Press Room

Press Releases

Search Senator Leahy’s press releases, floor statements, and Committee speeches by date or by subject.

04.18.12

Leahy Chairs Hearing For Nominations To Privacy Board

(Wednesday, April 18, 2012) - The Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday held a hearing to consider the President's nominees to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. The Board was originally created by Congress in 2004, at the recommendation of the 9/11 Commission, and 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 Bran… Continue Reading


04.17.12

USDA Opens Application Process For New Leahy-Led Farm To School Grant Program

(TUESDAY, April 17) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Tuesday launched a new program authored by Senator Patrick Leahy to expand farm to school links between local farms and school lunchrooms. The agency opened the application process for grants under the Farm To School program, which Leahy (D-Vt.) included in major legislation, enacted in 2010, that reauthorized school lunch and child nutrition programs. Vermont has been a national leader in the budding farm to school movement and … Continue Reading


04.16.12

Thacker Confirmed To Fourth Circuit; Nominee Is Just Second Circuit Nomination Confirmed This Year

(Monday, April 16, 2012) - The Senate Monday night confirmed the long-pending nomination of Stephanie Thacker to be a U.S. Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. The nomination is just the second nomination confirmed this year to fill vacancies on Courts of Appeals around the country. Her nomination was confirmed by a vote of 91-3. Thacker was reported to the full Senate for consideration in November, with the unanimous support of the 18-member Senate Judiciary Committee. Sev… Continue Reading


04.16.12

Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy On Applying 'Buffett Rule' Fairness to The U.S. Tax Code

Mr. President, I rise today in strong support of the Paying a Fair Share Act, which would apply the so-called "Buffett Rule" to the U.S. Tax Code. This commonsense bill would ensure that taxpayers at the top of the economic ladder pay at least the same tax rate paid by hardworking middle-class families. No longer should handsomely compensated CEOs or those who live off trust funds pay a lower effective tax rate than the people who work for them. It is remarkable, and regrettable, that such a… Continue Reading


04.16.12

Leahy: Senate Should Consider VAWA Reauthorization Without Delay

(Monday, April 16, 2012) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Monday again urged the Senate to consider legislation to reauthorize the landmark Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Leahy is the lead author of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, bipartisan legislation to strengthen and improve the 1994 law which has become the bedrock of the nation's response to domestic and sexual violence. Leahy introduced the legislation in November with Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho). The bill is cospon… Continue Reading


04.14.12

Statement Released By Senator Patrick Leahy For Presentation To The Public Gathering About The Future Of Vermont Yankee

My highest concern about Vermont Yankee has always been the safety of Vermonters and everyone living near the plant. Everything else is secondary. While the Atomic Energy Act gives the Nuclear Regulatory Commission exclusive jurisdiction over safety issues, I was not alone last year in spotlighting the irony of NRC's renewal of Vermont Yankee's license just as similar reactors in Japan were careening perilously out of control. Even today this plant is running at less than full power because o… Continue Reading


03.30.12

Reaction of Senator Leahy -- Rising Dairy Feed Prices Trigger 1st MILC Payments To Dairy Farmers Since 2010

USDA Thursday announced the first payments to farmers since April 2010 under the basic dairy safety net program, the Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) Program. The new payments are triggered mostly by rising feed prices. The MILC Program kicks in when milk prices fall substantially below the costs of production. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) says the cost pressures facing farmers spotlight the need for effective reforms in dairy programs in the upcoming 2012 Farm Bill. Leahy is the most senio… Continue Reading


03.29.12

Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Leahy, Grassley Bill To Reauthorize Drug Free Communities Program

(Thursday, March 29, 2012) - The Senate Judiciary Committee approved legislation authored by the Committee's Chairman, Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), and Ranking Member, Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), to reauthorize the critical Drug Free Communities (DFC) Program, which provides valuable grants to help community coalitions respond to serious drug and substance abuse problems in their communities. "The myth persists that drug abuse and drug-related crime are only big-city problems, but rural America, includi… Continue Reading


