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11.17.09

Leahy, Hatch, Delahunt, Gohmert Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation On Retirement Benefits For Assistant U.S. Attorneys

Leaders in the Senate and House of Representatives today introduced legislation to strengthen retirement benefits for Assistant U.S. Attorneys. The legislation was introduced in the Senate by Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), a former chairman of the Committee, and in the House of Representatives by Congressman William Delahunt (D-Mass.) and Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-Texas). The Enhanced Restitution Enforcement and Equitable Treatment Act w… Continue Reading


11.17.09

Time To End Filibuster Of Moderate Judicial Nominee

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Tuesday urged the Senate to vote to end the filibuster of the nomination of Judge David Hamilton to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Hamilton's nomination has been pending on the Senate's executive calendar since June 4. President Obama nominated Judge Hamilton on March 17. He appeared before the Judiciary Committee twice, on April 1 and April 29. His nomination is supported by Indiana Senators Richard Lugar (R) and Evan Bayh (D).… Continue Reading


11.17.09

Comment On President Obama’s Intention To Nominate Julie Brill To Be A Commissioner Of The Federal Trade Commission

[President Obama this week announced his intention to nominate Vermonter Julie Brill for one of two vacancies on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Brill served for more than 20 years as Assistant Attorney General for Consumer Protection and Antitrust for the State of Vermont, from 1988 to 2009. Since February 2009 she has 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.) chairs the … Continue Reading


11.17.09

Comment On Executive Order Establishing A Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force

"President Obama's creation of a Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force to investigate and prosecute financial crime builds on the commitment made earlier this year with the enactment of the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act. Financial and mortgage fraud were major contributors to a financial crisis that has harmed millions of Americans and undermined confidence in our markets and our financial system. Large sums in private investments and taxpayers' dollars are lost to f… Continue Reading


11.17.09

Statement On Committee Progress On The Free Flow Of Information Act

[President Obama this week announced his intention to nominate Vermonter Julie Brill for one of two vacancies on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Brill served for more than 20 years as Assistant Attorney General for Consumer Protection and Antitrust for the State of Vermont, from 1988 to 2009. Since February 2009 she has 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.) chairs the … Continue Reading


11.17.09

Senate Defeats Amendment To Obstruct Government’s Ability To Securely Hold Detainees

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy Tuesday joined 56 other Senators to defeat an amendment to the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act that would have prohibited the use of funds to construct or modify prison facilities to hold individuals currently being detained at the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Leahy has opposed similar measures designed to curb the tools and resources available to the Federal Government to bring charges against detai… Continue Reading


11.17.09

Ten State Attorneys General Back Leahy-Authored Antitrust Exemption Repeal Legislation

- Ten state Attorneys General are backing legislation authored by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to repeal the health insurance and medical malpractice insurance industries' exemption from federal antitrust laws. In a letter dated November 13, Attorneys General from Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Oregon, Arizona, Iowa, Montana, Florida and Wyoming urge Congress to end the decades-old exemption from federal antitrust laws, which are designed to encourage competition and protect consu… Continue Reading


11.16.09

Williston Firms Keep Growing: Leahy Support Of Triosyn And MicroStrain Helps Them Revolutionize Safety Of Troops

WILLISTON, VT -- Senator Patrick Leahy visited two Williston firms, MicroStrain and Triosyn, Monday to announce a series of cutting-edge, job-creating defense contracts he secured for the firms that may lead to revolutionary advances in aircraft safety and medical practices for U.S. troops. During a tour of MicroStrain's new virtual helicopter -- a high-tech lab featuring key components of the Navy's Seahawk HH-60 helicopter - Leahy, a senior member of the Senate Appropriation… Continue Reading


11.15.09

Funds Approved To Manage Bat Disease

The $1.9 million approved recently in Congress to manage a mystery disease that's killed high numbers of bats in Vermont and New York likely will be spent to implement priorities of a national plan being written to help find a solution to white-nose syndrome as it continues to spread. The emergency money, contained in the 2010 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill, was approved in conference committee recently and is expected to be awarded to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. "… Continue Reading


11.13.09

Comment On White House Counsel Gregory Craig

"Greg Craig is an exceptional public servant, as well as a gifted lawyer. Together with President Obama, he helped to bolster the integrity of the Presidency, and restore integrity to the White House Counsel's Office. I have appreciated his approach to working with Congress, and his willingness to take on great challenges in the first months of this young presidency. Vermonters value public service, and as a Vermonter himself, Greg Craig has heeded that call." # # # # #… Continue Reading


