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04.04.19

Senate Republicans Block Comprehensive Disaster Relief For All American Communities For Second Time In A Week

(THURSDAY, April 4, 2019) - Senate Republicans Thursday blocked a disaster assistance package that would address the needs of all American communities affected by recent natural disasters for the second time in a week. The move follows President Trump's campaign of holding aid to all American communities hostage over a petty, political grudge with the American citizens of Puerto Rico. Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said: "I have always stood with victims of … Continue Reading


04.04.19

CREATES Act Chief Sponsor Leahy Hails House Panel’s Unanimous Vote To Advance Counterpart House Bill

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chief Sponsor Of The CREATES Act In The Senate (S.340), Hails The Bill's Growing Momentum, Shown By Advancement Of The Counterpart CREATES Act In The House . . . Reforms Would Save Taxpayers $3.9 B., And Consumers Much More, By Removing Obstacles To Lower-Cost Prescription Drugs "The House Energy and Commerce Committee Wednesday took an strong step forward in removing obstacles to bringing lower-cost prescription drugs to the American people. By unanimously appro… Continue Reading


04.04.19

Statement On The Disaster Supplemental Appropriations Bill

Statement Of Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) On The Disaster Supplemental Appropriations Bill Senate Floor Thursday, April 4, 2019 It is unfortunate that the Senate reached an impasse on the emergency disaster supplemental appropriations bills. For months, I repeatedly urged Senate Republican leadership to take up and pass the House bill, H.R. 268, and for nearly 3 months they did nothing. During those three months, American communities suffered, and new disasters … Continue Reading


04.02.19

Appropriations Vice Chairman Leahy and Leader Schumer Introduce Path Forward For Disaster Supplemental

Vice Chairman Leahy and Leader Schumer Introduce Path Forward For Disaster Supplemental - New Amendment Provides New Funding for Midwestern Disasters & Restores Certain Funding for Puerto Rico, Other Territories WASHINGTON (TUESDAY, April 2, 2019) - Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) Tuesday introduced a substitute to the emergency disaster supplemental to provide a path forward to resolving the current … Continue Reading


04.02.19

Senate Floor Address Of Appropriations Vice Chair Leahy, On Sec. Wilbur Ross Declining To Testify Today At Hg. On Commerce Dept. Budget

ADDRESS of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Vice Chair, Senate Appropriations Committee, On Secretary Ross Declining To Testify Before The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science Senate Floor April 2, 2019 Today, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science is holding its annual hearing on the President's budget request for the Department of Commerce with representatives from the Department. The representative from the Department that is inv… Continue Reading


04.02.19

Senate Floor Address Of Sen. Patrick Leahy On The GOP Push To Change The Senate Rules To Ram Thru Trump Nominees

Address of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Vice Chairman, Senate Appropriations Committee, Former Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee, On Consideration of S.Res.50, To Reduce Post-Cloture Debate Time for Certain Nominations Senate Floor April 2, 2019 To say that it is disappointing that the Senate will have a vote today in relation to the resolution to reduce post-cloture debate on nominations is an understatement. It is a resolution in search of a problem. It is an erosion of the Senate's res… Continue Reading


04.01.19

Statement On The Disaster Emergency Supplemental

Statement of Appropriations Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)On The Disaster Emergency Supplemental Senate Floor Friday, April 1, 2019 It is the responsibility of the federal government to stand with American communities in crisis. And I appreciate the efforts of Chairman Shelby and his staff to move this process forward. I know communities in the Chairman's state recently experienced their own natural disaster, and as Vice Chair of the Appropriations Committee, as a United States Senator, an… Continue Reading


03.29.19

Leahy, Sanders And Welch Welcome Pay Increases For Federal Employees in Vermont

On Thursday the Office of Personnel Management announced an across-the-board 1.4 percent pay raise for federal employees, effectively ending President Trump's cruelly timed executive order freezing federal workers' pay. Last December, in the midst of a 35-day partial government shutdown that left 800,000 federal employees furloughed or working without pay, Trump unilaterally cancelled a 2.1 percent across-the-board pay raise that was set to take effect in January. The spending bill which passed… Continue Reading


03.29.19

Leahy And Others Urge Implementation Of Farm Bill Dairy Improvements

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), with Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry; Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), and others, in a bipartisan letter Friday asked Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to prioritize the implementation of the dairy provisions in the 2018 Farm Bill. Leahy, the most senior member of the Agriculture Committee, played a key role in forging the Farm Bill's dairy priorities. As dairy farmers in Vermont a… Continue Reading


03.28.19

In Senate Address, Leahy Intensifies His Call For Full Release Of The Mueller Report

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) took to the Senate Floor Thursday to intensify his call for full release of the Mueller report to Congress and to the American people. He began by praising Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team for their service to the nation, in the face of unprecedented attacks from the President and his allies. "This investigation endured relentless attacks during its 22 month existence, more than 1100 from the President alone, according to The New York Times." He cited … Continue Reading


