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10.04.18

Leahy Addresses The Senate On The Kavanaugh Nomination And The FBI Report

It is extraordinary where we find ourselves today. We are on the verge of a cloture vote, and possibly a confirmation vote, for Judge Kavanaugh to join the Supreme Court - while credible allegations of sexual assault against the nominee are not just lingering, they're developing. The FBI investigation that we hoped would be full and fair has turned out to be neither, after the Trump White House and Senate Republicans appear to have successfully imposed so many restrictions to render it almost … Continue Reading


10.03.18

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy About President Trump's Attack In His Campaign Rally In Mississippi

By now just about everyone who stands up to this president has been targeted for his bogus attacks and smears. Curiously, everyone except Putin. I must be doing something right. His shameful mocking of a sexual assault victim is by far the biggest outrage. He has no idea the damage he's doing to sexual assault survivors everywhere, or he just doesn't care. The President and his nominee lie constantly. The truth is that Brett Kavanaugh is unfit to serve on the nation's highest court.… Continue Reading


10.02.18

Menendez, Leahy Blast Pompeo for Trying to Pay Mexico to Deport Migrants with State Dept. Funds

Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Tuesday sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressing their deep opposition to the Trump Administration's decision to divert $20 million dollars allocated for foreign assistance to advance its anti-immigration agenda by paying for the deportation of up to 17,000 migrants from Mexico to third countries. "The decisi… Continue Reading


10.01.18

Democratic Senators (Including Leahy): FBI Must Investigate All 3 Credible Allegations Of Sexual Assault Against Judge Brett Kavanaugh

Following reports that the White House is limiting the scope of the investigation into sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kamala Harris (D-CA), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) wrote White House Counsel Don McGahn and FBI Director Christopher Wray Monday demanding that the investigat… Continue Reading


09.28.18

Statement of Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy On President Trump Signing The Defense / Labor-HHS-Education "Minibus" Appropriations Bill

Statement of Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) On President Trump Signing The Defense/Labor-HHS-Education "Minibus" Appropriations Bill Friday, Sept. 28, 2018 "For the first time in 22 years, Congress passed and the President now has signed a bill including Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations on time by the beginning of the fiscal year. This appropriations package also invests in the men and women of the armed forces and their families, and it ensures the gove… Continue Reading


09.28.18

Senator Patrick Leahy’s Statement On The Kavanaugh Nomination, At The Senate Judiciary Committee Voting Session

Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) On the Confirmation of Supreme Court Nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh Executive Business Meeting - Senate Judiciary Committee September 28, 2018 It is unbelievable where we are today, almost surreal. This Committee, after months of breaking precedent after precedent in a manic rush to fill a Supreme Court seat, is now on the verge of voting on a nominee who has been credibly accused of sexual assault without even having conducted any meaningful investiga… Continue Reading


09.27.18

Cardin Leads Colleagues, Including Leahy, In Urging Greater U.S. Leadership To Combat Guatemalan Corruption, Support CICIG

(THURSDAY, Sept. 27, 2018) -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere and an anti-corruption champion in the Senate, led nearly two dozen of his bicameral colleagues Thursday in a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo regarding the president of Guatemala's efforts to shut down the internationally-supported anti-corruption investigative body in that country. The International Commission against Impunity in Guatemal… Continue Reading


09.26.18

Judiciary Committee Democrats To Chairman Grassley: Postpone Hearing, Support FBI Investigation

Following the release of a sworn affidavit from Julie Swetnick detailing new allegations of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh, all 10 Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee today urged Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to postpone tomorrow's hearing and Friday's vote and support an FBI investigation of all allegations. The senators wrote: "The Senate Judiciary Committee is not a court of law. Our job is not to determine whether Brett Kavanaugh is guilty of a crime. Our job is … Continue Reading


09.26.18

Judiciary Committee Democrats To President Trump: Withdraw The Kavanaugh Nomination

Following the release of a sworn affidavit from Julie Swetnick detailing new allegations of sexual assault by Brett Kavanaugh, all 10 Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee today urged President Trump to immediately withdraw the nomination or order an FBI investigation into all allegations. The senators wrote: "We are writing to request that you immediately withdraw the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court or direct the FBI to re-open its b… Continue Reading


09.26.18

Registration Deadline Nears (Oct. 5) For Leahy’s 22nd Annual Vermont Women’s Economic Opportunity Conference

(WEDNESDAY, Sept. 26, 2018) - Vermont's 22nd Annual Women's Economic Opportunity Conference, presented by U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), will be held Saturday, Oct. 13, at Vermont Technical College in Randolph. The registration deadline is October 5. Partnered again this year with Change The Story VT, this daylong conference aims to promote economic security and equality for all women in Vermont. Covering topics from #MeToo to money management, there will be nearly two dozen workshops tha… Continue Reading


