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Leahy Secures $100,000 To Support The Farm To School Institute At Shelburne Farms

(MONDAY, March 2, 2020) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced Monday that Shelburne Farms will receive $100,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Office of Community Food Systems to support the Northeast Farm to School Institute. Leahy, long the Senate's leader in advancing the Farm to School movement, included language in the 2019 and 2020 federal budget bills directing USDA to fund a farm to school institute with the ai… Continue Reading


Leahy, Sanders, Welch: Housing Vermont Receives $2 Million In U.S. Treasury Support For Affordable Housing Development

(THURSDAY, Feb. 27, 2020) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vt.) announced Thursday that the U.S. Treasury awarded Housing Vermont a $2 million grant to support affordable housing production and preservation of roughly 900 affordable rental units. The grant was provided through the Capital Magnet Fund program. The grant was provided by the Community Development Financial Institutions' (CDFI) Capital Magnet Fund program. As Vice Chair … Continue Reading


Blumenthal, Capito Lead Bipartisan Group Of Senators Working To Save Minor League Baseball Teams

(THURSDAY, Feb. 27, 2020) - U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today led a bipartisan group of United States Senators introducing a resolution supporting Minor League Baseball (MiLB) and their efforts to fight Major League Baseball's (MLB) proposed elimination or demotion of 42 MiLB clubs, including the Norwich (CT) Sea Unicorns, Lowell (MA) Spinners, West Virginia Power, Bluefield (WV, VA) Blue Jays, and Princeton (WV) Rays. "Our resolution sends a sharp sig… Continue Reading


Leahy, Pascrell, King Introduce Crime Gun Tracing Modernization Act

(THURSDAY, Feb. 27, 2020) -- U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and U.S. Reps. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) and Peter King (R-NY-02) Thursday introduced the Crime Gun Tracing Modernization Act which will finally give the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) the ability to electronically search for the records of guns used in crimes across the country. Sen. Leahy said: "When law enforcement finds a gun at a crime scene, they contact the ATF to determine who last owned the fire… Continue Reading


Leahy And UVM Officials Announce Renewal Of Northern Forest Research Initiative

BURLINGTON, Vt. (FRIDAY, Feb. 14, 2020) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and University of Vermont officials on Friday announced new federal funding for research on the region's forest ecosystem and economy. The Northeastern States Research Cooperative (NSRC), first created by Leahy in the 1998 Farm Bill, received $2 million in the fiscal year 2020 appropriations bill for research on the Northern Forest and its 26 million acres of working la… Continue Reading


Appropriations Vice Chair Patrick Leahy And 40 Other Senators Fight To Protect People With Pre-Existing Conditions In The FY2021 Appropriations Bills

(FRIDAY, Feb. 14, 2020) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) joined Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and 40 other senators Friday in a letter to the Administration urging President Trump to direct the Department of Justice (DOJ) to protect the law of the land, which provides health care coverage protections for people with pre-existing conditions. The Administration's Fiscal Year 2021 proposed budget continues to fund DOJ's efforts to repeal the Affordable … Continue Reading


Statement On President Trump’s Latest Raid On The Military

It is Congress - the representatives of the American people - who hold the power of the purse under the Constitution. Time and again, this President has subverted that constitutional authority and bipartisan majorities of Congress to pay for his vanity wall. Let us see whether congressional Republicans will brush off this diversion of funds from military programs that they support, or continue the inaction that has led this President to become increasingly brazen. Today, he stole from our Na… Continue Reading


Senate Judiciary Democrats to Chairman Graham: Investigate Political Interference at DOJ

(THURSDAY, Feb. 13, 2010) -- All 10 Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee wrote Chairman Graham asking that the committee immediately initiate an investigation into political interference at the Justice Department, to include this week's reduction in the sentencing recommendation for Roger Stone. "The Justice Department's mission 'to ensure fair and impartial justice for all Americans' requires that its prosecutorial decisions remain free from political influence. It's becomin… Continue Reading


Statement On Risch Amendment to Joint Resolution 68

Mr. LEAHY. Mr. President, earlier today we voted on an amendment to S. J. Res. 68 that was offered by the Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Risch. That amendment consisted of one sentence, as follows: "The President has a Constitutional responsibility to take actions to defend the United States, its territories, possessions, citizens, service members and diplomats from attack." On its face, the Risch amendment seems reasonable. The President does have a responsibility to … Continue Reading


Senate Address On Preventing An Unauthorized War With Iran

Mr. President, on another subject, last month the United States and Iran came frighteningly close to war. If any of Iran's missiles had killed American soldiers at those military bases in Iraq, President Trump would have reacted very differently and, most likely, without consulting Congress. Rather than the self-congratulatory statements by the President who depicted the brazen, ballistic missile attacks against our bases that failed to kill any of our troops stationed there a victory, we could… Continue Reading


