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Feingold, Leahy Unveil No Child Left Behind Reforms

As students across the country head back to the classroom, U.S. Senators Russ Feingold (D-WI) and Pat Leahy (D-VT) unveiled two bills Thursday aimed at reforming the No Child Left Behind education law. The Feingold-Leahy bills, which will be introduced when the Senate reconvenes after the August recess, are designed to provide relief for states and local school districts from the one-size-fits-all approach of the No Child Left Behind Law and increase resources for states to improve the quality o… Continue Reading


Comments To The President’s Address To The Nation On Drawdown Of U.S. Forces From Iraq

Seven years after the war in Iraq began, and after enormous sacrifices by our troops and their families, at long last we are finally winding down the U.S. presence there. Many Americans will remain in Iraq as the drawdown continues, and our thanks and our prayers go to them and to all of our men and women in service who are still far from home. I opposed going to war in Iraq, and invading Iraq was a costly foreign policy blunder that harmed U.S. interests on many fronts. President Obama pledg… Continue Reading


Leahy: Drug Abuse Program Grants To Vermont Will Help ‘Drill Down’ On Solutions To Substance Abuse And Drug-Related Crime

Two Chittenden County anti-drug coalitions are getting grants from the federal Drug Free Communities program, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced Monday. The grants for countering drug and alcohol abuse, totaling just over $200,000, have been awarded to the Essex CHIPS coalition ($125,000) and the Burlington Partnership for a Healthy Community ($93,917). The Vermont coalitions are two of only 169 programs across the country to receive funding, while more than 500 programs applied. The Dr… Continue Reading


Leahy, Sanders and Welch Commend Agency’s Decision To Accept Prized Expanse On Lake Memphremagog For Conservation And Recreation, Meeting Donor’s Deadline

Vermont's Congressional Delegation -- Senator Patrick Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I), and Congressman Peter Welch (D) -- on Friday congratulated the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the agency's newly announced decision to acquire the Dunn Estate on Lake Memphremagog. The picturesque Dunn property includes more than over 400 acres and more than a mile of frontage on Lake Memphremagog. The land was bequeathed to the federal government for the people of Vermont and the natio… Continue Reading


Vermont Receives $5.7 Million For Local Renewable Energy and Smart Grid Efforts

Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) today announced $5.7 million in federal funding to help Vermont households utilize "smart meter" systems and install solar thermal and solar hot water technologies. The non-profit Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, which operates Efficiency Vermont, will administer a $700,000 project to complement smart grid technology being deployed across the state due to an earlier $69 million stimulus investment.… Continue Reading


Looming Disaster Averted In Vermont Apple Harvest

A looming disaster threatened by the combination of early-maturing apples and a hitch with visas for the guest workers to pick them has been averted, according to Senator Patrick Leahy and Vermont apple growers. With apple crops ripening 10 days to 14 days early this year, at least 19 orchards in Vermont and New York, and many more throughout the Northeast, had encountered an extra form-filing step in the annual process of recruiting temporary workers from Jamaica. The added step - Request For… Continue Reading


The Leahy Letter - August 25, 2010

Vermont Senators Introduce Dairy Market Stabilization Act Last month, with the Ethan Allen Farm as a backdrop, Senator Leahy joined Senator Sanders to unveil legislation to stabilize dairy prices and preserve the family farms that have been a fixture of Vermont's economy and culture for centuries. Over the last 20 years, dairy boom and bust cycles have seen the price per hundredweight soar to $19.30 in 2004 before crashing to $11.90 in 2006. Prices recovered in 2007 to $21.80 before plummeting … Continue Reading


Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Loss Of Two Vermont National Guardsmen

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Loss Of Two Vermont National Guardsmen August 24, 2010 [On Tuesday, August 24, the Vermont Army National Guard confirmed the deaths of two soldiers in Afghanistan. The Guardsmen, both members of the 3/172 MNT Infantry Battalion from Jericho, were caught in a firefight. SGT Tristan Southworth of West Danville,Vt., and SGT Steven Deluzio of South Glastonbury,Conn., were serving a year-long deployment with the Vermont National Guard at the time of their de… Continue Reading


Comment Of Senator Leahy On The Renewal Of The Peace Process In the Middle East

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy Chairman, Appropriations Subcommittee On State And Foreign Operations, On The Renewal Of The Peace Process In the Middle East August 20, 2010 [On Friday, August 20, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the renewal of efforts to broker a peace agreement between the Palestinians and Israelis. Former Senator George Mitchell, now serving as special envoy to the Middle East, played a pivotal role in encouraging both parties to come back to the table and enga… Continue Reading


Vermont Agencies To Share $4.7 Million For Energy Efficiency

BURLINGTON, August 19 - Five agencies in Vermont will receive about $4.7 million to provide solar thermal and solar hot water technologies for Vermont families, Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) announced today. The funds also may be used to promote bulk buying strategies and cooperative partnerships in buying solar technologies in order to lower the costs of materials. Community-based marketing approaches to help families save energy and money… Continue Reading


Vermont Delegation Announces Infusion Of Capital For Nonprofit Lenders In Vermont

