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Vermonter To Testify Before Leahy-Chaired Panel About Key Foreign Investor Program

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has invited the President of Jay Peak Resort, Bill Stenger, to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee at a hearing scheduled for Wednesday, July 22. The hearing will focus on the importance of a key foreign investor program, the EB-5 Regional Center Program. Stenger will testify about the success of Vermont's Regional Center program, of which Jay Peak Resort is an active participant. Since its establishment in 1997, Vermont's Regional Center project… Continue Reading


Amendment Critical Step Forward To Address Growing Problem Of Hate Crimes

- Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Monday negotiated bipartisan agreements on a handful of measures related to a key amendment to the national defense authorization bill that would broaden federal hate crimes law. Leahy is the lead sponsor of the amendment, which he introduced earlier this year as independent legislation. The Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act has the bipartisan support of more than 45 Senators, including that of Senator Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.). The legislation… Continue Reading


NUARI And Senator Leahy Announce $7.7 Million In Funding For Cyber Security Research

NORTHFIELD, Vt. -- In a Friday afternoon visit to the campus, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced $7.7 million in new federal funding for Norwich University to carry out cyber-security projects, solidifying the university's place as a leader in protecting the nation's computers against cyber attacks. The school's applied research arm will provide the Department of Homeland Security with training and software that will improve the country's ability to ward off the kind of cyber attacks… Continue Reading


The Leahy Letter - July 16, 2009

Photos From The Confirmation Hearing For Judge Sonia Sotomayor To Be An Associate Justice Of The Supreme Court Thursday night Senator Leahy prepared to gavel to a close four days of Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to be an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Some 2,000 attended the hearings in person and millions more were able to watch by television or webcast. Senator Leahy, an avid photographer, took several photographs during b… Continue Reading


Closing Statement On The Confirmation Hearing For Judge Sonia Sotomayor To Be An Associate Justice Of The Supreme Court Of The United States

Judge Sotomayor, this hearing has extended over four days. And the first day you listened to our opening statements rather extensively. You shared with us a very concise statement about your own fidelity to the law. I suspect it will be in law school text in years to come. Over the last three days, you've answered our questions from senators on both sides of the aisle. And I hope I speak for all the senators, both Republican and Democratic, on this committee when I thank you for answering … Continue Reading


Statement On Cloture On The Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act Of 2009 As An Amendment To The National Defense Authorization Bill

The Senate is considering the bipartisan Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 as an amendment to the pending National Defense Authorization Bill. This important civil rights bill has been pending for more than a decade and has passed the Senate numerous times - in 2007, 2004, 2000, and 1999. It also has the support of the Attorney General, and the President has asked Congress to take swift action on this bill. I thank Senator Collins, Senator Snowe, and the 33 other bipar… Continue Reading


Vermont Delegation Announces $683,000 In Recovery Funds For Barre’s Northern Power Systems

- U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and U.S. Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) on Wednesday announced $683,388 in recovery funding for Barre's Northern Power Systems. Northern Power was one of just 28 wind energy projects nationwide to receive nearly $13.8 million in Department of Energy funding intended for research, testing and analysis. The federal investment was made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. In announcing the fund… Continue Reading


Leahy Builds Coalition Urging Temporary Boost In Dairy Price Supports

WEDNESDAY (July 15) -- Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has organized a multi-regional Senate coalition to support a significant short-term hike in the floor price the federal government pays for milk and dairy products. Leahy said that significantly raising the floor price would help reverse the plummeting milk prices that are threatening family farms in Vermont and across the nation. Leahy, the most senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, asked Senator Herb Kohl (D-Wisc.), wh… Continue Reading


Leahy Asks Sotomayor About

Sen. Leahy Asks Sotomayor About "Wise Latina" Remarks July 14, 2009… Continue Reading


Opening Statement, Confirmation Hearing On The Nomination Of Judge Sonia Sotomayor To Be An Associate Justice Of The U.S. Supreme Court

Sen. Leahy's Opening Statement at the Confirmation Hearings For Judge Sonia Sotomayor As Prepared Today, we consider the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to be a Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Our Constitution assigns just 101 of us the responsibility to act on behalf of all 320 million Americans in considering this important appointment. The President has done his part and made an historic nomination. Now it is up to the Senate to do its part on behalf of the Ame… Continue Reading


