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03.09.10

Leahy Urges President To Make Privacy Board Nominations

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) yesterday sent a letter to the White House, urging President Obama to make nominations to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. Leahy first wrote to the President about reconstituting the Board in April 2009. The Board, which was established by Congress at the recommendation of the 9/11 Commission, is charged with ensuring that privacy and civil liberties concerns are considered in the development of national security and cou… Continue Reading


03.09.10

Stafford Technical Center

On March 9, 2010 Senator Leahy conducted his first online chat with 11th and 12th grade students of the Stafford Technical Center. Students from nine of the seventeen programs of study offered at Stafford Technical Center spent 30 minutes asking the Senator questions about stimulating the economy in Vermont, the role of technical education and lowering the cost of college. Students also asked the Senator about his favorite band The Grateful Dead and about how they could make a difference in the … Continue Reading


03.08.10

Leahy Unveils State of the Art Simulation Program At Fletcher Allen Health Care

BURLINGTON, Vt. - On Monday Senator Leahy met with leadership of Fletcher Allen Health Care, the University of Vermont and the Vermont National Guard to view a demonstration of new equipment at the hospital's Simulator Training Program. At the event Leahy announced more than $1.7 million in funding he has secured in the federal budget for the project, which provides training to hospital nurses and doctors, university medical students and guard personnel on state of the art simulation equipment.… Continue Reading


03.08.10

Leahy Congratulates Goodrich Employees On Delivery Of Two-Thousandth Unit Of Life-Saving, Money-Saving Helicopter Technology

VERGENNES, Vt. - Sen. Patrick Leahy joined approximately 300 Goodrich employees in Vergennes Monday to celebrate the shipment of the company's two-thousandth helicopter diagnostic system to the Department of Defense. Leahy, who for the past ten years has helped the company win more than $100 million in contracts to develop and deploy the systems, said the company's diagnostic tools have been at the heart of the Addison County economy since 2000. Goodrich's Health and Usage Monitoring Systems (… Continue Reading


03.04.10

Leahy, Sessions, Hatch, Schumer, Kyl, Kaufman Unveil Details Of Patent Reform Agreement

Leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday announced details of an agreement on long-pending legislation to make needed reforms to the nation's patent system. This is the third consecutive Congress in which Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the chairman of the panel, and Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), a former committee chair, have introduced patent reform legislation. A bipartisan majority of the Committee advanced the legislation last April. In the months since, Leahy, Hatch, and Senato… Continue Reading


03.04.10

Panel Advances Leahy-Authored Bill To Improve Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act,

The Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday advanced legislation authored by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to improve the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA). The legislation would make necessary improvements to the Act, which permits active and qualified retired law enforcement officers to carry concealed firearms across state lines. Leahy was a lead author of the Act, which was signed into law in 2004. Leahy, who chairs the Judiciary Committee, introduced the Law Enforcement Officers Sa… Continue Reading


03.04.10

Judiciary Panel Advances OLC Nominee, Five Judicial Nominees To Full Senate

The Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday voted to advance the long-stalled nomination of Dawn Johnsen to lead the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice, as well as five nominees to fill judicial vacancies across the country. Johnsen's nomination was first reported by the Judiciary Committee in March 2009, but objections on the Senate floor prevented a debate and up-or-down vote on the nomination. In December, Senate Republicans forced the nomination to be returned to the Presiden… Continue Reading


03.04.10

Leahy, Senators Urge Leader To Schedule Vote On Health Insurance Antitrust Repeal

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and 21 Senators sent a letter on Wednesday to Senate Majority Harry Reid, pressing him to schedule a Senate vote on the Health Insurance Industry Fair Competition Act. If enacted, the legislation would repeal the federal antitrust exemption for health insurers. The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the legislation last week by a vote of 406-19. Last week, the administration released a statement in support of the legislation. "We write to urge you to… Continue Reading


03.04.10

Senate Confirms Vermont’s Julie Brill To Federal Trade Commission

The U.S. Senate Wednesday night confirmed former Vermont Assistant Attorney General Julie Brill for a vacancy on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Brill served for more than 20 years as Vermont's Assistant Attorney General for Consumer Protection and Antitrust, from 1988 to 2009. Since February 2009 she had been the Senior Deputy Attorney General and Chief of Consumer Protection and Antitrust for the North Carolina Department of Justice. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) introduced Brill at her C… Continue Reading


03.04.10

The Leahy Letter - March 4, 2010

Leahy Takes Website 'To Next Level' Senator Leahy is an online pacesetter on Capitol Hill and has launched a full redesign of his website. The new site builds on the foundations of Senator Leahy's previous award-winning website. Highlights of the new site include easy ways to contact Senator Leahy, including customized forms for such common requests as submitting intern, page, and academy nomination applications, for submitting requests for flags flown above the Capitol and for Washington tours… Continue Reading