(Thursday, Aug.19) - U.S. Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and Congressman Peter Welch Thursday announced that four Vermont nonprofit organizations will receive an infusion of $2.3 million in capital to make loans and provide technical assistance to small businesses, day cares, nonprofit affordable housing developers and first time home buyers. Vermont's congressional delegation said the U.S. Department of Treasury's Community Development Financial Institution Fund (CDFI) is awarding the … Continue Reading


Leahy Says New Navigation Systems At Rutland Regional Airport Will Make Area Travel Safer And More Reliable

NORTH CLARENDON, Vt. (Thursday, Aug.19) - During a news conference highlighting successes at the Rutland Southern Vermont Regional Airport Thursday afternoon, Senator Patrick Leahy told Rutland area leaders and airport officials that he and Congressman Peter Welch have secured a new $925,000 federal appropriation to install an Instrument Landing System (ILS) at the airport that will make coming and going at the airport safer and more reliable. Leahy, Welch, the Rutland Region Chamber of Commerc… Continue Reading


Vermont Delegation Announces $5.5 Million Award To Bring Faster Broadband To Rural Waitsfield Champlain Valley Telecom Customers

(WEDNESDAY, Aug. 18) - U.S. Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and Congressman Peter Welch said that a $5.5 million stimulus broadband grant and loan package to Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom, announced today (Wednesday), will help connect their most rural and remote customers to high speed fiber optic internet access. Vice President Joe Biden Wednesday was joined by representatives of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and its Rural Utilities Service (RUS) and of the U.S. Departme… Continue Reading


Leahy Announces $200,000 For Workforce Housing And Smart Growth In Randolph

RANDOLPH, Vt. (Thurs., August 12) -Senator Patrick Leahy Thursday told representatives of the Randolph Area Community Development Corporation (RACDC), Randolph town and state elected officials, and RACDC development partners that he has secured $200,000 in federal funds to help with the development of workforce housing in downtown Randolph. The mixed-income, rental and home ownership development known as Salisbury Square will repurpose an abandoned former Randolph Ethan Allen plant site to prov… Continue Reading


Applied Research Associates of Randolph Is Awarded $10.6 Million In Contracts To Produce Demining Vehicle And Deliver Smart Sensors

RANDOLPH, Vt. (Thursday, August 12) - During a visit to Applied Research Associates (ARA) Vertek Division Thursday, U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy announced the firm has been awarded two separate contracts totaling $10.6 million from the U.S. Army to continue developing demining vehicles and to manufacture a next generation ground sensor. Leahy told a group of gathered ARA employees that he had secured a $4.72 million contract for ARA to continue work with the U.S. Army on a landmine and unexploded o… Continue Reading


Vermont Schools To Receive $25 Million More For Education Jobs

BURLINGTON, Vt., August 11 - Vermont schools are in line for another infusion of nearly $25.5 million in economic recovery funds, Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) announced today. The funds authorized by last year's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act are in addition to an estimated $19 million included for Vermont schools in new legislation signed Tuesday by President Obama. That separate support for schools is expected to fund 300 Vermont … Continue Reading


Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Signing Of The Securing The Protection Of Our Enduring And Established Constitutional Heritage Act

On Tuesday, August 10, President Obama signed into law legislation co-authored by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to protect American authors, journalists and publishers from foreign libel lawsuits that undermine the First Amendment. The freedoms of speech and the press are cornerstones of our democracy. The SPEECH Act is the product of hard work and extensive negotiations on both sides of the aisle. Foreign libel lawsuits threaten the free flow of information in … Continue Reading


Comment of Senator Patrick Leahy On Final Passage Of The Health/Education Jobs Bill

(Bill Passed The House 247-161 Tuesday Afternoon) Bill Now Goes To President For Signing I am pleased that in a rare emergency session, the House has joined the Senate in passing this bill to save teaching jobs and to extend supplemental Medicaid payments to states. It is easy to see why this bill has been one of Vermont's highest priorities in the Congress. This is a timely influx of education dollars for Vermont, coming just as schools throughout Vermont are facing tough cuts in the two up… Continue Reading


Comment Of Senator Leahy On The Death Of Former Senator Ted Stevens Of Alaska

Ted Stevens loved his state, he loved his country and served it in uniform and in other ways from World War II on, and he loved the Senate. I worked with him for 34 years on the Senate Appropriations Committee, and we traveled together to Alaska and overseas, visiting our men and women in uniform. He was a tough negotiator and a savvy legislator. But as I told him again last month, he was an old-school senator. He always kept his word to me and to other senators. In moments of legislative b… Continue Reading


Senate Votes To Revamp School Lunch Program To Counter Child Obesity And Promote Healthier Meals

(FRI./SAT./SUN., Aug. 6-8) - Before ending its summer session, the U.S. Senate on Aug. 5 unanimously approved sweeping changes in the school lunch program, including an expansion of an effort led by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to multiply links between local farms and school lunch counters. The fully paid for, bipartisan $4.5 billion childhood nutrition bill, which will be conferenced with a counterpart bill nearing action in the House, will renew and expand federal support for school lunch p… Continue Reading

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