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Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy On Supporting International Efforts to Apprehend and Prosecute War Criminals

Mr. President, I want to speak very briefly about an amendment that was adopted unanimously by the Appropriations Committee two weeks ago, during markup of the fiscal year 2018 Department of State and Foreign Operations appropriations bill. The amendment, which I offered, was identical to one that was adopted by the Committee last year and the year before that. It would permit the United States to provide technical assistance, training, assistance for victims, protection of witnesses, and law… Continue Reading


Comment Of Appropriations Vice Chair Patrick Leahy And Appropriations Member Chris Van Hollen On The U.S. Decision To Withdraw Approval Of Export of Firearms to the Turkish Presidential Protection Directorate

Reaction of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt), Vice Chairman of the Appropriations Committee and cosponsor of the amendment by Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), adopted by the Appropriations Committee on Sept 7, to prohibit exports of U.S. defense articles to the Turkish Presidential Protection Directorate: "This sale to President Erdogan's personal security guards should never have been approved, given their history of excessive force. But in the category of 'better late than never,' we welcome th… Continue Reading


Leahy Statement On Senate Passage Of National Defense Authorization Act

I want to thank Senator McCain and Senator Reed for their leadership in producing the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018. Both veterans, they have a particular understanding of the sacrifices that members of our Armed Services make every day. Every year, this authorization bill is drafted to reflect our commitment to the men and women serving in uniform, to authorize resources needed to maintain our national security, and to demonstrate the values and principles on which o… Continue Reading


Appropriations Vice Chairman Leahy's Statement On House Passage Of An Omnibus Appropriations Bill

What the House passed today does not bring us any closer to responsibly funding the government, and it will not pass the Senate. It wastes billions of taxpayer dollars on a useless border wall, which the President promised that Mexico would pay for, and contains poison-pill riders that have no place in the appropriations process. Its proposed increase for defense spending is a lie to the American people that would shatter the budget caps set in place by the Budget Control Act. This would dire… Continue Reading


NEWS From Sen. Leahy And Gov. Scott: VT Nets 5-Yr, $9.9M Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Grant

The Vermont Department of Mental Health (VDMH) has been awarded a $9.9 million federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The grant, which will be disbursed over a five-year period, will fund the Vermont Family Centered Healthcare Home Project (VFCHP) in its facilitation of a comprehensive approach to health - including mental, emotional and physical health - for children and their families. VFCHP will provide services that are family-driven with … Continue Reading


Leahy Cosponsors Medicare For All Bill To Provide Health Care For All Americans

Senator Leahy Wednesday joined Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in introducing a bill that would ensure all Americans have quality health care. Leahy, long a supporter of universal health care, is an original cosponsor of Sanders' Medicare For All Act of 2017. Leahy said: "We've made progress in offering health insurance to millions of uninsured Americans, but the complex and costly system that ACA reformed still leaves millions without coverage. We need to begin serious conversations about ge… Continue Reading


Leahy Part Of Senate Coalition Pushing Equifax To End Use of Consumer-Harming Forced Arbitration Clauses

Senator Patrick Leahy has joined Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) in a broad Democratic effort to push Equifax - the massive credit bureau that recently made public a data breach affecting 143 million Americans - to completely end its use of forced arbitration agreements, which limit the ability of consumers to pursue justice in a public court of law or challenge widespread corporate wrongdoing. Leahy and Franken are longtime allies in pressing for an end of anti… Continue Reading


Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy Notches Key Win For Lake Champlain In Committee Vote

Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) secured more than $6 million in funding to support fisheries, water quality, and flooding issues in Lake Champlain and Lake Memphremagog, a $2.3 million increase over last year, in the State, Foreign Operations And Related Programs appropriations bill approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee Thursday. Leahy said: "It's important that we make this investment in continued progress for preserving and protecting Lake Champl… Continue Reading


Leahy Leads Appropriations Committee In Rejecting Trump Administration’s Elimination Of Home-Heating Assistance Program

Appropriations Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Thursday led the funding panel in rejecting President Trump's proposal to completely eliminate the Low Income Home Energy Heating Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which would have left tens of thousands of Vermont across all 14 counties of the Green Mountain State vulnerable to high heating costs this winter. Leahy said: "By eliminating LIHEAP, the President would have left thousands of Vermonters out in the cold. The government should not be in … Continue Reading


Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Trump Directive To End The DACA Program

After promising he would treat DACA recipients with "great heart," President Trump has instead made a heartless decision to abandon protections for our Nation's DREAMers. An unfortunate pattern has emerged with this White House. Facing historic low approval ratings, the President desperately rallies his dwindling supporters by exploiting fear and resentment. Such conduct is shameful and unbecoming of the presidency, an office intended to represent our proudest ideals - not play to basest inst… Continue Reading


