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09.14.12

Leahy, Welch, Sanders Push For Stopgap Patch For The Dairy Safety Net Until New Farm Bill Is Enacted

(FRIDAY, Sept. 14, 2012) - With hopes rapidly fading for a new Farm Bill before the current one expires at the end of September, dairy policy leaders in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House -- led by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and joined by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) -- are pushing for a temporary fix for the dairy safety net until the new dairy program that is included in both the Senate and House versions of the Farm Bill becomes law and can be put in pl… Continue Reading


09.14.12

Congress Clears Leahy Bill To Renew Job-Creating Foreign Investment Program That Has Spurred Investments Across Vermont

(FRIDAY, Sept. 14, 2012) - Legislation authored by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to continue a successful, job-creating immigrant visa program was approved Thursday evening by the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill, which already has passed the Senate, now goes to the President's desk for signing. The House vote was 412 to 3. Leahy's measure, which passed the Senate in August, would extend the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Regional Center program for three years. Cu… Continue Reading


09.13.12

On the Eighteenth Anniversary of Landmark Law, Leahy Calls on Republicans to Uphold Bipartisan History and Pass the Violence Against Women Act

(Thursday, September 13, 2012) -Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), lead sponsor of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, spoke on the Senate floor today about the importance of renewing the program's charter. While the legislation won strong bipartisan support in the Senate, House Republicans have failed to act on this consensus bill. Senator Leahy was joined by several Democratic Senators in calling for swift action to renew VAWA, which was enacted 18 years ago today.] # # # # # St… Continue Reading


09.12.12

Vermont Communities To Receive Additional Post-Irene Support From $300,000 U.S. Economic Development Administration Investment

(WEDNESDAY, Sept.12, 2012) - More support to Vermont communities for long-term revitalization is on the way, according to Senator Patrick Leahy, Senator Bernie Sanders and Congressman Peter Welch (D). They announced Wednesday that the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development has been given a $300,000 investment award by the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA). The award, which is funded through the Fiscal Year 2012 Disaster Relief Opportunity adm… Continue Reading


09.12.12

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Death Of Four Americans, Including Ambassador Stevens, During Attacks On U.S. Consulate In Libya

"The shocking and senseless murders of Ambassador Stevens and other U.S. Embassy personnel in Libya should be universally condemned. It is outrageous that religious intolerance has reached such extremes that our diplomats - or any diplomats -- are targeted. By all accounts, Ambassador Stevens was an exceptional diplomat who represented the United States in a manner in which all Americans can be proud. His family, and the families of the others who died, deserve our deepest thanks for their ye… Continue Reading


09.12.12

Leahy Chairs Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing Reviewing The Citizens United Court And The Continuing Importance of the Voting Rights Act

(Wednesday, September 12, 2012) - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is chairing a hearing today on the Supreme Court and the importance of the Voting Rights Act that ensure equal access to vote for all Americans. Today's hearing is just one month before the Supreme Court begins its new session and coincides with the 225th anniversary of the signing of our Constitution. The hearing also continues the committee's tradition of examining how Supreme Court decisions including… Continue Reading


09.11.12

Reflections Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Anniversary Of The Attacks Of September 11, 2001

Eleven years ago today, on a crisp early autumn morning much like today's, I was at the Supreme Court for the semiannual meeting of the Judicial Conference, when I got word of the first attack of 9/11. I quietly informed Chief Justice William Rehnquist, who was presiding over our meeting. Soon afterward we heard a muffled "bump," followed by a report that a car bomb may have gone off across town at the State Department. Of course, we later learned that this had been the sound of another plane… Continue Reading


09.11.12

Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy On Extension Of The Production Tax Credit For Wind Energy

Like others in this body, including Senator Udall of Colorado and my fellow senator from Vermont, Senator Sanders, I support extending the Production Tax Credit for wind energy. This extension is critical to maintaining America's leadership in green energy development and can directly increase domestic job growth. Vermont has already seen the positive results of the Production Tax Credit for wind energy, but the wind industry impacts our entire country. Every American has a stake in the extensio… Continue Reading


09.10.12

Leahy Calls On Senate Republicans To Drop Blockade Of Consensus Judicial Picks

(Monday, September 10, 2012) -The Senate is scheduled to vote Monday on the nomination of Stephanie Rose, a federal district court nominee from Iowa who has been pending on the floor since April. While Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) welcomed the chamber's consideration of Rose, he noted that the Senate remains far behind the pace set in considering well qualified judicial nominees in past administrations. A dozen of the 18 pending district court nominees on the Senate… Continue Reading


08.29.12

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On Judge’s Ruling In Favor Of Somali Victims Of Torture