03.29.12

Leahy Speaks At Senate Hearing About Impact Of Citizens United

(THURSDAY, March 29) - Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy spoke Thursday at a Senate hearing in Washington about his concerns about the impact of the Supreme Court's 2010 decision in Citizens United. Leahy chaired the first congressional hearing following the 2010 decision in Citizens United. The decision is just one of a series of narrowly decided cases considered by the Supreme Court. In many of them, including Citizens, just five Justices, comprising what is considered the conservative bloc of … Continue Reading


03.28.12

Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Repeal Big Oil Tax Subsidies Act

Mr. President, it is long past time to close the wasteful tax loopholes for Big Oil. Over the past 10 years, the five biggest private sector oil companies -- BP, ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell, and ConocoPhillips -- have amassed combined profits of almost $1 trillion. Last year was no different. Due to skyrocketing prices for oil, these same five corporations raked in a record-breaking $137 billion in profits. Despite this massive windfall, Big Oil continued to receive billions of dollars in tax… Continue Reading


03.28.12

Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Nominations Of Miranda Du And Susie Morgan

Today, the Senate will finally vote on the nominations of Miranda Du to fill a judicial emergency vacancy in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada and Susie Morgan to fill a judicial vacancy in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Both nominations have the bipartisan support of their home state Senators, and were reported by the Judiciary Committee over four months ago. The Senate is still only considering judicial nominations that could and should have b… Continue Reading


03.28.12

Leahy, Sanders and Welch Announce That Economic Development Disaster Assistance Applications Are Now Being Accepted

(WEDNESDAY, March 28) - U.S. Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch Wednesday announced the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is now accepting applications from Northeastern communities affected by disasters last year, including in Vermont, for $53,753,000 of disaster recovery assistance. On Wednesday the EDA posted a Federal Funding Opportunity on grants.gov, the federal government's central grant application clearinghouse, that calls for applications from sta… Continue Reading


03.28.12

Leahy Chairs Hearing On Report On Stevens Prosecution

[Member statements and a live webcast are available online.] Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee, "Hearing on the Special Counsel's Report on the Prosecution of Senator Ted Stevens" March 28, 2012 I have said many times and in many contexts that our criminal justice system is the envy of the world. Our constitutional framework provides that all individuals are guaranteed the right to fair treatment and a fair trial. In order for our criminal … Continue Reading


03.27.12

Comments Of Senator Patrick Leahy Following Today’s Supreme Court Arguments On The Affordable Care Act

"I was fortunate to be able to attend today's arguments in the Supreme Court about the Affordable Care Act with Senator Grassley, and to watch in person and in real time. Hundreds of thousands of Vermonters, and millions of Americans across the country, who benefit from the Affordable Care Act were not. The Supreme Court's decision in this landmark case will affect every American. I think that every American should have had a chance to see it, and the Supreme Court should open its proceedings … Continue Reading


03.27.12

Delegation Announces Funding To Provide Permanent Housing To 25 Homeless Vermont Veterans

, March 27 - Vermont's congressional delegation - Sen. Patrick Leahy, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch - today announced $153,000 in federal funds to provide permanent housing and support services to 25 homeless Vermont veterans. The funds will bring 25 Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) vouchers to Vermont to cover the cost of qualifying rental apartments for homeless veterans. The vouchers will allow veterans to move from homelessness or temporary shelter into more permanent h… Continue Reading


03.27.12

The Leahy Letter -- Health Care Reform Special Edition

The Affordable Care Act Turns Two Two years ago last week, President Obama signed into law the Affordable Care Act. This landmark Act will extend health insurance coverage to 30 million uninsured Americans in the next few years. Reform based on good-quality and affordable health insurance, talked about for decades, is finally becoming a reality. Americans are already beginning to see some of the benefits of insurance reform. Since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, more than 4000 … Continue Reading


