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11.18.11

Leahy, Sanders And Welch Ask CBP To Keep Morses Line Open

(FRIDAY, Nov. 18) - U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and U.S. Rep. Peter Welch have called on U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to keep the Morses Line Port of Entry open, in their letter to the agency submitted as part of an ongoing public comment period on the future of the Franklin County Port of Entry. The public comment period allows individuals, including Vermonters and Canadians, to respond to a formal CBP proposal to close the Port of Entry, published in th… Continue Reading


11.17.11

Congress Thursday Night Clears Transportation Funding Bill With Crucial Post-Irene Emergency Road/Bridge Repair Aid Needed By Vermont

(THURSDAY, NOV. 17, 7:15 P.M.) - In a decisive vote of 70 to 30, the U.S. Senate Thursday night gave final approval to a transportation budget bill that includes provisions added by Senator Patrick Leahy (D) to replenish the federal government's depleted transportation emergency fund, along with the crucial cost waivers he authored that will mean tens of millions of additional dollars for road and bridge repair aid that will speed Vermont's recovery from Tropical Storm Irene. The Senate's vote … Continue Reading


11.17.11

Leahy, Grassley, Bennet, Blumenthal, Meehan, Sánchez Propose Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill To Increase Penalties For Counterfeit Drugs

(Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011) - U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Michael Bennet (D-Co.), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and U.S. Representatives Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.) and Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.) introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation Thursday to increase penalties for trafficking counterfeit drugs. The legislation responds to recommendations made by the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator and the administration's Counterfeit Pharmaceutica… Continue Reading


11.17.11

Leahy: Supreme Court Should Make Proceedings More Publicly Available

(Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011) - At a meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday morning, Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) expressed again his support for bringing more transparency to the nation's highest court. Members of Congress, government transparency advocates and public service organizations like C-SPAN have called on the Supreme Court to televise arguments in the challenge to the Affordable Care Act, the landmark health care reform law enacted last year. The Court is expected to hear… Continue Reading


11.17.11

Leahy Files Cybercrime Amendment To Defense Authorization Bill

(Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011) - U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) today filed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act to bolster penalties for cybercrime and other violations to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. The amendment reflects many of the proposals included in Leahy's Personal Data Privacy and Security Act, which was approved by the Judiciary Committee in September. "Cybercrime is a growing threat to consumers and businesses, and it is one we can no longer ignore," said Lea… Continue Reading


11.16.11

Middlebury Union High School

On November 16, 2011, Senator Leahy held an online chat with 22 juniors and seniors from Middlebury Union High School including a former Senate Page, William Conlon. Using Skype to communicate with students and their teacher, Senator Leahy spoke about pieces of legislation the students were interested in including President Obama's Jobs Bill, The Respect for Marriage Act, and the PATRIOT Act as well as some local topics such as Vermont Yankee and legislation to help small farms. Students also a… Continue Reading


11.16.11

Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Proposed CAFE Standards For Light-Duty Vehicles

Finally, after three decades of putting off much-needed increases in fuel economy standards, we are taking sensible steps to reduce our dependence on oil, to save Americans money at the pump, and to cut air pollution that endangers health and contributes to climate change. The proposal Wednesday by the EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration makes good on the President's announcement in July and will improve the fuel economy of the cars that ordinary Americans drive every da… Continue Reading


11.16.11

Leahy, Sanders And Welch Announce $4.8 M. Housing Grant For Cathedral Square Thayer Commons In Burlington’s New North End

(WEDNESDAY, Nov. 16) -- Senator Patrick Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I) and Congressman Peter Welch (D) Wednesday announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded Burlington's Cathedral Square Corporation a $4,885,200 grant to add 28 rent subsidized apartments for seniors to the 33 senior apartments now under construction. According to Cathedral Square Executive Director Nancy Eldridge, the grant will be used to meet the huge demand for affordable se… Continue Reading


11.16.11

Leahy, Members Of Congress Request Update On Resettlement Plan For Iraqis Assisting U.S. Forces

On November 16, Senator Leahy and other members of the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to Department of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta requesting that the Department of Defense provide an update to Congress on the status of a plan to expedite resettlement of U.S.-affiliated Iraqis at risk as the United States withdraws from Iraq. The letter is available here.… Continue Reading


11.15.11

Joint Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy And Senator Dianne Feinstein On Detention Provisions In The National Defense Authorization Act

"We have long supported providing the administration with the flexibility to address terrorism cases, including the ability to prosecute terrorists in federal criminal courts. Regrettably, the so-called 'agreement' reached today in the Senate Armed Services Committee will only harm the efforts of intelligence and law enforcement officials to bring to justice those who would harm Americans here and abroad. "The bill reported by the Armed Services Committee today does little to resolve our state… Continue Reading


11.15.11

Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Department Of State And Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill

