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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


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


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


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


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


Leahy Urges DOJ To Review Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff’s Office Use Of Federal Tax Dollars

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Tuesday sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, urging the Justice Department to determine whether federal taxpayer dollars received by the Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff's Office (MCSO) through a federal grant program have been used in connection with the detention of individuals whose civil rights have been violated. According to Justice Department data, Maricopa County has received more than $25 million dollars since 2000 under the State Criminal Alien … Continue Reading


Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy On A 150-Year Milestone for USDA

Congressional Record Tuesday, May 15, 2012 MR. LEAHY. Today marks the 150th anniversary of the United States Department of Agriculture, and I would like to take a moment to pay tribute to USDA's mission and day-to-day work and to all those involved in the agriculture industry -- from farmers and ranchers and foresters, to producers and manufacturers and researchers. The Department of Agriculture is pillar and post in American agriculture, fostering durability while enabling innovation; … Continue Reading


On Senate Floor, Leahy Shares Observations About SCOTUS Arguments On Affordable Care Act

Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee, On The Supreme Court's Review Of The Affordable Care Act May 14, 2012 Full Statement, As Prepared I was fortunate to be able to attend the argument before the United States Supreme Court on the constitutionality of the provision in the Affordable Care Act providing that individuals should take personal responsibility for paying for their health care by obtaining health insurance, or pay a fine. There was a good … Continue Reading


Reaction of Senator Patrick Leahy To The Administration’s Decision To Resume Sales To Bahrain Of Major Military Equipment

[Senator Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., chairs the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of State and Foreign Operations. He is the author of the Leahy Law which prohibits U.S. aid to foreign security forces that violate human rights, and of an amendment enacted last year that restricts tear gas and other crowd control items to security forces of countries undergoing democratic transition in the Middle East.] "The U.S. and the Government of Bahrain share strategic interests, but if history has … Continue Reading


Senate Passes Leahy-Authored Resolution Commemorating National Peace Officers Memorial Day

(Friday, May 11, 2012) - The Senate Thursday night adopted a resolution authored by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to commemorate the service of law enforcement officers across the country and honor those who lost their lives in the line of duty in the last year. The Senate adopted the resolution in advance of Police Week, an annual remembrance of those officers killed in the line of duty. The Leahy-authored resolution recognizes May 15, 2012, as National Peace Officers Memorial Day. Next wee… Continue Reading


President Taps General Dubie To Be Deputy Commander Of NORTHCOM

(THURSDAY, May 10) - The Vermont Congressional Delegation announced Thursday that President Obama has tapped the Adjutant General of the Vermont National Guard, Major General Michael Dubie, for a top post in the U.S. military's homeland defense mission. General Dubie has been nominated to be the next 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… Continue Reading


Leahy: SJC Will Hold Hearing On Citizens United Constitutional Amendment Proposals

(May 10, 2012) - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced today that the Constitution Subcommittee will hold a hearing to examine pending constitutional proposals to remedy the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision. Leahy has asked Subcommittee Chairman Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) to hold the hearing, which is scheduled for July 17. "The devastating effects of the Court's divisive decision in Citizens United are already being felt in states and communities across… Continue Reading


Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On President Obama’s Announced Support For Marriage Equality

[Senator Leahy is a leading cosponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act, legislation that would repeal the 15-year-old Defense of Marriage Act. He chaired the first-ever congressional hearing examining the effects of DOMA on American families. As Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, he led the panel's consideration of the legislation. The Committee approved the repeal bill in November.] "In the 15 years since the Defense of Marriage Act, Vermonters have led the way in supporting equalit… Continue Reading


Leahy Chairs Hearing On Oversight Of The IP Enforcement Coordinator

(Wednesday, May 9, 2012) - The Senate Judiciary Committee today holds an oversight hearing with the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC). Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) was a lead author of the 2008 Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property (PRO-IP) Act, which established the office of the IPEC within the Executive Office of the President. The office coordinates efforts across government agencies to combat intellectual property theft. Testifyi… Continue Reading


Comments Of Senator Patrick Leahy On House Judiciary Committee Consideration Of Legislation To Reauthorize VAWA

Republican members of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee ignored the broad bipartisan support for the Senate-passed Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act. Instead, the House Judiciary Committee Republicans insisted on crafting a controversial bill that that not only fails to include the Senate's improved protections for Native American women and gay and lesbian victims, it removes historic protections for immigrant women and leaves them more vulnerable to domestic and sexual abuse. "It is… Continue Reading


Leahy Urges End Of Filibuster Of Bill To Avert Doubling Of Student Loan Rates

(TUESDAY, May 8) -- The U.S. Senate Tuesday failed in the first attempt to end the filibuster that is preventing debate and votes on a bill to head off a sharp interest rate hike in federally subsidized Stafford student loans that is looming for 20,000 Vermont students on July 1. A bill cosponsored by U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) - the "Stop Student Loan Interest Rate Hike Act" - would keep the Stafford loan interest rates nationwide from doubling to 6.8 percent, from the current rate of … Continue Reading


Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Nominations Of Jacqueline Nguyen, Kristine Baker, and John Lee

For the last four months, the Senate has been forced to slowly work its way through the backlog created by Republican objections at the end of last year to consensus nominees. Finally, with consideration today of the long-delayed nomination of Judge Nguyen to fill a longstanding judicial emergency vacancy on the overburdened Ninth Circuit, the Senate will have completed the confirmations that could and should have taken place last year. Today, five months into the year, is the first time the S… Continue Reading


Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy The Assault On Freedom Of Expression In Ecuador

Mr. LEAHY. Mr. President, May 3rd was World Press Freedom Day. In this country, we recognize freedom of expression as our most cherished right. It forms the foundation for every other freedom, and an independent press is essential to its exercise. Yet in many countries expression is often censored and punished. Journalists are threatened, imprisoned, and killed for exposing official corruption and criticizing government repression. Not only is the media targeted and silenced, the entire po… Continue Reading


Leahy Introduces Bill To Reauthorize Lifesaving Bulletproof Vest Grant Program

(Monday, May 7, 2012) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Monday introduced legislation 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. "Law enforcement officers in Vermont and across the country are putting their lives on the line each and every day to keep our communitie… Continue Reading


The Leahy Letter -- May 7, 2012

Senate Passes Bipartisan Leahy Bill To Renew And Strengthen The Violence Against Women Act The Senate on April 26 passed the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA), a major step forward in the continued fight against domestic and sexual abuse. Senator Leahy, joined by Republican Senator Mike Crapo of Idaho, introduced the bill last November. The Leahy-Crapo bill garnered a solid bipartisan vote of 68 to 31. A former prosecutor in Vermont and longtime champion of crime victims… Continue Reading

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