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09.18.08

Leahy, Brown Urge DOJ To Examine Proposed DHL-UPS Contract

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) sent a letter Thursday to the Department of Justice Antitrust Division Assistant Attorney General, Thomas Barnett, outlining concerns about the proposed contract uniting DHL Express US and United Parcel Service, Inc. The proposed contact would make United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS) the exclusive airlift service for DHL's North American operations for the next ten years. Leahy and Brown expressed con… Continue Reading


09.17.08

Remarks By Senator Patrick Leahy Boys And Girls Clubs Of America Congressional Breakfast

All of us here this morning know that we need safe havens and healthy alternatives for young people to prevent them from being drawn into gangs, substance abuse and other crimes. Boys and Girls Clubs have proven that when we show our young people that we care about them and their futures, they respond with positive and constructive actions in their communities, one boy and one girl at a time. I know firsthand how well Boys and Girls Clubs work and what topnotch organizations they are. Whene… Continue Reading


09.17.08

Bill To Preserve Historical Films And Sound Recordings Sent To President For Signature

Legislation to preserve and restore American's rich heritage in film and sound will be presented to the President to be signed into law after the Senate completed action on the legislation Tuesday night. Championed by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the bill would renew and expand original legislation enacted in 1996 to preserve some of the nation's most valuable treasures. The Library of Congress Sound Recording and Film Preservation Programs Reauthorization Act was introduced in April by C… Continue Reading


09.17.08

Vermont To Receive $2.4 Million More For Home Heating Relief Contingency Funds Released In Wake Of Panel’s OK Of Leahy Amendment Backed By Sanders And Welch

With winter just around the corner, Vermont Wednesday received a timely infusion of $2,486,774 more in home heating relief. The announcement comes three months after a key congressional panel approved an amendment sponsored by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and backed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) pressing the Bush Administration to release these leftover funds from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). President Bush Wednesday directed Health and… Continue Reading


09.17.08

FBI Director Testifies Before Senate Judiciary Panel

(Wednesday, September 17, 2008) - Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert Mueller testified this morning before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the second FBI oversight hearing held by the panel this year. Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) noticed the oversight hearing in August. Mueller last appeared before the panel in March. Leahy's prepared remarks follow. Watch the hearing live online and read prepared statements and testimony on the Senate Judiciary Committee's new webs… Continue Reading


09.16.08

Leahy, Salazar Question DOJ Response To Oil And Gas Scandal At MMS

Today, Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and United States Senator Ken Salazar (D-Colo.) sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey regarding the Department of Justice's response to reports of abuses within the Minerals Management Service (MMS), which collects royalties from oil and gas leases on federal lands. In their letter, Leahy and Salazar asked Attorney General Mukasey whether the Department of Justice is conducting any criminal investigation relating to the sca… Continue Reading


09.16.08

Ledbetter To Testify Before Senate Judiciary Panel Leahy Notices Pay Equity Hearing For September 23

(Tuesday, September 16, 2008) - As the U.S. Supreme Court nears the start of its 2008-2009 session, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold another hearing in its series examining trends in the Court's decisions in recent sessions and their implications for the lives of ordinary Americans. The Senate Judiciary Committee will hear testimony from Lilly Ledbetter at a September 23 hearing, Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced today. Ledbetter, a working mother, was a supervisor at Goodyear T… Continue Reading


09.15.08

Bill To Deny Safe Haven To War Criminals Who Exploit Child Soldiers Sent To President

Legislation that would make it a crime to recruit or use child soldiers was sent to the President for his signature today, following final passage of the measure by the Senate. The bipartisan bill, which the President is expected to sign, was authored by Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.). The Child Soldiers Accountability Act would give the federal government the authority to prosecute, deport or deny admission to an individual who recruited or used child soldiers under the… Continue Reading


09.12.08

Vermont Congressional Delegation Announces Disaster Declaration In Addison, Caledonia, Essex, Lamoille, Orange, Washington And Windsor Counties From July And August Storms

MONTPELIER, Vt. (Friday, Sept. 12) - U.S. Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vt.) announced Friday that President Bush has declared seven counties federal disaster areas following severe storms and flooding that ravaged the state between July 21 and August 12, 2008. The declaration, which the Vermont Congressional Delegation and Governor Jim Douglas (R-Vt.) requested, will enable state and local governments, as well as private non-profit organi… Continue Reading


09.12.08

Durbin-Leahy Bill To Help Guard And Reserve Members Facing Bankruptcy Headed To Senate Floor Bill Cuts Red Tape For Returning Service Members

