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On Cyber Crime Legislation

"The coordinated effort by the U.S. Attorneys' office, the Justice Department's Criminal Division, the Secret Service and others shows what law enforcement can do when provided tools to combat cyber crime. The Senate has twice passed legislation to strengthen those tools to fight identity theft and protect the privacy of all Americans. We must provide law enforcement with the needed tools to safeguard that privacy. We cannot wait to enact legislation to combat cyber crime. When Congress retu… Continue Reading


Leahy Announces $1 Million In Grants For Local Drug Abuse Programs Across Vermont

Thirteen community coalitions across Vermont will receive continued federal support, totaling just over $1 million, for their efforts to combat drug abuse, according to Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). The Drug-Free Communities grants from the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) run for a year from September 30 this year and will help community groups work to prevent and reduce drug, alcohol, and tobacco abuse among youths and to strengthen community anti-drug coalitions among community o… Continue Reading


On The Retirement Of General Richard A. Cody

Mr. LEAHY. I rise to commend GEN Richard A. Cody, the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, on his retirement. General Cody is one of the Nation's finest military officers, and, with a career that spans over 36 years in the Army, he leaves behind a stronger, more experienced, and more professional fighting force. Vermont is proud to call General Cody a native, and there is little doubt that his time growing up in our State capital, Montpelier, instilled in him a deep sense of loyalty and public servi… Continue Reading


Attorney General Asked To Assess Damage Done To Justice Department By Illegal, Politicized Hiring Practices

(Friday, August 1, 2008) - In the wake of reports that Justice Department officials used political and ideological screening tests to fill career positions, seven Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee today asked Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey to assess whether this illegal hiring practice has done long-term damage to the mission of the Department. The letter to Mukasey was signed by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (… Continue Reading


Kennedy, Leahy Introduce Bill To Reverse Supreme Court Medical Device Decision

The chairmen of two Senate panels Thursday night introduced legislation to reverse a U.S. Supreme Court decision handed down earlier this year which immunized medical device companies from state lawsuits brought by patients who are injured by faulty devices. Senator Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), who chairs the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced the legislation Thursday. In February, the U.… Continue Reading


Statement Of Sen. Patrick Leahy Tribute To Wayside Restaurant

Mr. LEAHY. Mr. President, I would like to pay tribute to one of central Vermont's finest community gathering spaces, the Wayside Restaurant. Over the past 90 years, the Wayside has built its reputation around the State of Vermont as a quality establishment where neighbors enjoy a country style breakfast, a quick business lunch, or a well-rounded family dinner. The Wayside represents the needs of the community with affordable and diversely pleasant fare. In 1918, when Effie Ballou opened the sm… Continue Reading


Statement On Habeas Corpus In The Wake Of Boumediene vs. Bush

Last month's 5-4 Supreme Court decision in Boumediene v. Bush reaffirmed our core American values, and served as a stinging rebuke to the Bush administration's flawed power grabs over the last six years. The Bush administration's repeated attempts to eliminate meaningful review of its actions by the federal judiciary have again failed to withstand Supreme Court review. This decision is a vindication for those of us who have maintained from the beginning that the administration's detention poli… Continue Reading


On District Court Ruling Against Immunity For White House Officials Subpoenaed To Testify Before Congress

"I have long pointed out that this administration's claims of executive privilege and immunity, which White House officials have used to justify refusing to even show up when served with congressional subpoenas, are wrong. The claims are part of an arrogant White House cover up, designed to shield from public view the inappropriate and illegal actions of this administration. It is past time for senior administration officials to abide by the law and appear before Congress to offer testimony co… Continue Reading


Leahy Presses Rove, Bolten To Testify After Court Rules Against Immunity For White House Officials

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Thursday pressed for testimony from former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove and White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten in connection with subpoenas issued by the Committee in June 2007 and July 2007. A ruling today by District Court Judge John Bates rejected President Bush's claim that senior White House officials are not required to comply with congressional subpoenas. On Thursday, Leahy sent letters to Rove's attorney, Ro… Continue Reading


Leahy Cyber Crime Measure Passes Senate

Legislation championed by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to fight identity theft and cyber crime unanimously passed the Senate Wednesday night and is headed to the House of Representatives for consideration. Leahy introduced the Identity Theft Enforcement and Restitution Act last October with the Committee's Ranking Member, Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), and worked quickly to move the legislation in the Judiciary Committee. The Senate unanimously passed the bill in November,… Continue Reading


