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Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Pigford And Cobell Settlements And Earmark Reform

Mr. LEAHY. Mr President, I rise today to express my support for passage of the Pigford and Cobell Settlements. But before I address the need to pass this legislation, I would like to take a few minutes to congratulate the other side of the aisle for keeping their self imposed earmark ban for all of four days. Much like Captain Renault in Casablanca I am sure that my colleagues will be shocked, just shocked to know that there are earmarks embedded in the extraneous provisions that have been a… Continue Reading


As Asked Of Senator Patrick Leahy On VPR's Vermont Edition: "What is the meaning of 'lame duck'?"

While appearing on Vermont Public Radio's Vermont Edition with Bob Kinzel on Friday, November 19, Senator Leahy was asked for the history and meaning of the term 'lame duck' as it is used in reference to all sessions of the U.S. Congress taking place after an election but prior to the commencement of a new term. According to the Library of Congress, the historical significance and meaning of the term 'lame duck' is as follows: The expression "lame duck" was originally applied in 18th century B… Continue Reading


Leahy Pushes For Repeal Of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ In Lame Duck Session

(Thursday, Nov. 18) - U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and more than a dozen other senators are pressing fellow senators to repeal the controversial "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy as part of the annual Defense Authorization Bill. Opponents of repeal are blocking action on the entire defense bill over the issue. Following are Leahy's remarks from a news conference Thursday on Capitol Hill: Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Remarks At News Conference In Support Of Repealing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tel… Continue Reading


Senate Judiciary Committee Advances Bipartisan Bill To Combat Copyright Infringement And Counterfeits

(Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010) - The Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday approved legislation to combat copyright infringement and the sale of counterfeit goods online. The bipartisan Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act was introduced in September by Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and senior Republican member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). The Committee voted unanimously, 19-0, to send the legislation to the full Senate for consideration. The bill provides law enforcement with impo… Continue Reading


Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On New Justice Department Guidance Promoting DNA Testing In Criminal Cases

(Today, the Justice Department released two reports issuing guidance related to the use of DNA Testing in criminal cases. The first announces that the Justice Department will no longer routinely ask defendants to waive their right to request DNA testing as part of a plea agreement. The second reaffirms the Justice Department's commitment to collecting DNA samples from all people arrested for federal felonies). "I commend the Attorney General for reversing the Bush administration policy of dema… Continue Reading


Leahy Welcomes New Republican Co-Chair Of 97-Member Senate National Guard Caucus

(Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010) -- Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who has been the Democratic co-chair of the Senate National Guard Caucus for more than a decade, has a new Republican partner. At a news conference Tuesday on Capitol Hill, Leahy announced that Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican senator from South Carolina, will replace Senator Kit Bond of Missouri (R), a founding member of the caucus, who is retiring from the Senate. It is a rare leadership change for the influential group. In a pa… Continue Reading


Colchester High School

On November 17, 2010 Senator Leahy conducted his first online chat for the 2010-2011 school year with students from Colchester High School. Students asked Senator Leahy a variety of questions about how Senator Leahy decided to enter into politics, his priorities in the Senate, and his thoughts on education reform and the importance of arts education. A sample of the questions asked during the chat follows. Why did you get into politics? What are you and Congress doing to help boost Vermont's … Continue Reading


Vermont Picked for Project to Improve Patient Care

, Nov. 16 - Vermont was one of eight states selected today by the federal government for a Medicare demonstration project to improve health care by basing payments to doctors and hospitals on the quality of patient care instead of the quantity of care, the state's congressional delegation announced. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said, "Vermont's selection ensures that our state will continue to lead in finding the best ways to reduce costs and keep patients healthier by doing a better job of coord… Continue Reading


Veterans Day Message Of Senator Patrick Leahy

Every year, Americans gather to remember and venerate the men and women who have given so much to our country, the veterans of our armed forces. This day marks a beautiful solidarity we have as Americans that transcends our petty squabbles to remind us of what brings us together rather than what divides us. Our veterans are of all ages, they are both men and women, and they include members of every race and ethnicity on earth and believers in every faith. What unites them, and us to them, is … Continue Reading


Vermont Harvests 6th Largest Share Of Rural Renewable Energy Grants And Loans

(TUESDAY, Nov. 9) -- Vermont's Congressional Delegation - Senator Patrick Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I) and Congressman Peter Welch (D) - reported Tuesday that 18 Vermont farms and rural businesses will share $3,750,930 in grants and loans to support energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy projects. The loans and grants are being made through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). The Vermont projects include nearly $2 million in grant… Continue Reading


Senators Query Secretary Clinton On Pending Decision On TransCanada Tar Sands Pipeline

