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07.24.18

Leahy, Senate Democrats File Amendment To Bolster Election Security Ahead Of 2018 Midterms

Senate Democrats, led by Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Tuesday filed an amendment to bolster election security against Russian attacks and other hostile foreign powers ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. The amendment would provide $250 million for State Election Security Grants. Leahy said: "If you believe that Russia is fully intent on destabilizing our democracy yet again in November - as all of our national security and law enforcement officials do -… Continue Reading


07.24.18

Senate Floor Remarks Of Senator Patrick Leahy Supporting Appropriations Amendment On State Election Security Grants

I come to the floor today to talk about an amendment I will be offering that provides $250 million dollars for State Election Security Grants to protect our upcoming elections from attacks by Russia and other hostile foreign powers - which we know are growing and active threats. After our Intelligence Community's unanimous assessment that Russia interfered in our 2016 election, Congress came together and appropriated $380 million dollars for State Election Security Grants in the FY 2018 Omnibu… Continue Reading


07.24.18

Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Leahy Statement On The FY 2019 Interior, FSGG, and Agriculture "Minibus" Appropriations Bill

I am pleased to join Chairman Shelby as we prepare to debate the second set of appropriations bills to reach the Senate floor this session. This "minibus" contains four important bills for Fiscal Year 2019: the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies bill, the Financial Services and General Government bill, the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies bill, and the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies bill. Each of th… Continue Reading


07.20.18

Delegation Announces $400,000 for Vermont Technical College’s Dental Program

Vermont's congressional delegation announced Friday that Vermont Technical College received $400,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to develop a program to educate dental therapists, which will help expand access to much-needed oral health care throughout Vermont. The $400,000 in federal funds will play an instrumental role in establishing and implementing a dental therapy education program at Vermont Technical College. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said, "Access to dental … Continue Reading


07.19.18

In First Bipartisan Statement, Leahy And Other Senators Urge President Trump To Keep Families Together

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is part of a bipartisan group of senators, led by Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), and Susan Collins (R-Maine), who Thursday sent a letter to President Trump, asserting that the default position of the United States should be to keep families together. The letter is signed by more than two dozen senators in all. The letter is the first bipartisan statement firmly opposing the family separation policy and urging the… Continue Reading


07.19.18

Leahy REAX To The White House's Refusal To Summarily Reject Putin's Proposal To Make Former U.S. Ambassador McFaul Available To The Russian Government For Interrogation

"It is beyond belief that the White House would even contemplate the ludicrous notion of turning over to Russian President Putin a former U.S. ambassador and public servant for doing his job and standing up for our national interests and values. The Administration needs to immediately and unequivocally reverse course. Their silence and actions already have undermined the confidence of other U.S. diplomats posted overseas that their government will defend them. President Trump must not cave to… Continue Reading


07.18.18

Leahy Floor Statement On President Trump's Helsinki Summit With Russian President Putin

In 2016, the Russian government waged a covert, multifaceted, criminal campaign to interfere in our elections, intended to help then-candidate Donald Trump win the presidency. We still do not know the full impact of Russia's interference. But it is beyond debate that it happened. Russia used inflammatory propaganda - actual fake news -- attempting to suppress Democratic turnout and boost support for Donald Trump. They also stole communications belonging to the Democratic National Committee a… Continue Reading


07.18.18

Leahy Floor Statement On The Nomination Of Ryan W. Bounds And The Abandonment Of The Senate's Blue Slip Tradition In Judicial Confirmations

As the longest-serving member of the Senate - and a former Chairman of the Judiciary Committee - I again feel obligated to speak up about the steady erosion of the norms and traditions that protect the Senate's unique constitutional role with respect to lifetime appointments to our federal courts. We should all be alarmed by the Judiciary Committee's abrupt change in course when it comes to its respect for blue slips - a change that coincides with a change in the White House. For much of this … Continue Reading


07.18.18

Leahy Applauds $2 Million Grant To Address Youth Homelessness In Vermont

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) hailed the announcement this week that the Vermont State Housing Authority (VSHA) will receive from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) a fiscal year 2017 grant of $2 million to address youth homelessness. The funds, as part of HUD's Youth Homelessness Demonstration Project, are being granted to VSHA on behalf of the Vermont Balance of State Continuum of Care, and in partnership with the Vermont Agency of Human Services and the Vermont Coalit… Continue Reading


07.18.18

Leahy Floor Statement on Political repression in Niger

Mr. President, as Vice Chairman of the Appropriations Committee I want to draw the Senate's attention to the plight of civil society leaders in Niger, where political and civil rights have been deteriorating over the last several years. This disturbing trend threatens the U.S. - Niger partnership, and should concern each of us. Mahamadou Issoufou was elected President of Niger in 2011, and in the following years worked cooperatively with Niger's international partners, including the United St… Continue Reading


