

[TUESDAY, January 29, 2013-- U. S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) issued the following comment Tuesday after President Barack Obama announced his proposals for comprehensive immigration reform. The Judiciary Committee is the primary committee of jurisdiction for immigration reform, and Chairman Leahy announced Tuesday that the Committee will hold its first hearing on immigration reform in two weeks, on Feb. 13.] "President Obama should be commended for making Comprehe… Continue Reading


01.29.13

Casey, Leahy Call for Independent Investigation into Possible War Crimes by Sri Lankan Government, LTTE

Today, U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) called for an independent, international investigation into potential war crimes committed by the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE during the civil war in Sri Lanka. In a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Senators said such an investigation is needed because the legitimate concerns of the Sri Lankan people have not been answered by the government. "The Sri Lankan people deserve better," Senator Casey said. "Sri Lan… Continue Reading


01.29.13

The New York Times: A New Push On Domestic Violence (Editorial)

In an editorial Tuesday, The New York Times calls on the Senate to quickly take up and pass the bipartisan Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, and for the House to quickly follow suit. U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Senator Michael Crapo (R-Idaho) reintroduced VAWA just last week. Leahy is pushing for prompt Senate action on the Leahy-Crapo bill, and floor consideration is expected to begin next week. Excerpts: "The reintroduced Senate bill … Continue Reading


01.29.13

The New York Times: A New Push On Domestic Violence (Editorial)

In an editorial Tuesday, The New York Times calls on the Senate to quickly take up and pass the bipartisan Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, and for the House to quickly follow suit. U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Senator Michael Crapo (R-Idaho) reintroduced VAWA just last week. Leahy is pushing for prompt Senate action on the Leahy-Crapo bill, and floor consideration is expected to begin next week. Excerpts: "The reintroduced Senate bill … Continue Reading


01.28.13

Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy Commemorating Data Privacy Day

Today I join privacy advocates, industry leaders and national, State and local government officials from across our Nation in celebrating Data Privacy Day -- a day to recognize the need to better secure our privacy and security in cyberspace. I am also pleased to join Senators on both sides of the aisle in cosponsoring a Senate resolution to commemorate Data Privacy Day. In the Digital Age, Americans face new threats to their digital privacy and security as consumers and businesses alike coll… Continue Reading


01.25.13

Leahy Announces Witnesses For January 30 Hearing On Gun Violence

(Friday, January 25, 2013) - The Senate Judiciary Committee Friday released a list of witnesses invited to appear at a January 30 Senate hearing focusing on gun violence in America. Earlier this month, in a speech laying out his priorities for the Committee at Georgetown University Law Center, Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) highlighted the need to examine national gun policies and announced his intention to hold the first congressional hearings on gun violence of the 113th Congress. … Continue Reading


01.25.13

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee, On Report On LGBT Victims Of Domestic And Sexual Violence

[Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), lead author of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, issued the following comment Friday after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its first-ever report on domestic and sexual violence in the LGBT community. The study found that lesbians and gay men reported higher rates of intimate partner violence and sexual violence than heterosexuals. The VAWA bill that Leahy introduced Tuesday with Sena… Continue Reading


01.25.13

Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy In Support of the Compromise on Senate Rules Reform

During my 38 years in the Senate, I have served with Democratic majorities and Republican majorities, during Republican administrations and Democratic ones. Whether in the majority or the minority, whether the Chairman or Ranking Member of a Committee, I have always stood for the protection of the rights of the minority. Even when the minority has voted differently than I have or opposed what I have supported, I have defended their rights and held to my belief that the best traditions of the S… Continue Reading


01.24.13

Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Nomination Of Senator John Kerry To Be Secretary Of State

MR. LEAHY. Mr. President, I commend President Obama for nominating Senator Kerry to be our next Secretary of State. There are few, if any, people in America today who have had the breadth of experience that Senator Kerry has had - as a military officer, as a Lieutenant Governor, as a U.S. Senator, and as the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. He is exceptionally well qualified to be the next Secretary of State. John Kerry is a leader of extraordinary intellect, wisdom and insight… Continue Reading


