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Opening Statement On Confirmation Hearing Of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson To Be An Associate Justice Of The Supreme Court Of The United States

Welcome, Judge Jackson. Today and throughout this week, the Committee, and the country, will hear from Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, who has been nominated to be the next Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Any nomination to the Court is historic; there have been only 115 Justices in our Nation's history. Judge Jackson's nomination is historic in more ways than one. Her nomination, pending a confirmation by the Senate, will bring us one step closer to having a Supreme Court … Continue Reading


Tillis And Leahy Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Combat Copyright Theft, Enhance Content Sharing, And Hold Tech Accountable

Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced the SMART Copyright Act of 2022, bipartisan legislation that would hold tech accountable by developing effective, widely-available measures to combat copyright theft. "In the fight to combat copyright piracy, there is currently no consensus-based standard technical measures and that needs to be addressed," said Senator Tillis. "I am proud to introduce this bipartisan legislation that will provide widely available piracy… Continue Reading


Assistance For Morocco And For Western Sahara

As in past years, the Congress included assistance for Morocco in the Fiscal Year 2022 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act. Morocco is a valued partner of the United States on many issues ranging from trade to regional security. Unlike recent years, however, the Congress did not list the Western Sahara under Morocco in the Act. That is because the Fiscal Year 2022 Act, like the United Nations, does not recognize Western Sahara as part of Morocco. Assistance for… Continue Reading


Funding Bill OKd By The Senate Late Thursday Night Includes More Than $167 Million For Vermont Projects

(FRIDAY, March 11, 2022) - The U.S. Senate overnight Thursday/Friday passed the comprehensive government funding bill negotiated by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Leahy has listed more than $167 million in funding for specific Vermont projects across the state that are the fiscal year 2022 Omnibus Appropriations bill, which funds the federal government for the rest of this fiscal year. Leahy has headed the arduous Senate negotiations on the Omnibus… Continue Reading


Statement On The Arrest Of Former Honduran Police Chief Juan Carlos Bonilla

"For years I urged successive U.S. administrations to cut ties with "El Tigre," Honduras' feared former National Police Chief. Instead, they treated him like a legitimate partner, even though he was deeply involved in the corruption and brutality of drug trafficking. The Department of Justice, in seeking his arrest and extradition, deserves praise for reaffirming that no one is above the law. It is a message that the Honduran people have long waited to hear." ###… Continue Reading


Senate Appropriations Chair Patrick Leahy Announces More Than $167 Million For Vermont Projects In The Fiscal Year 2022 Omnibus Appropriations Bill

(WEDNESDAY, March 9, 2022) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, early Wednesday morning announced that more than $167 million in funding for specific Vermont projects across the state was included in the fiscal year 2022 Omnibus Appropriations bill, which funds the federal government for the rest of this fiscal year. Congress is expected to pass the bill in the coming days. Leahy has headed the arduous Senate negotiations on the Omnibus Appropriatio… Continue Reading


Senator Leahy Applauds Organic Valley For Offering Contracts To Farms Dropped By Danone

(TUESDAY, March 8, 2022) -- "I greatly appreciate the decision by Organic Valley to offer contracts to most of the organic dairy farms that recently lost their markets as Horizon and Maple Hill creamery announced their exits from the region. While this is terrific news for these farm families, challenges still remain for the organic dairy industry, and I will continue to work, along with others who support organic dairy to help find, or create, new markets for organic milk." # # # # #… Continue Reading


Cornyn, Leahy Bill To Bolster Cybersecurity Passes House

(TUESDAY, March 8, 2022) -- U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) today released the following statements after their legislation, the National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium Act, passed in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill would authorize the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to work with the National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium (NCPC) to help prepare for and respond to cybersecurity risks at the national, state, and local levels. Due to amendme… Continue Reading


Comment On President Biden’s State Of The Union Address

Uneasy and uncertain times call for strong, but calm, leadership. President Biden tonight demonstrated the kind of leadership that comes from a seasoned hand. The kind of leadership that, until recent years, had been a hallmark of American democracy. Tonight, we saw a President ready to lead a nation in a tumultuous time. From the start of his administration, President Biden has laid out a bold, ambitious agenda to restore the American promise that had for years been ripped from too many. H… Continue Reading


Leahy And Others In Congress Urge Biden Administration To Tap Strategic Petroleum Reserve, As Putin’s Illegal Invasion Of Ukraine Threatens To Spike Gas Prices

(SATURDAY, Feb. 26, 2022) -- In an effort to counter an expected sharp rise in oil prices amid Russian President Vladimir Putin's illegal invasion of Ukraine, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has joined Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) and others in a bicameral letter to President Biden urging the White House to help stabilize gas prices and help working families by releasing oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). Drawing down oil from the federal government's stockpile now… Continue Reading


