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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


Thacker Confirmed To Fourth Circuit; Nominee Is Just Second Circuit Nomination Confirmed This Year

(Monday, April 16, 2012) - The Senate Monday night confirmed the long-pending nomination of Stephanie Thacker to be a U.S. Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. The nomination is just the second nomination confirmed this year to fill vacancies on Courts of Appeals around the country. Her nomination was confirmed by a vote of 91-3. Thacker was reported to the full Senate for consideration in November, with the unanimous support of the 18-member Senate Judiciary Committee. Sev… Continue Reading


Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy On Applying 'Buffett Rule' Fairness to The U.S. Tax Code

Mr. President, I rise today in strong support of the Paying a Fair Share Act, which would apply the so-called "Buffett Rule" to the U.S. Tax Code. This commonsense bill would ensure that taxpayers at the top of the economic ladder pay at least the same tax rate paid by hardworking middle-class families. No longer should handsomely compensated CEOs or those who live off trust funds pay a lower effective tax rate than the people who work for them. It is remarkable, and regrettable, that such a… Continue Reading


Leahy: Senate Should Consider VAWA Reauthorization Without Delay

(Monday, April 16, 2012) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Monday again urged the Senate to consider legislation to reauthorize the landmark Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Leahy is the lead author of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, bipartisan legislation to strengthen and improve the 1994 law which has become the bedrock of the nation's response to domestic and sexual violence. Leahy introduced the legislation in November with Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho). The bill is cospon… Continue Reading


Statement Released By Senator Patrick Leahy For Presentation To The Public Gathering About The Future Of Vermont Yankee

My highest concern about Vermont Yankee has always been the safety of Vermonters and everyone living near the plant. Everything else is secondary. While the Atomic Energy Act gives the Nuclear Regulatory Commission exclusive jurisdiction over safety issues, I was not alone last year in spotlighting the irony of NRC's renewal of Vermont Yankee's license just as similar reactors in Japan were careening perilously out of control. Even today this plant is running at less than full power because o… Continue Reading


Reaction of Senator Leahy -- Rising Dairy Feed Prices Trigger 1st MILC Payments To Dairy Farmers Since 2010

USDA Thursday announced the first payments to farmers since April 2010 under the basic dairy safety net program, the Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) Program. The new payments are triggered mostly by rising feed prices. The MILC Program kicks in when milk prices fall substantially below the costs of production. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) says the cost pressures facing farmers spotlight the need for effective reforms in dairy programs in the upcoming 2012 Farm Bill. Leahy is the most senio… Continue Reading


Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Leahy, Grassley Bill To Reauthorize Drug Free Communities Program

(Thursday, March 29, 2012) - The Senate Judiciary Committee approved legislation authored by the Committee's Chairman, Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), and Ranking Member, Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), to reauthorize the critical Drug Free Communities (DFC) Program, which provides valuable grants to help community coalitions respond to serious drug and substance abuse problems in their communities. "The myth persists that drug abuse and drug-related crime are only big-city problems, but rural America, includi… Continue Reading


Leahy Speaks At Senate Hearing About Impact Of Citizens United

(THURSDAY, March 29) - Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy spoke Thursday at a Senate hearing in Washington about his concerns about the impact of the Supreme Court's 2010 decision in Citizens United. Leahy chaired the first congressional hearing following the 2010 decision in Citizens United. The decision is just one of a series of narrowly decided cases considered by the Supreme Court. In many of them, including Citizens, just five Justices, comprising what is considered the conservative bloc of … Continue Reading


Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Repeal Big Oil Tax Subsidies Act

Mr. President, it is long past time to close the wasteful tax loopholes for Big Oil. Over the past 10 years, the five biggest private sector oil companies -- BP, ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell, and ConocoPhillips -- have amassed combined profits of almost $1 trillion. Last year was no different. Due to skyrocketing prices for oil, these same five corporations raked in a record-breaking $137 billion in profits. Despite this massive windfall, Big Oil continued to receive billions of dollars in tax… Continue Reading


Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Nominations Of Miranda Du And Susie Morgan

Today, the Senate will finally vote on the nominations of Miranda Du to fill a judicial emergency vacancy in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada and Susie Morgan to fill a judicial vacancy in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Both nominations have the bipartisan support of their home state Senators, and were reported by the Judiciary Committee over four months ago. The Senate is still only considering judicial nominations that could and should have b… Continue Reading


Leahy, Sanders and Welch Announce That Economic Development Disaster Assistance Applications Are Now Being Accepted

(WEDNESDAY, March 28) - U.S. Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch Wednesday announced the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is now accepting applications from Northeastern communities affected by disasters last year, including in Vermont, for $53,753,000 of disaster recovery assistance. On Wednesday the EDA posted a Federal Funding Opportunity on, the federal government's central grant application clearinghouse, that calls for applications from sta… Continue Reading


Leahy Chairs Hearing On Report On Stevens Prosecution

[Member statements and a live webcast are available online.] Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee, "Hearing on the Special Counsel's Report on the Prosecution of Senator Ted Stevens" March 28, 2012 I have said many times and in many contexts that our criminal justice system is the envy of the world. Our constitutional framework provides that all individuals are guaranteed the right to fair treatment and a fair trial. In order for our criminal … Continue Reading


Comments Of Senator Patrick Leahy Following Today’s Supreme Court Arguments On The Affordable Care Act

"I was fortunate to be able to attend today's arguments in the Supreme Court about the Affordable Care Act with Senator Grassley, and to watch in person and in real time. Hundreds of thousands of Vermonters, and millions of Americans across the country, who benefit from the Affordable Care Act were not. The Supreme Court's decision in this landmark case will affect every American. I think that every American should have had a chance to see it, and the Supreme Court should open its proceedings … Continue Reading

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