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03.13.18

Comment of Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) On President Trump’s Visit To The Border Wall

While President Trump is spending the afternoon examining prototypes for his misguided and ineffective border wall, the American people are waiting on the President to make good on his pledge - which became the central promise of his campaign for president - that Mexico, not American taxpayers, foot the bill for this boondoggle. The President has failed to keep that promise. For years there has been a bipartisan consensus in Congress for sensible, workable, cost-effective border security. S… Continue Reading


03.13.18

Leahy Statement On The President's Sudden Dismissal Of Secretary Of State Tillerson

The only predictable thing about this President is that nothing he says or does survives the test of time. Cabinet officials are fired without even the courtesy of a phone call. Policy pronouncements made with fanfare yesterday are repudiated today. One minute a corrupt foreign dictator is publicly ridiculed, the next minute he is called a great leader and friend. Running our government and foreign policy like an erratic ratings-driven TV impresario is damaging America's image, interests and… Continue Reading


03.12.18

Senator Leahy's Sunshine Week Keynote Address at the National Archives

Thank you, David, for that kind introduction. And thank you for the incredibly important work that you and your team do here. By dutifully recording the workings of our government, NARA plays a central role in telling the story of American democracy, and in carefully preserving these records for posterity. As years and decades pass by, thanks to your service, the American people will better understand the ebbs and flows in our effort to create a more perfect union. Every year, during Sunshin… Continue Reading


03.08.18

Jericho Elementary School

On March 8, 2018, Senator Leahy had his annual online chat with fourth grade students from Jericho Elementary School. The chat had been originally scheduled for February but was rescheduled due to a snowstorm that cancelled school. Senator Leahy said he enjoyed answering the students' questions about his life and work for Vermont on Capitol Hill. The students also asked insightful questions about current political issues facing Vermont and the nation.… Continue Reading


03.08.18

Comments Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The President’s Tariff Announcement

"We want to support our steel and aluminum producing workforce and industrial base, but that's not what this chaotic jumbling of tweets, slogans and unvetted ideas would do. There seems to be no understanding or consideration of threats to the entire rest of America's workforce and economy in what President Trump says, and says he wants to do. No coherent strategy for retraining, workforce development, infrastructure investment, or overall manufacturing sector growth, to mention just a few mis… Continue Reading


03.08.18

Leahy, Shaheen And Other Senators Introduce Northern Border Regional Commission Extension

Senator Patrick Leahy and a majority of other senators from the New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and New York U.S. Senate delegations Thursday introduced legislation to reauthorize and strengthen the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC). The NBRC, a federal-state partnership for economic and community development in northern Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York, has awarded $7.8 million in funding for 44 community development projects since its creation in 2008. The new legislation … Continue Reading


03.07.18

Appropriations Vice Chair Patrick Leahy, On Introduction Today Of Senate Democrats’ Jobs And Infrastructure Plan

The Trump infrastructure plan falls far short of what is needed to address our crumbling infrastructure. Instead of making real investments in roads, bridges and broadband, the President conjures up an illusory plan that would be funded on the backs of working Americans, by raising new Trump Tolls. It's smoke and mirrors. And it is made worse by a Trump budget that would cut transportation, housing, and urban development programs by 29 percent. We need real, direct investments in our inf… Continue Reading


03.05.18

Statement Of Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy On The Retirement Of Chairman Thad Cochran (R-Miss.)

Marcelle and I count Thad among our dearest friends, and his leadership on the Appropriations Committee and in the Senate will be sorely missed. Despite being on opposite ends of the political spectrum, over the years Thad and I crossed the aisle to work hand-in-hand for the American people. Together, we championed the Farm-To-School Act. We worked together to pass the FY17 Omnibus, and he has been a steadfast partner as we moved through the FY18 appropriations process. Throughout all of thi… Continue Reading


02.28.18

Schatz, Lee, Leahy Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Improve Compassionate Release Process, Save Taxpayer Money

U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i), Mike Lee (R-Utah), and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Wednesday introduced the Granting Release and Compassion Effectively (GRACE) Act, legislation that improves the Bureau of Prisons' (BOP) approval process for compassionate release. Authorized under the Sentencing Reform Act of 1984, which also eliminated parole for federal prisoners, compassionate release gives people incarcerated in federal prisons an opportunity to appeal for early release for "extraordinary a… Continue Reading


02.28.18

Leahy And Hatch Introduce Bipartisan ARTS Act, To Speed Processing Of Visas For Visiting Artists

U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), both former chairmen of the Senate Judiciary Committee, have introduced the Arts Require Timely Service Act (ARTS Act), a bill that would require U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to provide premium processing (15-day turnaround) free of charge for any arts-related O or P visa petition that it fails to adjudicate within 14 days as required by law. Leahy said: "The ARTS Act ensures that organizations like the Vermont Symphony… Continue Reading


