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03.01.22

Comment On President Biden’s State Of The Union Address

Uneasy and uncertain times call for strong, but calm, leadership. President Biden tonight demonstrated the kind of leadership that comes from a seasoned hand. The kind of leadership that, until recent years, had been a hallmark of American democracy. Tonight, we saw a President ready to lead a nation in a tumultuous time. From the start of his administration, President Biden has laid out a bold, ambitious agenda to restore the American promise that had for years been ripped from too many. H… Continue Reading


02.26.22

Leahy And Others In Congress Urge Biden Administration To Tap Strategic Petroleum Reserve, As Putin’s Illegal Invasion Of Ukraine Threatens To Spike Gas Prices

(SATURDAY, Feb. 26, 2022) -- In an effort to counter an expected sharp rise in oil prices amid Russian President Vladimir Putin's illegal invasion of Ukraine, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has joined Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) and others in a bicameral letter to President Biden urging the White House to help stabilize gas prices and help working families by releasing oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). Drawing down oil from the federal government's stockpile now… Continue Reading


02.25.22

Leahy, Joined By EPA In Vermont, Highlights Funding Under The Newly Enacted Infrastructure Law For Lake Champlain And For Water And Wastewater Investments

(FRIDAY, Feb. 25, 2022) - U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) was in Burlington Thursday to highlight funding for Lake Champlain and water and wastewater infrastructure in the Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act (IIJA). With $55 billion in funding for water quality, the IIJA is the single largest investment in water in the nation's history. Included in that funding is $40 million over the next five years for the Lake Champlain Program, $8 million per year. This money will enable the Lake Ch… Continue Reading


02.25.22

Leahy REAX On President Biden’s Selection Of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson For Nomination To The Supreme Court

President Biden's nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve as a Justice on the Supreme Court is an historic moment for the Court, and for the country. The federal judiciary can and should reflect the diversity that is at the heart of our nation. Only then do we move closer to achieving a more perfect union. Judge Jackson has already demonstrated intellect and impartiality on both the D.C. District Court and the D.C. Circuit Court. The bipartisan votes with which she was confirmed t… Continue Reading


02.24.22

Senators Markey, Durbin, And Leahy Urge Release Of Prisoner Of Conscience Senator Leila de Lima By The Government Of The Philippines

(February 24, 2022) - Today, Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations East Asia and Pacific Subcommittee, Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) released the following statement on the anniversary of the wrongful imprisonment of Philippines Senator Leila de Lima on politically-motivated charges filed against her by the government of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. "Today marks five tragic years since Senator De Lima was wrongfully imprisoned, … Continue Reading


02.24.22

Sen. Patrick Leahy REAX On Russia’s Unprovoked Assault On Ukraine

Marcelle and I are praying for the people of Ukraine, an independent country with a democratically elected government that has not threatened Russia. The unprovoked invasion of Ukraine by Vladimir Putin is based on his twisted interpretation of world history and current affairs. Because he refused any of the numerous off-ramps offered by President Biden and the rest of the nations of the world toward diplomatically resolving whatever concerns he claims are motivating his actions, the Ukrainian… Continue Reading


02.23.22

Bipartisan, Bicameral Leaders Urge DOJ To Issue FOIA Guidance That Prioritizes Transparency

(Feb. 23, 2022)-Today, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, Rep. James Comer, Ranking Member of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, Sen. Dick Durbin, Chair of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Chuck E. Grassley, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Senator Patrick Leahy, and Senator John Cornyn sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland of the Department of Justice (DOJ) urging him to issue a memorandum to all agencies encou… Continue Reading


02.17.22

Statement Of Chairman Leahy On Senate Passage Of The Continuing Resolution

Today, it is imperative that we take up and pass H.R. 6617, the Further Additional Extending Government Funding Act. This bill will keep the federal government funded and fully operating through March 11 while we work out the details of full-year appropriations bills to meet the needs of the American people. In a few moments we will vote to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the continuing resolution. As Chairman of the Appropriations Committee I strongly urge all members to vote aye.… Continue Reading


02.17.22

Shaheen, Leahy, Collins Lead Push To Reauthorize Northern Border Regional Commission To Support Hard-Hit Businesses & Communities

() - Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) Reauthorization Act of 2022. This bill will extend the authorization of the NBRC and support job creation and community development in the most economically vulnerable parts of rural New Hampshire and the Northeast. The bill is also cosponsored by U.S. Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Angus King (I-ME) and Maggie Hassan… Continue Reading


02.15.22

Rep. Welch, Senator Leahy, Senator Sanders, And Members Of Northern New England Congressional Delegations Urge USDA To Implement Northeast Dairy Task Force Recommendations

Rep. Peter Welch (VT-AL) led a group of lawmakers in a letter to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack, urging the agency to respond to the recommendations of the Northeast Dairy Task Force as quickly as possible. The Task Force was established in response to Danone's announcement that it would terminate contracts with 89 organic dairy farms in the Northeast, leaving many of the region's organic farms without a buyer and placing them at risk of closure. The Task Fo… Continue Reading


