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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


Leahy Recommends Vermont Judge Christina Reiss For Vermont’s U.S. District Court Vacancy

WEDNESDAY - U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Thursday recommended Vermont State Judge Christina Reiss of Essex Junction, Vt., to be the next judge on Vermont's U.S. District Court. If nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate, Reiss would be the first woman to serve on Vermont's federal district court. She would fill the vacancy created when Judge J. Garvan Murtha announced his intention to take senior status on Vermont's U.S. District Court, opening the first such vaca… Continue Reading


Statement On The Crisis In Honduras

Mr. LEAHY. Mr. President, I want to speak briefly about the current political crisis in Honduras. Vermont and Honduras have had a long, close relationship through the Partners of the Americas, and many Vermonters regularly travel to Honduras to engage in health care and other humanitarian and development work in rural communities. Last week a lawfully elected President - Manuel Zelaya - was forcibly removed from office and flown to a neighboring country by the Honduran military. The mi… Continue Reading


FISA Bill Fails To Hold Administration Accountable For Illegal Wiretapping Program

(Tuesday, July 8, 2008) - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) today expressed his support for an amendment to the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 to strike provisions in the bill that would grant retroactive immunity to telephone companies that participated in the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping program. Leahy is a cosponsor of an amendment to strike Title II of the bill, which would provide for the dismissal of lawsuits brought against the telephone companies, p… Continue Reading


Comment On The ABA’s Rating Of Judge Sonia Sotomayor

"The American Bar Association's unanimous, well-qualified rating of Judge Sotomayor is further evidence of the outstanding experience she will bring to the Supreme Court. The ABA's rating - an evaluation of integrity, professional competence, and judicial temperament - should eliminate the doubts of naysayers who have questioned Judge Sotomayor's disposition on the bench. The confidential, peer-review evaluations of these professional qualifications have resulted in the ABA's highest rat… Continue Reading


Sotomayor “Consensus Judge” On Criminal Justice Issues

Sen. Leahy Call Sotomayor A "Consensus Judge" At Event With Law Enforcement Leaders WASHINGTON - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Tuesday released the results of a comprehensive study of Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor's appellate decisions in criminal justice cases. At a press conference on Capitol Hill with leaders of the nation's premier law enforcement organizations, Leahy called Sotomayor both a consensus and moderate judge. "Based on a r… Continue Reading


Leahy Aide Confirmed To Air Force Post

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Daniel Ginsberg, an aide to Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), as Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. Ginsberg has been a defense policy aide to Leahy since 1999. The Senate unanimously approved the nomination late Monday. "The President made another good choice in picking Daniel, and I'm pleased the Senate has acted promptly on his nomination," said Leahy. "Through Daniel's superb staff work we have been able to accomplish m… Continue Reading


Leahy And Business Leaders Announce Creation Of $1 M Vermont Technology Seed Capital Fund

BURLINGTON, Vt. - Members of Vermont's business community and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) gathered Monday at the new home to a start-up business to announce the creation of a $1 million seed capital fund that will offer businesses much-needed funding in this difficult economy. Leahy also welcomed two high-tech companies as new clients at the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET) - 89 North (, which hosted the event in Burlington, and Standards Technology Group … Continue Reading


The Leahy Letter - July 2, 2009

Accessible and Affordable Health CareFor All Americans One of the top issues facing Congress and the American people today is health care reform. Ensuring that no American goes without needed health care is a top priority for Senator Leahy and the Obama Administration. Senator Leahy has recorded a message to Vermonters on the importance of this challenge. You can view Senator Leahy's remarks on his YouTube channel here or read more about his thoughts on health care here. ________________… Continue Reading


Remarks at Vermont National Guard Groundbreaking Ethan Allen Firing Range

I am so proud to be with you today as we figuratively set the cornerstones for one of the cornerstone units of the Vermont National Guard. This $10 million facility, spanning almost 50,000 square feet, will serve as the headquarters for the 86 Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Mountain), the only a brigade in the entire Army with a mountain-fighting designation. This is the unit that has spent the last year preparing for a deployment to Afghanistan, and it only fitting that this durable brigad… Continue Reading


