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Leahy Statement On The United Nations High Commissioner For Human Rights

Mr. President, I want to take a moment to pay tribute to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, who some here also know from his service as Jordan's Permanent Representative to the United Nations and as Jordan's Ambassador to the United States. The High Commissioner has held his post since September 1, 2014, and his term will end on August 31, 2018. He has carried out his responsibilities with exceptional courage, compassion, commitment, and even humor - … Continue Reading


FACT SHEET: Details Of Major Lake Champlain Funding Announced By Appropriations Vice Chair Patrick Leahy

N E W S B a c k g r o u n d e r At-A-Glance Summary Of Senator Leahy's Lake Champlain Funding Priorities FY2018 In Senator Leahy's first full year as Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, funding to protect and restore Lake Champlain is at an historic high water mark. This is despite a spending plan from President Trump and his administration that would have eliminated many clean water programs. The EPA Lake Champlain Program is funded at $8.399 million, an increase of $4… Continue Reading


Leahy On Trump Tariffs: President Risks A Scorching Trade War That Would Harm VT Producers And Workers

The President's rash actions again show that he has no real ideas about how to increase American manufacturing jobs. Slapping tariffs on three of our four largest trade partners would be bad enough, since retaliatory tariffs will erode demand for American exports. But the President incredibly is also acting without any plan to invest in American steel and aluminum workers here at home to take any advantage of this action. Canada is Vermont's largest trading partner, and Vermonters stand to lo… Continue Reading


Appropriations Vice Chair Leahy Engineers Boost In Funding For Organics

(FRIDAY, May 25, 2018) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that the fiscal year 2019 Agriculture Appropriations bill advanced by the Committee Thursday includes significant increases to organic programs. Leahy has long championed organic agriculture and is recognized as the 'father' of the National Organic Program, having created it as part of the 1990 Farm Bill. The bill, as approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee, includes $15 … Continue Reading


Appropriations Vice Chair Leahy Wins Significant Increase In Funding For Economic Development In The Northeast Kingdom

(FRIDAY, May 25, 2018) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that the two appropriations bills approved by the Committee Thursday include a combined $22 million in Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) grant funding. The grants are part of a continuing effort, long supported by Leahy, to revitalize communities in Northern Vermont. The $22 million is a $7 million increase for the NBRC, which awards grants in Caledonia, Essex, Franklin,… Continue Reading


Appropriations Vice Chair Leahy Advances Funding Boost For Maple Syrup Research Program In Bill Approved By Senate Panel

(FRIDAY, May 25, 2018) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee Thursday approved $4 million for USDA Acer Access and Development grants in the Senate fiscal year 2019 Agriculture Appropriations bill. The Acer program, created as part of the 2014 Farm Bill that Leahy helped craft and enact, offers grants to organizations conducting research and education related to the maple syrup industry. The $4 mill… Continue Reading


Senate Bill Includes $4 Million In New Funding To Combat Invasive Forest Pests

(FRIDAY, May 25, 2018) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Thursday announced that a spending bill approved by the Committee includes $4 million in new funding to combat invasive forest pests that threaten a variety of native hardwood species across New England like maple, birch, elm, poplar, horse chestnut and willow trees. Leahy said: "New England, and Vermont in particular, is iconic for our annual explosion of color, with fall foliage and t… Continue Reading


Leahy Leads Effort To Bring Down SNAP Barriers At Local Farmers’ Markets

(FRIDAY, May 25, 2018) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Thursday secured language in the Senate Appropriations report on the annual Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Appropriations bill that would bring down barriers to low-income families using their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits at local farmers' markets. The language would increase access to local, healthful and fr… Continue Reading


Leahy Advances $6 Million In New Funding To Support Rural Businesses Through Senate Appropriations Committee

(FRIDAY, May 25, 2018) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Thursday announced the Committee approved a $6 million increase for the Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) program, for a total of $40 million. The legislation now heads to consideration before the full Senate. Leahy said: "In Vermont, rural businesses are the center of our communities. Supporting these businesses means supporting Vermont's rural economy, and I'm proud the Committee… Continue Reading


Senators Leahy And Daines Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Expand Broadband To Rural Americans

(FRIDAY, May 25, 2018) -- U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Steve Daines (R- Mont.) have introduced the bipartisan Reprioritizing Unserved Rural Areas and Locations for Broadband (RURAL Broadband) Act of 2018, which will prioritize federal funds that are used to provide broadband access to areas that are unserved with no access, before they are used to upgrade areas with existing service. Their bill is a significant step toward prioritizing unserved rural areas in Vermont and other states.… Continue Reading