A bill to help National Guard and Reserve members who are struggling financially to receive bankruptcy assistance upon returning from deployment was voted out of the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday, clearing the way for its consideration by the full Senate. The National Guard and Reservist Debt Relief Act, introduced by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and cosponsored by Judiciary Committee Chairman and National Guard Caucus Co-chair Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), will exempt service members from th… Continue Reading


09.11.08

Vermont Rivers Bill Passes Senate Committee

A Senate panel today approved legislation that could lead to designating the Missisquoi and Trout rivers as "Wild and Scenic." The measure introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and cosponsored by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was approved by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, of which Sanders is a member. The legislation would direct the U.S. Department of the Interior to study the two northernVermont rivers as the first step toward adding them to the National Wild an… Continue Reading


09.11.08

Judiciary Panel Reports Leahy Bill To Extend Supreme Court Police Authority

(Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008) - A bill to extend the authority of the U.S. Supreme Court Police to protect justices and court officials when outside the Supreme Court grounds was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee today. It will now head to the Senate for consideration. The legislation was introduced in July by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). Without congressional action, the authority of the Supreme Court Police to protect court officials off the Supreme Cou… Continue Reading


09.11.08

Judiciary Committee Reports Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Legislation

The Senate Judiciary Committee today reported legislation to address intellectual property rights enforcement and protect American innovation. The Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights Act was approved by the Committee in a 14-4 vote. The legislation was introduced in July by Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Ranking Member Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), and is cosponsored by Judiciary Committee members Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Sheldon Whitehouse … Continue Reading


09.11.08

Leahy, Sanders Hail Senate Passage Of Bill To Reverse Narrow Interpretations Of Americans With Disabilities Act

The Senate late Thursday passed legislation, cosponsored by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.), that would rejuvenate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in the face of several court decisions that have narrowed its definitions and coverage. In recent years the Supreme Court and several lower courts have issued decisions eroding the standards for determining who qualifies as individuals with disabilities. These narrow rulings ensure that the persons Congress i… Continue Reading


09.10.08

Leahy Amendment To Address Wartime Fraud Adopted By Senate Fraud Enforcement Measure Added To Defense Authorization Bill

(Wednesday, September 10, 2008) - The Senate today adopted an amendment introduced by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to extend the amount of time for the federal government to prosecute wartime contracting fraud, including fraud in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Senate adopted the Wartime Enforcement of Fraud Act (WEFA) as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act. Leahy introduced the Wartime Enforcement of Fraud Act in April. The bipartisan legislation was reported by the Senate Judi… Continue Reading


09.10.08

Senate Judiciary Committee Looks At New Strategies To Combat Violent Crime

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) chaired a hearing Wednesday to examine the rise in violent crime in cities and towns across the country, and to explore new strategies to address the growing national problem. In March, Leahy chaired a Senate Judiciary Committee field hearing in Rutland,Vermont, a community that has developed and implemented effective programs to address a recent spike in drug-related violent crime. Community leaders and academics will provide testim… Continue Reading


08.28.08

Comments On The Department Of Justice’s New Policy Regarding The Corporate Attorney-Client Privilege

I am pleased that the Department of Justice has finally announced a significant and welcome change to its policy regarding requests for waiver of the corporate attorney-client privilege. For years, I have emphad the importance of the attorney-client privilege. I have said that the Department must take all necessary steps to correct the abuses documented earlier in this administration and to address lingering concerns. I am glad that at long last Judge Filip and others at the Department … Continue Reading


08.21.08

Attorney General To Postpone Signing Of New FBI Guidelines For National Security Investigations After Request By Leahy And Specter

(Thursday, August 21, 2008) - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Ranking Member Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) Thursday released a letter they have received from the office of Attorney General Michael Mukasey, agreeing to their request that he postpone the signing of new guidelines for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to conduct national security investigations. The letter was in response to an August 18 letter from Leahy and Specter in which they asked for the postpo… Continue Reading


08.20.08

Leahy Announces $8.2 M. In Farm Bill Funds For Troy And Jay Wastewater Improvements . . . Improved System To Encourage Economic Growth And Protect Lake Champlain

U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Wednesday told members of the Troy and Jay selectboards and local business leaders assembled at the Jay Fire Department that more than $8.2 million in U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development funding is on its way to the two communities to help with a new wastewater improvement project slated to begin in 2010. Leahy, a former chairman and the most senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, helped write the 2008 Farm Bill that funded elements of th… Continue Reading


08.19.08

Leahy, Specter Press White House For OLC Torture Documents

(Tuesday, August 19, 2008) - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Ranking Member Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) today pressed the White House to respond to outstanding requests from members of Congress for information about legal analysis and advice related to detention and interrogation policies provided to the administration by the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC). The Judiciary Committee's jurisdiction includes oversight of the offices within the Department of Justice, including… Continue Reading

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