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04.23.08

Overcoming The Supreme Court’s Cramped Ruling On Fair Pay

(The U.S. Senate this week will try to overcome a filibuster on legislation to remedy a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that disallowed the discriminatory pay complaint filed by Goodyear Tire employee Lilly Ledbetter. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., is a cosponsor of the bill. Leahy chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee.) The Supreme Court's recent decision in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire struck a severe blow to the rights of working women. More than 40 years ago, Congress acted to prevent disc… Continue Reading


04.23.08

Vermont Witnesses To Testify Before Leahy Panel

(Wednesday, April 23, 2008) - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) will hold a hearing April 29 on Capitol Hill to examine the problems facing homeless and runaway youths today, and has invited testimony from representatives of Vermont'sSpectrum Youth and Family Services, a non-profit agency founded in 1970 to assist Vermont youth and Families. Spectrum's Executive Director, Mark Redmond, will testify about the organization's unique and successful program, Spectrum One Stop… Continue Reading


04.23.08

Leahy Schedules Hearing For Fourth Circuit Nominee

(Wednesday, April 23, 2008) - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) today scheduled a hearing to consider three judicial nominations, including a nominee to fill a seat on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. It will be the sixth nominations hearing of the session, and the fourth for judicial nominations. After withdrawing the nomination of Duncan Getchell in January, last month the President nominated Steven Agee to a Virginia vacancy on the Fourth Circuit. Unlike previou… Continue Reading


04.23.08

Leahy: Circuit Vacancies Lowest In Over A Decade

(Wednesday, April 23, 2008) - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) responded Wednesday to partisan attacks from Senate Republicans over the consideration of judicial nominations, citing the lowest vacancy rate on the Federal bench in more than a decade. In a response to an April 10 letter from Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and after weeks of orchestrated attacks by Republicans on the Senate floor, Leahy outlined his approach to continue the significa… Continue Reading


04.23.08

Leahy Urges Senate To Take Up And Pass Fair Pay Legislation

(Wednesday, April 23, 2008) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) today urged the Senate to take up and support bipartisan civil rights legislation that passed the House of Representatives to restore congressional intent regarding discrimination on the basis of sex, race or national origin. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act responds to a 2007 Supreme Court ruling in which a slim majority of Justices held that Lilly Ledbetter, a supervisor at Goodyear Tire, could not seek to recoup lost wages because s… Continue Reading


04.23.08

Congressional Delegation Presses Defense Secretary To Resolve Delays To Vt. Soldiers’ Return Home

(Wednesday, April 23) - In response to calls yesterday from the families of Vermont soldiers who have completed their tours of duty in Iraq, but face transportation problems delaying their return home, the Vermont Congressional Delegation requested immediate attention by the Secretary of Defense. "The parents of two different Vermont soldiers have contacted our offices to express frustration that their sons are facing delays in coming home. After completing their service to our country overseas… Continue Reading


04.18.08

The Introduction Of “The Wartime Enforcement Of Fraud Act Of 2008”

(Friday, April 18, 2008) - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) today introduced legislation to improve the enforcement of contracting fraud in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Wartime Enforcement of Fraud Act (WEFA) would close a loophole in current law and give the government the power to prosecute contracting fraud, even after the wars are over. If passed, the government could prosecute individuals or corporations that commit crimin… Continue Reading


04.16.08

“Challenges And Solutions For Protecting Our Children From Violence In The 21st Century”

Today the Judiciary Committee considers the issue of how to protect our most precious resource - our children and grandchildren - in these complicated and sometimes dangerous times. It is National Crime Victims' Rights Week, and we need to do all that we can to protect our children from becoming victims of crime. I thank Senator Biden for holding this hearing and for his leadership on the issues of internet safety and crime prevention. This Committee has been actively working to find ways for… Continue Reading


04.16.08

Senate Consideration Of Judicial Nominations

Senate Democrats have worked hard to make progress on judicial nominations. That hard work has paid off, with circuit court vacancies at less than half of what they were when President Clinton left office. The Majority Leader last week was right to call the Republican complaints "chutzpah". Yesterday, the Michigan Senators and I were able to overcome a long impasse lasting more than a decade over vacancies on the Sixth Circuit. I have long urged the President to work with the Michigan Senato… Continue Reading


04.16.08

Leahy Commemorates Crime Victims’ Rights Week

(Wednesday, April 16, 2008) - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) this week commemorated the 27th annual Crime Victims' Rights Week by urging the Senate to take action on key legislative measures to protect children, students and victims of crime across the country. In floor statements and hearings this week, Leahy - a former prosecutor -- renewed his support for pushing back efforts by the Bush administration to drain all the reserves from the Crime Victims Fund, the key … Continue Reading


04.16.08

Senate Appropriations Committee Hearing On Priorities In The President’s Request For Supplemental Appropriations For Iraq Witness: White House Office Of Management And Budget Director Jim Nussle