03.26.12

Leahy To Introduce Bill To Protect Consumers Who Take Generic Drugs

(Monday, March 26, 2012) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) will introduce legislation as early as this week to reverse a recent Supreme Court decision that threatens the safety of consumers taking generic drugs. In a narrow, 5-4 decision in 2011, the Supreme Court held that state law tort claims against generic manufacturers are preempted by federal law, which requires generic drug manufacturers to use the same label as a brand name drug, even when the generic pharmaceutical company knows that th… Continue Reading


03.26.12

Leahy, Cornyn Urge DOJ To Clarify Department’s Position On FOIA Ombudsman

(Monday, March 26, 2012) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) today sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, urging the Department of Justice to clarify its proposed modifications to the Department's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) system of records. The Justice Department recently noticed publicly its proposed modifications to its Privacy Act and Freedom of Information Act system of records. The modifications included several references to the Office of In… Continue Reading


03.26.12

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On Federal Trade Commission Report On Consumer Privacy

"The Federal Trade Commission's report released today called on Congress to enact legislation to protect the privacy of American consumers, including data security and data breach notification legislation. Last year, I reintroduced comprehensive data privacy legislation that will better protect Americans' sensitive personal data and reduce the risk of data security breaches. The Judiciary Committee has approved this legislation, and the Senate should consider it without further delay. "The Per… Continue Reading


03.26.12

Courts, Cameras, And The Public's Right To Know

This week, when the Supreme Court hears an historic six hours of oral arguments about the constitutionality of the health insurance reform law, only a few dozen citizens at a time will be allowed into the chamber to watch and listen. The Court's decisions on the Affordable Care Act will decide whether the people's elected representatives have the authority to regulate the nation's health insurance market to make health care more affordable, to hold insurers accountable and to rein in runaway an… Continue Reading

Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 64 Page 65 Page 66 Page 67 Page 68 Page 69 Page 70 Page 71 Page 72 Page 73 Page 74 Page 75 Page 76 Page 77 Page 78 Page 79 Page 80 Page 81 Page 82 Page 83 Page 84 Page 85 Page 86 Page 87 Page 88 Page 89 Page 90 Page 91 Page 92 Page 93 Page 94 Page 95 Page 96 Page 97 Page 98 Page 99 Page 100 Page 101 Page 102 Page 103 Page 104 Page 105 Page 106 Page 107 Page 108 Page 109 Page 110 Page 111 Page 112 Page 113 Page 114 Page 115 Page 116 Page 117 Page 118 Page 119 Page 120 Page 121 Page 122 Page 123 Page 124 Page 125 Page 126 Page 127 Page 128 Page 129 Page 130 Page 131 Page 132 Page 133 Page 134 Page 135 Page 136 Page 137 Page 138 Page 139 Page 140 Page 141 Page 142 Page 143 Page 144 Page 145 Page 146 Page 147 Page 148 Page 149 Page 150 Page 151 Page 152 Page 153 Page 154 Page 155 Page 156 Page 157 Page 158 Page 159 Page 160 Page 161 Page 162 Page 163 Page 164 Page 165 Page 166 Page 167 Page 168 Page 169 Page 170 Page 171 Page 172 Page 173 Page 174 Page 175 Page 176 Page 177 Page 178 Page 179 Page 180 Page 181 Page 182 Page 183 Page 184 Page 185 Page 186 Page 187 Page 188 Page 189 Page 190 Page 191 Page 192 Page 193 Page 194 Page 195 Page 196 Page 197 Page 198 Page 199 Page 200 Page 201 Page 202 Page 203 Page 204 Page 205 Page 206 Page 207 Page 208 Page 209 Page 210 Page 211 Page 212 Page 213 Page 214 Page 215 Page 216 Page 217 Page 218 Page 219 Page 220 Page 221 Page 222 Page 223 Page 224 Page 225 Page 226 Page 227 Page 228 Page 229 Page 230 Page 231 Page 232 Page 233 Page 234 Page 235 Page 236 Page 237 Page 238 Page 239 Page 240 Page 241 Page 242 Page 243 Page 244 Page 245 Page 246 Page 247 Page 248 Page 249 Page 250 Page 251 Page 252 Page 253 Page 254 Page 255 Page 256 Page 257 Page 258
Showing page   of 258