02.15.22

Statement On The Dishonorable Legacy Of Juan Orlando Hernandez

Juan Orlando Hernandez had the chance to help his country. Instead he helped himself and his cronies, and the Honduran people lost their lives, their families, and their communities to the ravages of drug gangs, abusive police, corrupt officials, and grinding poverty. Honduras' institutions became instruments of repression and greed. The police and the courts were used to threaten and silence those who sought to defend their land and their rights, the Congress acted as a rubber stamp, and the el… Continue Reading


02.10.22

Leahy And Other Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats Meet With Pres. Biden And VP Harris To Discuss Supreme Court Vacancy

At a meeting in the White House, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee today met with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to discuss the Supreme Court vacancy. Along with Durbin, today's meeting was also attended by U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Chris Coons (D-DE), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Cory Bo… Continue Reading


02.09.22

DeLauro And Leahy Announce Bipartisan Appropriations Framework

House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03) and Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) today announced that bipartisan, bicameral negotiators have agreed on a framework for fiscal year 2022 appropriations. Chair DeLauro said: "I am pleased that we have reached agreement on a framework, which will allow our subcommittees to get to work finalizing an omnibus. We will now proceed with great intensity to enact legislation making transformative investments to … Continue Reading


02.08.22

Chairman Leahy Comment On The Continuing Resolution

I am glad that the House acted quickly to pass a continuing resolution to fund the government through March 11th, and I encourage my colleagues in the Senate to take it up and pass it. Over the last several weeks, Chair DeLauro, Vice Chairman Shelby, Ranking Member Granger and I have made real progress on reaching a full year funding agreement. I believe this continuing resolution will provide us with the time we need to finish our bipartisan work while removing the unnecessary threat of gove… Continue Reading


02.07.22

60 Years On, The Economic Embargo On Cuba Is An Abject Failure

Mr. LEAHY. Today, February 7, 2022, marks the sixtieth anniversary of the day the United States economic embargo against Cuba first went into effect. Sixty years. Three generations, twelve presidents, sixty sessions of Congress, and six transformational decades ago, dating back to the middle of the Cold War. The goal of the embargo, which has been expanded multiple times, was unmistakable: to depose the Cuban Government by imposing a vast web of punitive sanctions designed to crush the Cub… Continue Reading


02.04.22

Comment Urging President Biden To Commute Leonard Peltier’s Sentence

I urge President Biden to commute Leonard Peltier's prison sentence and release him from federal prison. Peltier, a prominent Native American activist, was imprisoned for crimes he and many other legal experts and advocates maintain he never committed. His trial was so riddled with flaws that even one of the prosecutors trying him has acknowledged that Peltier was wrongfully convicted. Peltier, now 77 years old and ailing with multiple health problems, has served more than 44 years in federal … Continue Reading


02.03.22

Leahy Announces $3.9 Million In USDA Funding To Strengthen Vermont Businesses, Organizations

(THURSDAY, Feb. 3, 2022) - U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Thursday announced the awarding of more than $3.9 million in USDA loans and grants to 22 Vermont farms, businesses and organizations. Leahy, who is the Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said: "These awards will help to strengthen not only local businesses, but our rural communities. Some recipients, such as Maple Wind Farm, will use this funding to expand into new markets, while others will be able to make needed capita… Continue Reading


01.31.22

Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy On South Sudan

Mr. LEAHY. On January 6, 2022, I made a statement about the extreme hardships and insecurity that are a daily reality for the people of South Sudan, despite independence ten years ago that held so much promise and hope for that country. That independence came as a result of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, which took years of negotiations facilitated by the United States, Norway, and the United Kingdom, and it provided a roadmap for political stability, economic development, respect for huma… Continue Reading


01.27.22

Leahy, Sanders And Welch: 6 VT Arts Organizations Will Net Total Of $500,000 In Funding From The American Rescue Plan

(THURSDAY, Jan. 27, 2022) -- Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) announced Thursday that six Vermont arts organizations will be receiving a combined $500,000 in funding through the federal American Rescue Plan Act. In a joint statement, Leahy, Sanders and Welch said: "The arts was one of the hardest hit sectors in the country as the pandemic shuttered performance spaces and galleries. In Vermont, which has some the highest parti… Continue Reading


01.26.22

Comment On The Retirement Of Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer

Justice Breyer, confirmed to the Supreme Court in 1994, will leave behind a rich legacy when he retires. He has been one of the Supreme Court's finest unifiers, routinely forging consensus between differing viewpoints and legal philosophies on the Court. He believes deeply that the Supreme Court should not become mired in politics and has served as a beacon of judicial independence even amid increasingly partisan times. He will be remembered as a soft-spoken and studious and humble champion o… Continue Reading

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