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Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The President’s Decision On The Keystone XL Pipeline

"I commend the President for standing up to strong-arm tactics that are intended to politicize this issue, short-circuit the environmental review process and force an arbitrary deadline. This inherently dirty tar sands project would be a wasteful diversion from the cleaner and more sustainable energy future and energy security that are so important to our country and our economy. "The first Keystone pipeline has ruptured many times already. Even when it was obvious that this blighted tar sand… Continue Reading


Leahy And Shumlin: Vermont’s DR Power Equipment Is State’s First Manufacturer To Attract Investor Visa Capital

WINOOSKI, Vt. (WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18) - During a tour of a new assembly line at DR Power Equipment in Winooski Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Gov. Peter Shumlin (D-Vt.) and Country Home Products CEO Joseph Perrotto announced that the company has attracted more than 20 foreign investors who will contribute more than $10 million in capital through Vermont's EB-5 Regional Center Program. The capital will help the firm retain about 200 jobs at the company's Vergennes headquarters and Wino… Continue Reading


The PROTECT IP Act: Targeting Websites DEDICATED To Infringement

For Background Purposes The PROTECT IP Act: Combating Online Infringement Creating American Jobs, Promoting America's Economy, Protecting American Consumers Websites "going dark" today in protest of the PROTECT IP Act will not be affected by enactment of the legislation. The PROTECT IP Act Narrowly Defines An Infringing Website as One Dedicated to Infringement The PROTECT IP Act defines an "Internet site dedicated to infringing activities" as an Internet site that: "[H]as no significant … Continue Reading


Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The PROTECT IP Act

"Every year, American businesses and the American economy bleed billions of dollars to online infringement and piracy. Tomorrow, some U.S.-based websites that will not be affected by the PROTECT IP Act have announced that they will self-censor their content. At the end of the day, it is still American businesses, American consumers and American workers that are feeling the brunt of this problem. "We should all be telling Americans about the scope of this problem and the damage it does to our … Continue Reading


Pressed By Leahy To Update Bat Mortality Figure, Agency Announces Five-Fold Increase In Estimate Of Bats Killed By White-Nose Syndrome

At the urging of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), a federal agency Tuesday updated and greatly increased its estimate of bat mortality from white-nose syndrome (WNS), the devastating disease decimating bat populations in Vermont and across the United States. Leahy has long led efforts in the Senate Appropriations Committee for research funding to counter WNS, a wildlife crisis of unprecedented scale. In December Leahy wrote to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe asking for an update… Continue Reading


Leahy And Schumer Secure Funds To Prevent Shutoff Of Flood Gauges In Champlain Basin

(SUNDAY, Jan. 15) - U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) have secured funding to prevent the imminent shutdown of river and lake gauges in the New York-Vermont Lake Champlain basin that proved their worth again last year during spring floods and Tropical Storm Irene. For years Leahy, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, has secured year-to-year funding for the 18 gauges - 9 in Vermont and 9 in New York -- which are operated by the U.S. … Continue Reading


Leahy: Senate Should Debate How To Fight Online Infringement

"If there is one thing upon which there is consensus in the United States Senate it is that we need to consider ways in which American law enforcement can protect American consumers and defend American intellectual property rights against foreign criminals who are stealing American creative products and the jobs that go with them. When introducing the PROTECT IP Act in May 2011, the bill's leading cosponsors called this a 'common-sense bill,' stating that it would 'add another tool to the toolb… Continue Reading


Leahy: President Taps Chief Of Staff Ed Pagano As Presidential Assistant And WH Liaison To Senate

(FRIDAY, Jan. 13) - The White House and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced Friday that Leahy Chief of Staff Ed Pagano will begin work next week as Deputy Assistant to the President and Senate Liaison. Leahy is the Senate's second-most-senior member and chairs two major Senate panels, the Judiciary Committee and the Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on the State Department and Foreign Operations. Pagano started his public service career as an attorney in Leahy's office in 1993 and ha… Continue Reading


Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On Internet Service Providers And The PROTECT IP Act

[Amplifying comments made today on Vermont Public Radio, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Thursday confirmed that as the sponsors of the PROTECT IP Act work to craft a managers' amendment to the legislation, he will propose that further study be given to the bill's provision concerning Internet Service Providers' actions to prevent online infringement and the sale of counterfeit goods online. The Senate is set to hold a procedural vote on the bipartisan legislation, which is sponsored by more than… Continue Reading


Leahy: Center For An Agricultural Economy’s New Food Venture Center Is ‘Model Of Agricultural Innovation’

HARDWICK, Vt. (FRIDAY, Jan. 6) - During an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony at the Vermont Food Venture Center (VFVC) in Hardwick Friday afternoon, Senator Patrick Leahy (D) called the nonprofit multipurpose kitchen incubator and food processing facility a critical piece of infrastructure that will help enable Vermont's agricultural renaissance. The center gives Vermont's producers and entrepreneurs new tools to convert crops and dairy products into value-added foods, from inception to pr… Continue Reading


Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On Revisions To The Uniform Crime Report’s Definition Of Rape

"I applaud Attorney General Holder, Director Mueller, and the Department of Justice for taking steps to ensure that sexual violence and rape are accurately, and fully, reported. All victims of these horrendous crimes deserve justice and should have access to the comprehensive services that will help them rebuild their lives. This updated, more inclusive, definition will bring added emphasis to sexual assault, which often goes unreported, and as a result, unprosecuted. "The bipartisan Violenc… Continue Reading


Reaction Of Senator Leahy To National Guard Components Of New U.S. Defense Strategy

"I applaud President Obama, Secretary Panetta and Chairman Dempsey for producing a new defense strategy that makes clear choices about our future national security priorities. Unlike many past efforts in earlier times, this is a plan that recognizes that our economic strength is at the core of our national security and the foundation of a healthy defense budget and strategy in the years to come. And unlike in earlier times, this has not been a go-through-the-motions exercise ungrounded in real… Continue Reading


Leahy, Sanders, Welch: Vermont Nets Nearly $135 Million In Federal Emergency Road Aid

BURLINGTON, Vt., (WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I) and Congressman Peter Welch (D) on Wednesday announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation is releasing $134.6 million in emergency funds to help Vermont rebuild and repair roads and bridges destroyed or damaged by Tropical Storm Irene and in last spring's flooding. The total includes $125,651,814 for costs associated with Irene and $8,975,130 for costs associated with the spring floods. The fun… Continue Reading


The Washington Post: A Fair Block on Internet Piracy (Editorial)

In an editorial today, The Washington Post supports efforts in the U.S. Senate to address online piracy, which is estimated to cost the United States billions of dollars every year. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is the lead author of the PROTECT IP Act, cosponsored by 40 senators, which proposes reasonable and restrained yet meaningful steps to address online piracy. The Post's editorial calls the PROTECT IP Act a "thought-out" and "prudent approach" to addressing the growing problem of online… Continue Reading


Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On Chief Justice Roberts’ Year-End Report On The Federal Judiciary

"There is no better time than the occasion of the Chief Justice's year-end report to thank the many dedicated public servants who work in our nation's federal courts. Millions of Americans rely on our federal judiciary to resolve their disputes and uphold their constitutional rights. Because of the work of these dedicated men and women, fair and impartial justice is administered each and every day. "Despite the many challenges facing the federal judiciary, the focus of the Chief's report this… Continue Reading


Comment of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Actions Taken Against NGOs In Egypt

"It's another jarring and disappointing turn for the worse. Egypt's military rulers risk breaking faith with the people and interrupting the transition they had promised. This will invite condemnation from inside and outside of Egypt, as it should. Actions like these are another reason why my appropriations sub-committee refused to give a blank check of foreign aid to the Egyptian military."… Continue Reading


Vermont Receives $3.6 Million For LIHEAP, Delegation Fights For More

BURLINGTON, Vt., Dec. 22 - Vermont's congressional delegation - U.S. Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) - announced today the release of $3.6 million for Vermont under the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). "As Vermont's winter settles in, another installment of home heating aid helps. This allocation will keep many seniors and families with small children from going cold this winter," the delegation said in a joint statement. "B… Continue Reading


The Leahy Letter -- December 2011

Vermonter Bill Stenger Testifies Before Leahy Panel On The Benefits To Vermont Of EB-5 Investments In December, the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is chaired by Senator Leahy, hosted Vermonter Bill Stenger. Mr. Stenger is president and co-owner of Jay Peak Resort, and testified about how the important EB-5 Immigrant Investor Regional Center Program has revitalized the Northeast Kingdom, turning Jay Peak into a top-notch four-season resort, and prompting economic development around the s… Continue Reading


Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy On EPA’s Utility Air Toxics Rule (Utility MACT) Regulating Power Plant Emissions Of Mercury And Air Toxics

I commend the Environmental Protection Agency for doing the right thing, under tremendous special interest pressure, in standing up for the public's interest. The Utility Air Toxics Rule to control toxic air pollutants such as mercury is a health and environmental breakthrough for the American people, and especially for Vermonters. Finally, after 20 years of dodging regulation, coal- and oil-fired electric power plants, the largest contributors of these toxics, will be held accountable for the… Continue Reading


Guard Empowerment: A Seat At The Table, And Much More

This month Congress passed the bipartisan Leahy-Graham National Guard Empowerment Act. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and I authored these reforms to change the way the Department of Defense operates, for decades and even generations to come, by giving the National Guard a real voice in national security decisions. We Vermonters know how important our National Guard is. Hurricane Irene showed anew how Vermonters come together in times of tragedy and also how we can always count on our Verm… Continue Reading

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