03.28.19

Leahy, With Bipartisan, Bicameral Group, Asks GAO To Review Agencies’ FOIA Compliance

Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), the Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Senator Chuck E. Grassley (R-IA), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), Member of the Senate Committee on Finance, and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Over… Continue Reading


03.28.19

Leahy, Tillis And Casey Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Provide Access To Free Legal Services For Seniors Encountering Scams, Abuse And Health Care Violations

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Senator Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and Senator Robert Casey (D-Pa.) have introduced bipartisan legislation that would provide free, accessible legal assistance for seniors who need help reporting abuse and neglect, threats to income security, difficulty accessing and affording health care and other violations. The bipartisan Senior Legal Hotline Act authorizes the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Community Living to create a competit… Continue Reading


03.28.19

Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Need To Release The Full Mueller Report

It was exceptionally good news on Sunday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller did not implicate our president in a criminal conspiracy with Russia to attack our elections. The alternative would have been nothing short of catastrophic for our republic. I also want to express my appreciation to Mr. Mueller and his team for their service to our country, determining the facts of what happened during an unprecedented attack on our democracy. This investigation endured relentless attacks during its … Continue Reading


03.27.19

Vice Chairman Leahy Introduces Compromise Path Forward On Emergency Disaster Supplemental Appropriations Bill

Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Wednesday introduced a compromise path forward on the Emergency Disaster Supplemental that adequately addresses the needs of communities affected by recent natural disasters, including the American citizens of Puerto Rico and other territories. For more than two months, Senate Republicans - at the direction of President Trump - have refused to take up a comprehensive disaster relief package passed by House Democrats, H.R. 268. … Continue Reading


03.27.19

Comment Of Senate Appropriations Vice Chair Patrick Leahy On The Trump Administration's Attempt To Eliminate Support For The Special Olympics

"I've long been inspired by the Special Olympics athletes that I meet in Vermont. Their achievements go far beyond the medals that they win and have immense positive impacts on our schools, in our homes, and in our communities. These athletes and this program embody the best of America, and it is shameful that the Trump administration is attempting to abandon them. "The Special Olympics honor achievement, inclusion, education and community. It's sad, and it's shocking, to see President Trump… Continue Reading


03.27.19

Senate Floor Address Of Appropriations Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy On The Disaster Supplemental Appropriations Bill

On January 16th, over two months ago, the House passed a supplemental appropriations bill, H.R. 268, that addressed the needs of all communities impacted by disasters. The House-passed disaster bill provided assistance to help people impacted by Hurricanes Florence and Michael, the Hawaii volcanoes, and the California wildfires. It provided aid to the people of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam who were struck last year by typhoons, and the people of American Samoa who… Continue Reading


03.27.19

Comment of Appropriations Vice Chair Leahy On Secretary Ross Declining To Testify Before The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee On Commerce, Justice And Science

[The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science on Tuesday announced an annual hearing to review the budget for the Department of Commerce. Giving no public explanation, Secretary Ross declined the Subcommittee's invitation to appear at the hearing, as Department Secretaries traditionally do. Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy on Wednesday commented:] "Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross was supposed to appear before a Senate Appropriations subcommitt… Continue Reading


03.26.19

Landmark Conference On U.S.-Vietnam Relations Sharpens Focus On The Key Roles Of Three Leahy Initiatives

Senator Patrick Leahy's leadership on several breakthrough initiatives was highlighted throughout a landmark day-long conference on Tuesday, hosted by the U.S. Institute Of Peace, that took stock of the remarkable reconciliation that the United States and Vietnam have painstakingly built since the end of the Vietnam War. Titled "Overcoming War Legacies: The Road To Reconciliation And Future Cooperation Between The United States And Vietnam," the conference brought together 200 policymakers, lea… Continue Reading


03.26.19

Leahy, Schumer Blast Trump Administration For Abysmal Response To Puerto Rico Recovery And Demand Timeline For Correcting Its Uncoordinated, Long-Delayed Response

In a letter to Office of Management and Budget Director, and Acting Chief of Staff, Mick Mulvaney; Acting FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor; and Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson, Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) blasted the Trump administration for continuing to undermine the immediate and long-term recovery efforts in Puerto Rico, and demanded a response by April 5, 2019 outl… Continue Reading


03.25.19

Vice Chairman Leahy Statement On Senator Udall Announcing He Will Not Run For Reelection

Tom Udall has been a steadfast partner on the Appropriations Committee, a workhorse senator, and a dear friend. In the key role of Ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, he has worked with me as we fought together to turn back the devastating cuts to environmental programs proposed by the Trump Administration, to protect the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and to enhance cultural programs around the country. I'm confident that Senator Udall will spend the n… Continue Reading

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