01.24.13

The Leahy Letter -- Inauguration Photo Special Edition

This inaugural was all the more meaningful that it took place on our national day of remembrance of the life and example of Dr. Martin Luther King. Once again, it was moving especially to see the vast tapestry of so many people drawn together in common purpose on the Mall. And once again it was a special thrill and a point of pride to hear the Marine Band perform under the baton of a fellow Vermonter. The President's address was a bold call to action that he rooted in our enduring ideals. Th… Continue Reading


01.23.13

Leahy Unveils Legislation to Combat Illegal Straw Purchasing and Firearms Trafficking

- U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) introduced legislation Tuesday, the first day that bills can be introduced in the Senate in the new 113th Congress, that aims to combat the practice of straw purchasing and illegal trafficking in firearms. The Stop Illegal Trafficking in Firearms Act of 2013 provides law enforcement officials with the tools they need to investigate and prosecute the all-too-common practice of straw purchasing, where an individual buys a firearm fo… Continue Reading


01.23.13

Leahy, Grassley Introduce Legislation to Protect Whistleblowers in Criminal Antitrust Cases

U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced legislation Tuesday to extend whistleblower protection for employees who provide information to the Department of Justice related to criminal antitrust violations. The Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act, which the Senators also introduced last Congress, seeks to protect whistleblowers in criminal antitrust cases. It would prohibit an employer from re… Continue Reading


01.23.13

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On House Stripping Of The Leahy Embassy Security Amendment

[Senator Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., chairs the Subcommittee on the State Department and Foreign Operations of the Senate Appropriations Committee. He is the author of the Leahy Amendment on embassy security to the supplemental appropriations bill passed by the Senate in December, which was removed by Republican leaders in the counterpart bill passed by the House last week.] "In time when a terrorist attack in Algeria has led to security alerts for U.S. facilities abroad, House Republicans once … Continue Reading


01.22.13

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Judiciary, On The Nomination Of David Medine to be Chairman of The Privacy And Civil Liberties Oversight Board

[U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) issued the following comment Tuesday after David Medine was renominated to serve as chairman of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB). The Senate confirmed four PCLOB nominees last year, but Medine's nomination was ultimately returned to the White House.] "I commend President Obama for re-nominating David Medine to serve as the Chairman of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. The PCLOB is an essential… Continue Reading


01.22.13

Leahy, Crapo Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill To Reauthorize The Landmark Violence Against Women Act

U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) reintroduced the bipartisan Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Tuesday-the first day that bills can be introduced in the Senate in the new 113th Congress- and called for the Senate to take up the measure without delay. The bill, which reauthorizes the landmark Violence Against Women Act law that was enacted more than 20 years ago, strengthens and improves existing programs that assist victims and survivors of domestic violen… Continue Reading


01.17.13

Leahy Meets With Hagel -- Comment of Senator Patrick Leahy After His Meeting With Former Senator Chuck Hagel On His Nomination To Be Secretary Of Defense

[Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), President Pro Tem of the Senate, is the most senior member of the Pentagon's budget committee - the Appropriations Committee's Defense Subcommittee - and chairs the Senate National Guard Caucus. He also heads one of the Senate's two committees with responsibility in U.S. foreign affairs and overseas operations, the Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on the State Department and Foreign Operations. Leahy and former Senator Chuck Hagel, the President's nominee… Continue Reading


01.16.13

The Leahy Letter -- January 2013

Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy Outlines Committee's Priorities For The New 113th Congress Senator Patrick Leahy Wednesday listed issues ranging from immigration reform to renewing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) among his top priorities for the Senate Judiciary Committee, which he will again chair in the new 113th Congress. Speaking before students, reporters and others at the Georgetown University Law Center has become a tradition for Senator Leahy at the start of each new two-year … Continue Reading

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