U.S. Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Names Robert Paquin Of Shelburne To Head USDA’s Farm Service Agency In Vermont

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack Thursday appointed Robert Paquin of Shelburne as State Executive Director of USDA's Farm Service Agency for Vermont. Paquin is a longtime policy aide to Vermont's senior U.S. Senator, Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who recommended Paquin for the post. Leahy also is the most senior member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry and a former chair of the panel, which oversees USDA. The Farm Service Agency administers farm commodity, … Continue Reading


New Armored Vehicle Contract For Bennington Firm Means Hundreds Of New Regional Jobs And Safer And More Agile Armored Vehicles For U.S. Troops In Afghanistan

BENNINGTON, Vt. - U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy Wednesday announced that Bennington-based Plasan North America will help build a new agile armored vehicle that will help protect troops and create more than 100 jobs throughout the Bennington area, under a contract partly funded by a Leahy-led plus-up in an appropriations bill signed into law last month. On Tuesday the U.S. Department of Defense awarded a $1.05 billion contract to a team led by Wisconsin-based Oshkosh Corporation and Plasan No… Continue Reading


Vermont Nonprofit Finance Organizations To Receive $6 M. In Stimulus Funds To Leverage Economic Development And Home Ownership

Sen. Patrick Leahy, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch Tuesday announced that three Vermont nonprofit organizations together will receive $6 million - a hefty share of the national funding total - to spur community development and ease consumer credit as further steps on the path to economic recovery. The funds, released through the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Program, were included in this year's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act under provisions promot… Continue Reading


$5 Million in Stimulus Funds for Vermont Health Centers

Eight community health centers in Vermont will receive almost $4.9 million in economic stimulus funds to address immediate and pressing facility and equipment needs. "We are finally making real progress in addressing the primary health care crisis in our country," said Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who has spearheaded a dramatic expansion of health centers in Vermont and across the country. "With 60 million Americans not having regular access to a doctor, we have a major shortage of prima… Continue Reading


Comment OnThe Supreme Court’s Decision In Ricci v. DeStefano

The Supreme Court's 5-4 decision in Ricci v. DeStefano interprets the critical protections of Title VII in a way never intended by Congress when it passed this landmark law to prevent workplace discrimination more than 40 years ago. Today's narrow decision is likely to result in cutbacks on important protections for American families. It is less likely now that employers will conscientiously try to fulfill their obligations under this time-honored civil rights law. This i… Continue Reading


Comment On The Supreme Court’s Decision In Cuomo v. Clearinghouse

"The Supreme Court's decision in i invalidated a regulation of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the agency that oversees national banks. As part of an investigation into discriminatory lending practices by some national banks in New York, the New York Attorney General sent letters to several national banks seeking information concerning the banks' lending practices, in an effort to determine whether these practices violated state fair-lending laws. The national banks and th… Continue Reading


Closing In On The Finish Line: Leahy Secures $250,000 For Chandler Centennial Project

U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced Tuesday that Chandler Center for the Arts will receive a $250,000 federal grant through a partnership with the Preservation Trust of Vermont for the rehabilitation of the Chandler Music Hall and Gallery in Randolph. These funds, plus an anticipated fundraising effort announced this weekend, will bring Chandler's capital campaign within $50,000 of the completion of the original $3.2 million dollar campaign. Leahy, a senior member of the Senate … Continue Reading


Leahy Launches Drive To Extend Federal Death Payments To Nonprofit EMS Personnel

U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Thursday introduced legislation to extend the federal Public Safety Officers Benefits (PSOB) program to paramedics and emergency medical technicians killed or disabled in the line of duty who are employed by nonprofit organizations and ambulance services. U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is a cosponsor of the bill. Named the "Dale Long Emergency Medical Service Providers Protection Act" in honor of the Bennington emergency medical service provider who was … Continue Reading

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