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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


Leahy Introduces Bipartisan Bill To Permanently Authorize Job-Creating Foreign Investment Program

(Thursday, May 24, 2012) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) introduced legislation Thursday to make permanent the charter for a successful, job-creating immigrant visa program that has brought economic development and job growth to Vermont since 1997. After months of negotiation, the legislation introduced Thursday by Leahy will grant a permanent authorization to the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Regional Center program. Vermont's Regional Center has been a successful private-public partnership betwee… Continue Reading


Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Release Of The Department Of Justice OPR Report On The Stevens Prosecution

"I thank Attorney General Holder for providing this report to the Judiciary Committee. I will thoroughly review this report on allegations of prosecutorial misconduct by Justice Department attorneys and investigators in the trial of the late Senator Ted Stevens. I plan to hold a hearing on June 6 to learn what steps the Department is taking to ensure sure that what happened in the Stevens case does not happen again, regardless of the prominence of the defendant. In order for our justice syste… Continue Reading


Leahy-Grassley Bill To Increase Penalties For Counterfeit Drugs Adopted In FDA Bill

(Wednesday, May 23, 2012) - Legislation authored by U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to increase penalties for trafficking counterfeit drugs was adopted by the Senate Wednesday as part of a substitute amendment to the Food and Drug Administration user fee legislation being debated this week. The legislation responds to recommendations made by the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator and the administration's Counterfeit Pharmaceutical Inter-agency Wor… Continue Reading


Summary: Fiscal Year 2013 Department of State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations

- The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs today approved the fiscal year 2013 Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Bill. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman of the Subcommittee, released the following statement: "This bill totals $52.1 billion, which is $2.6 billion below the President's budget request, and $1.2 billion below the Fiscal Year 2012 level. Because the Iraqi police train… Continue Reading


Leahy, Sanders And Welch Announce Lifting Of The Threat Of Deportation That Hovered Over Same-Sex Couple In Dummerston

(TUESDAY, May 22) -- Vermont's congressional delegation - U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D), U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I), and U.S. Representative Peter Welch (D) - Tuesday announced a breakthrough that will bring certainty and stability for now to the legal status of a Japanese-born woman, Takako Ueda, who is married under Vermont law to an American citizen, Frances Herbert. The couple live in Dummerston, Vt. The bi-national same-sex couple has been together for more than a decade and were le… Continue Reading


Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Nomination Of Paul J. Watford To The Ninth Circuit Court Of Appeals

(Monday, May 21, 2012) - The Senate will vote tonight at 5:30 p.m. on confirmation on the nomination of Paul Watford to be a judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The nomination was reported by the Senate Judiciary Committee in February. Since then, Senate Republicans have not consented to scheduling a vote on the nomination. Tonight's vote comes only after the Senate Majority Leader filed cloture on the nomination last Thursday. Senator Patrick Leahy chairs the Senate Judiciary Co… Continue Reading

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