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06.19.10

Comment On Department Of Defense Documents Related To Military Recruitment At Harvard University And Harvard Law School From 1997-2009

"The materials produced by the Department of Defense provide further documentation that military recruiters were never barred from the campus of Harvard Law School, neither before Elena Kagan became Dean, nor during her tenure. These documents verify that after a federal circuit court had ruled the Solomon Amendment unenforceable, then-Dean Kagan responsibly implemented the same alternative means of access for military recruitment that had been used successfully for years under her predecessor,… Continue Reading


06.18.10

Comment On Completion Of Document Production By The National Archives, Related To Solicitor General Elena Kagan’s Nomination To The U.S. Supreme Court

"The National Archives and the Clinton Library have produced an unprecedented volume of materials related to Elena Kagan's nomination, in response to the Committee's bipartisan request. They have completed the production of documents as outlined in the Archives letter of May 21, and done so well in advance of the Committee's hearing. In fact, they have produced more materials, and faster, than were produced in connection with previous Supreme Court nominations. "The Committee and the public al… Continue Reading


06.18.10

USDA Proposes Rules To Increase Competition And Promote Fairness For Producers In The Livestock And Poultry Industries

[(FRIDAY, June 18) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) Friday released draft rules intended to increase competition and fairness in the livestock and poultry industries. The rules were mandated in the 2008 Farm Bill, which Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) helped negotiate as the most senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee. The proposed standards would further define practices that are unfair, unjustly discrim… Continue Reading


06.17.10

Comment On The Supreme Court’s Decision In New Process Steel v. National Labor Relations Board

[The Supreme Court issued a decision today in New Process Steel v. National Labor Relations Board. In a 5-4 decision, the Court reversed the Seventh Circuit and held the National Labor Relations Board (the Board), the leading federal agency that referees disputes between labor and management, may not make decisions without at least three members of its five-member board. The Board has operated with only two Senate confirmed members for the last two years; three nominations are awaiting confirma… Continue Reading


06.16.10

Comment On Senate Passage Of Amendment To Extend Closing Window For Homebuyers Tax Credit

[During debate on a bill to extend several tax deductions and other provisions, the U.S. Senate Wednesday voted 60-39 to extend until October 1 the time allowed for closing on a home in order to qualify for the popular homebuyers tax credit. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has strongly supported the amendment, which will give homebuyers who have home purchases under contract the added time to overcome delays in the closing process that have occurred through no fault of their own. Such obstacles hav… Continue Reading


06.16.10

UNESCO Award in Name of Equatorial Guinea President Causes Uproar

Back in September 2008, the European Union, joined by the United States and Norway, objected when the executive board of the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) agreed to set up a life sciences award in the name of Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, to be endowed for five years by a fine $3 million gift from Obiang. The initiative seemed to stall for a while, especially after some reform candidates won top spots on the 57-nation board. But then in… Continue Reading


06.16.10

Department Of Justice Inspector General To Fulfill Many Reporting Requirements In Leahy-Authored Patriot Reauthorization

Responding to a request from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Justice Department Inspector General Glenn Fine has agreed to conduct a review that fulfills many of the reporting requirements called for in the pending USA PATRIOT Act Sunset Extension Act. Last year, Leahy introduced legislation to reauthorize expiring provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act. A bipartisan majority of the Judiciary Committee approved the legislation in October, but the legislation was stalled o… Continue Reading


06.15.10

Three District Court Nominations Confirmed

The Senate Tuesday confirmed three pending federal district court nominations. The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously voted to advance the nominations to the full Senate in March. Each was confirmed unanimously by the Senate Tuesday. Tanya Pratt was confirmed to fill a vacancy on the federal district court in the Southern District of Indiana. Brian Jackson was confirmed to fill a vacancy for the Middle District of Louisiana. And Elizabeth Foote was confirmed to fill a vacancy for the We… Continue Reading


06.15.10

Correcting The Record On Elena Kagan And The Solomon Amendment

In remarks on the Senate Floor Wednesday morning, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) addressed distortions of Elena Kagan's record in enforcing Harvard Law School's antidiscrimination policy while she was serving as Dean. Leahy said, "Let us be clear about the facts. At no time did Dean Kagan ban the military from Harvard's campus. That is a plain fact that has been verified repeatedly by Harvard's veteran association and others. Military recruiting occurred on the c… Continue Reading


06.15.10

Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing For Deputy Attorney General Nominee James Cole

(Tuesday, June 15, 2010) - The Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday morning is holding a hearing on the nomination of James Cole to be the Deputy Attorney General of the United States. Cole was nominated by President Obama on May 24 to fill the number two position at the Justice Department. Member statements, witness testimony and a live webcast are available online. The bipartisan Committee questionnaire completed by the nominee and letters of support are also available online. Committee Ch… Continue Reading


