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Leahy Calls On House To Pass Senate VAWA Bill Before Adjourning For The Year

(Thursday, December 20, 2012) - U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), lead author of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, called on Thursday for House Republicans to do the right thing in the final days of the 112th Congress and pass the Senate-passed measure that protects all victims against domestic and sexual violence. In a statement, Leahy noted that he has sought a bipartisan compromise with House Republicans on the key tribal provision in the Senate bi… Continue Reading


Leahy Hails Passage Of Senate Resolution Honoring Civil Rights Icon Rosa Parks

(Thursday, December 20, 2012) - The Senate unanimously passed Wednesday night a resolution observing the 100th birthday of Rosa Parks, the civil rights icon whose heroism helped inspire the civil rights movement. As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) was a leader in championing the Fannie Lou Hamer, Rosa Parks, and Coretta Scott King Voting Rights Act Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2006. Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), on the Passage of… Continue Reading


Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On His Decision To Continue To Chair The Senate Judiciary Committee

"Chairing the Judiciary Committee and maintaining my seniority on the Appropriations Committee will allow me to protect both the Constitution and Vermont." # # # # #… Continue Reading


House Approves Leahy Bill to Address Trade Secret Theft

(Wednesday, December 19, 2012) -- The House of Representatives late Tuesday overwhelmingly approved legislation authored by Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to address the theft of trade secrets. The bill clarifies the scope of the Economic Espionage Act (EEA), in response to a recent Second Circuit decision that interpreted the law narrowly. It makes clear that the EEA protects all trade secrets related to a product or service used in interstate commerce, strengtheni… Continue Reading


Judiciary Holds Hearing On Voting Rights Act And The 2012 Elections

(Wednesday, December 19, 2012) - The Senate Judiciary Committee is currently holding a hearing on "The State of the Right to Vote After the 2012 Election." Committee Chairman Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) had a lead role in reauthorizing the Voting Rights Act in 2006 and has long championed voting rights and voting access for all citizens. Numerous reports before and during the 2012 elections highlighted the adverse effects of various state laws and practices on the voting rights of many Americ… Continue Reading


Leahy Hails President’s Signing Of Legislation To Implement Patent Law Treaties

(Tuesday, December 18, 2012) - President Barack Obama Tuesday signed into law legislation authored by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to implement two patent law treaties that will help American businesses expand into foreign markets. The Patent Law Treaties Implementation Act of 2012 implements two treaties that will help American businesses expand into foreign markets by reducing obstacles for obtaining patent protection ove… Continue Reading


Remarks of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Passing Of Senator Daniel K. Inouye

Mr. President, I rise today to pay tribute to one of the greatest members of this body ever to have served, and one of my dear friends. Daniel Inouye was perhaps the best role model for public service any American could ask for. Senator Inouye's story is one of great passion for his people, commitment to his calling in public service, and dedication to finding a better way forward for all Americans. He was a true patriot, a soldier in World War II, a veteran of our armed forces, he fought for t… Continue Reading


Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy On the Nominations of Fernando Olguin and Thomas Durkin

(Monday, December 17, 2012) - The Senate on Monday night confirmed two district court nominees who had been pending on the Senate calendar since before the August recess. Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) applauded the confirmation of these two qualified nominees and called on the Senate to confirm all remaining names on the calendar before the end of the year. Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee, On the Nominations of … Continue Reading


Comments Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Passing Of Senator Daniel K. Inouye

Senator Inouye was the best of the ideals and the great promise of the nation that he loved and served so valiantly. What better role model for public service could any American ask for. What a remarkable life he led. A veteran of World War II and the Greatest Generation, he received the Congressional Medal of Honor. A pioneer who helped forge Hawaii's emergence as a state, he was his beloved home's first member of Congress. We worked together on so many matters, large and small, and over … Continue Reading


Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Emergency Supplemental Spending Bill

Mr. President, on behalf of Chairman Inouye, today I would like to introduce an emergency supplemental and disaster aid bill that will help respond to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy. The eyes, ears, and hopes of tens of millions of our fellow Americans who were in this storm's path are now trained upon the United States Senate. And with us in this effort, as well, is the good will of the entire Nation. When 'Superstorm' Sandy hit the East Coast seven weeks ago, it had swelled to… Continue Reading


Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist And Voting Rights Leaders To Testify Before Senate Judiciary Committee This Week

(MONDAY, December 17, 2012) - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced Monday that former Florida Governor Charlie Crist will join the witness panel at the Committee's hearing on voting rights this week. Crist will offer testimony about the impact of restrictions on voting and the importance of the Voting Rights Act on Wednesday during the Committee's hearing on "The State Of The Right To Vote After The 2012 Election." As Florida governor from 2007 to 2011, long lines… Continue Reading


Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy, On The Tragedy In Connecticut

"Few events in my lifetime have emotionally roiled the Nation - all of us - as deeply as have the senseless killings last Friday in Newtown, Connecticut. Wrenching images and personal stories that spilled out from that tragedy have forever been imprinted on our collective memories. "In my family, and I know in families from coast to coast, parents called their children. Brothers called sisters. Neighbors reached out to neighbors. Over the weekend and again today, in discussions across churc… Continue Reading


Comment of Senator Leahy on the school shootings in Newtown, Conn.

"What a tragedy on so many levels. Our hearts and prayers are with the victims and their families in Connecticut."… Continue Reading


Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The EPA’s Next Round Of Clean Air Standards To Reduce Harmful Soot Pollution

"I applaud the EPA and Administrator Jackson for this new standard that will save thousands of lives each year, giving Vermonters and all of the American people the priceless benefit of being able to breathe cleaner air. At last we have an air pollution standard that is based on the best available science and an extensive body of scientific evidence as the law requires. The courts have rightfully determined that the old standard is too weak to adequately protect Americans' health. We do not h… Continue Reading


Leahy: Trafficking Victims Deserve Senate Action

(Friday, December 14, 2012) - U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), lead sponsor of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act is urging Congress to make passing the bipartisan bill a priority before the end of the year. In a statement on Thursday, Leahy noted that Congress has acted three times before to reauthorize TVPRA to assist in the continued fight against human trafficking. More than 27 million people fall victim to human trafficking annually, accor… Continue Reading


Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The President’s Remarks On The Conflict Between Federal And State Laws

"The President's brief comments on this subject reflect common sense. In a time of tight budget constraints, I want law enforcement to focus on violent crime. But now that we have a gap between federal and state laws on marijuana we need more information and a wider discussion about where our priorities should be and a clear plan going forward so that states can execute their own laws. I expect the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing next year to help focus attention and action on accomplishin… Continue Reading


Senate Approves Two District Court Nominees, 16 Judicial Nominees Awaiting Consideration

(Thursday, December 13, 2012) - On Thursday, the Senate voted to confirm two district court nominees who each waited five months on the calendar before received a floor vote, an unreasonable amount of time that U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said only hurts the courts and Americans who seek justice in our Federal courts. "We have a constitutional responsibility to advise and consent, and we must also help our courts uphold their constitutional responsibility to p… Continue Reading


Leahy: House Republicans Still Have A Chance To Pass VAWA Reauthorization

(Thursday, December 13, 2012) - U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Thursday again called on Republican leaders in the House of Representatives to act quickly and support protections for tribal women in the bipartisan Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act. The Senate acted on the legislation in April, and time is running out for Congress to send a bill to the President. Leahy released a statement Thursday that follows a request made last week for House Republican… Continue Reading


Leahy To Examine Marijuana Policy

(THURSDAY, Dec. 13, 2012) - In light of recently passed state laws legalizing personal marijuana use, U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Thursday released a letter sent earlier this month to the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) seeking information about how the administration intends to proceed in light of differences between federal and state laws. Leahy also announced Thursday that he intends to hold a hearing looking into the matter wh… Continue Reading


Comments Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Proposal To Base F-35s In Vermont

"There have already been a number of public hearings in Vermont to discuss the proposal to base F-35s in Burlington. In 2012 alone there have been eight public meetings and forums in Chittenden County. I and the members of the Vermont delegation have facilitated communication between Vermonters and the Air Force and I have responded to hundreds of Vermonters with questions about the F-35 basing decision. I have made it clear that I support noise abatement steps, just as operational controls l… Continue Reading

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