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12.06.12

Senator Leahy Welcomes ‘Constructive’ New House GOP Proposal On Tribal Violence As He Pushes For Final Action On VAWA

(Thursday, December 6, 2012) - Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), lead author of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, Thursday highlighted a key provision in the measure that would allow tribal courts limited jurisdiction to consider domestic violence offenses committed against Indian women on tribal lands by non-Indian. This piece of the widely supported Leahy-Crapo measure was included to ensure that VAWA covers all victims in this country, and especially th… Continue Reading


12.05.12

Senate Republicans Setting Dangerous New Precedent For Nominations In Lame Duck Session

The Senate voted on Wednesday to confirm Michael Shea, a district court nominee from Connecticut who has been waiting on the Senate calendar since April. Seventeen additional circuit and district court nominees are still pending on the calendar, and despite broad bipartisan support for most, Republicans continue to break Senate tradition and obstruct. "Senate Republicans are establishing another harmful precedent by refusing to proceed on judicial nominees with bipartisan support before the en… Continue Reading


12.05.12

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On False Claims Act Settlements In 2012

[Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) commented Wednesday on news that the Department of Justice has recovered a record $5 billion in settlements and judgments under the False Claims Act cases, particularly in cases involving mortgages and health care. Senator Leahy has authored legislation to combat health care fraud and is the author of the Fraud Enforcement Recovery Act, a law strengthens tools and increase resources available to federal prosecutors to find, prosecute and jail t… Continue Reading


12.05.12

House Approves Leahy-Grassley Legislation To Implement Patent Law Treaties To Help U.S. Businesses Overseas

(Wednesday, December 5, 2012) - The House of Representatives Wednesday passed legislation authored by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to implement two patent law treaties that will help American businesses expand into foreign markets, sending the bill to the White House for signature. The Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act of 2012 implements two treaties that will help American businesses expand into foreign markets by re… Continue Reading


12.04.12

Leahy Introduces Legislation To Encourage The Humanitarian Work Of American Innovators

(Tuesday, December 4, 2012) - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Committee member Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) introduced legislation today that encourages and rewards the use of patented technology to address humanitarian needs. The bill, which builds on an existing program at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, seeks to reward patent holders who use their technology to improve the health and quality of life in impoverished nations by granting those business… Continue Reading


12.04.12

Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy On the Nomination of Judge Paul William Grimm to the United States District Court for the District of Maryland

(Tuesday, December 4, 2012) - The Senate voted on Monday night to confirm Paul William Grimm, a district court nominee who waited nearly six months to be considered and was easily confirmed with a vote of 92-1. With just a few short weeks before the end of the year and 18 more judicial nominees still pending, Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said in a statement for the Congressional Record that Senate Republicans must stop their delay tactics and follow Senate tradition by appr… Continue Reading


12.04.12

Leahy: General Electric of Rutland Gains $23 Million Navy Contract For Development Of Super Hornet Fighter Engines

(TUESDAY, December 4) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Tuesday announced that General Electric Aviation of Rutland is gaining a new U.S. Navy contract for $23,699,511 for the development and construction of fighter engines for F/A-18E/F aircraft. The contract, which is being apportioned among several regional GE plants, totals more than $197 million to build 52 engines. GE Rutland receives 12 percent of the total award. As a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and its Defense… Continue Reading


12.04.12

Leahy Hails Senate Action On Law Enforcement Amendment

(Tuesday, December 4, 2012) -An amendment sponsored by Senator Jim Webb (D-Va.) and Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to make improvements to the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA) was added to the defense authorization bill Monday night, improving its chances of becoming law this year. The Webb-Leahy amendment would allow Department of Defense law enforcement officers to meet the criteria necessary to be eligible for coverage under LEOSA, the 2004 law that per… Continue Reading


12.04.12

Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy On Senate Consideration Of The United Nations Convention On The Rights Of Persons With Disabilities

Mr. President. The Senate today is considering the ratification of an important treaty that will further strengthen the United States' longstanding role as a beacon of human rights around the world. I support ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), and hope that this treaty, which enjoys bipartisan support, will be approved by the Senate today. I have long been a strong supporter of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which has… Continue Reading


12.04.12

Leahy Highlights Need To Enact Faster FOIA Act

(Tuesday, December 4, 2012) - Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), a congressional leader in open government issues and a coauthor of the bipartisan Faster FOIA Act, called on the Obama administration to make transparency a top priority in its second term after a report released by the National Security Archive today found a majority of government agencies have not updated their Freedom of Information Act regulations despite requirements to do so under the OPEN Government … Continue Reading