(Tuesday, March 25, 2008) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Wednesday questioned White House Budget Director Jim Nussle about tradeoffs between U.S. domestic budget priorities and the tens of billions more for the Iraq War that the President is now asking Congress to approve in the current supplemental Appropriations request. Leahy, who chairs the Judiciary Committee, focused especially on the President's proposed cuts in support for local a… Continue Reading


04.16.08

GAO: NORTHCOM Failing In Civil Support Mission

(Wednesday, April 16) - A bipartisan, bicameral group of legislators today released a pair of GAO reports that pointedly criticize the U.S. Northern Command, charged with protecting the U.S. homeland, for a variety of failures involving planning and coordination. The reports, requested by Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Christopher "Kit" Bond, R-Mo., co-chairmen of the Senate Guard Caucus and members of the Senate Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Defense, along with House Committee on H… Continue Reading


04.15.08

Williamstown Elementary

Williamstown Elementary School: Hi Senator Leahy, We are very excited to being chatting with you Williamstown Elementary School: I'm Jesse Dumont, 1 of 3 fifth grade teachers at Williamstown Elementary. Sen Leahy: Hi - Just got here and I can see you! Williamstown Elementary School: great the kids have worked hard on their questions so I am going to turn it over to them Sen Leahy:Go ahead - and as you can see i do my own typing so don't hold typos against me Williamstown Elementary Schoo… Continue Reading


04.15.08

The First Anniversary Of The Virginia Tech Tragedy

Tomorrow, April 16, 2008, marks the first anniversary of the horrific incident at Virginia Tech that resulted in the tragic deaths of 32 students and faculty members, and serious injuries to many other innocent victims. Our hearts go out to the victims' families as they mourn their loved ones who tragically lost their lives before their time. Our sympathies also go out to the survivors of this terrible incident, as well as the entire Virginia Tech community, whose resilient spirit and courage … Continue Reading


04.15.08

Leahy Helps Solve Impasse On Sixth Circuit Nominations

(Tuesday, April 15, 2008) - After weeks of negotiations, the Senate is poised to resolve an impasse with the Bush administration over vacancies on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. The White House today withdrew the nomination of Steven Joseph Murphy to fill a Michigan seat on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and instead nominated Judge Helene White, a former nominee to the Sixth Circuit during the Clinton administration. Judge White's nomination was stalled by the Republican-led Senate, … Continue Reading


04.14.08

National Crime Victims’ Week, April 13-20, 2008

Mr. LEAHY. Yesterday marked the official beginning of National Crime Victims' Rights Week. Since 1981, communities in Vermont and across the nation have observed this week with candlelight vigils and public rallies to renew our commitment to crime victims and their families. It is vitally important that we recognize the needs of crime victims and their family members, and work together to promote victims' rights and services. We have been able to make some progress during the past 2… Continue Reading


04.14.08

Clinton, Leahy, Sanders, Schumer Hail Passage Of Key Legislation To Establish Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Commemoration Commission

(Monday, April 14) -- Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Charles Schumer (D-NY) hailed the passage of their legislation to establish the Champlain Quadricentennial Commemoration Commission and the Hudson-Fulton 400th Commemoration Commission. The Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Commemoration Commission Act, which now has passed the Senate as part of the Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008, will help coordinate educational, cul… Continue Reading


04.10.08

Senate Passes Leahy-Sanders Formula That Would Net Nearly $20 M. For Vermont To Help Stem Mortgage Crisis

(Thursday, April 10) - The U.S. Senate has passed legislation authored by Vermont's two U.S. Senators - Patrick Leahy (D) and Bernie Sanders (I) - that would bring nearly $20 million in emergency relief to Vermont's neighborhoods and communities, to quickly redevelop and resell or rent abandoned and foreclosed homes and help stabilize home values, rents and local economies. The Senate-passed Foreclosure Prevention Act includes $3.92 billion for communities to use in buying and rehabilitating va… Continue Reading


04.10.08

The Introduction Of A Senate Resolution

(Thursday, April 10, 2008) - Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) today introduced a resolution expressing the sense of the U.S. Senate that presidential candidate and current Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) is a 'natural born Citizen,' as specified in the Constitution and eligible to run for President. In February, The New York Times published a report calling into question the legality of McCain's presidential run. McCain was born to American citizens stationed on an Americ… Continue Reading


04.10.08

Judicial Confirmations

(Thursday, April 10, 2008) - The Senate today confirmed five nominations to Federal courts across the country, including a nomination to fill the final vacancy on the Fifth Circuit of the U.S Court of Appeals. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) steered the circuit court nomination, as well as four nominations to district courts in four states, through the confirmation process. In the less than three years of Leahy's chairmanship during the Bush administration, the Sen… Continue Reading

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