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Leahy Heads Bipartisan Senate Delegation In Visits To The Korea DMZ, And Vietnam

(FRIDAY, April 12, 2019) -- A bipartisan official U.S. Senate delegation of nine Senators will visit South Korea and Vietnam for meetings with government and military leaders during the Senate's April recess. They will depart Washington on April 14 and return on April 23. The delegation is headed by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the Vice Chair of the Appropriations Committee and the ranking member of its Subcommittee on the State Department and Foreign Operations. Other Senators in the deleg… Continue Reading


Schumer And Leahy Introduce Bill To Provide Assistance To All Disaster-Impacted Areas, Including the Midwest, Southeast, And Puerto Rico

, (Thursday, April 11, 2019) - Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Thursday introduced a comprehensive, emergency disaster supplemental appropriations package that would provide relief to all American citizens from recent natural disasters. The package totals $17.2 billion and includes $3 billion in funding for disasters in the Midwest and Southeast. This amendment is a companion bill to the legislation introduced… Continue Reading


Leahy And Sanders Join In Introducing Resolution Demanding Accountability For Saudi Human Rights Abuses

Resolution also requires the Trump Administration to provide further information about the potential involvement of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman in the assassination of journalist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi WASHINGTON (THURSDAY, April 11, 2019) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Thursday joined Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in introducing a new Senate resolution calling for accountability for Saudi A… Continue Reading



(THURSDAY, April 11, 2019) - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Roger Wicker (R-MS), and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) Thursday introduced the bipartisan Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Program Act, which creates a competitive grant program for institutions of higher education to expand study abroad opportunities for American college students. Study abroad is an important component of a well-rounded post-secondary education, giving students the opportunity to engage with other cultures, enhance foreign l… Continue Reading


Leahy Joins In Introducing Legislation To Improve Access To Education Benefits For National Guard And Reserve

(THURSDAY, April 11, 2019) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has joined Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.), members of the Senate Defense Appropriations Committee, in introducing the Montgomery GI Bill Parity Act, legislation that would enable members of the Guard and Reserve to concurrently use GI Bill benefts and Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) programs to fund their education. Leahy is Vice Chairman of the Appropriations Committee and a longtime member of its Defense Appr… Continue Reading


Remarks Of Senator Patrick Leahy On President al-Sisi's Visit To The White House

Senator Patrick Leahy Remarks Press Conference on Egyptian President al-Sisi's Visit to The White House Capitol Hill Tuesday, April 9, 2019 Today, Egypt's President al-Sisi will be welcomed to the White House and treated like a legitimate head of state by President Trump. So it is fitting that we are here to call attention to things that are happening in Egypt that you will not hear about from either president. Egypt is a country with an extraordinary history and culture. It has been a U.S. a… Continue Reading


Senate Republicans Block Comprehensive Disaster Relief For All American Communities For Second Time In A Week

(THURSDAY, April 4, 2019) - Senate Republicans Thursday blocked a disaster assistance package that would address the needs of all American communities affected by recent natural disasters for the second time in a week. The move follows President Trump's campaign of holding aid to all American communities hostage over a petty, political grudge with the American citizens of Puerto Rico. Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said: "I have always stood with victims of … Continue Reading


CREATES Act Chief Sponsor Leahy Hails House Panel’s Unanimous Vote To Advance Counterpart House Bill

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chief Sponsor Of The CREATES Act In The Senate (S.340), Hails The Bill's Growing Momentum, Shown By Advancement Of The Counterpart CREATES Act In The House . . . Reforms Would Save Taxpayers $3.9 B., And Consumers Much More, By Removing Obstacles To Lower-Cost Prescription Drugs "The House Energy and Commerce Committee Wednesday took an strong step forward in removing obstacles to bringing lower-cost prescription drugs to the American people. By unanimously appro… Continue Reading


Statement On The Disaster Supplemental Appropriations Bill

Statement Of Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) On The Disaster Supplemental Appropriations Bill Senate Floor Thursday, April 4, 2019 It is unfortunate that the Senate reached an impasse on the emergency disaster supplemental appropriations bills. For months, I repeatedly urged Senate Republican leadership to take up and pass the House bill, H.R. 268, and for nearly 3 months they did nothing. During those three months, American communities suffered, and new disasters … Continue Reading


Appropriations Vice Chairman Leahy and Leader Schumer Introduce Path Forward For Disaster Supplemental

