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Leahy Hails New Influx Of Conservation Remediation Funds For Vermont Farms Harmed By Irene

(FRIDAY, Feb. 17) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) says a fresh influx of funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency (FSA), using disaster relief funds that Leahy helped to add in November, will assist Vermont farmers whose lands were harmed by Irene. Vermont learned Thursday that the state will receive an additional $2.56 million, more than doubling an earlier allocation of $2.18 million, for a total of $4.7 million in federal funds from the Environmental Conservatio… Continue Reading


Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On Senate Passage Of The Tax Relief And Job Creation Act

[The Senate Friday approved the conference report on the Tax Relief and Job Creation Act by a vote of 60 to 36, with Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) voting "aye."] "While I do have concerns with certain parts of this bill, I strongly support extending the payroll tax cut for the rest of the year. This will mean an extra $1500 a year to the average Vermont family. "Extending this tax relief to Vermont's families will not happen without this agreement, and preventing an extension of the payroll t… Continue Reading


After More Than Five Months Of Delay, Senate Confirms NY District Court Nominee

(Friday, Feb. 17, 2012) - More than five months after his nomination won unanimous support in the Senate Judiciary Committee, Jesse Furman was confirmed Friday to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Before the vote, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said, "The extended delay in considering the Furman nomination has not only been damaging to the Federal District Court of New York, but also to the people it serves." The Judiciary Committee repor… Continue Reading


Five Months And Counting – Leahy Statement On Filibuster Of Furman Nomination

(Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) spoke on the Senate floor Thursday morning about the filibuster of the nomination of Jesse Furman to be a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Furman's nomination was approved by the Judiciary Committee unanimously on September 15, now over five months ago. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid filed cloture on the nomination Wednesday. Senate Republicans have not consented to scheduling a confirmation vo… Continue Reading


Leahy Introduces Cyber Crime Protection Security Act

(Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) introduced legislation Wednesday to address the growing threat of cyber crime. The Cyber Crime Protection Security Act will bolster tools for law enforcement to prevent and prosecute cyber crime. The legislation closely mirrors cyber crime proposals submitted by the Obama administration to Congress last May. "We simply cannot afford to ignore the growing threat of cyber crime," said Leahy. "We must give the dedicated prosecutors and … Continue Reading


Leahy, Author Of U.S. Organic Program, Hails Historic U.S.-EU Agreement On Organic Trade

(WEDNESDAY, Feb. 15) - In another historic breakthrough for the burgeoning organic sector of American agriculture, the United States and the European Union Wednesday announced a pact that will facilitate organic trade between the two regions, the two largest organic producers in the world. Under the agreement, organic products certified in the United States or Europe may be sold as certified organic in either region, beginning June 1. Before, growers and marketers wanting to trade products on … Continue Reading


After Four Month – Plus Two Day – Delay, Senate Confirms 11th Circuit Nominee

(Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012) - The U.S. Senate Wednesday confirmed a long-pending nomination to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Judge Adalberto Jordan, who was nominated in August to be elevated from the district court to the Court of Appeals, was confirmed by an overwhelming vote, 94-5. Jordan's nomination has been available for final Senate consideration since the Judiciary Committee reported it with unanimous support on October 13. The Senate voted overwhelmingly on Monday to invoke c… Continue Reading


Leahy Chairs Hearing On Lifesaving Bulletproof Vest Program

(Wednesday, Feb. 15) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Wednesday chaired a hearing in Washington, D.C., about the importance of the lifesaving Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program, a federal grant program to assist state and local law enforcement authored by Leahy. Burlington Police Chief Michael Schirling testified before the Senate panel. "Since its enactment, the bulletproof vest grant program has contributed to the purchase of nearly one million ballistic vests to help protect our law … Continue Reading


Burlington Police Chief Schirling Tells Senate Panel That Bulletproof Vests Pgm. Saves And Protects Officers’ Lives

Burlington Police Chief Michael Schirling was lead-off witness Wednesday for a hearing convened by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) about extending the charter of the Leahy-authored Bulletproof Vests Partnership Grant Program, which offers federal help to local police departments in buying body armor for their officers. This year is the 15th anniversary of the Drega killings on the Vermont-New Hampshire border. Federal officers involved in the Drega manhunt had bulletp… Continue Reading


Champlain Elementary School

On February 14, Senator Leahy went online with 55 fourth grade students from Champlain Elementary School in Burlington, VT. Senator Leahy used Skype to communicate with the students and their teachers from his office in Washington, DC. The Senator spoke about what it's like to be a Senator and answered questions from the students about his work on agriculture, hunger issues, and protecting the environment. This was Senator Leahy's fourth online chat of the 2011-2012 school year. Listed below ar… Continue Reading


Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Paul Amendment On Egypt

Mr. President, I want to respond briefly to comments of the junior Senator from Kentucky earlier today, regarding his amendment to cut off all U.S. aid for Egypt. First, let's take a step back. The new conditions on military aid for Egypt, which I wrote with Senator Lindsey Graham and were signed into law just two months ago, require a certification by the Secretary of State that the Egyptian military is supporting the transition to civilian government and protecting fundamental freedoms and d… Continue Reading


Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On Cybersecurity Legislative Proposal

"I welcome the introduction of cybersecurity legislation in the Senate and commend Majority Leader Reid for his commitment to addressing this important issue. I have worked for years in the Judiciary Committee to advance meaningful legislation to address the threats to our nation's cybersecurity, combat cybercrime and protect the privacy rights of American consumers. The Senate's consideration of cybersecurity legislation is long overdue. I look forward to working with Leader Reid and with me… Continue Reading


Leahy: Americans Deserve Courts Ready To Serve, Not Unexplained Confirmation Delays

[The Senate is currently in post-cloture debate on the nomination of Judge Adalberto Jordan to be a judge on the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Cloture was invoked Monday night by an overwhelming vote of 89-5. A Republican objection has prevented the Senate from yielding back time on the cloture motion, and so has prevented a final vote on confirmation.] Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee, On the Nomination Of Judge Adalberto Jordan To Th… Continue Reading


The Leahy Letter -- February 14, 2012

Postal Service Misfires With 'Reforms' That Would Degrade Service By Closing Processing Centers Like The Facility At White River Junction As legislation to reform the nation's postal system moves closer to decisions in Congress, Vermont's Congressional Delegation - Senator Patrick Leahy, Senator Bernie Sanders, and Congressman Peter Welch - continue to press for solutions that will prepare the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to successfully adapt to a changing marketplace, while upholding its spec… Continue Reading


Senators Support Saving the Postal Service

, Feb. 14 - A group of 27 senators called today for "significant improvements" in a bill to modernize the U.S. Postal Service. In a letter to a Senate panel that oversees the Postal Service, Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Patrick Leahy and 25 others suggested specific measures to preserve first-class and Saturday mail delivery, stop wholesale closings of rural post offices and mail processing centers, and spare many of the 220,000 jobs that the Postal Service wants to cut. "Everyone understan… Continue Reading


Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Nomination Of Judge Adalberto Jordan To The 11th Circuit

[The Senate will vote at 5:30 p.m. Monday evening on the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Judge Adalberto Jordan to be a judge on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. Jordan's nomination was reported by the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously in October, but Senate Republicans have not consented to scheduling a vote on his confirmation. Judge Jordan's nomination is supported by his two home state Senators, Democrat Bill Nelson and Republican Marco Rubio. Mon… Continue Reading


Comments Of Senator Patrick Leahy On President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Proposal

"Once again, President Obama rightly has called the nation to come together and chart a sustainable path forward to a better America. Budgets are about priorities, and we must firmly keep Vermont's and America's values and priorities foremost in mind in our work ahead. "While there is no understating the difficulty of this challenge, Congress has a responsibility to set aside the temptation to delusion and illusion and the tendency toward unbridled partisanship. There will be sharp dis… Continue Reading


In Burlington, Leahy, Sorrell, Others Offer Support For Critical Domestic Violence Assistance Program

BURLINGTON - Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy is urging Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), landmark legislation that has been the centerpiece of the federal government's efforts to stamp out domestic and sexual violence for more than 18 years. Joined at the Burlington Police Department Monday morning by Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell, Burlington Police Chief Michael Schirling, and Karen Tronsgard-Scott, the executive director of the Vermont Network Against Domes… Continue Reading


Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The White House’s Modification Of Contraceptive Coverage Under Health Insurance Reform

The Obama Administration listened to these concerns, made further accommodations and has struck a reasonable balance. It is a solution that continues to recognize the obvious truth that women have a right to affordable and comprehensive health care, just as men do. One thing we all should agree on is that availability of birth control has improved women's health and reduced the number of teen pregnancies and the rates of abortion. This should be applauded. # # # # #… Continue Reading


Leahy, Sanders, Welch: Vermont Veterans Home Makes Short List For Likely VA Funding For E-Medical Records

(FRIDAY, Feb. 10) -- Senator Patrick Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I) and Representative Peter Welch (D) Friday announced that the Vermont Veterans Home (VVH) in Bennington is on a high priority list to receive federal funding for an electronic medical records system from the Department of Veterans Affairs. If approved, more than $790,000 would be awarded for the project, through VA's State Home Construction Grant program. A grant, which would cover 65 percent of the project's cost, would… Continue Reading

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