Leahy, Joined By EPA In Vermont, Highlights Funding Under The Newly Enacted Infrastructure Law For Lake Champlain And For Water And Wastewater Investments

(FRIDAY, Feb. 25, 2022) - U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) was in Burlington Thursday to highlight funding for Lake Champlain and water and wastewater infrastructure in the Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act (IIJA). With $55 billion in funding for water quality, the IIJA is the single largest investment in water in the nation's history. Included in that funding is $40 million over the next five years for the Lake Champlain Program, $8 million per year. This money will enable the Lake Ch… Continue Reading


Leahy REAX On President Biden’s Selection Of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson For Nomination To The Supreme Court

President Biden's nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve as a Justice on the Supreme Court is an historic moment for the Court, and for the country. The federal judiciary can and should reflect the diversity that is at the heart of our nation. Only then do we move closer to achieving a more perfect union. Judge Jackson has already demonstrated intellect and impartiality on both the D.C. District Court and the D.C. Circuit Court. The bipartisan votes with which she was confirmed t… Continue Reading


Senators Markey, Durbin, And Leahy Urge Release Of Prisoner Of Conscience Senator Leila de Lima By The Government Of The Philippines

(February 24, 2022) - Today, Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations East Asia and Pacific Subcommittee, Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) released the following statement on the anniversary of the wrongful imprisonment of Philippines Senator Leila de Lima on politically-motivated charges filed against her by the government of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. "Today marks five tragic years since Senator De Lima was wrongfully imprisoned, … Continue Reading


Sen. Patrick Leahy REAX On Russia’s Unprovoked Assault On Ukraine

Marcelle and I are praying for the people of Ukraine, an independent country with a democratically elected government that has not threatened Russia. The unprovoked invasion of Ukraine by Vladimir Putin is based on his twisted interpretation of world history and current affairs. Because he refused any of the numerous off-ramps offered by President Biden and the rest of the nations of the world toward diplomatically resolving whatever concerns he claims are motivating his actions, the Ukrainian… Continue Reading


Bipartisan, Bicameral Leaders Urge DOJ To Issue FOIA Guidance That Prioritizes Transparency

(Feb. 23, 2022)-Today, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, Rep. James Comer, Ranking Member of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, Sen. Dick Durbin, Chair of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Chuck E. Grassley, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Senator Patrick Leahy, and Senator John Cornyn sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland of the Department of Justice (DOJ) urging him to issue a memorandum to all agencies encou… Continue Reading


Statement Of Chairman Leahy On Senate Passage Of The Continuing Resolution

Today, it is imperative that we take up and pass H.R. 6617, the Further Additional Extending Government Funding Act. This bill will keep the federal government funded and fully operating through March 11 while we work out the details of full-year appropriations bills to meet the needs of the American people. In a few moments we will vote to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the continuing resolution. As Chairman of the Appropriations Committee I strongly urge all members to vote aye.… Continue Reading


Shaheen, Leahy, Collins Lead Push To Reauthorize Northern Border Regional Commission To Support Hard-Hit Businesses & Communities

() - Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) Reauthorization Act of 2022. This bill will extend the authorization of the NBRC and support job creation and community development in the most economically vulnerable parts of rural New Hampshire and the Northeast. The bill is also cosponsored by U.S. Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Angus King (I-ME) and Maggie Hassan… Continue Reading


Rep. Welch, Senator Leahy, Senator Sanders, And Members Of Northern New England Congressional Delegations Urge USDA To Implement Northeast Dairy Task Force Recommendations

Rep. Peter Welch (VT-AL) led a group of lawmakers in a letter to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack, urging the agency to respond to the recommendations of the Northeast Dairy Task Force as quickly as possible. The Task Force was established in response to Danone's announcement that it would terminate contracts with 89 organic dairy farms in the Northeast, leaving many of the region's organic farms without a buyer and placing them at risk of closure. The Task Fo… Continue Reading


Statement On The Dishonorable Legacy Of Juan Orlando Hernandez

Juan Orlando Hernandez had the chance to help his country. Instead he helped himself and his cronies, and the Honduran people lost their lives, their families, and their communities to the ravages of drug gangs, abusive police, corrupt officials, and grinding poverty. Honduras' institutions became instruments of repression and greed. The police and the courts were used to threaten and silence those who sought to defend their land and their rights, the Congress acted as a rubber stamp, and the el… Continue Reading


Leahy And Other Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats Meet With Pres. Biden And VP Harris To Discuss Supreme Court Vacancy

At a meeting in the White House, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee today met with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to discuss the Supreme Court vacancy. Along with Durbin, today's meeting was also attended by U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Chris Coons (D-DE), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Cory Bo… Continue Reading

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