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02.14.12

Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Paul Amendment On Egypt

Mr. President, I want to respond briefly to comments of the junior Senator from Kentucky earlier today, regarding his amendment to cut off all U.S. aid for Egypt. First, let's take a step back. The new conditions on military aid for Egypt, which I wrote with Senator Lindsey Graham and were signed into law just two months ago, require a certification by the Secretary of State that the Egyptian military is supporting the transition to civilian government and protecting fundamental freedoms and d… Continue Reading


02.14.12

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On Cybersecurity Legislative Proposal

"I welcome the introduction of cybersecurity legislation in the Senate and commend Majority Leader Reid for his commitment to addressing this important issue. I have worked for years in the Judiciary Committee to advance meaningful legislation to address the threats to our nation's cybersecurity, combat cybercrime and protect the privacy rights of American consumers. The Senate's consideration of cybersecurity legislation is long overdue. I look forward to working with Leader Reid and with me… Continue Reading


02.14.12

Leahy: Americans Deserve Courts Ready To Serve, Not Unexplained Confirmation Delays

[The Senate is currently in post-cloture debate on the nomination of Judge Adalberto Jordan to be a judge on the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Cloture was invoked Monday night by an overwhelming vote of 89-5. A Republican objection has prevented the Senate from yielding back time on the cloture motion, and so has prevented a final vote on confirmation.] Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee, On the Nomination Of Judge Adalberto Jordan To Th… Continue Reading


02.14.12

The Leahy Letter -- February 14, 2012

Postal Service Misfires With 'Reforms' That Would Degrade Service By Closing Processing Centers Like The Facility At White River Junction As legislation to reform the nation's postal system moves closer to decisions in Congress, Vermont's Congressional Delegation - Senator Patrick Leahy, Senator Bernie Sanders, and Congressman Peter Welch - continue to press for solutions that will prepare the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to successfully adapt to a changing marketplace, while upholding its spec… Continue Reading


02.14.12

Senators Support Saving the Postal Service

, Feb. 14 - A group of 27 senators called today for "significant improvements" in a bill to modernize the U.S. Postal Service. In a letter to a Senate panel that oversees the Postal Service, Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Patrick Leahy and 25 others suggested specific measures to preserve first-class and Saturday mail delivery, stop wholesale closings of rural post offices and mail processing centers, and spare many of the 220,000 jobs that the Postal Service wants to cut. "Everyone understan… Continue Reading


02.13.12

Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Nomination Of Judge Adalberto Jordan To The 11th Circuit

[The Senate will vote at 5:30 p.m. Monday evening on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Judge Adalberto Jordan to be a judge on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. Jordan's nomination was reported by the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously in October, but Senate Republicans have not consented to scheduling a vote on his confirmation. Judge Jordan's nomination is supported by his two home state Senators, Democrat Bill Nelson and Republican Marco Rubio. Mon… Continue Reading


02.13.12

Comments Of Senator Patrick Leahy On President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Proposal

"Once again, President Obama rightly has called the nation to come together and chart a sustainable path forward to a better America. Budgets are about priorities, and we must firmly keep Vermont's and America's values and priorities foremost in mind in our work ahead. "While there is no understating the difficulty of this challenge, Congress has a responsibility to set aside the temptation to delusion and illusion and the tendency toward unbridled partisanship. There will be sharp dis… Continue Reading


02.13.12

In Burlington, Leahy, Sorrell, Others Offer Support For Critical Domestic Violence Assistance Program

BURLINGTON - Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy is urging Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), landmark legislation that has been the centerpiece of the federal government's efforts to stamp out domestic and sexual violence for more than 18 years. Joined at the Burlington Police Department Monday morning by Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell, Burlington Police Chief Michael Schirling, and Karen Tronsgard-Scott, the executive director of the Vermont Network Against Domes… Continue Reading


02.10.12

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The White House’s Modification Of Contraceptive Coverage Under Health Insurance Reform

The Obama Administration listened to these concerns, made further accommodations and has struck a reasonable balance. It is a solution that continues to recognize the obvious truth that women have a right to affordable and comprehensive health care, just as men do. One thing we all should agree on is that availability of birth control has improved women's health and reduced the number of teen pregnancies and the rates of abortion. This should be applauded. # # # # #… Continue Reading


02.10.12

Leahy, Sanders, Welch: Vermont Veterans Home Makes Short List For Likely VA Funding For E-Medical Records

(FRIDAY, Feb. 10) -- Senator Patrick Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I) and Representative Peter Welch (D) Friday announced that the Vermont Veterans Home (VVH) in Bennington is on a high priority list to receive federal funding for an electronic medical records system from the Department of Veterans Affairs. If approved, more than $790,000 would be awarded for the project, through VA's State Home Construction Grant program. A grant, which would cover 65 percent of the project's cost, would… Continue Reading


