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Leahy Urges That U.S. Take Appropriate Steps, Including Review Of Visa Access For Haitian Officials Who May Have Been Involved In Election Fraud, On Behalf Of Fair And Untainted Certifications Of The Recent Parliamentary Elections

Friday, April 29, 2011 [Following is the text of a letter sent Friday to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on State Department and Foreign Operations that handles U.S. foreign assistance. Leahy, who visited Haiti last month, urges appropriate steps to signal to Haitian authorities U.S. concern that results of Haiti's recent legislative elections be fairly resolved and certified.] April 29, 201… Continue Reading


Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On Decision By Google And Apple To Testify At May 10 Hearing

Google, Inc., and Apple, Inc., have informed the Senate Judiciary Committee that each company will testify at the May 10 hearing before the Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law on "Protecting Mobile Privacy: Your Smartphones, Tablets, Cell Phones and Your Privacy." Yesterday, Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy sent letters to the CEOs of Apple and Google, encouraging them to consider the Committee's invitation to appear. "I am pleased that both Google and Apple have accepted the Commi… Continue Reading


With Green Light For Southwest-AirTran Merger, Leahy, Sanders And Welch Urge Southwest To Resume AirTran’s Service To Vermont

(THURSDAY, April 28) - Two days after the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it will not challenge the proposed merger of two major low-fare air carriers, Vermont's congressional delegation - Sen. Patrick Leahy (D), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I) and Rep. Peter Welch (D) - are asking the soon-to-be-expanded Southwest Airlines to consider re-starting service to Vermont that AirTran suspended in the fall of 2009. AirTran has maintained its gate and desk space at Burlington International Airport i… Continue Reading


Comment of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Pentagon Announcement Thursday That Troops With Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries Will Now Be Eligible For The Purple Heart Medal

"The Pentagon now has announced a new rule change to clarify which troops suffering from mild Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) would be eligible for the Purple Heart medal. This decision is a major step forward for the further recognition of TBI in our military and veterans communities. I have long taken an interest in supporting psychological and brain health programs for currently serving troops and veterans. I inquired about rulings on the Purple Heart for blast sufferers, so I am especially g… Continue Reading


Delegation Preserves a Role, Secures Funds for VSAC

, April 28- The Vermont Student Assistance Corp. (VSAC) will receive up to $1.3 million in additional funds to continue helping students find grants, loans and scholarships, the Vermont congressional delegation announced today. The delegation also helped nonprofit lenders like the Winooski, Vt.-based VSAC secure a higher rate from the U.S. Department of Education for servicing student loans. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who serves as a member of the Senate education committee, led the effort… Continue Reading


Senator Leahy Writes To U.S. Customs And Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin On Next Steps For Morses Line Decisions

Click here to view a letter, dated April 28, 2011, from Senator Patrick Leahy to U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin regarding the future of the Morses Line port of entry. # # # # #… Continue Reading


Leahy: New Clean Water Act Guidance That Underscores Pollution Rules For Streams And Wetlands Offers ‘Sturdier Framework’ For Protecting Lake Champlain

WEDNESDAY (April 14) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Wednesday said new guidance on Clean Water Act protections for streams and wetlands will dispel confusion sown by two Supreme Court decisions, giving Vermont and Vermonters a "sturdier framework" for cleaning up Lake Champlain and other critical waterways. Leahy commended a multi-agency task force -- the White House Council on Environmental Quality, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Department of Agri… Continue Reading


Leahy: VPR Nets 5 Digital Conversion Grants That Will Boost Coverage And Quality Throughout Vermont

(WEDNESDAY, April 27) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) says five new digital conversion grants totaling $402,863 will allow Vermont Public Radio to strengthen signal coverage and quality across Vermont, enhancing what already is one of the nation's premier statewide public radio networks. The grants are part of $6 million awarded nationwide to local public radio and TV stations by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). In ratifying the work of the Senate and House Appropriations Committ… Continue Reading


Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On Supreme Court Decision In AT&T v. Concepcion

In AT&T v. Concepcion, the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 opinion, held that class action bans, if part of an arbitration clause, are enforceable and any state law that says otherwise is preempted by the Federal Arbitration Act. "The opinion of five Supreme Court Justices in AT&T v. Concepcion will further weaken protections for consumers. The divided court decided that state laws which would protect consumers' rights to band together are preempted by Federal law. This is the latest in a ser… Continue Reading


Leahy Urges Google, Apple To Testify At SJC Subcommittee Mobile Privacy Hearing

(Wednesday, April 27, 2011) - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is urging two leading providers of smartphone and tablet technology to accept invitations to testify before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law at a May 10 hearing focused on "Protecting Mobile Privacy: Your Smartphones, Tablets, Cell Phones and Your Privacy." In letters to Google CEO Larry Page and Apple CEO Steve Jobs, Leahy urged the companies to testify about how each is … Continue Reading


Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Southwest-AirTran Merger

"Now that the Department of Justice has concluded its review of the Southwest-AirTran merger, I hope that Southwest Airlines will strongly consider resuming service to Burlington International Airport. Like many states across the country, Vermont depends on affordable and accessible air travel to help drive our state and local economy. Returning the service once provided by AirTran to Burlington will benefit both Vermonters and visitors to our state." # # # # #… Continue Reading


Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Administration’s National Strategy To Address Prescription Drug Abuse

"With the release of this national strategy, Director Kerlikowske and officials from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, and the Drug Enforcement Administration are continuing important efforts to stop prescription drug abuse. At a Judiciary Committee field hearing in Barre last year, Director Kerlikowske and I heard directly from people on the front lines in Vermont about the state's efforts to combat drug-related crime and particularly the growing p… Continue Reading


Delegation Statement on Entergy Lawsuit

BURLINGTON, Vt., April 18 - The Vermont congressional delegation issued the following statement after Entergy, the owners of Vermont Yankee, sued to stop the state from closing the plant next year: "It appears that Entergy has developed a bad case of corporate amnesia in refusing to honor an agreement it signed with the state in 2002. Entergy agreed to waive any claim that federal law preempts the jurisdiction of Vermont. The company also agreed to comply with the terms of the agreement and … Continue Reading


Leahy Leads Bipartisan Effort To Help Dairy Workers

MONDAY, April 18 - U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has introduced bipartisan legislation to ensure that dairy farmers in Vermont and across the country can use a visa program long used by other sectors of the agriculture industry to hire foreign workers. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is a cosponsor of Leahy's bill, and Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vt.) has supported similar efforts in the House of Representatives. The H-2A Improvement Act will authorize dairy workers, sheepherders and goat h… Continue Reading


Senate Unanimously Adopts Leahy-Authored Food Safety Bill

(Friday, April 15, 2011) - The U.S. Senate Thursday night unanimously adopted legislation authored by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to strengthen criminal penalties for companies that knowingly violate food safety standards and place tainted food products on the market. "Food safety received considerable attention last year, and I was pleased that Congress finally passed comprehensive food safety reforms. But our work is not done," said Leahy. "On behalf of the hundreds of individuals sickene… Continue Reading


Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Attack On Women's Health Care Services Offered Under Title X By Planned Parenthood

Last Friday night, in the absence of a budget deal, the federal government came within one hour of shutting its doors and all but emergency services. The obstacle to an agreement at that point was not a matter of spending levels or budget cuts. The obstacle was ideologically driven policy riders that some insisted on including in the budget bill. Thankfully, in the end, we prevailed in stripping out the abhorrent rider to bar funding for Planned Parenthood. A small but vocal minority is adam… Continue Reading


Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On House Judiciary Committee Consideration Of The America Invents Act

"I applaud Chairman Smith and the House Judiciary Committee for taking action today on the America Invents Act. Patent reform is an important key to our economic recovery, and will help America invent its way back to prosperity. Patent reform is supported by Democrats and Republicans alike, by the Obama administration, and by businesses, industries, and manufacturers across the spectrum. I look forward to working with Chairman Smith and leaders in the House to send the America Invents Act to … Continue Reading


Senator Leahy Speaks In Opposition To The 2011 Budget Bill

(3:45 p.m. Thursday, April 14, 2011) [The House passed the continuing resolution for FY2011 - the recent budget agreement - Thursday afternoon, and the Senate is expected to vote on it early Thursday evening.] Mr. LEAHY: Madam President, I appreciate the extremely hard work that the Majority Leader - and I've told him this - and the President - I've told him that - and the distinguished chairman - I've told him that - of the work they have done to get the best possible deal under extremely dif… Continue Reading


Leahy Introduces Bill To Bring Equality To Lawful Partners In Immigration Law

(Thursday, April 14, 2011) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Thursday renewed his effort to update U.S. immigration law to permit American citizens to sponsor same-sex "permanent partners" applying for legal residency in the United States. The Uniting American Families Act of 2011 mirrors legislation introduced by Leahy in the last Congress. Companion legislation will be introduced in the House of Representatives today by Congressman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.). Current law permits American citizens … Continue Reading


Comment of Senator Patrick Leahy On President Obama’s Debt Reduction Proposal

President Obama called the nation to the vital task of charting a sustainable budget path to a better America. Congress must set aside the temptation to delusion and illusion. It is unfortunate for example that Congress already has spent inordinate time and effort this year in negotiating three rounds of deep cuts only in the discretionary part of this year's budget - a relatively small fraction of overall federal spending. Setting a realistic course also means taking honest appraisal of t… Continue Reading

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