Leahy Announces Intent To Introduce Hate Crimes Amendment To DOD Authorization Bill

Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Monday announced his intent to introduce the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act as a bipartisan amendment to the National Defense Authorization bill this week. Leahy joined with Senator Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) earlier this year to introduce the legislation, which would broaden federal hate crimes law to include crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. Kennedy has a been a long-time advocate of th… Continue Reading


Vermont Delegation Announces $10.3 Million In Recovery Funds To Create Jobs And Provide Affordable Housing In Vermont

- U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and U.S. Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) on Friday announced nearly $10.3 million in funding to the Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) to spur development of affordable housing in Vermont. The funding, made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), will allow the VHFA to provide sufficient equity funding to complete ongoing construction projects in Windsor, Colchester and Montpelier. The… Continue Reading


Vermont In Line For $17 Million For Weatherization

U.S. Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) today announced $6.7 million in federal grants for home weatherization projects in Vermont, with another $8.4 million to come later. The funds, secured in the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, will help weatherize more than 1,800 Vermont homes, cutting energy costs, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and creating green jobs across the state. The funds will be directed through the Vermont Office … Continue Reading


Leahy Hires Seasoned Policy Advisor

U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Friday announced that he has tapped Tom Berry to be his next policy advisor on agriculture, conservation, energy and natural resource issues in Leahy's Montpelier office. Berry will replace Bob Paquin, who was appointed last week by Agriculture Secretary Vilsack as State Executive Director of USDA's Farm Service Agency for Vermont. Berry joins Leahy's staff with ten years of Senate experience already under his belt; he worked for Senator Jim Jeffo… Continue Reading


Comment On Inspector General Report On The President’s Surveillance Program

"The Inspector General today released a review of the Bush-Cheney administration's Terrorist Surveillance Program. I voted against the final version of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments Act of 2008 because adequate safeguards had been excluded from the bill. Those flaws needlessly risked the freedom that all Americans should have from unchecked government powers. However, I worked to include a provision to ensure that this review was included to provide some measure of a… Continue Reading


Leahy And Sanders Announce Federal Funds For Williamstown Sidewalk Project

- U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) report that Williamstown will be receiving $177,840 in federal highway funds to complete a new sidewalk project in the village. Leahy and Sanders secured the funding in a transportation appropriations bill signed into law earlier this year. The project will construct approximately 1740 feet of new concrete sidewalk and two pedestrian bridges along the west side of Vermont Route 14 in Williamstown. By connecting an existi… Continue Reading


Leahy, Sessions Announce Witness List For Sotomayor Hearing

(Thursday, July 9, 2009) - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Ranking Member Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) Thursday announced the witness list for the confirmation hearing for Judge Sonia Sotomayor to be an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. The confirmation hearing is scheduled to begin on July 13 at 10:00 a.m. The lists of witnesses invited by the Majority and Minority of the Judiciary Committee follow. A panel of witnesses from the American Bar Associati… Continue Reading


Committee Report Language, State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Subcommittee, Senate Appropriations Committee

PEACE CORPS (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS) Appropriations, 2009 ............................................. $340,000,000 Budget estimate, 2010 .......................................... $373,440,000 Committee recommendation .................................. $373,440,000 The Committee recommends $373,440,000 for the Peace Corps, which is equal to the budget request and $33,440,000 above the fiscal year 2009 level. The Committee strongly supports the mission of the Peace Corps, which ca… Continue Reading


On The U.S. Attorney Investigation U.S. Senate Floor

Today, House Judiciary Chairman Conyers and I received another letter from the White House Counsel Fred Fielding responding to duly authorized subpoenas with a blanket assertion of executive privilege. I had hoped the Judiciary Committees' subpoenas would be met with compliance. Instead, they have been met -- yet again -- with Nixonian stonewalling that reveals this White House's disdain for our system of checks and balances. This is more stonewalling from a White House that believes it can … Continue Reading


Senate Adopts Leahy Amendment To Make Critical Foreign Investment Program Permanent

The Senate Wednesday adopted an amendment sponsored by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to make permanent the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Regional Center pilot program. The amendment was added to the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act. Earlier this year, Leahy secured a six-month extension of the successful EB-5 Regional Center pilot program in the Omnibus Appropriations Act. He has introduced legislation in previous Congresses to make the program permanent. Since it was firs… Continue Reading

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