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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


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


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


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


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


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


Joint Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy, Senator Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch On Their Meeting With FEMA Administrator W. Craig Fugate

(This meeting with the Vermont Congressional Delegation was set up several weeks ago and was held on Wednesday, Aug. 1, in Senator Leahy's office in the U.S. Capitol.) "As Vermont nears the anniversary of Irene and it's aftermath, we asked for this meeting as part of our ongoing communication with FEMA and other federal agencies about Vermont's recovery needs. The response and recovery effort has been a mammoth undertaking at all levels, and maintaining clear and constant channels of communica… Continue Reading


Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Folly Of Setting Budget Decisions On Autopilot

Mr. LEAHY. Mr. President, I am disappointed that Congress has agreed to put government funding decisions on autopilot for the first six months of fiscal year 2013 through another continuing resolution. This means, in effect, that a half year's worth of hearings, briefings, and drafting of a dozen appropriations bills will have been for naught. I recognize there are many factors at play this year as the clock ticks toward the end of a fiscal year and toward November. But continuing resolution… Continue Reading


Leahy Hails Confirmation Of Four PCLOB Nominees, Calls For Confirmation of Board’s Chairman

(Thursday, August 2, 2012) -- The Senate tonight confirmed four of the five pending nominees to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. The Board was originally created by Congress in 2004, at the recommendation of the 9/11 Commission, and it was originally located within the Executive Office of the President. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, later worked to make the Board an independent entity within the Executive Branch. The nominations of Jam… Continue Reading


Leahy, Grassley Introduce Legislation to Implement Patent Law Treaties That Will Help U.S. Businesses Obtain Patent Protections Overseas

(Thursday, August 2, 2012) - U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) introduced legislation today to implement two patent law treaties that will help American businesses expand into foreign markets by reducing obstacles for obtaining patent protection overseas. "In this global economy, it is not enough to have an effective domestic patent system; we must also help American inventors and businesses to protect their inventions and thrive in markets around the world," sai… Continue Reading


Leahy: Threats To Cybersecurity Must Be Addressed

(Thursday, August 2, 2012) - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), a champion of protecting individual privacy and promoting American innovation, issued the following statement today after the Senate's cybersecurity legislation was stalled on a procedural vote. Leahy had filed a number of privacy-related amendments to make further improvements to the bill, and had worked with the bill's cosponsors to seek their inclusion in the bill, had debate moved forward.] Statement… Continue Reading


Delegation Announces $3.1 Million for Vermont Covered Bridges and Other Transportation Projects

, Aug. 2 - Vermont won more than $3.1 million in Federal Highway Administration competitive grants, including funds to repair the Longley Covered Bridge in Montgomery and the Brown Covered Bridge in Shrewsbury, the congressional delegation announced today. Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) announced the awards. "Vermont fared very well in this very competitive round of funding," they said. "These grants will make possible important transportatio… Continue Reading


Leahy Calls On Senate To End Stalemate And Approve Pending Judicial Nominees

(Thursday, August 2, 2012) - The Senate approved the nomination of Gershwin Drain to serve on the District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan Thursday afternoon, before the Senate recessed for the August break, but in a statement released Thursday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) urged the Senate to consider the judicial nominations still pending before the full Senate. Twenty-two nominations to federal district and circuit courts remain pending. Many, includin… Continue Reading


Klobuchar, Cornyn, Leahy Legislation To Help Police Find Missing Children Clears Senate Committee

U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), John Cornyn (R-TX), and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) today announced that their bipartisan legislation to help local law enforcement locate missing children whose whereabouts could be discovered through basic information on federal tax returns has passed the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is currently barred from sharing taxpayer information with local law enforcement officials even though, in many cases, the IRS may have information a… Continue Reading


Leahy: Domestic Violence Victims Deserve Action Now

(Wednesday, August 1, 2012) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the lead author of the bipartisan Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, spoke on the Senate floor Wednesday about the importance of renewing the program's charter. While the Senate, in a strong bipartisan vote, approved the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act in April, the House Republican leadership has refused to take up a companion measure, despite a number of House Republicans urging its consideration. Instead, Speake… Continue Reading


Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Discovery Of The Spiny Water Flea’s Arrival In New York’s Lake George

"News that the spiny water flea has reached Lake George is disturbing and tells us that timely action is crucial in making every possible effort to stop the spread of invasive species to Lake Champlain. I have previously directed funds to Lake George to combat invasive species and I will do everything that I can to help New York address this latest challenge. "With the water flea now in Lake George, the practicality of intercepting its spread through the Champlain Canal may have changed. I wi… Continue Reading


Vt. Non-Profit Wins $2.8 Million Grant To Help Low-Income Vt. Seniors Find Jobs

, August 1st - A Vermont non-profit has won a $2,865,734 U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) grant provided through the Older Americans Act's Senior Community Service Employment Program, to help train and place low-income Vermonters - aged 55 and older - in jobs around the state, Vermont's congressional delegation - Sen. Patrick Leahy, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch - announced today. The grant - part of $260 million in nationwide awards - will go to Vermont Associates for Training and Dev… Continue Reading


Leahy Chairs Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing On Rising Prison Costs

(Wednesday, August 1, 2012) - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is chairing a hearing this morning on rising prison costs and the effect on Federal, state and local budgets. Leahy is the author of the Second Chance Act, authorizing grants to local governments and organizations to help provide literacy classes, job training, education programs and substance abuse and rehabilitation programs for inmates. Testimony, member statements, and a webcast of today's hearing… Continue Reading


Leahy, Grassley Introduce Legislation To Protect Whistleblowers In Criminal Antitrust Cases

(Tuesday, July 31, 2012) -U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced legislation today to extend whistleblower protection for employees who provide information to the Department of Justice related to criminal antitrust violations. Leahy and Grassley have long worked together on legislative priorities that protect whistleblowers. The Criminal Antitrust Anti-Retaliation Act is based on recommendation… Continue Reading


Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On Approval By The Senate Appropriations Committee’s Defense Subcommittee Of A One-Year Air Force Structure Freeze

[Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has led, with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Senate efforts to reject the Air Force's initial budget proposal for reducing the force structure of the Air National Guard. Leahy is the longtime co-chair of the Senate National Guard Caucus and is number two in seniority on the Appropriations Committee and on its Defense Subcommittee.] "I have been working closely with Chairman Inouye on this issue and was pleased that we were able to include full funding for the Air Gua… Continue Reading

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