Statement On Coronavirus

Since first emerging in Wuhan, China on December 31st, the outbreak of a new coronavirus, COVID-19 ("novel coronavirus"), has spread to 25 countries, infected more than 44,000 people, caused at least 1,100 deaths, forced entire cities into lockdown, triggered hundreds of international flight cancelations, restricted hundreds of Americans to U.S. military bases in a federal government quarantine, and caused significant economic harm to countries and businesses around the globe. All this in only … Continue Reading


Leahy, Carper, And Others Introduce The Clean Economy Act Of 2020

(TUESDAY, Feb. 11, 2020) -- Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Tuesday joined Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) and other senators in introducing the Clean Economy Act of 2020, to empower the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to set a national goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by no later than 2050. The bill would also promote American competitiveness and healthier communities, while fostering a fair and growing economy. The Clean Economy Act also requires the EPA to set interim national g… Continue Reading


Statement On President Trump's Budget Proposal

For the fourth year in a row, President Trump has sent Congress a reckless and cynical budget proposal that is divorced from reality and, if implemented, would do more harm than good. The President continues his attack on affordable health care, proposing cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, which millions of American's rely on to ensure they can see a doctor when they need one. He proposes to eliminate programs that support and invest in the middle class and our economy, including education, infras… Continue Reading


Comment On The Political Crisis In El Salvador

The political crisis in El Salvador, in which the security forces have been deployed to intimidate the National Assembly, is reminiscent of the days when political disputes were settled with threats and violence. That cannot be condoned today, especially by a government that wants to be a partner of the United States. # # # # #… Continue Reading


Amid Coronavirus Outbreak, Leahy And Others Press Trump Administration To Fully Fund Pandemic Preparedness And Response Efforts

(FRIDAY, Feb. 7, 2020) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and three other senators Friday urged the Trump Administration to fully fund pandemic preparedness and response efforts in light of the global Coronavirus outbreak, which has infected tens of thousands of individuals and killed more than 500 worldwide. Also sending the request were U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Patty Murray (D-WA) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ). Leahy is the Vice Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, and Peters, Murray an… Continue Reading


Comment On The President’s Remarks At The White House

Following his acquittal, President Clinton addressed the nation from the Rose Garden and apologized for the "great burden" his actions placed on the country. In stark contrast, today President Trump held a White House campaign rally and was entirely unrepentant. Sadly, the only lesson he's learned is how almost the entire Senate Republican Caucus let him get away with misconduct, even when the evidence overwhelmingly proves that he abused his office and then tried to hide it from the American p… Continue Reading


Rendering Of A Verdict In Trial Of President Donald J. Trump

I entered the Senate in the wake of Watergate in 1975, a time when the American people's faith in our institutions was profoundly shaken. The very first vote I cast was in favor of creating the Select Committee to Study Government Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities and the Rights of Americans - that is, the Church Committee. Through that Committee's work, the American public soon learned of years of abuses that had occurred at the hands of the executive branch's intelligence ag… Continue Reading


Statement On Impeachment Trial Witnesses

The question before us is incredibly serious, but it is also more than a little absurd. We are sitting as a court, exercising the sole power to try impeachments, entrusted to us by the Framers. The President of the United States has been charged with high crimes - a constitutional charge of abuse of power that includes in its text each of the elements of criminal bribery. The President's lawyers have complained all week about the absence of sworn testimony from officials with first-hand knowled… Continue Reading


Statement On On The Trump Administration’s Decision To Roll Back Limits On U.S. Production And Use Of Anti-Personnel Landmines

"The President's decision to roll back the policy on anti-personnel landmines is as perplexing as it is disappointing, and reflexive, and unwise. As far as I know, Congress was not consulted about this decision, despite requests to be consulted. "The policy that has been in place, limiting the use of this inherently indiscriminate weapon to the Korean Peninsula, was the culmination of nearly 30 years of incremental steps, taken by both Democratic and Republican administrations after extensive… Continue Reading


Statement On Reports That The Trump Administration Plans To Roll Back Limits On U.S. Production And Use Of Anti-Personnel Landmines

"Reports that the White House intends to roll back the policy on anti-personnel landmines are of great concern. As far as I am aware, no Member of Congress has been consulted about this imminent announcement. I have today asked the Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to hold off on any decision until we have an opportunity to discuss it. "The current policy, limiting the use of this inherently indiscriminate weapon to the Korean Peninsula, is the culmination of near… Continue Reading

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