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Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On Republican Opposition To Consensus Nominees

[On Wednesday, Senate Republicans announced they are invoking the so-called "Thurmond Rule" and will not allow further votes on the President's circuit court nominees this year, despite continued high vacancies and consensus bipartisan nominees reported by the Judiciary Committee and awaiting consideration on the Senate calendar.] "This shutdown is consistent with what the partisan Senate Republican leadership did in 1996 and again at the end of President Clinton's presidency, and can be contr… Continue Reading


Leahy Releases Bipartisan Senate Letter: House Should Set Up-Or-Down Vote On Senate’s Consensus VAWA Bill To Support ALL Victims Of Violence

(TUESDAY, June 12)- Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the lead author of the Senate's Violence Against Women Act, sent a bipartisan letter with Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) Tuesday to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), urging him to bring up the Senate-passed Violence Against Women Act. This landmark law has been at the foundation of the nation's response to domestic and sexual violence since 1994, and the Senate's bipartisan reauthorization measure is based on months of work with survivors,… Continue Reading


Statement Of Senator Leahy On The Nomination Of Andrew D. Hurwitz To The Ninth Circuit Court Of Appeals

Last night the Senate voted to end the Republican filibuster of this outstanding nominee. For the 28th time since President Obama was elected, the Majority Leader was forced to file cloture to get an up-or-down vote on one of President Obama's judicial nominations. Justice Hurwitz is not a nominee who should have been filibustered. With the support of Senator Kyl, the partisan effort to stall yet another judicial nomination was defeated. I thank Senator Kyl and the Republican Senators who ha… Continue Reading


Leahy Chairs Senate Judiciary Committee Oversight Hearing With Attorney General Eric Holder

(Tuesday, June 12, 2012) - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is chairing a hearing this morning on oversight of the Department of Justice. Attorney General Eric Holder is testifying before the panel. Testimony, member statements, and a webcast of the hearing are available online. Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing On Oversight of the Department Of Justice June 12, 2012 I welcome our Attorney General Holder b… Continue Reading


Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Nomination Of Andrew D. Hurwitz To The Ninth Circuit Court Of Appeals

(Monday, June 11, 2012) - The Senate will vote tonight at 5:30 p.m. on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Andrew D. Hurwitz to be a judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The nomination was reported by the Senate Judiciary Committee in March. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, and spoke on the Senate floor today about the nomination. Leahy's full statement can be read on his website.] # # # # # Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D… Continue Reading


Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On Attorney General Holder’s Appointment Of Two Special Prosecutors To Investigate Alleged White House Leaks

"I agree with the Attorney General. He and I discussed this today and I am pleased he has picked strong, capable, independent prosecutors for the investigation. The Department's consultation with the Judiciary and Intelligence Committees aids congressional oversight."… Continue Reading


Five Vermont Airports To Receive $1.2 Million

(FRIDAY, June 8) -- Five Vermont airports are in line for $1.2 million in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) funds to conduct repairs and enhancements, the state's congressional delegation - Sen. Patrick Leahy, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch - announced today. The funds will be shared among Burlington International Airport, Middlebury State Airport, Rutland/Southern Vermont Regional Airport, Caledonia County Airport (Lyndonville) and William H. Morse State Airport (Bennington). In… Continue Reading


Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy As Senate Nears Debate On The 2012 Farm Bill

The Senate is about to turn its attention to one of the most significant legislative issues on our agenda this year, consideration of the 2012 Farm Bill. I would first like to thank the Chairwoman, Senator Stabenow, and ranking member, Senator Roberts, for working together in a bipartisan way to advance a Farm Bill -- the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 -- that can pass the Senate and become law this year. As a former Chairman of the Agriculture Committee, and having worked close… Continue Reading


Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Nomination Of Jeffrey Helmick

Today, the Senate will vote on the nomination of Jeffrey Helmick to fill a judicial emergency vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. I commend Senator Brown and Senator Portman for their diligence in securing a vote on this nomination. Mr. Helmick has the strong bipartisan support of his home state Senators. His nomination was voted out of the Judiciary Committee nearly three months ago by a bipartisan majority. I thank the Majority Leader for his work in bring… Continue Reading


Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy At A Hearing On Ensuring That Federal Prosecutors Meet Discovery Obligations

Today, as promised, we continue our inquiry into ensuring that Federal prosecutors meet their obligations, whether the defendant is a prominent official or an indigent defendant. We have now seen the results of two separate investigations and two reports into what went wrong during the Stevens trial. I thank Attorney General Holder for making the report of the Department of Justice's internal Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) available to us. We have now made it available to the pub… Continue Reading


Reaction Of Senator Patrick Leahy To The Senate’s Vote Falling Short Of The Supermajority Needed To End A Filibuster Over The Paycheck Fairness Act