03.03.10

Leahy-Authored Bill To Ease Burdens On Trademark Owners Set To Become Law

[UPDATE - On March 17, President Obama signed into law legislation authored by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to ease burdens on trademark owners. Note reference to Vermont's Rock Art Brewery in release below.] WASHINGTON - Legislation authored by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to help assist trademark owners in maintaining the protection of their brands was passed by the House of Representatives today, and will now head to the President's desk to be signed into law. The Trademark Law Technic… Continue Reading


03.03.10

Statement On Emergency Senior Citizens Relief Act, Amendment #3353, To H.R. 4213, The Tax Extenders Act

Social Security represents a strong commitment to our nation's seniors. Ever since Ida May Fuller of Vermont received the first Social Security check issued, vulnerable seniors have had a safety-net to fall back on in retirement and to supplement individual retirement savings or pensions. Nearly 70 percent of beneficiaries depend on Social Security for at least half of their income, and Social Security is the sole source of income for 15 percent of recipients. Social Security is an immensely … Continue Reading


03.03.10

Burlington Police Chief Schirling Testifies Before Leahy-Chaired Panel

Burlington Police Chief Michael E. Schirling testified Tuesday afternoon before a congressional panel chaired by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). Leahy invited Schirling to testify at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on "Encouraging Innovative and Cost-Effective Crime Reduction Strategies." Leahy has made state and local law enforcement issues a priority for the Judiciary Committee this Congress. He dedicated the first hearing of the 111th Congress to examining the needs of state and local … Continue Reading


03.02.10

Senate Confirms Keenan To Fourth Circuit

Just hours after it voted unanimously to end debate on a long-pending judicial nomination, the Senate again voted unanimously to confirm Barbara Keenan to fill a vacancy on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Judiciary Committee, which is chaired by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), unanimously approved the Keenan nomination more than four months ago. Keenan's is the just sixth circuit court nomination confirmed this Congress. The Senate has confirmed just 16 circuit and district court nomi… Continue Reading


03.02.10

Senate Should Hold Up-Or-Down Votes On Noncontroversial Judicial Nominees

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) spoke on the Senate Floor Tuesday about delays in confirming noncontroversial judicial nominations. Fourteen judicial nominations reported by the Judiciary Committee are pending on the Senate's Executive Calendar. The Senate is scheduled to vote on a motion to end debate on the nomination of Barbara Milano Keenan to fill a vacancy on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Keenan is a Justice on the Virginia State Supreme Court, and her n… Continue Reading


03.02.10

Congratulations To Vermont Olympians

Mr. President, I rise today to congratulate the Vermonters who represented our country at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. The Olympics were exciting. I know that Marcelle and I watched hours and hours of them. But we watched especially, obviously, when we saw some of these young Vermonters. These athletes carry on a long tradition of Vermonters participating in the Winter Olympics. Hundreds of Vermonters have competed in the 21 winter Olympiads. It is no secret that Vermont produces great… Continue Reading


03.01.10

Leahy-Backed Extension Of Satellite TV Licenses Included In Proposed Jobs Legislation

Provisions negotiated by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to modernize satellite television services and to reauthorize the expiring statutory licenses that permit satellite providers to retransmit broadcast stations to consumers has been included in legislation introduced Monday to bolster job growth and creation. When enacted, the legislation will again authorize satellite providers to retransmit broadcast stations to consumers. "This important legislative package will modernize and streamline… Continue Reading


03.01.10

Leahy Launches Redesigned Website

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), an online pacesetter on Capitol Hill, has again launched a full redesign of his website (http://leahy.senate.gov). A lifelong technophile, Leahy in 1995 became the second senator to start a website, was the first to venture into blogging, and has been dubbed "the cyber senator" for his enthusiasm for and leadership on Internet issues. He was cofounder and remains Senate co-chair of the Congressional Internet Caucus. A leading advocate of the public's right to k… Continue Reading


02.26.10

Leahy Blasts Republican Objection Stalling Extension Of Satellite TV Licenses

Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Friday criticized a Republican Senator's objection to adopting a 30-day extension of expiring provisions of the Satellite Home Viewer Extension Reauthorization Act, which permits satellite providers to retransmit broadcast stations to consumers. Leahy, long the Senate's leader in updating the law to expand and improve service to satellite customers, last year introduced the bipartisan Satellite Television Modernization Act to extend the license for … Continue Reading


02.26.10

Senators' Friendship Strong On and Off Capitol Hill

(CNN) -- While many in Washington believe that bipartisanship is long gone, two seasoned senators say it's not -- at least not yet. The relationship between Sen. Richard Lugar, a conservative Republican from Indiana, and Sen. Patrick Leahy, a liberal Democrat from Vermont, was born in obscurity -- two very junior senators at the far reaches of a committee room table. Leahy recalled a story from a time when their voices were virtually muted in a committee meeting. "Neither one of us coul… Continue Reading

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