02.27.18

Leahy, Sanders, Welch Help Introduce Resolution To Reinstate Net Neutrality

On the Net Neutrality National Day of Action, Senate and House Democrats - including Vermont's Sen. Patrick Leahy (D), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I), and Rep. Peter Welch (D) -- introduced a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to overturn the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) partisan decision on net neutrality. Leahy, Sanders and Welch are all original cosponsors of the House and Senate resolutions to fully restore the 2015 Open Internet Order. The Senate CRA resolution of disapproval… Continue Reading


02.27.18

Leahy And Daines Introduce Legislation To Protect Americans’ Privacy At The Border

U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy and Steve Daines (R-Mont.) Tuesday introduced legislation requiring the government to have reasonable suspicion or probable cause to search or seize Americans' electronic devices at the border. Currently at the border, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) can search through a traveler's electronic devices without any suspicion at all. CBP officers can also request that a traveler provide their password or passcode, and seize the device if the traveler refuses. … Continue Reading


02.24.18

Marcelle Leahy Christens Latest Navy Ship, The USNS Burlington

Marcelle Leahy, accompanied by her husband, U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), on Saturday christened the USNS Burlington (EPF 10) at the Mobile, Ala., shipyard where it is being finished. Marcelle Leahy was chosen to sponsor this newest Navy ship, named for Vermont's largest city, which will be able to quickly deliver service members and materiel for military and humanitarian missions. Born in Newport, Vt., Marcelle Pomerleau Leahy is a first-generation American born of Canadian parents. Ma… Continue Reading


02.23.18

Leahy Renews Support For Commonsense Gun Safety Laws

As the Senate returns to session after the President's Day recess, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has renewed his support for commonsense gun safety laws. "As are most Americans, I have been in awe of the students of Stoneman Douglas High School," Leahy said. "In the wake of unspeakable tragedy they have become the nation's voice, displaying incredible poise, passion, decency and courage in their calls for action. I stand with them. Congress must finally act and pass commonsense measures that… Continue Reading


02.16.18

Leahy To Lead Congressional Delegation To Cuba

U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) will head a bicameral congressional delegation that will visit Cuba next week, during the congressional recess. Leahy for two decades has been centrally involved in efforts to replace the failed 50-year-old U.S. Cuba policy of isolation with a new path toward normalization. Leahy is the Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and also serves as the Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on the State Department and Foreign Operations, … Continue Reading


02.15.18

Leahy Comment On President Trump's Efforts To Undermine Bipartisan Solutions To The DACA Crisis That He Created

"The President pitched Dreamers and their communities into crisis by rescinding DACA. Then he promptly reversed his initial soothing words and his pledge to support bipartisan solutions. He has done everything he can -- even prompting a government shutdown -- to repeatedly move the goalposts and to undermine every single sincere bipartisan effort to fix what he broke. He has cynically used Dreamers as hostages to his whims, and he is prolonging the nightmarish uncertainty that they, their fam… Continue Reading


02.15.18

Leahy, Feinstein, Cruz Introduce Resolution Urging China To Respect Tibetan Human Rights And Religious Freedom

Leahy, Feinstein, Cruz Introduce Resolution Urging China To Respect Tibetan Human Rights And Religious Freedom . . . Resolution recognizes "Tibetan Rights Day" on key anniversary WASHINGTON (THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018) - U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) Thursday introduced a resolution commemorating the 59th anniversary of Tibet's 1959 uprising against Chinese rule - March 10, 2018 - as "Tibetan Rights Day." The resolution also addresses… Continue Reading


02.14.18

Leahy, Sanders, Welch: Vermont Nets $60 Million In Job-Creating Federal Tax Credits

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I) and Rep. Peter Welch (D) Wednesday announced that Vermont Rural Ventures will receive $60 million in federal tax credits to spur economic development projects throughout the state. Congress established the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program in 2000 to spur private investment in economic development projects in communities with high poverty and high unemployment. Under the New Markets program, investors receive a credit against their federal in… Continue Reading


02.14.18

Senate Address Of Senator Leahy On The Senate's Immigration Debate, And The Dreamers

As the Senate debates the fate of our Nation's Dreamers this week, an uncontestable truth underpins our discussion: We are a Nation of immigrants. Unless you are Native American, you come from a line of people who come from somewhere else. More than in any country on Earth, this simple fact is a defining characteristic of our national identity. Throughout our history immigrant communities have greatly enriched our Nation; their individual stories have become the American story. Out of many,… Continue Reading


02.12.18

Leahy Reaction To The Trump Budget Proposals For The State Department And Foreign Operations

The State Department and USAID budget request for FY19 is a repeat of the simplistic, formulistic approach that was widely repudiated by Congress and the diplomatic and development community in FY18. Once again there is no fiscal, strategic, or pragmatic justification for these arbitrary cuts. They were made without any credible analysis of their impact or whether they are in our national interest. It is divorced from America's real-world security interests, and it would continue the Trump Ad… Continue Reading

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