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Senate Confirms Two To District Courts In Texas; Leahy Statement

(Thursday, April 26, 2012) - The U.S. Senate Thursday confirmed two long-pending nominations to fill vacancies on district court benches in Texas. Both nominations were reported to the full Senate by the Judiciary Committee in December, each with unanimous support. Last month, Senate leadership reached an agreement to consider a number of pending judicial nominations, including the nominations confirmed Thursday. Just three nominations covered by that agreement remain to be confirmed; however… Continue Reading


Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy, Committee On Agriculture, Nutrition, And Forestry At The Markup Of The 2012 Farm Bill

Madam Chairwoman and Ranking Member Roberts, you had an especially tough row to hoe in writing this 2012 Farm Bill. This Committee has widely varied interests, which are even more pronounced under the difficult fiscal constraints Congress faces. While I think most of us can agree that this bill is not perfect, you have done a good job working together and we commend your staffs for their dedication and responsiveness to each of the members of this Committee. I am glad we are working together … Continue Reading


Senate Begins Debate On Reauthorizing Landmark Violence Against Women Act

The U.S. Senate is proceeding to debate on legislation authored by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) to reauthorize the landmark Violence Against Women Act. Leahy chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, which reported the legislation to the full Senate for consideration in February. The legislation is endorsed by more than 1,000 national, state and local organizations, from law enforcement to religious organizations, victim advocates to health professionals. The Vi… Continue Reading


Leahy Chairs DHS Oversight Hearing With Secretary Napolitano

(Wednesday, April 25, 2012) - The Senate Judiciary Committee today is holding a Department of Homeland Security oversight hearing with Secretary Janet Napolitano. Under the Chairmanship of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the Judiciary Committee has held periodic oversight hearings with the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. The Judiciary Committee has jurisdiction over immigration, citizenship and related issues, as well as the U.S. Secret Service. Member statements, witness tes… Continue Reading


Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Receipt Of Recommendations To Congress From The Office Of Government Information Services

"I welcome the release of the report from the Office of Government Information Services. In our democratic society, the American people have a right to know what their government is doing and whether executive agencies and offices are honoring the President's commitment to openness and accountability. I will study these recommendations and continue to work with the administration to improve transparency in our government." # # # # #… Continue Reading


Comments Of Senator Leahy On The Revised Department Of Defense Proposal For Air National Guard Force Structure

Senator Patrick Leahy is co-chair of the Senate National Guard Caucus and a senior member of the Defense Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee. "General Breedlove and I have discussed the Pentagon's proposed response to the concerns raised in Congress and by the Council of Governors. He promised a detailed paper explaining how the C-130s and associated Guard manpower would be placed around the country. Until I can evaluate those details I cannot offer firm, final conclusions ab… Continue Reading


Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Tragic Developments In Tibet

Mr. LEAHY. Mr. President, I want to draw the Senate's attention to the ongoing, intensifying and intolerable oppression occurring in Tibet. Over the past year, at least 32 Tibetans, most of them young men and women, have set themselves on fire to protest Chinese policies that are infringing on Tibetan self-governance, cultural traditions and religious beliefs and practices. Of them, it is believed that at least 23 have died. Eleven have self-immolated in the past two months alone. These inc… Continue Reading


Editorial: On Women’s Behalf; The Violence Against Women Act Deserves Renewal, Not Partisan Wrangling

The Post today published an editorial urging the Senate to approve legislation to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. The Senate is set to consider VAWA reauthorization legislation authored by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) later this week. "This year, 61 senators have co-sponsored a reauthorization that would further improve the law's effectiveness and meet the changing needs of victims…Let's hope that bipartisan support - a fixture in the l… Continue Reading


Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Nomination of Judge Brian Wimes of Missouri

Today, the Senate will finally vote on the nomination of Brian Wimes to fill a judicial vacancy in the U.S. District Court for the Western and Eastern Districts of Missouri. This nomination has had the support of both his home state Senators, Senator McCaskill and Senator Blunt. The Judiciary Committee voted to report the nomination favorably over four months ago. There is no justification for this unnecessary delay. The Senate is still so far this year only considering judicial nominations… Continue Reading


Leahy: VAWA Reauthorization Addresses Unmet Needs Of Victims

(Monday, April 23, 2012) - The Senate is set to consider legislation to reauthorize the landmark Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act later this week, and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is urging the Senate to pass the bipartisan legislation. Leahy has been pressing for consideration of the legislation since the Judiciary Committee approved the bill in February. The legislation is cosponsored by a total of 61 Senators. A comprehensive Committee Report was filed earlier this year. This … Continue Reading


