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Mettawee Community School

On April 22, 2009, Senator Leahy held his fifth online chat for the 2008-2009 school year. By using web cameras and microphones, Senator Leahy was able to see and hear students at Mettawee Community School and the students were able to see video of Senator Leahy from their classroom. The students asked a range of questions, from what charities does he support to whether he has any pets. While Senator Leahy was able to answer many of the students' questions via video, there were still several … Continue Reading


Leahy, Goodlatte, And Boucher Announce Senator John Thune As New Co-Chair Of Congressional Internet Caucus

(April 21, 2009) - Senator John Thune (R-SD) has become the new Co-Chair of the Congressional Internet Caucus, which is also co-chaired by Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Congressman Rick Boucher (D-VA). The ascension of Senator Thune to the leadership of one of the most active and prestigious caucuses in Congress reinforces the bi-partisanship that has been the hallmark of the Congressional Internet Caucus during more than a dozen years since its incept… Continue Reading


Comment On President Obama’s Comments On Review Of National Security Policies

"I agree with President Obama: an examination into these Bush-Cheney era national security policies must be nonpartisan. This is in line with what I have proposed through an independent Commission of Inquiry. Unfortunately, Republicans have shown no interest in a nonpartisan review. Nonetheless, the consensus to review these policies is growing, and I will continue to develop this proposal." # # # # #… Continue Reading


Judiciary Committee Notices Seventh Nominations Hearing Of 2009

(Tuesday, April 21, 2009) - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Tuesday noticed a hearing to consider pending judicial and executive nominations. It will be the Committee's seventh nominations hearing of the year. The hearing will be held April 29. The Committee will consider the nominations of Thomas E. Perez to be the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice, and the nomination of Andre Davis to fill a vacancy on the U… Continue Reading


Senate Confirms Three Justice Department Nominees

(Monday, April 20, 2009) - The Senate Monday night confirmed three nominees to lead key divisions at the Justice Department: Lanny Breuer to lead the Criminal Division; Christine Varney to lead the Antitrust Division, and Tony West to lead the Civil Division. The nominees appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 10. The Committee reported the nominations to the full Senate for consideration on March 26. West was confirmed by a vote of 82-4, Breuer was confirmed by a vote o… Continue Reading


Senate Begins Debate On Leahy-Authored Anti-Fraud Legislation To Improve Watchdogging Of TARP Funds And Other Financial Sector Activities

(MONDAY, April 20) - The Senate Monday began debate on the bipartisan Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act (FERA), legislation that will increase the tools available to help prosecutors combat fraud. The bill was introduced by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on February 5. The measure cleared the Committee on March 5. "At its core, the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act authorizes the resources necessary for the Justice Department, the FBI, and other investigati… Continue Reading


Comment On The Nomination Of Judge William K. Sessions III To Be Chair Of the U.S. Sentencing Commission

"Vermonters know well the quality of service Judge Sessions has brought to the bench in Vermont, where he has served as a well-respected federal judge for more than 13 years. I am pleased that President Obama has nominated him to serve as chair of the United States Sentencing Commission, where he has served with insight, experience and distinction for a decade. I hope the Senate will again act unanimously to confirm this appointment, just as we did in 1999 when he was first nominated to … Continue Reading


More than $33 Million for Vermont Border Points of Entry

BURLINGTON, April 17 - Two Department of Homeland Security border stations in Franklin County will share an estimated $33 million in economic stimulus funds, Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch announced today. The Obama administration notified the Vermont congressional delegation of the $15.7 million estimated allotment for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility at Morses Line. Another $17. 7 million will fund improvements at the Pinnacle Road port of ent… Continue Reading


Comment On The Release Of Documents From The Office Of Legal Counsel

The Bush administration not only ran roughshod over our values and law, they undercut the public trust of the American people and tarnished American's prestige and authority throughout the world. The Department of Justice has now released an unredacted Office of Legal Counsel memo written by Jay Bybee in 2002 memo as well as three more memos written in 2005 by acting OLC head Steven Bradbury. These legal memoranda demonstrate in alarming detail exactly what the Bush administration aut… Continue Reading


Comment On The Rescue Of Captain Richard Phillips Of Underhill, Vermont

"Like all Vermonters, and people all across our great country, Marcelle and I had prayed for the safety of Captain Phillips. This morning we prayed for him at Easter Mass, and as we left the church I was notified by the White House that this courageous Vermonter was safe. Marcelle and I cheered, as I am certain so many Vermonters did -- especially the Phillips family -- when they heard this great news. When I called Mrs. Phillips it was one of the happiest calls I ever made. What a mem… Continue Reading


Vermont Congressional Delegation Announces Release Of $24 Million In Stimulus Funds To Vermont

