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Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy On Protecting The Rights Of American Muslims

Director Robert Mueller of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has testified before this Committee and others that, in the past few years, there has been a dramatic increase in the activities of domestic hate groups. Some of these activities have resulted in attacks targeting the American Muslim community. To make matters worse, some leaders have sought to sow fear and divisiveness against American Muslims. Fanning the flames of hate against those with different faith traditions runs co… Continue Reading


Leahy: GE Aviation Rutland Gains $9.8M. Contract From The Navy For Fighter Engines

RUTLAND, Vt. (MONDAY, March 28) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Monday announced a new $9.8 million U.S. Navy contract with General Electric Aviation for work in Rutland on additional engine components used in the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft. The full contract, for work performed in Rutland and at several other GE plants, totals $246,520,390. Leahy is a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and of its Defense Subcommittee, which handles the Senate's work in writing the annual… Continue Reading


Delegation Applauds Nearly $1.8 Million To Provide Fresh Fruits And Vegetables To Vermont School Children

(WEDNESDAY, March 23) -- Vermont's congressional delegation - Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) - on Wednesday applauded the announcement by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to expand assistance to Vermont for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP). Vermont is slated to receive nearly $1.8 million to help provide free fresh fruits and vegetables to children throughout the school day. The USDA FFVP makes fruit and vegetable snacks av… Continue Reading


Peace Corps marks 50

PUTNEY -- Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., were in the Dominican Republic, Monday, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps. Over the last five decades, the Peace Corps has sent more than 200,000 volunteers to 139 countries around the world and the group's roots extend all the way back to Windham County. Sargent Shriver founded the Peace Corps, and Shriver's experience in 1935 traveling in Europe as a member of the Experiment in International Living is beli… Continue Reading


Delegation Fights To Continue Vermont Guard Outreach Program

, March 22 - The Vermont congressional delegation has called on the Army and National Guard to continue funding an essential outreach program for Vermont veterans returning from deployments in Afghanistan and elsewhere. The Vermont Guard's first-of-its-kind outreach program was funded since 2006 by federal grants secured by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee. With a 2010 grant of $2.4 million about to run out, a congressional budget logjam threatens… Continue Reading


Obama Administration, Governor Shumlin Announce Funds To Spur At Least $132 Million In New Lending to Vermont Small Businesses, Help Create Jobs

Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin announced the approval of Vermont's State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) application. Vermont's planned use of the SSBCI funds will help create new jobs and spur more than $132 million in additional small business lending in that state. The SSBCI program, which supports state-level small business lending programs, is an important component of the Small Business Jobs Act that President Obama signed into law la… Continue Reading


Delegation Statement on NRC and Vermont Yankee

BURLINGTON, Vt., March 21 - The Vermont congressional delegation issued the following statement in response to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission decision to formally issue a 20-year license extension for the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant: "It is hard to understand how the NRC could move forward with a license extension for Vermont Yankee at exactly the same time as a nuclear reactor of similar design is in partial meltdown in Japan. We believe that Entergy should respect and abide by Vermont's… Continue Reading


Congressional Delegation To Visit Dominican Republic And Haiti During Congressional Recess

(FRIDAY, March 18) -- Senator Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on Department of State and Foreign Operations, is heading a three-day congressional delegation that will visit the Dominican Republic and Haiti. The delegation leaves Monday and will return Wednesday while Congress is in recess. Members of the delegation are Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.); Senator Kent Conrad (D-N.D.); Senator Kay Hagan (D-N.C.); Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vt.), and Cong… Continue Reading


Leahy Renews Effort To Permanently Charter Successful Job-Creating Foreign Investment Program

BURLINGTON, Vt. (FRIDAY, March 18) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced Friday that he is renewing his effort to make permanent the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Regional Center pilot program. Vermont's Regional Center program, established in 1997, has been a highly successful private-public partnership between the State of Vermont and several Vermont businesses. "Vermont's regional center program is an economic engine for the state," said Leahy at a news conference in Burlington. "In a small … Continue Reading


Leahy: Small Businesses Will Benefit From America Invents Act

(Wednesday, March 16, 2011) - The U.S. Senate this week is debating legislation to reauthorize the Small Business Innovation Research Program and Small Business Technology Transfer Program. The bill will improve small businesses' ability to take part in federally-funded research. Last week, the Senate overwhelmingly voted to approve the America Invents Act, legislation authored by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) that will also benefit small businesses by making important updates to the nation's … Continue Reading


Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The FY 2012 Budget Request For The EPA