- In a vote of 52 to 47, the U.S. Senate Tuesday afternoon fell short of the 60 votes needed to break a Republican filibuster of the motion to proceed to a debate on the Paycheck Fairness Act. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is a cosponsor of the bill and had helped lead efforts to enact an earlier remedy for wage discrimination against women - the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act, the first bill signed into law by President Obama. Following is Leahy's statement after Tuesday's Senate vo… Continue Reading


Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Paycheck Fairness Act

The Senate today will vote on the motion to proceed to the Paycheck Fairness Act, at 2:15 p.m. Leahy is a cosponsor of the bill and steered an earlier remedy through Congress and to enactment -- the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act, which was the first bill signed into law by President Obama. Following is Leahy's statement Tuesday urging a favorable vote to overcome the filibuster that will require a 60 vote supermajority today to proceed to debate on the Paycheck Fairness Act - Today… Continue Reading


Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Nomination Of Timothy Hillman

Today, the Senate will vote on the nomination of Timothy Hillman to fill a judicial vacancy in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Judge Hillman has the strong bipartisan support of his home state Senators. His nomination was reported with a near unanimous vote of 17-1 by the Judiciary Committee nearly three months ago, with the only objection coming from Senator Lee's customary protest vote. I thank the Majority Leader for his work in securing a vote on Judge Hillman's… Continue Reading


Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Of 2012

It has been more than a month since the Senate came together to pass the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2012. Our bill reflects VAWA's tradition of bringing together people from both political parties to work with the professionals in the field and address the needs of all victims. More than two-thirds of the Senate, including 15 Republicans, voted for this common sense legislation. That is a rare feat in the Senate today, and it demonstrates that our Leahy-Crapo reauthorizatio… Continue Reading


Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On Federal Appeals Court Ruling On The Defense Of Marriage Act

[Senator Leahy is a leading cosponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). He chaired the first-ever congressional hearing examining the effects of DOMA on American families. As Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, he led the panel's consideration of the legislation. The Committee approved the bill in November.] "The First Circuit Court of Appeals decision today echoes testimony heard during an historic hearing before the Judiciary Co… Continue Reading


Monday Workshop In South Burlington To Help Vermont Bio-Science Businesses Identify Opportunities With The U.S. Army

BURLINGTON, Vt. (THURSDAY, May 31) -- U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy and the Vermont Procurement Technical Assistance Center on Monday will host a workshop for Vermont medical device and medical research companies interested in doing business with the U.S. Army. The session will be held Monday morning, June 4, at the Double Tree Hotel and Conference Center in South Burlington. Leahy said any business interested in selling a medical device to the Army, or any business involved in research and devel… Continue Reading


Leahy Announces $9.9 M. Army Contract For Work On Goodrich’s Helicopter Diagnostics System

(TUESDAY, May 29) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced a new $9,921,634 U.S. Army contract with the Goodrich Corporation for 80 additional units of its groundbreaking helicopter maintenance diagnostic system, produced at the company's facility in Vergennes, Vt. The Army is purchasing Goodrich's Health and Usage Management Systems (HUMS), which give mechanics feedback on a helicopter's engine performance, structural performance and rotor wear, allowing it to be serviced before major systems… Continue Reading


Leahy, Welch: Congress Should Remain Committed To Protecting All Victims Of Violence

BURLINGTON (FRIDAY, May 25) - Speaking in Burlington Friday, Senator Patrick Leahy (D) and Congressman Peter Welch (D), joined by the Executive Director of the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, spoke about the importance of continuing the lifesaving Violence Against Women Act. Leahy, with the strong support of Welch, has been leading efforts in Washington to reauthorize the landmark law, which has been the foundation of the country's national response to domestic and sexual … Continue Reading


Senate Confirms General Dubie As New Deputy Commander Of NORTHCOM

(FRIDAY, May 25) - The U.S. Senate Thursday night confirmed the Adjutant General of the Vermont National Guard, Major General Michael Dubie, to a top post in the U.S. military's homeland defense mission. General Dubie, nominated by President Obama, will be the Deputy Commander of the United States Northern Command (NORTHCOM), the military's unified command in charge of protecting U.S. territory and providing military support for civil authorities in the event of a national emergency. Senator P… Continue Reading


Vermont And New York Senators Push For Improved Passenger Train Service To Montreal

(THURSDAY, May 24) -- U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Charles Schumer, (D-N.Y.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) are urging federal negotiators to move quickly to reach an agreement with their Canadian counterparts on allowing essential security inspections for Amtrak trains to take place in Montreal. An agreement would lay the groundwork for a dramatic improvement of service on Amtrak's Adirondack line in New York and would mark the first crucial step in restoring A… Continue Reading

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