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Leahy & Rubio Team Up To Combat Human Trafficking

Senators: "Our laws must be renewed and updated to protect victims and improve our government's ability to combat modern-day slavery. No matter where they are in the world, the victims of human trafficking need a strong America to champion their cause as our own." Below is the text of a guest column authored by Senator Leahy and Senator Rubio and submitted to Roll Call, and here is a link to today's Roll Call piece. Leahy and Rubio: Putting an End to Human Trafficking By Senator Patrick Leahy… Continue Reading


Leahy Presses Republicans To Join Democrats In Approving Consensus Judicial Nominees

While the Senate will vote Monday on the nomination of Kevin McNulty, a federal district court nominee pending on the floor since April, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick (D-Vt.) noted that 17 more judicial nominees still await confirmation votes. One of those nominees pending on the calendar, Michael A. Shipp, is awaiting confirmation to the same New Jersey district court to which McNulty was named. While McNulty was finally considered by the Senate Monday, Shipp's nomination remains… Continue Reading


Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Sentencing Of Eskinder Nega And Other Journalists By An Ethiopian Court

"This travesty makes a mockery of any pretense of justice in Ethiopia, whose government for years has enjoyed U.S. support. Mislabeling legitimate journalistic criticism of government repression as 'terrorism' is an insidious abuse of power that should have serious repercussions from the United States and the international community." # # # # #… Continue Reading


Leahy To Chair Hearing On Forensic Science Reform Proposals

(July 13, 2012) - The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on July 18 to hear testimony about ongoing efforts to ensure that forensic evidence gathered in the criminal justice system is reliable, fair, and accurate, Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has announced. It will be the Committee's third hearing on this issue in recent years. Leahy, a former prosecutor, has made improving forensic science a top priority and introduced legislation at the beginning of the Congress aimed at ensurin… Continue Reading


Senators Want Law Enforcement, Regulators To Step Up Investigation Of LIBOR Manipulation

In an effort to prevent possible banking fraud and restore integrity to our financial system, a key group of lawmakers is asking for a thorough, independent investigation into the London Inter-Bank Offered Rate (LIBOR) manipulation scandal and for any wrongdoing to be fully prosecuted. In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and the members of the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC), which includes: U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner; Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernank… Continue Reading


The Leahy Letter -- July 12, 2012

Every Farm Bill Is A Big Deal For Vermont With current Farm Bill programs set to expire at the end of September, progress continues on producing a new 5-year Farm Bill. The Senate passed its version of a new Farm Bill last month, and this week committee action began on a counterpart version of the bill in the House of Representatives. Vermont again has a major stake in the outcome and a close seat at the table as the bill is being written. Senator Leahy, the most senior member of the Senat… Continue Reading


Leahy: Time Is Running Out For Victims Of Violence

(Wednesday, July 11, 2012) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the lead author of the bipartisan Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, spoke on the floor Wednesday about the bill to renew the program's charter, which has been lagging in the Congress since its strong bipartisan approval by the Senate and subsequent House action on a differing bill. While the Senate passed VAWA in April with a strong bipartisan vote, the two chambers have failed to put aside partisan rhetoric and send a bill t… Continue Reading


Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy: A Timely And Needed Helping Hand To Small Businesses

Mr. President, small businesses and working families throughout Vermont and around the country are facing incredibly challenging times. These problems are especially acute in my state where we rely so heavily on small businesses to create jobs for our citizens and to make Vermont such a desirable place to live and visit. The Federal Government has rightly recognized the important role that small businesses play in our economy. From SBA loans to USDA Rural Development grants to small-busines… Continue Reading


Leahy Chairs Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing On Standard-Essential Patents

(Wednesday, July 11, 2012) - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is chairing a hearing this morning on the use of exclusion orders to enforce "standard-essential" patents, which are used in key technologies such as wireless devices to allow interoperability. This next wave of the tech patent wars could potentially limit consumer access to popular technologies like the Xbox and the iPhone. Testimony, member statements, and a webcast of the hearing are available onl… Continue Reading


Justice Sandra Day O’Connor To Testify Before Leahy-Chaired Senate Judiciary Committee

(TUESDAY, July 10, 2012) - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, July 25, at a hearing entitled, "Ensuring Judicial Independence Through Civics Education," Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced Tuesday. The hearing comes 31 years after Justice O'Connor's historic nomination was announced by President Ronald Reagan. O'Connor, the first woman to serve on the high court, has made civics education her focus since retiring i… Continue Reading