[A federal court judge in Alexandria, Va., Tuesday ruled in favor of seven individuals who sued the former prime minister of Somalia, now living in Virginia, for torturing and killing his own people. The seven Somalis were awarded $21 million in Tuesday's decision, eight years after filing suit in 2004 in a case that made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Supreme Court ruled in 2010 that the Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act does not grant individual immunity to foreigners accused of torture,… Continue Reading


08.27.12

On Anniversary Of Irene’s Onset, Leahy In Burlington Announces Vermont Weather Radar Upgrade

BURLINGTON, Vt. (MONDAY, Aug. 27, 2012) -- U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced Monday that the National Weather Service's Forecast Office in Burlington, Vt., now has an upgraded Doppler radar serving the state with a new life-saving technology. Dual polarization ("dual pol") radar provides meteorologists with enhanced information about the atmosphere so they can more accurately track, assess and warn the public of approaching high-impact weather. Burlington, Vt., is the half-way mark… Continue Reading


08.23.12

Senators to Justice Department: Revise Hate Crime Laws to Protect Sikhs

(THURSDAY, Aug. 23) -- Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), together with Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), John F. Kerry (D-Mass.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Frank R. Lautenberg (D-N.J.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Kirsten E. Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), S… Continue Reading


08.22.12

Cardin, Lugar, Leahy Welcome SEC Approval Of Transparency Rules

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Dick Lugar (R-IN), and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) welcomed action today by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to implement the "Cardin-Lugar Amendment" on extractives industry transparency. "I'm pleased that the SEC has adopted the long-overdue final rule implementing the Cardin-Lugar Amendment. Increased transparency reduces the risk for U.S. investors and allows citizens in resource-rich countries to hold their leaders accountable. Finally, the U.S. has t… Continue Reading


08.21.12

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Success Of The U Visa Program To Protect Victims Of Domestic Violence And Sexual Assault

[Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) issued the following comment Tuesday after the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it has issued the maximum 10,000 petitions this year for nonimmigrant status under the U Visa program, which allows law enforcement officials to request visas for victims who assist in the investigation and prosecution of domestic violence and sexual assault offenses and other serious crimes. The program was created by the … Continue Reading


08.21.12

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Resignation Of Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams

"I have great admiration for Director Williams. I watched him restore the credibility and reaffirm the mission of one of America's finest organizations. What he and the Peace Corps have achieved shows the best face of America. Marcelle and I consider it a privilege to know him, and to have joined him at meetings with Peace Corps volunteers during his visit this month to Vermont." # # # # #… Continue Reading


08.16.12

The Leahy Letter -- August 2012

Senate Judiciary Committee Evaluates Citizens United Remedies The aftershocks of the Supreme Court's 2010 decision in the Citizens United case continue to ripple throughout the American electoral system. As a champion of open government and accountability, Senator Leahy - on the Senate Judiciary Committee that he chairs, as well as on the Senate Rules Committee, of which he is a member -- continues to seek ways to repair the decision's damage and rectify the flawed outcome. Most recently, the… Continue Reading


08.13.12

Leahy Welcomes News That ICANN Will Extend Public Comment Period Ahead of New Generic Domain Program; Urges Further Steps

(MONDAY, August 13, 2012) - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) welcomed the decision of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to extend the time for public comments to be filed concerning ICANN's program to expand the number of generic top level domains available on the Internet. The announcement came just days after Leahy, along with the House Judiciary Committee chairman and ranking members from both panels, called on ICANN to work with the bro… Continue Reading


08.07.12

Senate & House Judiciary Leaders Press To Ensure Expansion Of Internet Domain Names Protects Consumers And Trademark Holders

TUESDAY, August 7, 2012 - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and Ranking Member John Conyers (D-Mich.) today sent a letter to the president of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) seeking additional information about the Internet governance body's program to expand the number of top level domain names made available to Internet users. The let… Continue Reading


08.03.12

Senate Approves Leahy Bill To Continue Job-Creating Foreign Investment Program

(FRIDAY, AUG. 3) - The U.S. Senate has approved legislation authored by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to continue the EB-5 foreign investment program that Vermont has used to create hundreds of jobs across the state. Leahy's measure, approved Thursday night, would extend the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Regional Center program for three years. Current authority for the pilot program runs out at the end of September. The legislation - paired with extensions of other programs also set to expire - now … Continue Reading


08.03.12

President Nominates Leahy To U.S. Congressional Delegation To The United Nations

(FRIDAY, Aug. 3) -- President Obama has nominated Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to be a representative of the United States with the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, for the upcoming 67th Session of the UN's General Assembly. The General Assembly's session opens Sept. 18. Leahy, who chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on the State Department and Foreign Operations, has long been a leader in the U.S. Senate on human rights and foreign policy issues. Also nominated to t… Continue Reading

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