07.16.18

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The President’s Remarks At The Trump-Putin News Conference

This is the undermining of our security interests and of the American rule of law. It is as dangerous as it is shameful. It is all the more indefensible now that President Trump feels a need to stand up for Putin and Russia. As a Vermonter and United States senator I stand up for America.… Continue Reading


07.14.18

Top Senators Tell Trump: Do Not Meet Putin Alone

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sat., July 14, 2018 WASHINGTON - Today, a group of top Senate Democrats wrote to President Trump, urging him in the strongest possible terms to avoid meeting alone with Russian President Vladimir Putin. In a letter to the White House, Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Senate Foreign Relations Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Senate Judi… Continue Reading


07.13.18

Sens. Cruz, Leahy, Rubio, and Menendez Pen Letter to Liu Xia

U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) sent a letter to Liu Xia following her release from Chinese imprisonment. She and her late husband Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dr. Liu Xiaobo have battled to promote democracy and freedom in China. "Over the past eight years you have responded to the abuses imposed by the Chinese government and Communist Party with endurance and grace," the senators wrote. "Your perseverance has inspired the … Continue Reading


07.13.18

BREAKING: Leahy REAX To The Indictment Of 12 Russian Intelligence Officers For Crimes Related To Interference In The U.S. Election

An indictment charging 12 Russian intelligence officers with conspiring to interfere with our presidential election is no witch hunt. I agree with Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein that as Americans we must stand together against any and all foreign interference in our democracy. Ahead of his private meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Trump should know that Putin is going to lie to his face and deny any involvement in attacking our democracy. Our President should take t… Continue Reading


07.12.18

“Minibus” Conference Committee Delayed

Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Thursday expressed disappointment following the delay of the first Appropriations Conference Committee Meeting of the fiscal year 2019 appropriations process. Leahy is hopeful the meeting will be rescheduled and intends to offer an amendment that would facilitate funding for the VA Choice program, which was transferred only recently to the discretionary side of the budget as part of the VA MISSION Act. The House and Senate app… Continue Reading


07.11.18

Leahy Floor Statement On The Nomination Of Brian Benczkowski

Today, the Senate is considering one of the most troubling executive branch nominations that this president has made to date: the nomination of Brian Benczkowski to lead the Criminal Division of the Justice Department. It is enough to oppose Mr. Benczkowski's nomination because he is objectively unqualified for this important position. But beyond that, there are compelling reasons to believe that it would be uniquely reckless to confirm him to this position. Speaking about Mr. Benczkowski's l… Continue Reading


07.09.18

BREAKING: Statement Of Senator Leahy On The Nomination Of Judge Kavanaugh To The Supreme Court Of The United States

I have served on the Senate Judiciary Committee for the nomination hearings of every sitting member of the Supreme Court. I have never seen so much at stake with a single seat as I do today. A woman's right to make her own health decisions, marriage equality, efforts to curb global warming emissions, core post-9/11 civil liberties - all were upheld because of Justice Kennedy's vote. All that, and much more, is at risk today. The Constitution doesn't direct the President to nominate justices… Continue Reading


07.02.18

Delegation Announces $3 Million for AmeriCorps in Vermont

Vermont's congressional delegation today announced that Vermont will receive $3 million in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). "AmeriCorps members have an enormous impact on the lives of Vermonters through the excellent programs they support. Here in Vermont, that includes serving at-risk youth, promoting affordable housing, protecting the environment and lots more. We are very pleased these funds will allow a new group of AmeriCorps members to con… Continue Reading


07.02.18

Grassley And Leahy Seek Same-Day Audio Of All Supreme Court Arguments

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) urged the Supreme Court of the United States to release same-day audio recordings of all arguments heard before the high court. "By releasing same-day audio recordings of all oral arguments, the Court has a unique opportunity to open up its proceedings beyond the select few who will ever have the chance to be physically present during arguments. Most importantly, the American public will grow in its appreciation… Continue Reading


06.29.18

Summary Of The 2018 Senate Farm Bill

Office Of Senator Patrick Leahy Vermont Highlights In The Senate Farm Bill WASHINGTON (FRIDAY, June 29, 2018) - The five-year Farm Bill that cleared the U.S. Senate Thursday night includes significant wins for Vermont families, organic and dairy farms and rural development priorities. As a leading member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) played the key role in shaping provisions that are important to Vermont's economy, Vermont farmers, the food and nutrition o… Continue Reading

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