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10.01.08

On Senate Passage Of S.1703, Trafficking In Persons Accountability Act Of 2007

I am pleased that today the Senate has passed the Trafficking in Persons Accountability Act of 2007, which would improve our efforts to stop the abominable practice of human trafficking in the United States and around the world. This modern-day form of slavery forces, defrauds or coerces victims into sexual or labor exploitation. It is the world's fastest growing criminal enterprise and generates $9.5 billion annually, $4 billion of which goes to the prostitution industry. Nearly one million … Continue Reading


09.30.08

Statement On Passage Of H.R. 6353, The Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act Of 2007

Mr. President, I am pleased that the Senate will pass the Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act, H.R. 6353 - an important bipartisan bill that would create new tools for Federal law enforcement to prosecute those who illegally sell drugs online, and allow state authorities to shut down rogue online pharmacies even before they get started. Last week, the House of Representatives passed this important legislation. Earlier this year, the Senate passed a version of this bill, and… Continue Reading


09.30.08

Senate Passes Leahy-Championed Bill To Protect Vessel Hull Designers

The Senate Tuesday unanimously adopted a bipartisan bill that will protect the work and innovation of ship designers across the country. The legislation, which passed the House in July, was also introduced in the Senate by Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). The Senate last year unanimously approved similar legislation, and the updated bill passed today provides additional clarification for the U.S. Navy's fleet. The legislation was introduced in the Senate by Leahy and Ju… Continue Reading


09.30.08

On H.R. 7084, The Webcaster Settlement Act Of 2008

I am pleased that the Senate has passed the Webcaster Settlement Act of 2008, a short but important bill for all of us who love to listen to music online. I have long championed the development of new business models for transmitting music to the public, and I have been delighted to see the webcasting community grow and prosper. From tiny operations serving the smallest of musical niches, to collegiate stations playing cutting edge performers, to large established webcasters providing a whole … Continue Reading


09.30.08

Bill To Reauthorize Leahy-Authored Bulletproof Vest Program


09.29.08

About The Bailout Package Defeated Monday In The House Of Representatives

From the start, the Bush-Paulson plan smacked too much of the top-down fiscal policy that has gone so wrong over the last decade. Our concern should be about how the credit crisis threatens ordinary Americans and we should not wring our hands if inept CEOs lose their jobs or their golden parachutes. Vermonters are worried about tightening credit that would erode the value of their homes and squeeze their businesses, farms and families. The spectacle of our having to fight to make commonsense … Continue Reading


09.29.08

Leahy Secures Privacy Protections In E-Government Reauthorization

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has secured key privacy protections in proposed legislation to reauthorize the E-Government Act. The E-Government Act became law in 2002 to streamline government information and promote inter-agency communication and communication between the government and citizens. The E-Government Reauthorization Act was considered and reported by the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee on September 16. Leahy subsequently began to work with the bill's … Continue Reading


09.29.08

Leahy Secures Privacy Protections In E-Government Reauthorization

(Monday, September 29, 2008) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has secured key privacy protections in proposed legislation to reauthorize the E-Government Act. The E-Government Act became law in 2002 to streamline government information and promote inter-agency communication and communication between the government and citizens. The E-Government Reauthorization Act was considered and reported by the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee on September 16. Leahy subsequently… Continue Reading


09.27.08

On The Continuing Resolution Senate Floor

MR. LEAHY. Mr. President, we are about to vote on the Continuing Resolution to enable the Federal Government to continue functioning until March 6, 2009. I had hoped, as I know Chairman Byrd and Senator Cochran had, that we would have been permitted to debate and vote on the individual appropriations bills that the Appropriations Committee has reported. That was not to be, due to President Bush's insistence that he would veto bills that exceed his arbitrary spending cap, and to certain … Continue Reading


09.27.08

Leahy Secures Five Month Extension For Critical Foreign Investment Program

(Saturday, September 27, 2008) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has secured an extension of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Regional Center pilot program in a continuing resolution approved by Congress to keep the government operating when the fiscal year ends on September 30. The five-month extension will become effective when the President signs the bill. Leahy has pushed for a five-year extension of the successful EB-5 Regional Center pilot program. In March, he introduced legislation to mak… Continue Reading