11.30.12

Detention Policy And The Defense Bill: Statement Of Senator Leahy On Feinstein Amendment SA 3018 to S.3254, The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that was enacted into law last December contained several deeply troubling provisions related to the indefinite detention of individuals without charge or trial. These provisions undermine our Nation's fundamental principles of due process and civil liberties. I strongly opposed these provisions during last year's debate, and believe that we must eliminate and fix those flawed provisions. Toward that end, I voted last night in favor of the amendme… Continue Reading


11.30.12

SJC Chairman Leahy Calls For Consideration Of Judicial Nominees In Lameduck

(Friday, November 30, 2012) - Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), in a Congressional Record statement published Friday, highlighted the list of judicial nominees who have been pending on the Senate calendar as far back as March. While those nominees continue to wait, the number of judicial vacancies nationwide hovers at 80. Leahy called on Republicans to drop unfounded opposition and follow the precedent of previous lameduck sessions after presidential elections, when the Senate… Continue Reading


11.29.12

Leahy: Victims Have Waited Too Long, House Republicans Must Pass Senate VAWA Bill Now

[This Friday marks the one-year anniversary since Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) introduced with Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act. The Leahy-Crapo VAWA bill has broad bipartisan backing and was recently the subject of a supportive New York Times editorial- the latest of many -- urging completion of congressional action on the bill in this lame-duck session. With only a few weeks left in the year, Senator Leahy submitted a st… Continue Reading


11.29.12

Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Leahy-Authored Legislation To Update Video Privacy Protection Act, Electronic Communications Privacy Act

(Thursday, November 29, 2012) -- The Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday overwhelmingly approved legislation authored by Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) that updates the Video Privacy Protection Act and the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, two of the nation's premier digital privacy laws. The bill updates the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, first enacted in 1986, so that Americans will have added privacy safeguards for their email and other electronic communications. The issue of em… Continue Reading


11.29.12

Leahy’s Bill To Improve Program That Supports Injured First Responders Advances In Senate

(THURSDAY, Nov. 29, 2012) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Wednesday night won Senate approval to add to the pending defense authorization bill his "Dale Long Act," which will strengthen and improve a federal program that provides a crucial safety net for the families of first responders who are killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. The Senate vote on Leahy's amendment was 85 to 11. The step is Leahy's most recent effort to remedy gaps in the Public Safety Officers' Benefits Act (… Continue Reading


11.29.12

News Alert: Washington Post Endorses Leahy’s #ECPA Reform To Strengthen Email Privacy

Post: Keeping E-mail Private (Editorial) In an editorial Thursday the Washington Post voices its support for Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Patrick Leahy's legislation to update the nation's outdated privacy laws, particularly the Electronic Communication Privacy Act. The Judiciary Committee will consider Chairman Leahy's Manager's amendment to update that law, which was enacted more than 25 years go, and the Video Privacy Protection Act. Excerpts: "The advertisements that the Postal… Continue Reading


11.28.12

Senate Approves Leahy Bill to Address Trade Secret Theft

(Wednesday, November 28, 2012) -- The Senate late Tuesday approved legislation authored by Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to address the theft of trade secrets. The bill, which passed the Senate unanimously Tuesday night, responds to a recent Second Circuit decision that cast doubt on the scope of the Economic Espionage Act (EEA) by narrowly interpreting the law. The legislation makes clear that the EEA protects all trade secrets related to a product or service used… Continue Reading


11.27.12

Leahy, Coons & Law Enforcement Representatives Mark Million-Vest Milestone For Bulletproof Vest Grant Program

Leahy, Coons & Law Enforcement Representatives Mark Million-Vest Milestone For Bulletproof Vest Grant Program WASHINGTON (Tuesday, November 27, 2012) - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), and officials from law enforcement today highlighted the success of the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Program, which they announced has crossed the threshold of issuing more than one million lifesaving vests to state and local law enforcement officers thr… Continue Reading


11.26.12

Comment Of Senator Leahy On Committee Consideration of Legislative Updates to the Video Privacy Protection Act and the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and Release of Text of Manager’s Amendment

"I welcome the upcoming Senate Judiciary Committee debate on updating the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to better protect Americans' digital privacy rights. Today, this critical privacy law is significantly outdated and out-paced by rapid changes in technology and the changing mission of our law enforcement agencies. "When I led the effort to write the ECPA more than 25 years ago, no one could have imagined that emails would be stored electronically for years or envisioned the … Continue Reading


11.26.12

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Departure Of USPTO Director David Kappos

[Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) issued the following comment Monday on the departure of David Kappos, who has served as Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office since August 2009. Chairman Leahy worked closely with Director Kappos on the bipartisan Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, which was signed in to law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011.] "I have had the distinct pleasure of … Continue Reading

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