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Leahy And Feinstein Support House VAWA Bill

(TUESDAY, March 9, 2021) - Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) released the following statement in support of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act that was reintroduced in the House of Representatives: "Reauthorizing VAWA is long overdue since the law expired in 2018. The bipartisan bill introduced in the House mirrors legislation we introduced in the last Congress. Unfortunately, that bill was blocked in the Senate last Congress and didn't even… Continue Reading


Statement On Senate Passage Of The American Rescue Plan

Across our country, in every state, in every community, Americans are suffering. It doesn't matter if they are represented in Congress by Republicans or by Democrats, or whether they live in rural communities or in urban centers. All have suffered under an unprecedented health and economic crisis that has claimed the lives of more than 520,000, and of more than 2.58 million people around the world. Families are living under the tremendous burden of not knowing how they will pay their rent, fe… Continue Reading


Comments On The American Rescue Plan

Soon, every member of the United States Senate will have the chance to stand up and vote for, or vote against, relief for the millions of Americans who continue to struggle in the wake of this devastating pandemic. There can be no question: while we are finally beginning to turn the page, in large part because President Biden has made relief and recovery a singular priority, millions of Americans continue to contract this virus, millions are out of work, and millions need support. The American… Continue Reading


Reaction Of Senate Appropriations Chair Patrick Leahy And House Foreign Affairs Committee Vice Chair Tom Malinowski On The ODNI Report On The Murder Of Jamal Khashoggi

(SATURDAY, Feb. 27, 2021) -- "We are concerned by early indications that the Biden Administration does not intend to impose a visa ban on all those responsible for Jamal Khashoggi's murder, including Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. U.S. law is unequivocal: section 7031(c) of H.R.133, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 requires that "officials of foreign governments and their immediate family members about whom the Secretary of State has credible information have been involved, d… Continue Reading


Bennet, Kaine, And Leahy Introduce Medicare-X Choice Act To Achieve Universal Health Care

- Today, U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) reintroduced their legislation, the Medicare-X Choice Act, which would create a public option by expanding on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicare. The Medicare Exchange (Medicare-X) plan would offer families, individuals, and small businesses low-cost health insurance, decrease the number of uninsured Americans, control the cost of health care, and increase competition in the health insurance mark… Continue Reading


Merkley, Leahy, Durbin, Colleagues Introduce Legislation To Tackle Corruption, Human Rights Violations In Honduras

Oregon's U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley, and Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Richard Durbin (D-IL) today led a group of eight lawmakers in introducing the Honduras Human Rights and Anti-Corruption Act of 2021-legislation that lays out a comprehensive framework for combating corruption, impunity, and human rights violations in Honduras. The introduction comes as U.S. federal prosecutors made public that they are investigating Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández for accepting large brib… Continue Reading


Markey, Senate Colleagues Back President Biden’s Return To Nuclear Diplomacy With Iran

(February 23, 2021) - Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led 10 of his colleagues in the reintroduction of the Iran Diplomacy Act. The legislation supports President Joseph Biden's diplomatic effort to return all sides to full-compliance with their commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran Nuclear Deal. Last week, the Biden administration formally accepted an invitation by the European Union to join… Continue Reading


Senator Markey, Durbin, And Leahy Urge Full Exoneration And Release Of Senator Leila De Lima, Who Remains Unjustly Detained In The Philippines

(February 18, 2021) - Today, Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) top Democrat on the East Asia and Pacific Subcommittee, Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), released the following statement regarding the acquittal of Senator Leila de Lima in one of three bogus charges filed against her by the Government of the Philippines. Senator de Lima has been unjustly detained for four years next week on politically-motivated charges, widely condemned by human rights organizations and governmen… Continue Reading


Peters Leads Colleagues In Pressing Postmaster General To Restore On-Time Delivery And Stop Harmful Changes

U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, led 33 of his colleagues in pressing Postmaster General Louis DeJoy on persistent mail delays and what action he is taking to restore on-time mail delivery. Peters previously released a report that confirmed operational changes at the Postal Service ordered by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy last summer resulted in compromised service for communities in Michigan and across the country. While Con… Continue Reading


Inhofe, Leahy Lead 25 Colleagues To Urge Biden To Reverse Misguided Western Sahara Decision

U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) led 25 of their Senate colleagues today in sending a letter urging President Biden to reverse the previous misguided decision to officially recognize the Kingdom of Morocco's illegitimate claims of sovereignty over Western Sahara and recommit the United States to the pursuit of a referendum on self-determination for the Sahrawi people of Western Sahara. The senators wrote: "The abrupt decision by the previous administration on December 1… Continue Reading


