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05.25.12

Leahy, Welch: Congress Should Remain Committed To Protecting All Victims Of Violence

BURLINGTON (FRIDAY, May 25) - Speaking in Burlington Friday, Senator Patrick Leahy (D) and Congressman Peter Welch (D), joined by the Executive Director of the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, spoke about the importance of continuing the lifesaving Violence Against Women Act. Leahy, with the strong support of Welch, has been leading efforts in Washington to reauthorize the landmark law, which has been the foundation of the country's national response to domestic and sexual … Continue Reading


05.24.12

Senate Confirms General Dubie As New Deputy Commander Of NORTHCOM

(FRIDAY, May 25) - The U.S. Senate Thursday night confirmed the Adjutant General of the Vermont National Guard, Major General Michael Dubie, to a top post in the U.S. military's homeland defense mission. General Dubie, nominated by President Obama, will be the Deputy Commander of the United States Northern Command (NORTHCOM), the military's unified command in charge of protecting U.S. territory and providing military support for civil authorities in the event of a national emergency. Senator P… Continue Reading


05.24.12

Vermont And New York Senators Push For Improved Passenger Train Service To Montreal

(THURSDAY, May 24) -- U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Charles Schumer, (D-N.Y.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) are urging federal negotiators to move quickly to reach an agreement with their Canadian counterparts on allowing essential security inspections for Amtrak trains to take place in Montreal. An agreement would lay the groundwork for a dramatic improvement of service on Amtrak's Adirondack line in New York and would mark the first crucial step in restoring A… Continue Reading


05.24.12

Leahy Introduces Bipartisan Bill To Permanently Authorize Job-Creating Foreign Investment Program

(Thursday, May 24, 2012) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) introduced legislation Thursday to make permanent the charter for a successful, job-creating immigrant visa program that has brought economic development and job growth to Vermont since 1997. After months of negotiation, the legislation introduced Thursday by Leahy will grant a permanent authorization to the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Regional Center program. Vermont's Regional Center has been a successful private-public partnership betwee… Continue Reading


05.24.12

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Release Of The Department Of Justice OPR Report On The Stevens Prosecution

"I thank Attorney General Holder for providing this report to the Judiciary Committee. I will thoroughly review this report on allegations of prosecutorial misconduct by Justice Department attorneys and investigators in the trial of the late Senator Ted Stevens. I plan to hold a hearing on June 6 to learn what steps the Department is taking to ensure sure that what happened in the Stevens case does not happen again, regardless of the prominence of the defendant. In order for our justice syste… Continue Reading


05.23.12

Leahy-Grassley Bill To Increase Penalties For Counterfeit Drugs Adopted In FDA Bill

(Wednesday, May 23, 2012) - Legislation authored by U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to increase penalties for trafficking counterfeit drugs was adopted by the Senate Wednesday as part of a substitute amendment to the Food and Drug Administration user fee legislation being debated this week. The legislation responds to recommendations made by the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator and the administration's Counterfeit Pharmaceutical Inter-agency Wor… Continue Reading


05.22.12

Summary: Fiscal Year 2013 Department of State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations

- The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs today approved the fiscal year 2013 Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Bill. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman of the Subcommittee, released the following statement: "This bill totals $52.1 billion, which is $2.6 billion below the President's budget request, and $1.2 billion below the Fiscal Year 2012 level. Because the Iraqi police train… Continue Reading


05.22.12

Leahy, Sanders And Welch Announce Lifting Of The Threat Of Deportation That Hovered Over Same-Sex Couple In Dummerston

(TUESDAY, May 22) -- Vermont's congressional delegation - U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D), U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I), and U.S. Representative Peter Welch (D) - Tuesday announced a breakthrough that will bring certainty and stability for now to the legal status of a Japanese-born woman, Takako Ueda, who is married under Vermont law to an American citizen, Frances Herbert. The couple live in Dummerston, Vt. The bi-national same-sex couple has been together for more than a decade and were le… Continue Reading


05.21.12

Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Nomination Of Paul J. Watford To The Ninth Circuit Court Of Appeals

(Monday, May 21, 2012) - The Senate will vote tonight at 5:30 p.m. on confirmation on the nomination of Paul Watford to be a judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The nomination was reported by the Senate Judiciary Committee in February. Since then, Senate Republicans have not consented to scheduling a vote on the nomination. Tonight's vote comes only after the Senate Majority Leader filed cloture on the nomination last Thursday. Senator Patrick Leahy chairs the Senate Judiciary Co… Continue Reading


05.18.12

Leahy And 5 Other Senators Want FDA To Block Misleading Sunscreens

- In an effort to ensure that sunscreen labels are clear, accurate, and provide consumers with the information they need to protect themselves, a group of U.S. senators, including Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and led by Jack Reed (D-R.I.), is asking the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to reverse course and put comprehensive new sunscreen standards into effect this summer. Leahy has long been a leader on cancer research, prevention and treatment and is married to a cancer survivor, Marc… Continue Reading