(FRIDAY, Oct. 29) - Led by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), 11 U.S. senators are raising questions about the pending approval of the TransCanada Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. In a letter sent Thursday to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the lawmakers sought answers to a series of concerns they have about the pipeline. Signing the letter, in addition to Leahy and Merkley, are Senators Roland Burris (D-Ill.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), Kirsten Gillib… Continue Reading


Comments Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The President’s Remarks On Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) released the following comments today following remarks by President Obama and Vice President Biden recognizing Domestic Violence Awareness Month. "The President and Vice President have announced an unprecedented initiative to reduce domestic and sexual violence, and to assist the survivors of these terrible crimes. These are important issues that I have consistently worked to address in Congress, and I support the administration's efforts. "The Violence Aga… Continue Reading


Leahy Secures $65,000 For Guilford Country Store

GUILFORD, Vt. (MONDAY, Oct. 25) - U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy Monday told members of the Friends of Algiers Village and project partners working to reopen the Guilford Country Store that he has secured a $65,000 grant in partnership with the Preservation Trust of Vermont to help with their efforts. During a news conference at the store, leadership from the Friends of Algiers Village estimated the store would reopen next summer. "I have long believed that Vermont's village stores help define our st… Continue Reading


Vermont Passport Office To Open In February, Creating Jobs And Easing Vermonters’ Travel

ST. ALBANS, Vt. (FRIDAY, Oct. 22) - U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Friday toured the State Department's new Vermont Passport Agency office under construction in St. Albans, as Vermont prepares to join the ranks of fewer than two dozen states with such passport offices. During the visit State Department officials told Leahy that they expect to open the new facility to the public early next year, in February. The new office will occupy St. Albans' ornate former Post Office building on S… Continue Reading


Leahy Announces Effort To Make Lighter, Longer Lasting Lithium Iron Battery At Energizer St. Albans Facility

ST. ALBANS, Vt. (FRIDAY, Oct. 22) - During a tour of the Energizer factory in St. Albans on Friday, U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy announced he is working on securing a $1 million U.S. Department of Defense research and development contract that will help Energizer develop an advanced lithium-iron disulfide battery. The contract would build on a multi-year long effort by Energizer, partially funded with a 2008 $2.4 million Leahy-secured contract, to reduce the weight, increase the energy output and m… Continue Reading


Vermont Delegation: New Funding Bolsters St. Albans Streetscapes Project

(WEDNESDAY, Oct. 20) - U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and U.S. Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) Tuesday announced that St. Albans has been awarded a $125,000 federal grant for its ongoing streetscapes project. The grant, awarded by the Department of Transportation, will fund continued downtown improvements. In FY2009, Welch secured $380,000 in funding for sidewalk, streetlight, signage and aesthetic upgrades to Main Street and Taylor Park as part of a comprehen… Continue Reading


Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Inspector General's Report On Implementation Of The Sentinel Project

"The FBI's efforts to improve its case management system have been riddled with error. Years have been wasted, as well as millions in taxpayer dollars. It is disheartening that once again, the Department of Justice's Inspector General has found that the FBI's current effort, the Sentinel case management program, continues to have costly delays and to fall short of its performance goals. Information exchange is critical to protecting our national security. These stumbles continue to be alarmin… Continue Reading


Leahy: MSA Newport Garners $21 Million In Helmet Contracts

NEWPORT, Vt. (TUESDAY, Oct. 19) - During a tour of MSA's (Mine Safety Appliances Co.) Newport factory on Tuesday, U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy announced three new orders, under competitively bid contracts totaling $21 million, for the Army's Advanced Combat Helmets (ACH). Leahy visited the facility to meet again with employees and to see the new work being done by MSA after a slowdown following the expiration of $6.4 million in earlier contract work secured by Leahy in 2008 and 2009. "It is t… Continue Reading


Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Department Of Justice’s Antitrust Lawsuit Against Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Michigan

"I applaud the Department of Justice for employing our nation's antitrust laws to break-up the stranglehold that massive insurance companies have on our healthcare industry. Given that much of the health insurance industry activity is shielded from the antitrust laws by an antiquated exemption, it is perhaps not surprising that insurers are also engaging in anticompetitive conduct that falls outside the exemption. "Only when Congress passes the Health Insurance Industry Antitrust Enforcement … Continue Reading


Vermont Delegation Shares Morses Line Public Comments With Secretary Napolitano

On October 15, the Vermont congressional delegation directed a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, detailing public comments in support of keeping the Morses Line Port-of-Entry open. Click here to read the full text of the delegation letter.… Continue Reading

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