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Senators Leahy, Cornyn, Kaufman, and Grassley Introduce Bill To Strike SEC FOIA Exemptions

(Thursday, August 5, 2010) - Leading members of the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday introduced legislation to strike Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) exemptions for the Securities and Exchange Commission that were included in the recently enacted Wall Street Reform bill. The bipartisan legislation is sponsored by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Ted Kaufman (D-Del.), and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). The bill introduced Thursday will eliminate the FOIA exemption for certa… Continue Reading


Further Remarks Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Nomination Of Elena Kagan To Be An Associate Justice Of The Supreme Court

During the three months that this nomination has been pending, Senators have made many statements about Solicitor General Elena Kagan. I begin today by commending the 23 Senators who came to the floor yesterday to make supportive statements. They were outstanding in describing the qualifications of a nominee who should be confirmed with a strong bipartisan majority. I also want to acknowledge the extraordinary contributions of Senator Klobuchar. She spoke eloquently, organized a group of Sen… Continue Reading


Senate Votes For Schools, Health Care

, August 4 - In a crucial showdown vote, the U.S. Senate today advanced a bill to preserve the jobs of teachers and extend emergency Medicaid payments to states. In Vermont, the measure includes $19 million for teachers and $30 million to $40 million for health care. Winning approval of the relief funds for Vermont has been a high priority of Vermont's congressional delegation and the state of Vermont. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said, "During the economic downturn, more Vermonters have relied … Continue Reading


Vermont Delegation Announces $116 Million Grant And Loan To Bring Wireless Broadband To Unserved Vermonters

(WEDNESDAY, August 4) - The Vermont Congressional Delegation -- U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I) and Congressman Peter Welch (D) -- called Wednesday's U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announcement of a more than $81 million broadband stimulus grant and a $35 million government backed loan to Springfield-based Vermont Telephone Company (VTel) a "game changer" for Vermonters who so far have been left behind on access to high-speed Internet. VTel President Michel … Continue Reading


Vermont Delegation Announces Northern Border Regional Commission Funding Opportunities

, August 3 - Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) on Tuesday announced that the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) is accepting applications for $1.3 million worth of federal assistance. Created and funded by Congress, the NBRC is a federal-state partnership devoted to economic development in the northernmost regions of Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and New York. Today's announcement marks the first time the NBRC, which was first funded la… Continue Reading


Senate Begins Debate On Kagan Nomination

(Tuesday, August 3, 2010) - The Senate Tuesday morning began debate on the nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who presided over the confirmation hearings on the nomination, opened the debate. "During her confirmation hearing, Solicitor General Kagan reflected an understanding of the judicial role and a traditional view of deference to Congress and judicia… Continue Reading


Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Nomination Of Elena Kagan To Be An Associate Justice Of The Supreme Court (Full Text)

Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee, On The Nomination Of Elena Kagan To Be An Associate Justice Of The Supreme Court Of The United States August 3, 2010 More than 12 weeks ago, President Obama nominated Elena Kagan to succeed Justice John Paul Stevens as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. When the President announced his choice on May 10, he talked about her legal mind, her intellect, her record of achievement, her tem… Continue Reading


Comment Of Senator Leahy On FOIA Exemptions For The Securities And Exchange Commission

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee, On FOIA Exemptions For The Securities And Exchange Commission August 2, 2010 "The Freedom of Information Act is our nation's premier open government law, and a powerful guardian of the public's right to know. The Wall Street reform bill that has now become law makes great strides toward enhancing transparency in our financial system. However, I am concerned that an overly broad Freedom of Information Act exemption… Continue Reading


Senate Passes Leahy-Sessions Bill To Clarify Copyright Laws

Senate Passes Leahy-Sessions Bill To Clarify Copyright Laws WASHINGTON (Monday, August 2, 2010) - The Senate Monday night unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Ranking Member Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) to make clarifications and technical fixes in the federal copyright laws. The Copyright Cleanup, Clarification and Corrections Act was introduced Monday and promptly passed by the Senate. The legislation will implement several re… Continue Reading


Leahy Announces $1.4 Million U.S. Navy Contract With GE Aviation In Rutland

RUTLAND, Vt. (FRIDAY, July 30) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Friday announced a new $1.4 million U.S. Navy contract with General Electric Aviation for work in Rutland on additional components of the company's F414-GE-400 engine used in the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft and the E/A-18G Growler aircraft. The full contract, for work performed in Rutland and at several other GE plants, amounts to $28,202,039 for purchase of six full engines, four engine fan modules, 14 engine high pressure comb… Continue Reading