05.17.12

Senator Leahy Welcomes Vermont Companies To Capitol Hill For Seventh Annual Taste Of Vermont

Senator Leahy is thrilled to welcome over 55 Vermont companies to Washington, D.C. for the Seventh Annual Taste of Vermont this evening. The event is an opportunity for Vermont businesses to showcase all of the high quality products and services that Vermont has to offer. Below is a list of many, but not all, of the businesses that will participate this year. Against the Grain Gourmet Foods Bakery at Farmhouse Kitchen Ben & Jerry's Bien Fait Specialty Cakes Bove's of Vermont Cabot Crea… Continue Reading


05.17.12

Leahy Is Among 42 Senators Making Bipartisan Call For Timely Debate On The 2012 Farm Bill

- With the clock running out on current agriculture policies authorized in the last Farm Bill, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is part a bipartisan group of 42 senators who this week called on their leaders on both sides of the aisle to cooperate in scheduling floor debate on the next Farm Bill. The Senate Agriculture Committee approved a proposed 2012 Farm Bill on April 26 in a strong bipartisan vote of 16 to 5. Leahy is the committee's most senior member and a past chairman of the panel. The … Continue Reading


05.17.12

Judiciary Committee Approves Nominees To Privacy Board

WASHIGNTON - The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday approved a slate of nominees to reconstitute the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. The Board was originally created by Congress in 2004, at the recommendation of the 9/11 Commission, to be located within the Executive Office of the President. However, in 2007, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, worked to make the Board an independent entity within the Executive Branch. The Board has be… Continue Reading


05.17.12

Leahy Shepherds Bulletproof Vest Grant Reauthorization Through Committee

The Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), approved legislation Thursday to reauthorize the lifesaving Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program, a federal grant program that helps state and local law enforcement agencies purchase bulletproof vests for officers working in the field. Leahy authored the law establishing the matching grant program. The bill will now go to the full Senate for consideration. "This is National Police Week, and it is fitting that the… Continue Reading


05.17.12

White River Junction Mail Processing Plant to Stay Open

The U.S. Postal Service mail-sorting center at White River Junction, Vt. will remain open, Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) announced today. The Postal Service decision to continue operating the White River Junction plant once targeted for closure is part of a new national plan by Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe. The latest plan was developed after sweeping service cuts he proposed ran into widespread opposition from postal customers, busine… Continue Reading


05.16.12

Comment of Senator Patrick Leahy On House Vote On VAWA Reauthorization Legislation

"Just last month, after an open debate and votes on amendments offered by both Democratic and Republican Senators, the Senate approved strong legislation to meet the needs of all victims of domestic and sexual violence in our Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act. That strong, bipartisan vote sent a clear signal to victims and advocates that politics have no place in our efforts to end these terrible crimes. "I will continue to work with the supporters of the Senate bill, including thos… Continue Reading


05.16.12

Vermont in Line for at Least $30 Million More for Irene Recovery

Gov. Peter Shumlin today joined Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) in announcing that Vermont could receive more than $30 million in additional federal funding for Tropical Storm Irene recovery projects. Shumlin on May 3 asked President Obama to increase the reimbursement rate for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's public assistance program. Leahy, Sanders and Welch wrote to Obama urging the president to grant the state's request. "Given … Continue Reading


05.16.12

Leahy: House Should Support Senate Bipartisan Bill To Support ALL Victims Of Violence

[Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is the lead author the bipartisan Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, which was passed by the Senate in April in a strong, bipartisan vote. Later today, the House of Representatives will vote on VAWA related bill that leaves behind many victims of domestic and sexual violence. Leahy spoke on the Senate floor this afternoon urging the House to take up the Senate passed bill.] Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committe… Continue Reading


05.16.12

Leahy Chairs SJC Oversight Hearing With FBI Director Mueller

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy is chairing a hearing this morning on oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Director Robert Mueller is testifying before the panel. Testimony, member statements, and a webcast of the hearing are available online. Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing On Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation May 16, 2012 It is appropriate that we welcome Director Robert Mueller of the… Continue Reading


05.16.12

Comment of Senator Patrick Leahy On Statement Of Administration Policy On House Legislation To Reauthorize The Violence Against Women Act

"The House refusal to consider the bipartisan Senate-passed reauthorization of the lifesaving Violence Against Women Act can have devastating effects on victims of domestic violence and sexual violence who have relied on the programs it supports for nearly two decades. Unlike the carefully balanced, bipartisan Senate bill, the House bill will eliminate important, needed protections for victims of domestic and sexual violence. A victim is a victim - no matter their gender, race, ethnicity, reli… Continue Reading

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