Summary: Departments of Labor, Health And Human Services, And Education, And Related Agencies FY 2018 Appropriations Bill

The fiscal year 2018 Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS) Appropriations bill provides a total of $166 billion. This figure includes $164.1 billion in discretionary funding as well as $1.896 billion in cap adjustment funding to prevent waste, fraud, abuse and improper payments in the Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security programs. U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Ranking Member of the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, … Continue Reading


Summary: State, Foreign Operations, And Related Programs FY 2018 Appropriations Bill

The bill provides $51.195 billion in discretionary budget authority, including $20.785 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations. The allocation is $10.7 billion above the President's request as scored by CBO, but it is $1.9 billion below the fiscal year 2017 enacted level when factoring in fiscal year 2017 funding for famine relief but not the Security Assistance Appropriations Act, 2017. U.S. Senator Leahy Ranking Member (D-Vt.), Ranking Member of the State, Foreign Operations, and Related… Continue Reading


Leahy And Cochran Re-Introduce Bill To Renew And Expand Farm To School Program

U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) Wednesday re-introduced their legislation to extend a key nutrition program for school-aged children. The bipartisan Farm to School Act of 2017 will increase federal resources that bring fresh and nutritious local foods to schools across the country. Leahy, Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, is the author of the existing Farm to School program. Cochran is the Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, and both se… Continue Reading


Statement Of Appropriations Vice Chair Patrick Leahy On Harvey Disaster Relief Supplemental Appropriations Bill

(Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017) - The U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday, by a vote of 419 to 3, approved $7.4 billion in appropriations for FEMA and $450 million for the Small Business Administration to support continued disaster relief following the destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey. The bill now moves to the Senate where Senate Appropriations Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) will play a key role in passing it through the chamber.] Marcelle and I have held the people of Texas and Lou… Continue Reading


Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Trump Plan To End The DACA Program, Threatening Thousands of DREAMers

"After promising to show DACA recipients 'great heart,' the President has revealed he is as heartless as he is uninformed. We live in an unprecedented time when our President seeks to divide us, not to unite us. He rallies his dwindling supporters by exploiting fear and resentment, marginalizing those who are vulnerable and even those who risk their lives for our country and their communities. It is shameful and far beneath the office he holds. "Today President Trump is targeting yet another… Continue Reading


Statement On The Situation In Guatemala

Statement of United States Senator Patrick Leahy Vice Chairman, Committee on Appropriations On The Situation In Guatemala August 27, 2017 "Any action by officials of the Guatemalan Government to obstruct justice or otherwise impede the functions of the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala or its Commissioner, or the Office of the Attorney General, would trigger a strong reaction by the United States Congress. "The eligibility of the Guatemalan Government for assistance from … Continue Reading


Leahy REAX To The Arpaio Pardon

Comments Of Senator Patrick Leahy On President Trump's Pardon Of Sheriff Arpaio As President he has the right to pardon almost anyone. It is disheartening that he set the bar so very low for his first pardon. It is a shame to see the pardon power devalued like this. The ex-sheriff is a self-aggrandizing braggart who promoted racist law enforcement practices and cost taxpayers millions, and that is a reason they did not reelect him. After the racism and hate in Charlottesville, our country need… Continue Reading


Statement On President Trump’s Address On Afghanistan And South Asia

Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Vice Chairman, Appropriations Committee, On President Trump's Address On Afghanistan And South Asia August 22, 2017 "After blaming his predecessors and calling for an immediate withdrawal from Afghanistan during the campaign, President Trump has swung 180 degrees. His solution to a 16-year war involving hundreds of thousands of American troops, many of whom have served multiple tours, is to send more troops and abandon the Obama administration's fo… Continue Reading


Leahy Co-Leads Effort To Press USDA To Provide Relief To Dairy Farmers

Leahy Co-Leads Bipartisan Letter From New England Lawmakers Urging USDA to Provide Relief To Dairy Farmers . . . Sanders And Welch Also Are Among Signers Of Letter Urging USDA To Make Dairy Farmers Eligible For Federal Crop Insurance Program And To Develop New Insurance Programs For Dairy Producers (WEDNESDAY, Aug. 23, 2017) -- As dairy farmers across New England continue to struggle with historically low milk prices, Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), and Repres… Continue Reading


Leahy REAX To Trump Threat To Shut Down Government

Leahy REAX To Trump Threat To Shut Down Government (WEDNESDAY, Aug. 23, 2017) - Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Wednesday issued the following statement on President Trump's threat to shut down the government if Congress does not agree to forcing American taxpayers to fund a border wall: This is not President Trump's first threat to shut down the United States government over his foolish, costly and useless wall, wasting tens of billions in U.S. taxpa… Continue Reading

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