Klobuchar, Leahy Introduce Jamal Khashoggi Press Freedom Accountability Act

U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced legislation to ensure governments that commit human rights abuses against journalists are held accountable by the United States. It is widely believed that Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post journalist and resident of the U.S., was murdered in Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul under orders from the Saudi government because of his writings in opposition to Saudi government policies. To help protect journalists across the w… Continue Reading


Statement Announcing Subcommittee Rosters And Leadership For The 117TH Congress

The Appropriations Committee is where we put the necessary resources behind our policy priorities. It is where we can address the needs of the American people. This is a process that requires difficult decisions and bipartisan cooperation, and I believe we have a skilled and experienced team to confront this challenge head on. I want to thank my good friend Senator Shelby for his partnership in the 116th Congress, and I welcome his leadership as the Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations … Continue Reading


Leahy, Shelby Announce Senate Appropriations Committee Subcommittee Rosters And Leadership For The 117th Congress

(FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2021) - Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Vice Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) Friday announced the majority and minority Chairmen, Ranking Members, and subcommittee rosters for the 117th Congress. The Senate Appropriations subcommittee Chairmen, Ranking Members, and rosters, with members listed in order of subcommittee seniority, are as follows: Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Tammy Baldwi… Continue Reading


Leahy Leads Senators In Call For Equitable Access To Vaccines And Testing For Small And Rural States To Combat The COVID-19 Pandemic

(TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2021) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Tuesday led a group of Senators representing small and rural states in calling for Congress to fix discrepancies that have caused small and rural states to receive significantly less funding for vaccine and testing than originally estimated. Small and rural states face unique challenges in addressing this pandemic. Unfortunately, funding allocated in December for vaccines and testing was d… Continue Reading


Leahy, Schumer, Durbin, Duckworth, And Other Senators Who Have Been Leading The Push For Full Restoration Of Federal Funding For The National Guard’s COVID Mission, Hail Biden’s Executive Action

(TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2021) -- Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) Tuesday praised President Biden's restoration of full federal funding for National Guard missions responding to COVID-19. The executive order of January 21 re-implements one hundred percent federal cost share for these missions, a step the senators had proposed in legislation introduced last August as coronavirus cases again began to surge. Yet former Preside… Continue Reading


Statement On The Retirement Of Senator Shelby

Marcelle and I count Senator Shelby and Dr. Annette Shelby among our dearest friends, and Alabama will lose a strong champion in the United States Senate. Over the years we traveled around the globe on a variety of key diplomatic missions, and we developed a friendship that we treasure. Although we have our political differences, we worked closely together on passing the annual Appropriations bills and negotiated the end of the longest government shutdown in United States history. And I l… Continue Reading


Leahy Joins In Introducing Bill To End Cuba Embargo And Establish Normal Trade Relations

(FRIDAY, Feb. 5, 2021) -- Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden, D-Ore., last night introduced the U.S.-Cuba Trade Act of 2021 to repeal outdated sanctions on Cuba and establish normal trade relations with the island nation. "Our nation's embargo on Cuba is an artifact from the 1960s. To continue this outdated, harmful policy of isolation would be a failure of American leadership. While Trump increased tensions with Cuba during his disastrous time in office, I am optimistic about President B… Continue Reading


Top Democrats Introduce Bill To Protect Workers’ Right To Organize And Make Our Economy Work For Everyone

Murray, Schumer, Scott, Pelosi introduce the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act to help build a fairer, more inclusive economy Legislation addresses growing income inequality by strengthening federal laws that protect workers' right to join a union and negotiate for higher wages and better benefits (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Congressman … Continue Reading


Leading U.S. Senators: Homeowner Assistance Fund Is Critical To Pandemic Emergency Response

In an effort to help keep people in their homes and address the health and economic impact of COVID-19, U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) today reintroduced his $75 billion Homeowner Assistance Fund bill. Reed, along with lead cosponsors U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee and Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, unveiled legislation to help protect struggling homeowners and communities by preventing avoi… Continue Reading


Ann Berry, A Top Leahy Aide, Is The New Secretary Of The U.S. Senate

Senator Patrick Leahy's Deputy Chief of Staff Ann Berry Wednesday was appointed to be the Secretary of the Senate in the new Democratic-controlled Senate. Her appointment was included in the Senate Organizing Resolution that passed the Senate late Wednesday. Berry has been Leahy's Deputy Chief of Staff since 2007. She began her service in the Senate as an aide to the late Senator Howell Heflin (D), as a fellow native of Alabama. She subsequently worked for Senators Moynihan and Edwards and … Continue Reading

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