Vice Chairman Leahy and Leader Schumer Introduce Path Forward For Disaster Supplemental - New Amendment Provides New Funding for Midwestern Disasters & Restores Certain Funding for Puerto Rico, Other Territories WASHINGTON (TUESDAY, April 2, 2019) - Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) Tuesday introduced a substitute to the emergency disaster supplemental to provide a path forward to resolving the current … Continue Reading


Senate Floor Address Of Appropriations Vice Chair Leahy, On Sec. Wilbur Ross Declining To Testify Today At Hg. On Commerce Dept. Budget

ADDRESS of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Vice Chair, Senate Appropriations Committee, On Secretary Ross Declining To Testify Before The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science Senate Floor April 2, 2019 Today, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science is holding its annual hearing on the President's budget request for the Department of Commerce with representatives from the Department. The representative from the Department that is inv… Continue Reading


Senate Floor Address Of Sen. Patrick Leahy On The GOP Push To Change The Senate Rules To Ram Thru Trump Nominees

Address of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Vice Chairman, Senate Appropriations Committee, Former Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee, On Consideration of S.Res.50, To Reduce Post-Cloture Debate Time for Certain Nominations Senate Floor April 2, 2019 To say that it is disappointing that the Senate will have a vote today in relation to the resolution to reduce post-cloture debate on nominations is an understatement. It is a resolution in search of a problem. It is an erosion of the Senate's res… Continue Reading


Statement On The Disaster Emergency Supplemental

Statement of Appropriations Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)On The Disaster Emergency Supplemental Senate Floor Friday, April 1, 2019 It is the responsibility of the federal government to stand with American communities in crisis. And I appreciate the efforts of Chairman Shelby and his staff to move this process forward. I know communities in the Chairman's state recently experienced their own natural disaster, and as Vice Chair of the Appropriations Committee, as a United States Senator, an… Continue Reading


Leahy, Sanders And Welch Welcome Pay Increases For Federal Employees in Vermont

On Thursday the Office of Personnel Management announced an across-the-board 1.4 percent pay raise for federal employees, effectively ending President Trump's cruelly timed executive order freezing federal workers' pay. Last December, in the midst of a 35-day partial government shutdown that left 800,000 federal employees furloughed or working without pay, Trump unilaterally cancelled a 2.1 percent across-the-board pay raise that was set to take effect in January. The spending bill which passed… Continue Reading


Leahy And Others Urge Implementation Of Farm Bill Dairy Improvements

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), with Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry; Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), and others, in a bipartisan letter Friday asked Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to prioritize the implementation of the dairy provisions in the 2018 Farm Bill. Leahy, the most senior member of the Agriculture Committee, played a key role in forging the Farm Bill's dairy priorities. As dairy farmers in Vermont a… Continue Reading


In Senate Address, Leahy Intensifies His Call For Full Release Of The Mueller Report

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) took to the Senate Floor Thursday to intensify his call for full release of the Mueller report to Congress and to the American people. He began by praising Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team for their service to the nation, in the face of unprecedented attacks from the President and his allies. "This investigation endured relentless attacks during its 22 month existence, more than 1100 from the President alone, according to The New York Times." He cited … Continue Reading


Leahy, With Bipartisan, Bicameral Group, Asks GAO To Review Agencies’ FOIA Compliance

Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), the Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Senator Chuck E. Grassley (R-IA), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), Member of the Senate Committee on Finance, and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Over… Continue Reading


Leahy, Tillis And Casey Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Provide Access To Free Legal Services For Seniors Encountering Scams, Abuse And Health Care Violations

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Senator Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and Senator Robert Casey (D-Pa.) have introduced bipartisan legislation that would provide free, accessible legal assistance for seniors who need help reporting abuse and neglect, threats to income security, difficulty accessing and affording health care and other violations. The bipartisan Senior Legal Hotline Act authorizes the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Community Living to create a competit… Continue Reading


Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Need To Release The Full Mueller Report

It was exceptionally good news on Sunday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller did not implicate our president in a criminal conspiracy with Russia to attack our elections. The alternative would have been nothing short of catastrophic for our republic. I also want to express my appreciation to Mr. Mueller and his team for their service to our country, determining the facts of what happened during an unprecedented attack on our democracy. This investigation endured relentless attacks during its … Continue Reading


Vice Chairman Leahy Introduces Compromise Path Forward On Emergency Disaster Supplemental Appropriations Bill

Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Wednesday introduced a compromise path forward on the Emergency Disaster Supplemental that adequately addresses the needs of communities affected by recent natural disasters, including the American citizens of Puerto Rico and other territories. For more than two months, Senate Republicans - at the direction of President Trump - have refused to take up a comprehensive disaster relief package passed by House Democrats, H.R. 268. … Continue Reading

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