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Comment Of Senator Leahy On His Questioning Of Judge Kavanaugh On Hacked Democratic Files

Between 2001 and 2003, two Republican staffers on the Senate Judiciary Committee regularly hacked into the private computer files of six Democratic senators, including me. They stole 4,670 files, and they used them to assist in getting President Bush's most controversial judicial nominees confirmed. This became public in late 2003 when The Wall Street Journal happened to print some of the stolen materials. The ringleader behind this massive theft was a Republican Senate staffer named Manny M… Continue Reading


Opening Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) At The U.S. Supreme Court Nomination Hearing Of Judge Brett Kavanaugh

I have served in the Senate for 44 years, a span that includes 19 nominations to the Supreme Court. I have never seen so much at stake with a single seat. And I have never seen such a dangerous rush to fill it. President Trump promised that he would only nominate judges to the Supreme Court who would overturn Roe v. Wade. Judges who would dismantle the Affordable Care Act. Judges who would re-shape our judiciary. If that is not judicial activism, I do not know what is. Judge Kavanaugh, wi… Continue Reading


Leahy REAX To The Decision Of Guatemalan President Morales To Oppose The Renewal Of The International Commission Against Impunity

"There are two undeniable realities in Guatemala: The people are fed up with the corruption, violence and impunity that plague that country, and those in power will do whatever they can to avoid justice. That is why the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) was established 11 years ago, and that is why it is no less necessary today. "President Morales' announcement, in the company of uniformed military officers, that he opposes the renewal of CICIG, just days after… Continue Reading


Statement Of Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy On A Pay Raise For The Federal Civilian Work Force

The United States Senate has a long history of supporting the federal work force by providing competitive pay, which attracts and retains talented women and men to the United States Government, who work every day to serve Americans. On August 1, the Senate passed a pay raise of 1.9 percent with strong bipartisan support in a vote of 96 to 2. The Senate will continue to move forward on appropriations bills that have bipartisan support, that are at spending levels agreed to in the bipartisan bu… Continue Reading


Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy On The Decision Not To Submit A Second Rescission Package

"This is a welcome decision. In the Senate, we are moving forward on appropriations bills that have bipartisan support, that are at spending levels agreed to in the bipartisan budget deal, and that reject poison pill riders and controversial authorizing language. This is a process that requires trust, a trust that would have been damaged by such a proposal. Rescinding funds that had been agreed to by Congress and signed into law by the President, in the waning days of the fiscal year, would h… Continue Reading


Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Passing Of Barrie Dunsmore

Marcelle and I are just two of the countless Vermonters whose lives were brightened by having known Barrie. As Vermonters we have been enriched and enlightened, and sometimes challenged, by his perceptive commentaries, in which he shared his experience and his sharp insights, drawn from a remarkable career that spanned the globe. He had a great sense of history, which too often is missing today. I looked forward to each of his essays, which I frequently shared with my staff and others. At th… Continue Reading


Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Death Of Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.)

Marcelle and I are saddened by this loss, and we send our love and our respects to Cindy and their entire family. I think of the last time we met and said goodbye. We both were hopeful that it would not be the last time. He loved his country, and we also both respected and were willing to defend the Senate's special and independent role in American government. In the Navy and in his public service, his goal was not to bide time, but to make a difference. I know that he felt, as I do, that… Continue Reading


BREAKING: Leahy REAX To WH Decision To Redirect Humanitarian & Other U.S. Aid Away From West Bank And Gaza

"After a year and eight months in office, President Trump has yet to announce anything remotely resembling a coherent policy to address the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Instead, the White House has engaged in a series of provocative and harmful acts which have exacerbated tensions and set back prospects for constructive negotiations. Inhabitants of Gaza are already suffering severe hardships under the tyranny of Hamas and border restrictions imposed by Israel. It is the Palestinian people, v… Continue Reading


Vermont Highlights Of The Senate-Passed Defense, LHHS Appropriations Package

The Defense, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education and Related Programs "Minibus" appropriations bill, accounting for 65 percent of all discretionary spending in the annual federal budget, includes significant wins spearheaded by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, for Vermont families. The Senate passed the bill Thursday night in a strong bipartisan vote of 85 to 7. LIHEAP: The package includes $3.69 billion for LIHEAP, a $50 million… Continue Reading


Leahy Champions Fight Against Opioids In Senate-Passed Appropriations Bill

Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) led the fight against the opioid epidemic in another Senate-passed appropriations bill Thursday, securing $3 billion in new funding to address the crisis. The bill also contains Leahy-authored legislation to establish three "Rural Centers of Excellence on Substance Use Disorders" and directs $10 million to a new research program in the Department of Defense to study alternatives to opioids for chronic pain management. In 2017… Continue Reading


