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04.17.09

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


04.16.09

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


04.12.09

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


04.09.09

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


04.09.09

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


04.08.09

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


04.02.09

$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


04.02.09

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


04.02.09

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


04.02.09

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


04.02.09

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


04.02.09

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


04.01.09

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


04.01.09

Agreement Reached On Key Patent Reform Issues

(Wednesday, April 1, 2009) - Leaders on the Senate Judiciary Committee have reached an agreement on several key issues in the debate over patent reform, Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced Wednesday. The Committee is scheduled to meet in executive session on Thursday, April 2, to consider amendments to S. 515, the Patent Reform Act of 2009. It will be the third Committee meeting this year to mark up patent reform legislation. The agreement reached by Leahy, Ranking Member Arlen S… Continue Reading


04.01.09

Making Work Pay Tax Credit Takes Effect Today

, April 1 - Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and Congressman Peter Welch announced Wednesday that the Making Work Pay tax credit created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will take effect today. More than 300,000 Vermont families will receive $100 million in tax cuts through the federal stimulus bill, which was signed into law in February. Working Vermonters can expect to see an increase of at least $65 a month in their paychecks. The tax credit - one of the fastest … Continue Reading


04.01.09

Comment On The Justice Department’s Request To Dismiss Charges Against Senator Ted Stevens

"The decision of Attorney General Holder to withdraw the indictment against Ted Stevens shows clearly that he is committed to the rule of law, regardless of politics. As he works to rebuild the public's faith in the Justice Department after the scandals of the previous administration, the new Attorney General has sent an unequivocal message that prosecutions of any kind, whether against Republicans, Democrats, Independents, or others, must be done right, and in accordance with the law. P… Continue Reading


04.01.09

Leahy Urges Attorney General To Examine Pistachio Recall

(Wednesday, April 1, 2009) - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Tuesday sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder urging the Justice Department to look into the recall ofpistachios marketed by Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella Inc., and asking the Department to review existing legal avenues for addressing the distribution of contaminated food products. On Tuesday, the California-based company voluntarily recalled nearly two million pounds of pistachios under sus… Continue Reading


04.01.09

Statement At State And Foreign Operations Subcommittee Hearing On Assistance For Civilian Victims Of War

Twenty-one years ago I visited a field hospital in the jungle bordering Nicaragua and Honduras. It was during the war between the Contras and Sandinistas, and it was civilians who bore the brunt of the casualties. There was a young boy there who had adopted the hospital as his home. He had lost a leg from a landmine and had only a homemade wooden crutch. He had no idea who had put the landmine on the trail where he walked near his home, but it made no difference. His life was ruined.… Continue Reading


03.31.09

Leahy Secures $4 Million For Vermont Workforce Development Projects

(TUESDAY, March 31) -- U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced Tuesday that Vermont will receive $4,068,000 for several adult and youth workforce development programs across the state. Leahy, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, secured the funds in the annual appropriations bill passed by the Congress signed into law by President Obama earlier this month. Leahy said, "Training and practical experience can turn the liability of unemployment and underemployment into ass… Continue Reading


03.31.09

“Closer Than Ever” To Patent Reform Agreement

(Tuesday, March 31, 2009) - The Senate Judiciary Committee continued to make progress on patent reform legislation at an executive business meeting Tuesday morning. The Committee adopted an amendment sponsored by Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and senior Member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) that adds a provision to increase the ability of government-operated, contractor-owned facilities to reinvest licensing royalties for scientific research, development and education. The amend… Continue Reading

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