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06.10.13

Senate Adopts Leahy Amendment To Invest in Gigabit Broadband Networks In Rural Areas

Senate Adopts Leahy Amendment To Invest in Gigabit Broadband Networks In Rural Areas WASHINGTON (MONDAY, June 10, 2013) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Monday won passage of his amendment to the Farm Bill to establish a pilot program within the Rural Utilities Service Broadband Program to invest in broadband projects offering ultra-high speed gigabit Internet service in rural areas. Leahy's amendment was approved in a vote of 48 to 38, just before the Senate gave final passage to the Farm Bill… Continue Reading


06.10.13

Leahy And Sanders Herald New Dairy Program In Senate-Passed Farm Bill

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said a farm bill that the Senate approved Monday includes dairy safety net provisions that would help Vermont's family farms. The Farm Bill was approved in a final passage vote of 66 to 27. The new dairy program would replace the existing price supports and direct payments under the Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) program with a voluntary insurance program that will help protect farm income when profit margins shrink to unsustain… Continue Reading


06.10.13

The Time Is Now To Consider Comprehensive Immigration Reform

(Monday, June 10, 2013) -In a floor statement Monday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy said the Senate should consider comprehensive immigration reform in an open manner that "will promote the public's engagement in this process as it did during the Committee's consideration of the legislation." First, Leahy noted, Senators should support a procedural motion to consider the bipartisan measure. "The legislation before us is the result of a bipartisan group of Senators who came … Continue Reading


06.10.13

Senate Passes 2013 Farm Bill

The 2013 Farm Bill, as passed by the U.S. Senate on June 10, 2013, in a vote of 66 to 27, is a comprehensive agriculture reform bill that saves taxpayers more than $23 billion dollars, supports more than 16 million American jobs, and makes significant strides in conservation and wildlife protection. The bipartisan bill would accomplish the most far-reaching reform of U.S. agriculture policy in decades, replacing direct payments to commodity growers with risk management tools that kick in when fa… Continue Reading


06.10.13

Vermont Highlights Of The 2013 Farm Bill As Adopted By The U.S. Senate On June 10, 2013

The 2013 Farm Bill, as passed by the U.S. Senate on June 10, 2013, in a vote of 66 to 27, is a comprehensive agriculture reform bill that saves taxpayers more than $23 billion dollars, supports more than 16 million American jobs, and makes significant strides in conservation and wildlife protection. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the most senior member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, again has ensured that Vermonters have had a close seat at the table as the Se… Continue Reading


06.07.13

Senate Poised To Begin Debate Of Historic Immigration Reform Bill

Senate Poised To Begin Debate Of Historic Immigration Reform Bill Legislation The Result Of Five Markups In Judiciary Committee WASHINGTON (Friday, June 7, 2013) -Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who led the Judiciary Committee in hours of markups to consider the bipartisan immigration reform bill now poised for debate in the full Senate, called on lawmakers to allow for the same open and transparent process on the Senate floor. In a floor statement Friday, Leahy outlined the Committee's extens… Continue Reading


06.07.13

Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, S.744 and Immigration Modernization Act

Last month, the Senate Judiciary Committee held lengthy and extensive public markup sessions to consider the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act, S. 744. We worked late into the evenings debating the bill and considering hundreds of amendments. The public witnessed our consideration first hand, saw our proceedings streamed on the internet and broadcast on television. We posted proposed amendments on our website and updated the Committee's website to incl… Continue Reading


06.06.13

Comments Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman, Senate Committee On The Judiciary, On Government Surveillance And The USA PATRIOT Act

"The powerful law enforcement tools authorized by the USA PATRIOT Act require careful monitoring and close oversight. That is why I pressed for sunset provisions, judicial review and other safeguards, many of which were included in the original law. Since then I have continued to push for greater oversight and transparency in the way the government conducts electronic surveillance. The privacy rights of Americans can be especially fragile when powerful technologies are applied in secrecy. I … Continue Reading


06.06.13

Vermont Delegation Urges Obama to Act on Disaster Aid Request

, June 5 - Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) today urged President Barack Obama to support Gov. Peter Shumlin's request for disaster assistance in the wake of damaging floods caused by heavy rains and a freak May snowstorm. Up to eight inches of rain and a more than a foot of snow fell in parts of Vermont from May 22 to May 26. The heaviest downpours in northern Vermont caused flash flooding that severely damaged roads, bridges and homes. Altog… Continue Reading


06.05.13

Reaction Of Senator Patrick Leahy To The Selection Of Susan Rice To Be The Next National Security Advisor, And Samantha Power To Be The Next U.S. Ambassador To The United Nations

"I applaud the President for his selection of Ambassador Rice and Samantha Power. They are intellectually gifted advisors of the highest integrity, devoted to defending the interests and values of the United States. While many speak of the daunting challenges of the job of National Security Advisor, I prefer to focus on its opportunities, and Ambassador Rice will embrace them in ways that will enhance the security and reputation of the nation. I know of no one more capable than Samantha Power… Continue Reading


06.05.13

George Will Writes About The Leahy-Paul Justice Safety Valve Act, And The Problem Of Mandatory Minimum Sentencing –

Link to George Will's column, "Seeking Sense On Sentencing," here. Information about the Leahy-Paul bill, here.… Continue Reading


06.04.13

The Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013 has reached the Senate Floor

After being approved on a bipartisan vote from the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee in May, the 2013 Farm Bill has moved to the Senate Floor. Vermonters again had a front and center seat in the writing of the Farm Bill through the advocacy of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the most senior member of the Agriculture Committee and a former chairman of the panel. The Senate's bipartisan bill would accomplish the most far-reaching reform of U.S. agriculture policy in decades, replacing direct payme… Continue Reading


06.04.13

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) On the Nomination Of Patricia Millett, Nina Pillard, and Judge Robert Wilkins to the D.C. Circuit

[Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) issued the following comment after attending the Rose Garden event Tuesday, during which President Barack Obama nominated Patricia Millett, Nina Pillard, and Judge Robert Wilkins to fill the three vacancies on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Leahy also made a floor statement Monday about the process for considering the nomination of Sri Srinivasan, who was recently confirmed to fill a vacancy left open since 2005. Srinivasan was con… Continue Reading


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

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