Leahy Urges House Passage Of Food Safety Accountability Act

(Friday, April 20, 2012) - Following this week's announcement by the Food and Drug Administration that raw tuna from a California supplier has sickened more than 100 people in 20 states, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is again urging the House of Representatives to consider the Food Safety Accountability Act, a bill that will hold criminals accountable for those who knowingly violate food safety standards and place tainted food products on the market. The non-controversial Food Safety Accountabi… Continue Reading


In New Video, Senators Underscore Support For U.S. Efforts To Capture Joseph Kony

The day before the Kony 2012 movement's global day of action, U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), John Kerry (D-Mass.), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Mary Landrieu (D-La.), and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) released a new video on the Senate's efforts to support the removal of Joseph Kony and his top lieutenants in the Lord's Resistance Army from the battlefield in central Africa. Former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), is also featured in the video, which is aimed at the mill… Continue Reading


Senator Leahy Speaks Out About North Korea’s Gulags

Senator Leahy Commemorates Holocaust Remembrance Day and spotlights the crimes against humanity being committed behind the walls of North Korea's gulags. (Congressional Record) Holocaust Remembrance Day And N. Korea's Gulags MR. PRESIDENT, today, Thursday, April 19, is Holocaust Remembrance Day. Observances and remembrance activities are taking place across the Nation in civic centers, schools, churches and synagogues, on military bases and in workplaces. As always, the United States… Continue Reading


Leahy: Time For Senate To Consider Bipartisan VAWA Reauthorization Bill

(Thursday, April 19, 2012) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the lead author of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, spoke on the Senate Floor Thursday about the importance of reauthorizing the landmark law that has been at the foundation of the nation's response to domestic and sexual violence since 1994. The Senate Majority Leader has moved to proceed to the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, queuing up Senate consideration of the legislation when the chamber concludes work… Continue Reading


Governor Shumlin, Congressional Delegation Announce $11 Million For Bridge Work

MONTPELIER, Vt. (THURSDAY, April 19) - Gov. Peter Shumlin and Vermont's Congressional Delegation - Sen. Patrick Leahy, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Rep. Peter Welch - Thursday announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved over $11 million under the Public Assistance program related to the extensive work done on Bridge 501 along the Vermont Railway line in White River Junction following Tropical Storm Irene. The total estimated cost for the project currently stands at $1… Continue Reading


Leahy: Navy Awards $8.1 M. Contract To Kaman Composites

(THURSDAY, April 19) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced that Vermont-based Kaman Composites has landed part of a major contract to provide parts for Sikorsky's MH-60R helicopter, a new variant of the Navy's helicopter replacing the SH-60B Seahawks. . Kaman manufactures radomes, enclosures designed to protect a helicopter's radar antenna, which are made of a composite materials that allows radar waves to pass through the material. Kaman, which subcontracts with primary contractor Lockhee… Continue Reading


Leahy, Franken, Bingaman, Whitehouse, Brown, Coons, Blumenthal Introduce Bill To Protect Consumers Using Generic Drugs

(Wednesday, April 18, 2012) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) introduced legislation Wednesday to address a recent Supreme Court decision that threatens to undermine the safety of consumers taking generic drugs. The legislation is cosponsored by Senators Al Franken (D-Minn.), Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Christopher Coons (D-Del.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.). In a 2011 case, Pliva v. Mensing, a 5-4 majority of the U.S. Supreme Court held that … Continue Reading


Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act

[On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid moved to proceed to the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, signaling that the Senate will likely turn to the legislation after it completes work on postal reform legislation.] "The landmark Violence Against Women Act continues to reflect a bipartisan commitment to addressing the devastation wrought by domestic and sexual violence. When then-Senator Biden and Senator Hatch first introduced this initiative in 1994, it drew support from Demo… Continue Reading


Leahy Chairs Hearing For Nominations To Privacy Board

(Wednesday, April 18, 2012) - The Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday held a hearing to consider the President's 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 located within the Executive Office of the President. However, in 2007, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, worked to make the Board an independent entity within the Executive Bran… Continue Reading


USDA Opens Application Process For New Leahy-Led Farm To School Grant Program

(TUESDAY, April 17) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Tuesday launched a new program authored by Senator Patrick Leahy to expand farm to school links between local farms and school lunchrooms. The agency opened the application process for grants under the Farm To School program, which Leahy (D-Vt.) included in major legislation, enacted in 2010, that reauthorized school lunch and child nutrition programs. Vermont has been a national leader in the budding farm to school movement and … Continue Reading

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