Administrator Jackson, welcome. Since the passage of the Lake Champlain Designation Act 20 years ago, the EPA has been a strong partner in the cleanup of Lake Champlain. Vermont and New York have valued that partnership. We have worked with Republican and Democratic administrations alike to identify and address threats to the quality of Lake Champlain. Everyone in the Champlain Basin wants to preserve and protect the Lake that is not only a natural wonder but also an integral part of our eco… Continue Reading


Leahy, Cornyn Renew “Faster FOIA” Effort During Sunshine Week

(Wednesday, March 16, 2011) - As Sunshine Week commemorations continue, Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas.) Wednesday renewed their legislative efforts to improve the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the nation's premier open government law. Leahy and Cornyn are longtime leaders in Congress on FOIA issues. The Faster FOIA Act will establish an advisory panel to examine agency backlogs in processing FOIA requests. The panel, named the Commission on Freedom of Informati… Continue Reading


Richmond Elementary School

On March 16, 2011 Senator Leahy spent a half hour speaking with students from Richmond Elementary School. The 4th grade students who had just finished studying Vermont civics and government asked a variety of questions about life as a United States Senator, Lake Champlain, Farm to School Program, and technology in schools. This was Senator Leahy's first online chat with Richmond Elementary School. The questions asked during the chat are listed below. Raina: Why did you want to run for Senate … Continue Reading


Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy on The Cluster Munitions Civilian Protection Act

MR. LEAHY. Mr. President, on March 10th, my friend from California, Senator Feinstein, and I introduced S. 558, the Cluster Munitions Civilian Protection Act of 2011. It is identical to the bill that she and I introduced last year, and similar to those in prior years. Cluster munitions, like any weapon, have some military utility. But anyone who has seen the indiscriminate devastation cluster munitions cause over a wide area understands the unacceptable threat they pose to civilians. These … Continue Reading


Leahy Marks Sunshine Week With FOIA Hearing

(Tuesday, March 15, 2011) - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) held a hearing Tuesday on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the nation's premier open government law. The nation is celebrating Sunshine Week, an observance of the importance of an open and transparent government. "The right to know is a cornerstone of our democracy," said Leahy. "Without it, citizens are kept in the dark about key policy decisions that directly affect their lives. Without public acce… Continue Reading


Fraternal Order Of Police Supports Leahy-Authored PATRIOT Reauthorization Bill

(Monday, March 14, 2011) - Legislation to extend expiring provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act received the backing of one of the nation's largest law enforcement organizations Monday when the Fraternal Order of Police wrote to Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) endorsing S. 193, the USA PATRIOT Act Sunset Extension Act. "I am writing on behalf of the members of the Fraternal Order of Police to advise you of our support for S. 193," wrote … Continue Reading


Comments Of Senator Patrick Leahy On “60 Minutes” Investigation Into The Counterfeit Drugs Market

"Last night's '60 Minutes' investigation on the counterfeit drug trade calls further attention to the harm caused to American consumers by counterfeit products. To an everyday consumer, these medicines, which are packaged in convincingly labeled bottles and imprinted with an authentic looking brand name, are easily mistaken for the real thing. For patients relying on medicines to treat serious conditions, counterfeit drugs are life threatening. "Often these counterfeit pharmaceuticals are ma… Continue Reading


Senator Patrick Leahy and IBM Laud Progress on Patent Reform Legislation

BURLINGTON, Vt. - (FRIDAY, 11 March 2011) -- U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and IBM Friday celebrated the overwhelming Senate approval of patent reform legislation as one of the country's first steps toward modernizing the U.S. patent system which is essential to protecting inventors, preserving American innovation leadership and generating economic growth. The bill passed this week, 95 to 5, with a tidal wave of bipartisan support. If passed by the House and signed into law by President O… Continue Reading


State Department Responds To Senator Leahy’s Inquiry About Possible Violations Of The Leahy Law By Military Units In Bahrain

In February 2011, Senator Leahy issued a formal inquiry to the Department of State about the possibility of violations of the Leahy Law in Bahrain. The Leahy Law stipulates that U.S. foreign aid cannot be provided to nations where the military actively violates established human rights. On March 10, the State Department responded to Senator Leahy's inquiry about possible violations of the Leahy Law by military units in Bahrain. Click here to view the State Department's response.… Continue Reading


Op-ED: The Never Ending Work Of Defending The Public’s Right To Know

This is the sixth anniversary of Sunshine Week, a time to take stock of the public's right to know and to celebrate victories in making ours a more open and transparent government. It was more than 40 years ago that Congress enacted the landmark Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). This watershed law ushered in a new and unprecedented era of transparency in government. More than four decades later, the public and the press continue to draw on FOIA to better understand what the government is do… Continue Reading

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