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Vermont Delegation Announces Recovery Act Funding For Rehabilitation Work At Rutland Free Library

Senator Patrick Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I) and Congressman Peter Welch (D) ) report that U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack Friday made it official that the Rutland Free Library will receive $663,000 in federal support for repair of the library's roof. The funding -- a $200,000 grant and $463,000 loan -- comes through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Community Facilities Program as part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, enacted last year to promote economic re… Continue Reading


Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On House Passage Of The “Freedom of Information Act Amendments To The Securities And Exchange Act, Investment Company Act And Investment Advisers Act Of 2010”

"I commend the House of Representatives for promptly following the Senate's action, and passing legislation to repeal exemptions to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that were enacted in the Wall Street reform bill. This new law will ensure that the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) remains an effective tool to provide public access to information about the stability of our financial markets. "The Freedom of Information Act has long recogni… Continue Reading


Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy Commemorating The Six-Month Milestone Of The Affordable Health Care Act

For each of us, our health is among the things we care the most about. Certainly one of the most common requests any of us regularly make in prayer is for good health. And of course it is not only our own health we worry about; we also want good health and proper medical insurance for our children, our parents, our siblings - for all those who are important to us. Medical knowledge and technology have advanced tremendously during the past two and a half centuries of American life, and the pac… Continue Reading


Senate Judiciary Committee Reports 7 Judicial Nominees; 23 Nominees Now Await Senate Votes

(Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010) - The Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday approved seven pending judicial nominations, sending the nominations to the full Senate for consideration. The Committee also approved eight U.S. Attorney and U.S. Marshal nominations. Following the Committee votes Thursday, 23 judicial nominations will now be pending on the Senate's executive calendar, including six circuit court nominees. Nominations reported to the full Senate as long ago as January have been stalled on t… Continue Reading


Leahy-Authored Food Safety Accountability Act Wins Committee Approval

(Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010) - The Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday unanimously voted to send legislation to strengthen penalties for companies and individuals that knowingly violate food safety standards and endanger American lives by placing tainted food products on the market. The Food Safety Accountability Act is authored by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who chairs the Committee. The Food Safety Accountability Act increases criminal penalties for any individual or corporation that knowin… Continue Reading


Reaction of Senator Patrick Leahy To The President’s UN General Assembly Address On The Administration’s New U.S. Global Development Policy

[In an address before the UN General Assembly, President Obama Wednesday outlined the Administration's new global development policy. Following are the comments of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of State and Foreign Operations, which handles the Senate's work in crafting the annual State Department and foreign assistance appropriations bill:] "The United States has vital national security, economic, and humanitarian interests around… Continue Reading


Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Democracy Is Strengthened By Casting Light On Spending In Elections Act (DISCLOSE Act)

As Prepared For Delivery This week, the Senate will again try to take action to help stem the tide of corporate influence unleashed when, earlier this year, five Supreme Court Justices overturned one hundred years of precedent in the Citizens United decision. When we last sought to consider the DISCLOSE Act prior to the August recess, Republicans filibustered the bill, never allowing the Senate to even debate the legislation. Since that time, the very real concerns of many Americans after the… Continue Reading


Leahy Chairs SJC Hearing To Explore Reforms To Digital Privacy Laws

(Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010) - The Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday held a hearing focused on proposed updates to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), one of the nation's premier digital privacy laws. Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) was the lead Senate author of ECPA, which was enacted in 1986 to protect electronic communications from real-time monitoring or interception by the government. While portions of ECPA have been amended, Congress has not enacted comprehensive reforms … Continue Reading


Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On Senate Passage Of Bill To Repeal SEC FOIA Exemptions

[The Senate Tuesday night unanimously adopted S. 3717, legislation to repeal exemptions to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that were enacted in the Wall Street reform bill. The legislation is authored by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), and cosponsored by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), John Cornyn (R-Texas), and Ted Kaufman (D-Del.). The legislation was unanimously approved on Sept. 16 by the Senate Judiciary Committee, which Leahy chairs… Continue Reading


Reaction Of Senator Leahy As 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Backers Block Debate On Defense Bill

[On Tuesday afternoon (Sept. 21), in a vote of 56 to 43, the U.S. Senate by four votes failed to muster the supermajority of 60 votes needed to end the Republican filibuster of the motion to proceed to the annual Defense Department Authorization Bill. Much of the opposition to the bill is related to a provision that would repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the current codification of discrimination against gay and lesbian personnel who serve, or who want to serve, in the U.S. military. Following … Continue Reading


