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06.16.22

Leahy, Cornyn, And Tillis Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Ensure the Patent Trial and Appeal Board Is A Fair And Predictable Forum For All Parties

(THURSDAY, June 16, 2022) -- On Thursday, Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), John Cornyn (R-TX), and Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Reform Act of 2022, bipartisan legislation that supports strong, reliable, and predictable intellectual property rights for all parties. Patents drive innovation, benefitting the economy and the public. Patents protect inventors, allowing them to commercialize their ideas and bring products to market. But for American innovator… Continue Reading


06.16.22

Leahy Leads Vermont And New York Lawmakers To Introduce Bill To Reauthorize Lake Champlain Basin Program

(THURSDAY, June 16) - U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) Thursday introduced legislation to reauthorize the Lake Champlain Basin Program, which supports restoration and protection efforts for Lake Champlain and its surrounding watershed. Vermont Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vt.) introduced companion legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives. For more than 30 years, the Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) ha… Continue Reading


06.09.22

Leahy And Lee Introduce Bill To Curtail Secret Government Surveillance Of Americans’ Digital Data

(THURSDAY, June 9, 2022) -- Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Mike Lee (R-UT) Thursday introduced the Non-Disclosure Order Fairness Act. House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (R-WI) introduced a companion bill in the House that passed by unanimous consent in the House Judiciary Committee on April 6. Over the last decade, federal law enforcement agencies have increasingly taken advantage of an outdated provision in the 35-year-old Electronic Communi… Continue Reading


06.08.22

Leahy And Cornyn Lead Letter Asking Patent Office To Address Anti-Competitive Patent Thickets

(WEDNESDAY, June 8, 2022) -- Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and John Cornyn (R-TX) led a bipartisan letter Wednesday asking the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to address an issue that is a significant cause of soaring drug prices. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Susan Collins (R-ME), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Mike Braun (R-IN) also joined the letter. The senators explained that drug companies and other large companies sometimes artificially extend the period in which they can charge high … Continue Reading


06.08.22

Leahy Joins Klobuchar And Others To Introduce Legislation To Make Registering To Vote Easier For All Americans

(WEDNESDAY, June 8, 2022) -- U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Chairwoman of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, led nine of her colleagues in introducing legislation to make registering to vote easier for all Americans. The Register America to Vote Act would require every state to create a system to register all eligible citizens to vote when they turn 18 and ensure all eligible voters are covered by automatic registration through motor vehicle agencies. Automatic voter registrati… Continue Reading


06.08.22

Address On The Epidemic Of Gun Violence Of America

It is hard really to know where to start. I am here on the Senate Floor to talk about guns. In a world in chaos, we cannot forget about the chaos right here at home. Gun violence is killing our children. Nineteen students, and two of their teachers, in Uvalde two weeks ago. Twenty children, and seven others, in Newtown, Connecticut - nearly 10 years ago. Twelve students, and a teacher, at Columbine - 23 years ago. In between? Las Vegas - 58 dead. The Pulse Nightclub - 49 dead. Marjory … Continue Reading


06.07.22

Statement On Domestic Terrorism Threat After Buffalo Attack

Mr. Chairman, I appreciate you holding this hearing. But I find it difficult to comprehend that we are still in this position, having the same conversation about domestic terrorism and the racist ideologies motivating violence that are spreading across this country with little to no check against them. Instead, each day and each week seems to bring new tragic incidents, with an increasing number committed by individuals who hold white supremacist ideologies. No one should be afraid of being m… Continue Reading


06.06.22

Sanders, Welch And Ag Leaders Thank Leahy For Work On Behalf Of Vermont Farms And Farmers

RICHMOND, Vt. (MONDAY, June 6, 2022) - More than 100 Vermonters and representatives of agricultural organizations gathered at the West Monitor Barn on Saturday to thank U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) for his years of advocacy on behalf of farms and farmers. Leahy, who announced last November that he will not seek re-election to a ninth term in the Senate, said, "I am honored and humbled. I've been saying that a lot lately, but that's because it's true. Marcelle and I deeply appreciate the… Continue Reading


05.30.22

Memorial Day Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy

On this Memorial Day, Marcelle and I remember and pay tribute to those who gave their lives in service to the people and ideals of the United States. Their devotion has left an indelible mark on the character of our country, and in remembering them this day we are called to carry on their struggle - one to make our land more free, more fair, and a boon to those who have the least. As the Senate closes in on passage of the SFC Heath Robinson PACT Act, Marcelle and I also remember in a special w… Continue Reading


05.26.22

Leahy And Allies Introduce Bill To Close Tax Loophole That Lets Corporations Write Off Penalties For Wrongdoing As Ordinary Business Expenses

(THURSDAY, May 26, 2022) - U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Thursday reintroduced legislation to close a tax loophole that allows corporations to write off the punishment they receive for egregious wrongdoing as an "ordinary" business expense. Punitive damages are rarely imposed, and only on bad actors whose reckless misconduct resulted in extreme consequences, and usually great harm to peoples' lives. Such damages are intended to impose a punishment on the wrongdoer so that more responsible… Continue Reading