Vermont Air National Guard Chosen To Be First To Receive F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

(THURSDAY, July 29) -- Senator Patrick Leahy and the Vermont Congressional Delegation - Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I) and Representative Peter Welch (D) -- announced Thursday that the Secretary of the Air Force has selected the Vermont National Guard to be the first Air Guard unit to base the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The Air Force announced that Burlington is one of two preferred choices for F-35 operations, along with Hill Air Force Base in northern Utah, and that Luke Air Force Base… Continue Reading


Comment Of Senator Leahy On A Proposed Change By The Administration To The Electronic Communications Privacy Act

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee, On A Proposed Change By The Administration To The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) July 29, 2010 "Given the technical advances of the last two decades and the need for a comprehensive, national cybersecurity strategy, it is clear that the Electronic Communications Privacy Act must be updated to reflect the realities of the Digital Age. But the administration's proposal to change ECPA to cover electroni… Continue Reading


Leahy Introduces Bill To Increase Penalties For Food Safety Violations

(Thursday, July 29, 2010) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) introduced legislation Thursday to strengthen penalties imposed on companies that knowingly violate food safety standards and endanger Americans' lives. The Food Safety Enforcement Act will increase the sentences that prosecutors can seek for people who knowingly contaminate the nation's food supply and endanger Americans' lives. The 2009 outbreak resulting from the Peanut Corporation of America's sale of peanut products which the compa… Continue Reading


Leahy Announces Over $10 Million In New Funding For Lake Champlain

BURLINGTON (Monday, July 26, 2010) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) joined representatives of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission (GLCF), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission on Monday to announce an infusion of over $10 million in federal funds for projects related to Lake Champlain. Leahy has been an ardent supporter of initiatives to keep the lake healthy for decades and continues to … Continue Reading


Comment Of Senator Leahy On Final Passage Of The Fair Sentencing Act Of 2010

[The U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday passed S. 1789, the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010, to address the sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is an original cosponsor of the legislation and a longtime advocate for eliminating the sentencing disparity. The Senate Judiciary Committee, which Leahy chairs, approved the legislation in March, and the Senate unanimously passed the legislation just days later. The bill will now be sent to the Presid… Continue Reading


Statement Of Senator Leahy At Senate Judiciary Committee FBI Oversight Hearing

(Wednesday, July 28, 2010) - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy Wednesday morning chaired an oversight hearing of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Director Robert Mueller testified before the panel. Testimony, member statements, and a webcast of the hearing are available online. Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing On Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation July 28, 2010 Today the Judiciary Committee hears … Continue Reading


Comment of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Clean Energy Jobs And Oil Accountability Act

I am pleased that the Senate will consider a commonsense package to respond to the devastating Gulf Coast oil spill and to promote environmental protection and clean energy jobs. This new legislation includes several measures that I and others have promoted in recent months, and which have been the focus of several Senate Judiciary Committee hearings and markups. The Clean Energy Jobs and Oil Accountability Act includes a provision drawn from the Survivors Equality Act, which I introduced earl… Continue Reading


Leahy Urges Bipartisan Support For Debate, Vote On DISCLOSE Act

(Tuesday, July 27, 2010) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), a leading cosponsor of legislation to remedy the Supreme Court's decision earlier this year in the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission case, urged Senators to support a procedural motion allowing for a debate on the legislation. The Senate Tuesday afternoon will vote on a motion to proceed to the Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections Act (DISCLOSE Act), which would help curtail corporate influence… Continue Reading


Leahy Introduces Bill To Protect Gun Owners In Bankruptcy

(Tuesday, July 27, 2010) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) introduced legislation Tuesday to provide an exemption in the Federal Bankruptcy code for personal firearms. The Protecting Gun Owners in Bankruptcy Act will ensure that the right to bear arms is not compromised for Americans working to regain their economic well being through the bankruptcy process. Under current federal law, there is no exemption to prevent creditors from seizing personal firearms from debtors. In 2005, Congress defin… Continue Reading


Comment Of Senator Leahy On Final Passage Of The SPEECH Act

The House of Representatives Tuesday approved bipartisan legislation authored by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) to protect American authors, journalists and publishers from foreign libel lawsuits that undermine the First Amendment. The Securing the Protection of our Enduring and Established Constitutional Heritage (SPEECH) Act will now be sent to the President to be signed into law. The bill, H.R. 2765, was originally introduced in the House by Congressman Steve Cohe… Continue Reading

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