Leahy And Nelson Introduce The Crime Gun Tracing Modernization Act

(THURSDAY, May 24, 2018) -- Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Senator Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) on Thursday introduced the Crime Gun Tracing Modernization Act (S. 2974), a bill to modernize crime gun tracing capabilities. Under current law, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is barred from electronically searching gun records, and must comb through hundreds of millions of records manually, delaying criminal investigations around the country that depend on ATF to trace guns… Continue Reading


Blumenthal & Leahy Call On DOJ To Cancel Meeting To Disclose Sensitive, Classified Information To House Republicans

Today U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT), members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, called on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to cancel a meeting scheduled to take place tomorrow between the Department of Justice and exclusively Republican Members of Congress to discuss highly sensitive, classified information relating to counterintelligence efforts surrounding Russian meddling in our election. "We write to express our alarm about the Justice Department's r… Continue Reading


NEWS Vermont Dairy Farmers Can Use

New info on the improved Margin Protection Program (MPP) for dairy farmers and the SIGNUP DEADLINE ON FRIDAY, JUNE 1: USDA now says they will begin ON JUNE 1 issuing checks to producers who signed up early for the February and March margins, as an incentive for enrolling before the June 1 deadline and to offer immediate help to dairy farmers struggling with low milk prices. Leahy, who authored the MPP improvements and steered them into law as part of the Appropriations/budget agreement in Febr… Continue Reading


Leahy, Sanders, Welch Announce $2.5 Million in Public Housing Grants

Vermont's congressional delegation - Sen. Patrick Leahy (D), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I) and Rep. Peter Welch (D) - Wednesday announced the allocation of more than $2.5 million in federal grants to six Vermont housing authorities to preserve, improve and develop public housing across Vermont. The grants were awarded under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Capital Fund Program. In a joint statement, Leahy, Sanders and Welch said: "At a time when wages have been stagnant f… Continue Reading


Leahy Leads Appropriations Dems In Calling On President Trump To Not Claw Back Vital Funds To Combat Ebola And Other Infectious Diseases

In a letter led by Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), committee Democrats are urging President Trump to not claw back vital funding intended to combat the Ebola virus and other deadly infectious diseases around the world. Millions of Americans are traveling, studying, and working overseas. And outbreaks of dangerous diseases are only one airplane flight away from reaching the United States and other nations. In early May, President Trump asked Congress to r… Continue Reading


Vice Chairman Leahy Statement On The Hearing With Secretary Mnuchin To Review The FY 19 Funding Request For The U.S. Department Of The Treasury

A few months ago, Republicans rammed a hastily written corporate tax giveaway through Congress. There's no question that corporate CEOs are happy with the results. Stock buybacks are booming and JPMorgan Chase has estimated that it could reach an all-time high this year. But when I talk to Vermonters back home, they want to know why Washington chose to put the needs of large corporations ahead of theirs. Whether it is the relative pittance working families received in relief - an amount so l… Continue Reading


Leahy REAX On Today’s SCOTUS Decision Concerning The Federal Arbitration Act

Unfortunately, this Supreme Court decision will serve to hide corporate wrongdoing and deprive employees who have suffered at the hands of their employers their fair day in court. I agree with Justice Ginsburg's dissent that protecting employers from class action suits from mistreated employees is "egregiously wrong." Preventing employees from banding together may serve large corporations, but it does not serve those who face injustice. It stacks the deck against everyday Americans. In the e… Continue Reading


Important June 1 Deadline Nears for Dairy Farmers

Vermont dairy farmers are strongly encouraged to push the pencil and closely look at the Milk Margin Protection Program by June 1. The USDA program received upgrades in 2018 thanks to diligent work by Senator Patrick Leahy. "The improved Margin Protection Program could be a significant net financial benefit for most Vermont dairy farmers this year, especially with the important added funds from the State of Vermont, but ONLY if farmers sign up," Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said. "Now is the… Continue Reading


Senator Patrick Leahy Announces He Will Vote No On The Haspel/CIA Nomination

The Senate has often been called the world's greatest deliberative body - where we can thoroughly and respectfully debate weighty matters regardless of pressures imposed by any given moment. While we do not always live up to this ideal, it is one for which we should always strive. The Constitution entrusts us with the task of serving as a check against the Executive Branch, providing our advice and - if appropriate - our consent to the Executive's nominees to lead our government's most critical… Continue Reading


Leahy Comment On The FDA's Naming Of Drug Firms That Are Blocking Competition That Would Lead To Lower-Cost Generic Prescription Drugs

"More transparency, by FDA and others, is helpful to spotlight the abusive and anti-competitive tactics that we know some brand name drug companies use to block competition. Understanding the problem is the first step, but acting on it is the vital next step. With billions of dollars at stake, a database alone will not stop this behavior. Nor can years of litigation through antitrust suits. The good news is that Congress has a bipartisan and carefully crafted solution, ready to go, to end th… Continue Reading

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