05.25.22

Statement On The Reappointment Of Guatemalan Attorney General Maria Consuelo Porras

Many hoped that President Giammattei would reject the corruption and impunity that his predecessors institutionalized. The reappointment of Attorney General Porras, who according to the State Department has "repeatedly obstructed and undermined anti-corruption investigations," shows that it's business as usual. Democracy cannot survive without an independent judiciary, which Attorney General Porras has sought to dismantle by persecuting prosecutors and judges who have stood up for the prin… Continue Reading


05.25.22

Statement On FY23 Funding Request For The FBI, And Remarks On The Texas School Shooting

Twenty-one victims. Twenty-one families, waking up this morning with a hole in their hearts. Nineteen children. Murdered. Gun violence is an epidemic that cannot be overstated. It cannot be ignored. It cannot be hidden behind the guise of an unassailable Second Amendment argument. I am not politicizing this moment. I am not over reacting. I am angry. Angry that 19 more children, and two adults fighting to protect them, have been murdered. I am angry that today, Congress is willing to ju… Continue Reading


05.25.22

Statement On Gun Violence And The Horrific Mass School Shooting In Texas

Gun violence continues to plague our country, and I am outraged. Nearly 10 years ago, 20 children - and six adults - were slaughtered at Sandy Hook Elementary. Nothing has changed. Nothing - except more lives have been lost. Today, 21 families are waking up this morning with a hole in their hearts. Nineteen children. Murdered. Gun violence is an epidemic that cannot be overstated. It cannot be ignored. It cannot be hidden behind the guise of an unassailable Second Amendment argument. Y… Continue Reading


05.24.22

Leahy Joins In Introducing Legislation To Expand Access To Clean, Affordable Heating And Cooling

(TUESDAY, May 24, 2022) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and other senators have joined together to introduce legislation to expand access to clean, affordable heating and lower energy costs for consumers. The Heating Efficiency and Affordability through Tax Relief (HEATR) Act would create a manufacturer tax credit to incentivize production of high-efficiency, safe, and affordable heat pumps. Chief sponsor of the bill is Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). Cosponsoring the bill in addition to Leahy a… Continue Reading


05.23.22

Statement On The Reappointment Of Guatemalan Attorney General Maria Consuelo Porras

Many hoped that President Giammattei would keep his word and reject the corruption and impunity that his predecessors institutionalized. The reappointment of Attorney General Porras, who according to the State Department has "repeatedly obstructed and undermined anti-corruption investigations," shows that nothing has changed. Democracy cannot survive without an independent judiciary, which Attorney General Porras has sought to dismantle by abusing her authority to persecute prosecutors and ju… Continue Reading


05.20.22

Statement On Alaa Abdel Fattah

Mr. LEAHY. Last month, dozens of Egyptian political prisoners, including journalists, opposition activists, and lawmakers, were released from pretrial detention - the second group since July last year. These individuals had been behind bars on charges of spreading fake news and collaborating with a terrorist organization - accusations that are frequently used to silence critics of the al Sisi government. These releases were welcome news, but thousands of other opposition figures remain behin… Continue Reading


05.20.22

Statement On The Death Of Shireen Abu Akleh

Mr. LEAHY. I join Secretary Blinken in calling for a thorough, impartial investigation of the tragic death of widely respected Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, in the Jenin refugee camp on May 4th. According to press reports, Israel has already launched an investigation. Some Members of Congress have called for the FBI to be involved. I echo that recommendation. The investigation will also require the participation of Palestinian authorities. Too often, shootings of unarme… Continue Reading


05.19.22

Leahy’s Dual Role In Today’s Big Win For Additional UKRAINE Appropriations Aid (Plus Photo LINK) –

As Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee Leahy worked on forging the Ukraine aid package that was approved this afternoon in a strong bipartisan Senate vote. Then an hour later, Leahy, in his additional role as President Pro Tem of the Senate, signed the bill that now has been passed by the House and the Senate, a requirement before it could be sent to President Biden for his signature. LINK TO PHOTO OF LEAHY SIGNING THE UKRAINE APPROPRIATIONS PACKAGE IN HIS SENATE PRO TEM OFFICE: htt… Continue Reading


05.19.22

Statement On Senate Passage Of The Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill For Ukraine

In just a few moments, the Senate will pass H.R. 7691, an emergency supplemental to provide funding to Ukraine and to stem the global hunger crisis exacerbated by Vladimir Putin's unprovoked war. It is a shame that because of the actions of one Senator we could not pass this urgently needed bill, which will receive overwhelming bipartisan support, last week. To confront Vladimir Putin on the global stage, we must stand united. Tomorrow, I will be leading a delegation to Brussels to receive a… Continue Reading


05.18.22

Leahy And Bipartisan, Bicameral Coalition In Congress Introduce Bill To Broaden War Crimes Jurisdiction

(WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2022) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is part of a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers who Wednesday introduced legislation to broaden the scope of individuals subject to prosecution for war crimes. The Justice for Victims of War Crimes Act updates the current war crimes statute to enable prosecution of war criminals in the United States regardless of the location or targets of their atrocities. The legislation also extends the statute of limitations for war crimes disco… Continue Reading

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