Senate Passes Defense, LHHS "Minibus" Appropriations Bill

The Senate Thursday passed the Defense, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education and Related Programs "Minibus" appropriations bill, accounting for 65 percent of all discretionary spending, notching the latest bipartisan achievement in returning the appropriations process to regular order and fulfilling core goals of the bipartisan budget deal signed into law in February. The bill passed with broad bipartisan support by a vote of 85 to 7. Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman L… Continue Reading


Appropriations Vice Chair Leahy Statement On Senate Passage Of The Defense, LHHS “Minibus” Appropriations Bill

The Senate, and Congress as a whole, best serves the American people when we reach real, bipartisan solutions. Today, the Senate will pass its third bipartisan appropriations package, completing Senate consideration of nine of the 12 appropriations bills reported by the Senate Appropriations Committee and accounting for 87 percent of all discretionary spending. We are proving that when we put partisan politics aside, we can do the work of the American people. This progress would not have bee… Continue Reading


Leahy Joins Merkley And Other Senate Democrats In Standing With Saudi Women And Pushing For Human Rights Progress

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) has joined with Oregon's Senator Jeff Merkley, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in announcing the introduction of a resolution standing with Saudi women and pushing for human rights progress in Saudi Arabia. Merkley was joined on the resolution by Leahy, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Ron Wyden (D-OR). Earlier this month, Saudi Arabia expelled the Canadian ambass… Continue Reading


Leahy Floor Statement On Arbitrary Detention In South Sudan

Mr. President, several of the warring parties in the South Sudanese civil war, including President Kiir and the leader of the main opposition party, Riek Machar, recently signed a power-sharing deal to ostensibly bring to an end a conflict that has resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths and the largest refugee crisis in Africa. Today in South Sudan there are nearly 200,000 people sheltering at UN peacekeeping bases, 4.5 million people have been forcibly displaced, and an estimated 7 millio… Continue Reading


Leahy Floor Statement On Arrests Of Women Activists In Saudi Arabia

Mr. President, an unrelenting government crackdown on the women's rights movement is taking place in Saudi Arabia. This is the subject of a Senate Resolution, of which I am an original cosponsor, introduced today by Senator Merkley. It is widely known that Saudi Arabia has a long history of subjugating and discriminating against women and girls. Today, despite talk of reform, Saudi authorities continue to arbitrarily arrest and detail women's rights activists and supporters, including Samar … Continue Reading


Leahy Floor Statement On The Guilty Plea Of Michael Cohen And Conviction Of Paul Manafort

There have been a number of headline-grabbing days during the first 18 months of the Trump administration. Yesterday will likely rank among the most extraordinary. And among the most troubling. The President of the United States was effectively identified by his longtime lawyer and confidant as an unindicted co-conspirator in their efforts to commit criminal campaign finance violations. If true, then-candidate Trump arranged payments to two women he had affairs with in violation of federal l… Continue Reading


Leahy Floor Statement On The Vetting Of Supreme Court Nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh

We are now less than two weeks away from Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Two weeks away and the Committee has received only six percent of his total White House records according to the National Archives. And not a single one of the records we have received has been provided by the National Archives. That is because the Archives will not complete its review of the limited-number of records requested by Chairman Grassley until October-a month after… Continue Reading


Statement Of Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy On The “Minibus” Appropriations Bill

Today the Senate begins consideration of the Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related agencies "Minibus" appropriations bill. This will be the third appropriations package brought to the Senate floor this year, and once we complete action, the Senate will have passed nine out of the 12 committee-reported appropriations bills for Fiscal Year 2019. I want to thank Chairman Shelby for his commitment to a bipartisan process, and his friendship, that have made this prog… Continue Reading


Leahy To McGahn: What Was Discussed At Private White House Meeting That Led Republicans To Abruptly Change Course On Kavanaugh Documents

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), on Friday, asked White House Counsel Don McGahn for information on a pivotal July 24, 2018, meeting with Judiciary Committee Republicans that shaped their document request. Prior to the private meeting, Republican leadership seemed poised to request records that Judge Kavanaugh authored, generated, or contributed to as White House Staff Secretary. In an abrupt change of course after the meeting, Republicans refused to request any of Judge Kavanaugh's records from… Continue Reading


BREAKING NEWS From Senator Feinstein, Senator Leahy, And Senator Durbin: Documents Indicate That Kavanaugh Misled Senate; Make Them Public

Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) Thursday asked Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to join a request for Judge Kavanaugh's Staff Secretary records and to publicly release the documents now. Feinstein is the Judiciary Committee's Ranking Member, and Leahy and Durbin are also senior members of the committee. The senators emphasize the fact that documents that are currently "committee confidential" contain information indicati… Continue Reading

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