09.27.08

Major Victory On Home Energy Assistance

A big boost in federal home energy assistance was included in sweeping legislation the Senate passed 78-12 today and sent to President Bush. About twice as much is allotted for Vermont this winter compared to last. The stopgap spending bill includes a provision patterned after the "Warm in Winter Cool in Summer Act" introduced on June 24 by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Sanders' bill was cosponsored by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and 51 other senators. Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vt.) spo… Continue Reading


09.27.08

On The Passage Of The “Judicial Administration And Technical Amendments Act Of 2008”

Mr. President, today the Senate has passed the Judicial Administration and Technical Amendments Act of 2008, a bill to provide important assistance to the men and women who comprise our Federal judiciary system. I am pleased the Senate has given its unanimous support to this important legislation. I thank Senators Schumer and Sessions for moving this bill through the Senate. Four years ago, a similar bipartisan measure I introduced never moved out of Committee in a Republican Congress. I… Continue Reading


09.27.08

Senate Passes Leahy-Sponsored Orphan Works Bill

(Saturday, September 27, 2008) - The Senate Friday night unanimously passed bipartisan legislation to encourage the use of "orphan works," works that may be protected by copyright but whose owners cannot be identified or located. The legislation was introduced by Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), and the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously reported the legislation in May. A Republican objection had stalled the Senate's consideration of the bill. The Shawn Bentley Orp… Continue Reading


09.27.08

Leahy-Authored Provisions To Address Wartime Fraud Set To Become Law

A provision authored by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to suspend the statute of limitations for prosecuting wartime contracting fraud will become law when the President signs a continuing resolution that includes the fiscal year 2009 defense appropriations bill, which was passed by the Senate Saturday. The language, introduced by Leahy in April as the Wartime Enforcement of Fraud Act (WEFA), has received bipartisan support. The bill was reported by the Senate Jud… Continue Reading


09.27.08

Vermonters’ Provision To Double LIHEAP Funds Sent To President


09.27.08

On The Failure To Pass The “Juvenile Justice And Delinquency Prevention Reauthorization Act”

In July, the Senate Judiciary Committee reported the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Reauthorization Act, an important bill designed to protect our communities and particularly our most precious asset, our children. I am disappointed that Republican objections continue to prevent this vital bipartisan legislation from passing the Senate this year. This bill seeks to not only keep our children safe and out of trouble, but also to help ensure they have the opportunity to become p… Continue Reading


09.27.08

On S. 1946, The “Public Corruption Prosecution Improvements Act of 2007”

More than a year ago, I introduced a bill aimed at restoring Americans' faith in their elected officials. The bipartisan Public Corruption Prosecutions Improvements Act would complement the accomplishments this Congress has made in passing important ethics and lobbying reforms by giving law enforcement additional tools and resources to root out corrupt conduct. Although the Judiciary Committee reported the bill last November, it has been stalled on the Senate floor for nearly a year. In the w… Continue Reading


09.26.08

Senate Confirms Ten Lifetime Judicial Appointments Democrats Confirm More Bush Nominees Than Republican Majority

The Senate Democratic majority reached a milestone today when the Senate confirmed 10 nominations for lifetime appointments to the Federal bench in Utah, California, Colorado, Florida, Virginia, Kansas, and Pennsylvania. Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy expedited the consideration of the nominations. The Democratic majority has now confirmed 168 Bush nominees - more judicial nominations than a Republican Senate majority confirmed in more than four years during the Bush administration… Continue Reading


09.26.08

Statement On The Introduction Of The State Justice Institute Reauthorization Act Of 2008 Senate Floor

Today I am pleased to introduce a bill to reauthorize the State Justice Institute (SJI). The SJI is a congressionally-chartered organization that was created in 1984 to assist state judiciaries across the Nation in improving the quality of justice their citizens find in their courts. Their mission is an admirable one, and over the years they have provided funding for a diverse range of projects to help state judiciaries carry out the critically important work they do for their citizens. T… Continue Reading


09.26.08

Senate Passes Bill To Provide Treatment For Mentally Ill Offenders

(Friday, September 26, 2008) - The Senate Friday unanimously passed legislation to give aid to state and local law enforcement to help address the needs of nonviolent mentally ill offenders. The Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act was introduced in 2007 by Sens. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Pete Domenici (R-N.M.). Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), an original co-sponsor with Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa), worked to have the bill approved by the Judiciar… Continue Reading

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