Judiciary Committee Reports Bill To Address Juvenile Crime

The Senate Judiciary Committee today reported a bill to address issues related to deterring crime among young people, one of the nation's most vulnerable populations. The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) was introduced last month by Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) and Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.). The reauthorization bill has received bipartisan support in the Senate. Leahy, Specter and Kohl introduced the bill in June to reauthorize the… Continue Reading


Judiciary Panel Hears Testimony From Inspector General About Politicized Hirings At Department Of Justice

Department of Justice Inspector General Glenn A. Fine testified this morning before the Senate Judiciary Committee about a report released by his office Monday about politicized hirings at the Department of Justice. Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) scheduled the hearing in advance of the report's release. The report examined allegations of politicized hiring at the Department by former senior staff members, as well as White House influence at the Department. It is the second in a ser… Continue Reading


Leahy Urges Support For Reporters’ Shield Bill As Senate Prepares For Procedural Vote

(Wednesday, July 30, 2008) - The Senate is scheduled to take a critical vote this morning to decide if the body will proceed to debate on the Free Flow of Information Act, a bill that would establish a qualified federal reporters' shield law. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who chairs the Judiciary Committee that reported the bipartisan bill in October 2007, spoke on the Senate floor Wednesday morning, urging all Senators to support a full debate on the proposed legislation. Leahy has been pres… Continue Reading


Hearing On “Music And Radio In The 21st Century: Assuring Fair Rates And Rules Across Platforms”

Earlier in this Congress, I introduced S. 2500, the Performance Rights Act, with Senators Hatch, Feinstein and Corker. Musicians should be compensated fairly for the use of their work, whether it is transmitted by broadcast radio, Internet radio, satellite radio, or cable radio. The Performance Rights Act would codify that important right. Today's hearing focuses on the related and important topic of parity in the rate standards across those platforms. Senator Feinstein has been a leader on this… Continue Reading


On Inspector General And Office Of Professional Responsibility Report On Politicization At The Department Of Justice

"Today's report from the Inspector General and the Office of Professional Responsibility about their investigation into improper political influence in the hiring of attorneys for key career positions throughout the Department of Justice provides a close examination of another troubling chapter at the Department. The policies and attitudes of this administration encouraged politicization of the Department and permitted these excesses. It is now clear that these politically-rooted actions were … Continue Reading


Statement On S. 3297, “Advancing America’s Priorities Act”

Last week, I joined the Majority Leader in introducing S.3297, the "Advancing America's Priorities Act." The majority leader selected three dozen legislative items from the jurisdiction of seven Senate Committees, including eight Judiciary Committee bills, for this effort. These are all measures with bipartisan support and, we believe, the support of a strong bipartisan majority of the Senate. I have moved several such bills through the Judiciary Committee only to be stymied by objection once… Continue Reading


On The Warm In Winter And Cool In Summer Act Senate Floor

Mr. LEAHY. Mr. President, I rise in support of S. 3186, the Warm in Winter and Cool in Summer Act. As an original cosponsor of this important legislation that nearly doubles funding for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, LIHEAP, I urge my colleagues to support the motion to invoke cloture. While we are currently in the middle of summer, every Vermonter knows that winter isn't far off. Families in cold-weather States, like Vermont, who were able to pay this past winter's bill, are alr… Continue Reading


On Final Passage Of The Housing And Economic Recovery Act Senate Floor

Mr. LEAHY. Mr. President, the sluggish national economy and the rising cost of housing is a one-two punch that is keeping affordable housing out of the reach of too many Vermont families. It is important that during these times of economic hardship we do more--not less--to help struggling families make ends meet. I am pleased that today, after months of delay, the Senate is set to act on final passage of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act, H.R. 3221, a responsible bill to strengthen our econo… Continue Reading


Leahy Asks EPA Inspector General To Investigate Executive Privilege Claim And White House Interference

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Friday pressed the Inspector General's office at the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) to investigate the President's purported claims of executive privilege over documents and testimony related to the public health threats of global warming, and possibleWhite House interference with EPA decision-making. On Thursday, Leahy canceled a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee after EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson declined t… Continue Reading


On S. 3297, The Advancing America’s Priorities Act

Earlier this week, I joined the Majority Leader in the introduction of S.3297, the Advancing America's Priorities Act. The Majority Leader selected 35 legislative items from the jurisdiction of seven Senate Committees, including eight bills from that of the Senate Judiciary Committee, for this effort. These are all measures with bipartisan support and, we believe the support of a strong bipartisan majority of the Senate. I have moved several through the Judiciary Committee and several have al… Continue Reading

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