Vermont Delegation Announces $1.1 Million In Funding For Public Health Services

(TUESDAY, Sept. 21) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I), and Congressman Peter Welch (D) on Tuesday announced that the Vermont Department of Health will receive $1.1 million in federal support for public health programs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funding will support a new five-year program to link Vermont's Blueprint for Health with existing public health data, support local public health programs and combat chronic disease. The Vermont grant is part of… Continue Reading


Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Combat Online Infringement

(Monday, Sept. 20, 2010) - A bipartisan group of Senators will introduce legislation Monday to address the growing problem of online piracy and counterfeiting. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and senior Republican member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) will introduce the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act when the Senate returns to session later today. The legislation is cosponsored by Committee members Herb Kohl (D-Wis.), Arlen Specter (D-Pa.), Chuck Schumer (D-… Continue Reading


$5.7 M. Navy Contract To Goodrich-Vergennes Will Extend Plant’s Work On Helicopter Diagnostics Unit

VERGENNES, Vt. (FRIDAY, Sept. 17) - Senator Patrick Leahy says a new $5,765,474 U.S. Navy contract with Goodrich for additional units of the company's groundbreaking helicopter maintenance diagnostic system, produced by the firm's facility in Vergennes, shows the advanced system has quickly taken its place as a key maintenance feature of U.S. military helicopter programs. Goodrich's Health and Usage Management Systems (HUMS) give mechanics feedback on a helicopter's engine performance, structu… Continue Reading


New Bipartisan, Bicameral Bills Seek To Spotlight And Curb Inhumane Conditions In Foreign Prisons

(THURSDAY, Sept. 16) - Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Sam Brownback (R-Kansas) Thursday introduced, with the support of a broad spectrum of faith-based, human rights, and justice reform organizations, a bill intended as a catalyst to curb inhumane conditions in foreign prisons. Identical bipartisan legislation to their Foreign Prison Conditions Improvement Act of 2010 was also introduced Thursday in the House by Representatives Bill Delahunt (D-Mass.) and Joe Pitts (R-Pa.). The bills call… Continue Reading


Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Legacy Of Agent Orange

Madam President, during the Vietnam War more than 20 million gallons of herbicide known as Agent Orange, much of it containing the highly toxic chemical dioxin, were stored, mixed, handled, and sprayed by U.S. airplanes over millions of acres of forest and farmland in Vietnam. Since then, dioxin has been linked by the U.S. Institutes of Medicine to various cancers and other debilitating diseases, as well as birth defects. The International Agency for Research on Cancer and the National Institute… Continue Reading


Senate Passes Long-Stalled Small Business Jobs Bill

(THURSDAY, Sept. 16) - In a vote of 61 to 38, the U.S. Senate Thursday approved a small business jobs bill that will boost commercial lending and provide tax relief to small businesses in Vermont and nationwide. Senate supporters of the bill, including Senator Patrick Leahy (D) and Senator Bernie Sanders (I) have had to overcome a months-long obstacle course and a Republican filibuster to get the bill to Thursday's decisive up-or-down Senate vote. The House is expected soon to pass the Senat… Continue Reading


Leahy, Collins Introduce Bill To Aid Veteran Groups

(Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) introduced legislation Thursday to include veterans organizations among the groups eligible to receive surplus property donations from the federal government. The General Services Administration (GSA) currently oversees the distribution of surplus property to eligible organizations, such as medical institutions, providers of assistance to the homeless, universities, and childcare facilities. This pr… Continue Reading


Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Bill To Repeal SEC FOIA Exemptions

(Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010) - The Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday unanimously approved bipartisan legislation to repeal exemptions to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that were enacted as part of the Wall Street reform bill, which was signed into law in July. The legislation is sponsored by Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), and Committee members Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), John Cornyn (R-Texas), and Ted Kaufman (D-Del.). The legisla… Continue Reading


Leahy Applauds DISH Network Announcment Of Local TV Service In Bennington, Windham

THURSDAY, Sept. 16 - Prompted by legislation authored by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), DISH Network announced Thursday that it has launched its service to provide customers in Bennington and Windham counties with access to Vermont broadcast stations by satellite. "I am pleased that DISH Network has announced that it will begin providing Vermont broadcast stations to its customers in southern Vermont," said Leahy. "I worked hard to ensure that DISH Network was granted this authority when Congr… Continue Reading


Leahy, Sanders, Welch Announce Report Detailing Recovery Act Energy Investments In Vermont

(THURSDAY, Sept. 16) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I), and Congressman Peter Welch (D) on Thursday announced a new report detailing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act's impact on Vermont's clean energy economy. The report, compiled by the Department of Energy, outlines the nearly $140 million worth of ARRA projects the state has benefited from, including local energy efficiency grants, statewide implementation of smart grid technologies and investments in energy-r… Continue Reading

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