Leahy Urges Votes On Pending Judicial Nominations Without Further Delay

(Tuesday, July 10, 2012) - The Senate will vote Tuesday on the nomination of John Fowlkes, Jr., a federal district court nominee pending on the floor since April, but Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is urging final votes on nominees to long-pending judicial vacancies throughout the country. "What the American people and the overburdened Federal courts need are qualified judges to administer justice," said Leahy. "They are not helped by these partisan games. Following … Continue Reading


Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Food And Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act

[Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) issued the following comment Monday after President Barack Obama signed the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act into law. The measure includes several provisions championed by Senator Leahy, including one to ensure public access to information about potential health and safety dangers under the Freedom of Information Act, and another to increase penalties for trafficking counterfeit drugs.] "The Food and Drug Adminis… Continue Reading


Leahy Announces Nearly $10 M. Navy Contract For Goodrich-Vergennes

(MONDAY, July 2) -- Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced Monday that Simmonds Precision Products, a subsidiary of the Goodrich Corporation operating in Vergennes, has been awarded a nearly $10 million contract from the U.S. Navy. The contract is for 120 Health and Usage Monitoring Systems, or HUMS, to be used in certain Navy helicopters, and overseas by the Government of Australia, under the Foreign Military Sales Program. The contract sustains jobs in Vergennes and lasts through March 2014.… Continue Reading


Leahy Welcomes Bipartisan Agreement And Passage Of Transportation/Student Loans/Flood Insurance Package

(FRIDAY, June 29) - U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) heralded final Senate and House approval Friday of a package of legislative bills that will bolster federal transportation funding for roads, bridges and transit systems, prevent the doubling of student loan interest rates, and extend the federal flood insurance program for property owners in flood-prone areas. With deadlines looming Sunday (July 1) for crucial congressional action on highway funding, student loan rates and authorization o… Continue Reading


Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Supreme Court’s Decision Upholding The Affordable Care Act

"Today's decision by the Supreme Court to uphold the Affordable Care Act is a win not only for the millions of Vermonters and other Americans who have long been victimized by a deeply flawed health care system, but for all Americans who will benefit as we continue to implement this landmark law. "Over much of the last century, generation after generation has unsuccessfully grappled with how to answer complex and increasingly urgent questions about how to let every American have access to quali… Continue Reading


Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Conviction Wednesday In Ethiopia Of Journalist Eskinder Nega

"The Ethiopian Government's use of vague anti-terrorism laws to silence the press has been widely and rightly condemned. The conviction of Eskinder Nega and other journalists, who are accused of nothing more than the peaceful exercise of rights clearly recognized under international law, is the work of a regime that fears the democratic aspirations of its own people. Over the years, United States administrations have provided Prime Minister Meles a veneer of legitimacy due to our shared intere… Continue Reading


As FOIA Anniversary Approaches, Leahy Calls For Passage Of ‘Faster FOIA Act’

(Wednesday, June 27, 2012) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), a congressional leader in open government issues, today marked the upcoming 46th anniversary of the enactment of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Under Leahy's leadership, the public's right to know has been bolstered in recent years through a number of legislative victories. Leahy is urging passage in the House of Representatives of the bipartisan Faster FOIA Act, which Leahy authored with Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas). The bil… Continue Reading


House Adopts Leahy-Authored Provision Extending Public Safety Officers Benefits To Nonprofit EMS Personnel

(WEDNESDAY, June 27) -- On Wednesday the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a bill to extend federal benefits to the surviving families of paramedics and emergency medical technicians killed or disabled in the line of duty who work or volunteer for nonprofit ambulance services. U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) championed this provision as part of a broad, bipartisan package of reforms to the Public Safety Officers' Benefit (PSOB) program designed to help ease the burden on … Continue Reading


Leahy-Authored Farm Bill Program For REAP Economic Zones Nets Northeast Kingdom More Than $500,000 In Agricultural Business Assistance

(TUESDAY, June 26) - Just days after U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) won Senate Farm Bill approval of a renewal of the charter for the Northeast Kingdom's successful decade-old Rural Economic Area Partnership (REAP) Zone, NEK's Zone status is bringing to Vermont more than $500,000 in new U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development business assistance grants. On Tuesday USDA Rural Development announced that six Vermont organizations will receive $615,578 in Rural Business Enterprise Grants … Continue Reading


Remarks Of Senator Patrick Leahy At The VAWA National Days of Action Rally

I am honored to stand with you here today at this rally for National VAWA Days of Action. For nearly two decades, the Violence Against Women Act has saved lives, and we must act now to see that this critical legislation is reauthorized. More than six months ago, Senator Crapo and I joined together to introduce S.1925, the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. I am proud to have worked across party lines to ensure that this important issue remains a priority for Congress and the co… Continue Reading

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