Mr. LEAHY. Mr. President, this year the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee had to fund key national security programs that support - the Nation's counter-terrorism strategy in South Asia, the Horn of Africa, and the far East; respond to turbulent events in the Middle East and North Africa, and threats on the Mexican border; combat transnational crime, piracy of intellectual property, and the denial of fundamental freedoms; promote access for U.S. companies to foreign ma… Continue Reading


11.15.11

Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy On Meeting Vermont's Disaster Recovery Needs

Mr. President, I would like to take some time now to talk about the positive impact next year's Transportation-HUD Appropriations Bill will have on my home state of Vermont - particularly as we continue rebuilding from Hurricane Irene's destructive forces back in August. I commend Subcommittee Chair Patty Murray and Ranking Member Susan Collins for their hard work and dedication in ensuring that the final bill filed last night both provides appropriate funding for disaster relief accounts, and… Continue Reading


11.15.11

Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy On Judicial Nominations

Today the Senate will finally consider two of President Obama's highly qualified nominees to fill Federal district court vacancies in Alaska and the Northern District of California. Both Sharon Gleason and Yvonne Gonzales Rogers have the strong support of their home state Senators and both were reported by the Judiciary Committee unanimously over two months ago. I thank the Majority Leader for securing votes on their nominations. I am disappointed that the Senate Republican leadership would no… Continue Reading


11.14.11

Final Transportation Funding Bill Includes Leahy-Authored Emergency Funding And Cost Waivers Provision

(MONDAY, Nov. 14) - U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced Monday that House and Senate negotiators have agreed to include in a final transportation budget bill for the coming year his provision to replenish the Federal Highway Administration's Emergency Relief Fund and provide important cost waivers that Governor Shumlin and others consider to be crucial to repairing and rebuilding roads and bridges damaged by Tropical Storm Irene. The bill also includes Leahy's truck weight provisions f… Continue Reading


11.14.11

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On Supreme Court's Grant Of Cert On Challenge To The Affordable Care Act

"I am glad the Supreme Court will hear arguments on the Affordable Care Act. Most appellate courts have upheld the constitutionality of this historic law, and when the Senate voted to pass the Affordable Care Act, it also voted specifically on its constitutionality. I hope the Supreme Court will defer to Congress in addressing this national problem." # # # # #… Continue Reading


11.11.11

Leahy Wins Extension Of Program To Reduce Heavy Truck Traffic In Vermont Downtowns

(THURSDAY, Nov. 11) - U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has won House and Senate negotiators' approval of a 20-year extension of a pilot program in Vermont to move heavy trucks off state secondary roads and onto the state's Interstate highways. Leahy's provisions for Vermont -- and similar provisions for Maine, advocated by Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine -- have now been agreed to by the House and Senate Appropriations Committees' negotiators on the transportation budget bill. Leahy had include… Continue Reading


11.11.11

Veteran’s Day Message Of Senator Patrick Leahy

On this Veteran's Day, we Vermonters join together to remember, to appreciate, and to thank our veterans. They and their families have sacrificed so much to make sure that we can live in safety and in freedom from fear. Let our thanks not go unspoken. And let our remembrances be accompanied by deeds. We know that some are confronting hopelessness, especially in a difficult economy, and this knowledge demands not only our empathy but our action to ease their burdens. Marcelle and I and all … Continue Reading


11.10.11

In Rare Public Appearance, Joint Chiefs Rally To Try To Block Leahy’s Bill To Elevate The National Guard To Their Ranks

(THURSDAY, Nov. 10) - In a rare joint public appearance, the current members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff banded together Thursday to testify against adding the National Guard to their ranks, which would happen under legislation introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). At issue is the latest National Guard Empowerment Bill (S.1025), introduced by Leahy, longtime co-chair of the Senate's 84-member National Guard Caucus, and joined by Caucus co-chair Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). The Leah… Continue Reading


11.10.11

Leahy Hails Senate’s Vote To Reject A Bid To Kill The EPA Cross-Border Dirty Air Limits That Will Help Curb Pollution-Drift Into Vermont And Other Downwind States

(THURSDAY, Nov. 10) - The U.S. Senate Thursday voted to reject a resolution of disapproval offered by Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) that would have derailed EPA's new cross-border pollution rule, which would greatly benefit Vermont and other "downwind" states. The resolution was voted down in a procedural vote of 56-41. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who supports the EPA rule and who voted against the move to kill the new standards, cited the rule's many benefits to Vermonters and to all Americans… Continue Reading


11.10.11

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Senate’s Approval Thursday Of Employment Assistance For Veterans

[The U.S. Senate Thursday approved legislation that includes veterans employment tax credits proposed by President Obama. The veterans tax credits were added to legislation to repeal a requirement that federal, state and local governments begin withholding 3 percent of payments to their contractors in 2013. The bill goes next to the House for action. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) voted for this and two other veterans workforce assistance measures approved by the Senate Thursday and is an origina… Continue Reading

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