09.26.18

Lake Champlain Basin Program Offers $890,000 in Grants for Local Projects

Grand Isle, VT (Sept. 25, 2018) - The Lake Champlain Basin Program seeks proposals for projects that improve water quality and ecosystems in the Lake Champlain watershed. The Program anticipates awarding more than 75 grants totaling more than $890,000 to local organizations, municipalities, and educational institutions. The grants will support projects that advance the goals of the long-term Lake Champlain management plan Opportunities for Action (plan.lcbp.org). Grants will be awarded in five … Continue Reading


09.25.18

Hatch, Leahy And House Sponsors Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral "American Royalties Too Act"

(TUESDAY, Sept. 25, 2018) -- Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT), together with Representatives Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and Doug Collins (R-GA), released the following statements after introducing the American Royalties Too (ART) Act of 2018 in the Senate and House of Representatives. The legislation will provide a measure of equity to visual artists by allowing them to receive a portion of the sales price of their art. The ART Act amends the Copyright Act to provide creators of vis… Continue Reading


09.25.18

Leahy, Sanders, Welch: USDA Makes $8.5 M. Investment In WINOOSKI Main Street Revitalization

(TUESDAY, Sept. 25, 2018) -- Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) announced Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development has awarded the City of Winooski a package of loans and grants totaling more than $8.5 million for upgrades to the City's drinking water and wastewater systems. The infrastructure upgrades are a key element in the City's vision to undertake a $23 million effort to revitalize Main Street north of downtown. The… Continue Reading


09.22.18

Reaction Of Senator Patrick Leahy To Senate Republicans' Unilateral Rejection Of Dr. Blasey Ford’s Offer To Testify On Thursday

Unwilling to wait until Thursday to allow Dr. Blasey Ford a chance to share her story with the American people, Senate Republicans are threatening to hold a vote on Monday without a single minute of testimony on the allegation of sexual assault. By blocking both an FBI investigation and a hearing where all three witnesses present during the assault could answer questions under oath, the Senate will fail in its duty to the American people. Why this headlong, heedless rush? What are Senate Republ… Continue Reading


09.21.18

Senators Secure Commitment From NARA, CIA, DOJ To Produce Kavanaugh Documents

On Friday, in response to a request by U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Cory A. Booker (D-NJ), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), and Kamala Harris (D-CA), Judge Randolph Moss ordered the National Archives, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the Department of Justice to begin immediate negotiations on a schedule for releasing records involving Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. "We are very pleased to have secured a commitment from these fe… Continue Reading


09.21.18

Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) REAX To President Trump Signing The Appropriations “Minibus 1” Bill

"This bill is the product of a bipartisan agreement among Chairman Shelby, Leader McConnell, Leader Schumer and myself. It is free of partisan policy riders, has broad bipartisan support, and it complies with the Bipartisan Budget Agreement reached in February. This is a successful framework that we should continue to follow to complete the remaining nine appropriations bills to ensure the Government of the American people stays open for business. I am glad that President Trump signed onto ou… Continue Reading


09.21.18

Vermont Receives $4 Million Through Leahy-Led Program To Address The Opioid Crisis

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Friday announced that the Vermont State Agency of Human Services is receiving $4,020,896 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The funding is part of the State Opioid Response Grant program created as part of the Leahy-negotiated 2018 Consolidated Appropriations Act signed into law this spring. Vermont's $4 million grant is a direct result of language that Leahy fought for in the… Continue Reading


09.21.18

Leahy And Other Senators Expand Lawsuit For Hidden Kavanaugh Documents, To Include The Department of Justice

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), joined by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Senators Cory A. Booker (D-NJ), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), and Kamala Harris (D-CA), expanded their lawsuit to compel the release of records involving Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh to include documents held by the Department of Justice (DOJ). Earlier this week, the senators asked the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to order the National Archives and the CIA to… Continue Reading


09.20.18

Judiciary Committee Democrats Ask Immediate FBI Action To Investigate Alleged Crimes Against Dr. Christine Blasey Ford

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Thursday led a letter, joined by all Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, asking the Federal Bureau of Investigation to take immediate action and investigate potential federal crimes being committed against Dr. Christine Blasey Ford since it was disclosed that she alleged Judge Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her years ago. In the letter, the senators said: "We are increasingly concerned by reports of alleged death threats against her, the hack… Continue Reading


09.20.18

Leahy-Led Funding Nets $1.45 Million For Vermont Maple Research And Education

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) Thursday announced $1,448,371 in grants to the University of Vermont and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food and Markets to expand market opportunities and support research and education in the maple industry. Vermont's three grants, awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Acer Access and Development Program (Acer) account for more than half of the grants awarded nationally this year. Leahy is the Vice Chairman of … Continue Reading

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