(THURSDAY, April 9) -- Senator Patrick Leahy, Senator Bernie Sanders and Congressman Peter Welch announced Thursday the release of $24 million in federal stimulus funds to Vermont. The five grants were authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which President Obama signed into law on February 17. Vermont is expected to receive more than $700 million from the ARRA. The grants announced this week support a variety of programs, including support for food pantries and shelters… Continue Reading


Leahy Taps Veteran Economic Development Specialist Molly Lambert As USDA Rural Development State Director For Vermont And New Hampshire

(THURSDAY, April 9) -- U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is recommending veteran economic development specialist Molly Lambert to President Barack Obama as his choice to be the USDA's State Director for Rural Development for Vermont and New Hampshire. The senior senator of the President's party recommends candidates for this and other federal leadership posts in his or her home state, subject to approval of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the President. L… Continue Reading


Leahy, Sanders And Welch Ask USDA To Fix Software Glitch That Has Held Up MILC Payments

(WEDNESDAY, April 8) - The members of the Vermont Congressional Delegation - Sen. Patrick Leahy (D), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I) and Rep. Peter Welch (D) - are asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to quickly fix a software glitch that has delayed payments to farmers under the Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) program. The Agriculture Department began sending payments for February on April 1 but encountered technical problems. Payments have been halted while the problem is being fixed. T… Continue Reading


$91.5 Million In Stimulus Funds Promptly Released To Vermont Will Strengthen Schools And Ease Vermont’s Budget Shortfall

(THURSDAY, April 2, 2009) -- Senator Patrick Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I) and Congressman Peter Welch (D) Thursday said the Obama Administration's release of $91.5 million in stimulus grants to Vermont will backstop support for the state's schools and ease Vermont's budget deficit. The newly released funds, distributed by the U.S. Department of Education, are among Vermont's largest and most urgently anticipated dividends under the recently enacted economic recovery act. Seven g… Continue Reading


Stowe Elementary School

On April 2, 2009, Senator Leahy held his fourth online chat for the 2008-2009 school year. By using web cameras and microphones, Senator Leahy was able to see and hear the twelve students representing the student council and the students were able to see video of Senator Leahy from their classroom. The students chatted with Senator Leahy for 30 minutes and asked a range of questions, from what inspired him to become a Senator to whether he has any pets.… Continue Reading


Shocking Detainee Report, Flawed Legal Opinions Stress Need For Inquiry

(Thursday, April 2, 2009) - In a statement released Thursday, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) continued his push to establish a nonpartisan "Commission of Inquiry." In contrast to reports circulating on the Internet, Leahy said he is continuing to explore the proposal. "I am not interested in a panel comprised of partisans intent on advancing partisan conclusions," Leahy said. "I regret that Senate Republicans have approached this matter to date as partisans. That was not my intent or f… Continue Reading


Vermont National Guard Nets $3.5 M. From Stimulus Package For Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Senator Leahy On National Guard Funding For Energy Efficiency Upgrades (THURSDAY, April 2) -- The Vermont National Guard will receive $3.5 million in federal stimulus funds to renovate its buildings, which Senator Patrick Leahy says will benefit Vermont and the Guard three ways. "This is a three-fer for Vermont," Leahy said. "This work will create local jobs, offer our Guard better facilities, and give us greater budget leeway for other Guard projects down the road." He said the … Continue Reading


Senate Panel Reports Patent Reform Legislation

(Thursday, April 2, 2009) - At a business meeting Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to report critical legislation to make reforms to the nation's dated patent reform system. The 19-member panel voted 15-4 to report the bipartisan Patent Reform Act of 2009 after debating the measure in three executive sessions over the last week. The bill was introduced in early March by Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and former Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). It is the t… Continue Reading


Leahy Announces Grant For Spectrum Youth Services

(THURSDAY, April 2) -- Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Thursday announced that Spectrum Youth and Family Services of Burlington has been awarded a $100,000 grant to help fund transitional living programs at the center. Spectrum is a nonprofit agency founded in 1970 to assist Vermont at-risk youth and families with housing and support services. The grant was awarded through a federal program initiated by Leahy and authorized under the renewed charter Leahy authored for the Runaway and Home… Continue Reading


Statement On Kerry-Lugar-Leahy-Durbin Amendment To The Budget Resolution

MR. LEAHY. I rise to speak in strong support of the amendment offered by Senators Kerry and Lugar - which I and many other Senators on both sides of the aisle are cosponsoring - to restore $4 billion to the international affairs function of the budget. This amendment would not have any effect on the top line for non-discretionary spending. It is budget neutral. We have two choices. Cut $4 billion from the President's Fiscal year 2010 budget for national security and diplomacy progra… Continue Reading

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