02.10.12

Leahy, Casey Urge Senate Leaders To Push For Conference Committee On STOCK Act

(Friday, Feb. 10, 2012) - U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, joined by Senator Bob Casey (D-Pa.) Friday sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, urging the Senate leaders to proceed to a House-Senate conference committee on the STOCK Act to resolve differences between the two bills and restore the anti-corruption amendment Leahy and Republican Senator John Cornyn (Texas) included in the Senate bill. Casey and Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) cosponsored the ame… Continue Reading


02.09.12

Comments Of Senator Patrick Leahy On Public Corruption Amendment And The STOCK Act

"Now that the House of Representatives has voted to approve its version of the STOCK Act, I hope the Senate and House will meet for a conference to resolve differences between these two bills. The Senate overwhelmingly approved its legislation last Thursday, and with it, adopted by a voice vote an amendment I offered with Senator Cornyn, Senator Kirk, and Senator Casey to give some real teeth to this bill. If we want to make clear to our constituents that we are not in the business of self-dea… Continue Reading


02.09.12

Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy On Judicial Nominations

Today, the Senate will finally vote on the nomination of Judge Cathy Bencivengo to fill a vacancy on the the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, where she has served as a Magistrate Judge since 2005. An experienced judge and lawyer, with 17 years in private practice before becoming a Magistrate Judge, Judge Bencivengo received the highest possible rating from the ABA's Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, unanimously "well qualified." Her nomination, which has t… Continue Reading


02.09.12

Leahy-Chaired Panel Approves Bill To Open Supreme Court To Cameras

(Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012) -- The Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday approved legislation to provide for the televising of proceedings before the U.S. Supreme Court. Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), a longtime champion of government transparency, listed the bill for Committee consideration, and voiced his support for the legislation. "We have the power to use technology to allow greater access to public proceedings of the Government so that all Americans can witness the quality of just… Continue Reading


02.09.12

Senator Leahy And Senator Graham Launch Their Counterarguments To Air Force's Plans To Scale Back Air Guard/Reserve

[Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) are the co-chairs of the Senate National Guard Caucus, the Senate's largest caucus. Today they began pushback on the Air Force's budget plans, revealed last week in the AF's 'sneak peak' white paper, to make irreversible cuts in the Air Guard and Reserve components. Leahy and Graham argue that maintaining strength in the Guard and Reserve allows flexibility and operational readiness under the budget pressures that lie ahead this year… Continue Reading


02.09.12

Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The “Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2011”

Last Thursday, the Judiciary Committee approved the bipartisan Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act. For almost 18 years, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) has been the centerpiece of the Federal Government's commitment to combat domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. It has been extraordinarily effective, and the annual incidence of domestic violence has fallen by more than 50 percent since the landmark law was first passed. As a prosecutor in Vermont, I … Continue Reading


02.09.12

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On Foreclosure Settlement Between The U.S. Department Of Justice And Mortgage Servicers

"I commend Attorney General Holder, Associate Attorney General Perrelli, Secretary Donovan, and other officials for their persistence in reaching this landmark settlement to hold the nation's biggest mortgage servicers accountable. I also commend the state attorneys general, including Vermont's Attorney General, Bill Sorrell, who played such an important role in investigating and exposing the abuse and misconduct that has harmed so many hardworking Americans. "This settlement is a welcome dev… Continue Reading


02.08.12

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On Public Corruption Amendment To The STOCK Act

"I am deeply disappointed that House leadership has chosen to remove the anti-corruption amendment Senator Cornyn and I offered to the STOCK Act. The amendment was adopted with overwhelming support in the Senate. These provisions are the culmination of years of work on these issues by Republicans and Democrats in the Senate and the House, and would strengthen and clarify key aspects of Federal criminal law to help investigators and prosecutors attack public corruption nationwide. It was draft… Continue Reading


02.08.12

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On Removal Of Former Liberian Peace Council Leader For Human Rights Abuses

[The Anti-Atrocity Alien Deportation Act, enacted in 2004 as part of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act (P.L. 108-458), was written by Senator Leahy (D-Vt.) to bar from admission to the United States non-citizens who have committed torture, extrajudicial killing, or severe violations of religious freedom. The law also allows the United States to deport such persons who are inside the United States. The Child Soldier Prevention Act was signed into law in 2008 as P.L. 110-340. … Continue Reading


02.07.12

Leahy Program Yields Army Corps-South Burlington Partnership For Bartlett Brook Stormwater Runoff Projects

(TUESDAY, Feb. 7) -- U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tuesday announced plans to move forward with $1.65 million in storm water management projects in South Burlington, Vt. The Corps and the City of South Burlington have signed an agreement to develop the projects, which are authorized under a Leahy program enacted in 2000 to forge and help finance local-federal partnerships to ease local drainage problems and help achieve compliance with Vermont water quality… Continue Reading

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