06.14.10

Reaction To The State’s Decision To Let Vermonters In The State’s VPharm Program Keep Their Medicare Prescription Drug Rebate Checks

"This direct help with the high cost of prescription drugs is the first of many tangible benefits that Vermonters will see under the new health insurance reform law. "This is a fair and practical outcome, and I commend Governor Douglas and our legislative leaders for reconsidering the rebate issue. I will continue to work closely with them on our efforts to improve and widen access to health care in Vermont." # # # # #… Continue Reading


06.14.10

Comment On Supreme Court Decision In Dolan v. United States

"This morning, the Supreme Court upheld the clear purpose of the Mandatory Victims Restitution Act. When Congress passed that important law, it did so to protect the victims of crimes like the serious assault that Brian Dolan committed. In his case, the district court failed to determine the precise amount of restitution owed by the 90-day deadline, but made it clear that he owed restitution under the statute. I am heartened that the judges and justices interpreting that law did so in a way t… Continue Reading


06.14.10

Comment On The Supreme Court’s Denial Of Certiorari In Arar v. Ashcroft

"The United States' secret rendition of Maher Arar to Syria, where he was tortured for nearly a year, remains a stain on this nation's legacy as a human rights leader around the world. We know that Mr. Arar was detained by American authorities, who deported him not to his country of residence, Canada, where he would have been questioned and investigated, but to Syria, a country known for torturing detainees. The Canadian government has publicly cleared Mr. Arar of any links to terrorism, yet t… Continue Reading


06.11.10

West Rutland Project Wins $4.5 Million Energy Grant

, June 11 - NeighborWorks of Western Vermont won a $4.5 million grant for innovative energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, the Vermont congressional delegation announced today. The Rutland County nonprofit housing lender was awarded the grant - one of only 20 nationwide - for its proposal to save energy and create jobs retrofitting homes and municipal buildings. The award comes through a nationwide energy efficiency block grant program created in legislation authored by Sen. Bernie … Continue Reading


06.11.10

Then Vs. Now: More Kagan Files Are Available – And Faster – Than Were Available For The Roberts And Alito Nominations

The National Archives have now produced more than 87,000 pages of documents from the Clinton administration related to Elena Kagan's work both on the Domestic Policy Committee and in the White House Counsel's office. This production of paper files is more thorough than that which was completed for either the Roberts or Alito nominations in 2005. It has also been completed faster than the document production for either of those nominations - more than two weeks before the hearings are set to be… Continue Reading


06.11.10

Vermont Senators Statement on Senior Prescription Drug Rebates

Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today issued a joint statement about the state of Vermont's plans to ask some seniors, who participate in the state's VPharm supplemental prescription assistance program, to turn over part or all of their new federal Medicare prescription drug rebates. "At a time when Vermont seniors are hurting, the state should reconsider its plans to ask many low-income seniors to return this much-needed help. The state's rebate recall also would add co… Continue Reading


06.11.10

Comment On Production Of Documents By The National Archives Related To Solicitor General Elena Kagan’s Nomination To The Supreme Court Of The United States

"Any argument that the Committee does not have the materials necessary to evaluate this nomination is misguided and misplaced. All paper files related to Elena Kagan that were located by an extensive search at the Clinton Library have now been produced to the Committee. With more than two weeks before the start of the confirmation hearing, the Archives has completed its review and production of her White House files and there is more than enough time for Senators and their staff to review them… Continue Reading


06.11.10

Guard Caucus Leaders Leahy And Bond Request $870 M. To Address Guard And Reserve Equipment Shortfalls

(FRIDAY, June 11) -- U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Kit Bond (R-Mo.), the co-chairs of the Senate National Guard Caucus, are requesting an additional $870 million to help the National Guard and Reserves address critical equipment shortfalls. The National Guard Caucus request was sent to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) and Vice Chairman Thad Cochran (R-Miss.). Bond and Leahy also are senior members of the Appropriations Committee and of its Defense Sub… Continue Reading


06.10.10

Comment On Elena Kagan’s Work For Justice Thurgood Marshall

"Elena Kagan clerked for one of the most revered Justices in American history, Justice Thurgood Marshall. It is unsurprising that her evaluation of cases as a law clerk were mindful of Justice Marshall's longstanding jurisprudence, and that her recommendations to him applied the lens through which he viewed cases and the law. It is surprising, however, to see these documents described by some as 'newly discovered,' since they have been publicly available since Justice Marshall left his documen… Continue Reading


06.10.10

Leahy, Schumer, Whitehouse Press For Accountability From Oil, Drilling Companies

Leahy Joins Oil Rig Victims' Families In Call For Accountability WASHINGTON - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) on Thursday joined with the families of many victims of the April 20 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico to press for accountability from the oil and drilling companies responsible for the tragedy in the Gulf. Leahy, Schumer and Whitehouse held a press conference on Capitol Hill with the wid… Continue Reading

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