11.13.09

Comment On Decision To Pursue Certain Detainee Cases In Federal District Court

"I have always believed that the nation's federal courts are capable of trying high profile terrorism and national security cases. They have proven time and time again to be up to the job. The Justice Department's decision to pursue criminal charges against Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and four other suspects in federal court is a step toward bringing long overdue justice to the perpetrators of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. I hope these cases will move forward … Continue Reading


11.10.09

Rutland Town School

Ms. Fleming's 8th grade class As a part of the annual "Operation Caring Classroom" Initiative, the Armed Forces Foundation contacted Senator Leahy to perform an online chat with students from Rutland Town School in Rutland, VT. In order to raise awareness and appreciation for military families, Senator Leahy spoke with students discussing health care issues, the environment, the Constitution and his life. Listed below is a sample of some of the questions asked during the chat. This year's chat… Continue Reading


11.10.09

Comment On The Selection Of Dr. Rajiv Shah To Be The Next USAID Administrator

[Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) chairs the State Department and Foreign Operations Subcommittee, of the Senate Appropriations Committee, which handles the Senate's work in appropriating funds for the operations and programs of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and other agencies.] "USAID is an agency facing formidable challenges. Dr. Shah has a reputation as a leader of extraordinary intellect, creativity and vision, and I look forward to working with him to r… Continue Reading


11.10.09

Judiciary Committee Begins Examination Of Innocence Protection Act Extension

The Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday held a hearing focusing on reauthorizing and improving the landmark Innocence Protection Act, legislation enacted as part of the 2004 Justice For All Act. The Innocence Protection Act was first introduced in 2000 by Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). Leahy crafted the unprecedented criminal justice reform legislation to ensure that law enforcement officials have the necessary tools to find and convict criminals, while making sure that innocent peop… Continue Reading


11.09.09

After Five-Month Delay, Senate Confirms Davis To 4th Circuit

More than five months after the nomination was overwhelmingly reported by the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Senate Monday night confirmed Judge Andre Davis to serve on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Judiciary Committee earlier had reported the Davis nomination to the Senate by a vote of 16 to 3. He was confirmed by the Senate Monday night in a 72 to 16 vote. Amid an across-the-board slowdown orchestrated by the Senate's minority party, the Senate has been slow to confirm even conse… Continue Reading


11.09.09

Comment On Justice Department Views Letter On S. 1692, The USA PATRIOT Act Sunset Extension Act

"The administration's statement of strong support on the USA PATRIOT Act Sunset Extension Act should help the Senate to swiftly consider this important legislation. I drafted this legislation to strengthen our national security and protect civil liberties. I appreciate the continued commitment of Senator Feinstein, Senator Kyl, and others, to enacting legislation that addresses the needs of intelligence and law enforcement agencies, but that also implements safeguards and ove… Continue Reading


11.06.09

New Agricultural Innovation Center Will Take ‘Vermont Branding’ To Next Level

RUTLAND, Vt. -- A grant secured by Senator Patrick Leahy will be used to launch a new Vermont Agricultural Innovation Demonstration Center, to help develop new Vermont products and chart new avenues for Vermont's farmers and businesses to connect with untapped customers and markets. Leahy aide Tom Berry made the announcement Friday in remarks in Rutland before the Vermont Farm Bureau. Leahy secured $469,000 in U.S. Department of Agriculture funding for the new Center, which w… Continue Reading


11.05.09

Proctor High School

Mr. Laramie's United States History and Civics Classes On November 5, 2009, Senator Leahy conducted his first online chat with United States History and Civics' High School students of Proctor High School in Proctor, VT. The students asked the Senator questions concerning health care reform, the economy and the war in Afghanistan. They asked to understand the Senator's reasoning for voting to reauthorize the Patriot Act as well as his decision on voting to support a public option for all Americ… Continue Reading


11.05.09

Federal Courts Capable Of Hearing Terrorism Trials

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) spoke on the Senate floor Thursday in opposition to an amendment to the Commerce-Justice-Science appropriations bill that would prohibit the use of funds to prosecute in federal courts the detainees held in connection to the terrorist attacks of September 11. Leahy has long opposed restricting the Justice Department's ability to prosecute terrorists and detainees in federal courts.] Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy … Continue Reading


11.05.09

Leahy, Insurance Competition Expert Discuss Importance Of Increasing Competition As An Integral Element Of Health Care Reform

- Senator Patrick Leahy joined David Balto, a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and former policy director for the Bureau of Competition at the Federal Trade Commission, on a conference call this afternoon to discuss the need for increasing competition in the health care industry through the elimination of the antitrust exemption for health insurers. For over sixty years, insurance companies have enjoyed an exemption from federal anti-trust laws, giving them a significant competi… Continue Reading

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