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09.23.16

Leahy, Brown & Leading Democratic Senators Call On Wells Fargo To End Use Of Forced Arbitration On Consumers

Leahy, Brown & Leading Democratic Senators Call On Wells Fargo To End Use Of Forced Arbitration So That Consumers Can Seek Justice In Court WASHINGTON (FRIDAY, Sept. 23, 2016) - Democratic Senators led by Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Banking Committee Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) are calling on Wells Fargo to end the use of forced arbitration clauses that prevent customers whose names were used to open fraudulent accounts from seeking justice in cour… Continue Reading


09.23.16

Congressional Delegation Announces $2 Million Grant for Vermont Affordable Housing

Congressional Delegation Announces $2 Million Grant for Vermont Affordable Housing BURLINGTON, Vt., Sept. 23 - The Vermont congressional delegation announced Friday a $2 million grant to Housing Vermont to help provide affordable housing to low-income families in the state. "While the economy has certainly improved since the Great Recession, far too many people in Vermont and across the country are still struggling to get by on stagnant wages. Many pay 50 percent or more of their limited incom… Continue Reading


09.22.16

Leahy's Speech Just Now On The Senate Floor: Time Has Come To Reform EB-5, Or To End It

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) spoke back-to-back on the Senate Floor Thursday morning, as the EB-5 reform issue goes down to the wire. The program's authorization expires on Sept. 30. Some in Congress are pushing for a simple extension of the program. Leahy and Grassley are insisting on reforms, if the program is to go forward at all. In their tandem remarks on the Senate Floor, both said they will not support a simple extension of EB-5 without reform. Leah… Continue Reading


09.22.16

Floor remarks on extending the EB-5 Regional Center program without reforms

Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee, Floor remarks on extending the EB-5 Regional Center program without reforms September 22, 2016 I come to the floor today, joined by Senator Grassley, to share my concerns about the EB-5 Regional Center program. This program's authorization is set to expire at the end of the month, but Senate leadership wants to extend the EB-5 program as part of the continuing resolution. If this flawed program is not refor… Continue Reading


09.21.16

Statement On Military Sales to Saudi Arabia

Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) On Military Sales to Saudi Arabia Congressional Record September 21, 2016 Mr. LEAHY. Mr. President, I want to address the issues at the heart of S. J. Res. 39, the resolution introduced by Senators Paul, Murphy, Lee and Franken regarding the sale of $1.15 billion in military equipment to the Government of Saudi Arabia. Despite obvious differences in our systems of government and concerning the rights of women and other issues, the United States and S… Continue Reading


09.20.16

Leahy Unveils Legislation To Authorize Critical Anti-Heroin Task Force Program

Leahy Unveils Legislation To Authorize Critical Anti-Heroin Task Force Program WASHINGTON (Tuesday, September 20, 2016) - In his continued effort to combat the epidemic of opioid abuse affecting Vermont, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) introduced bipartisan legislation Tuesday to authorize critical resources for the Anti-Heroin Task Force program that has proven effective in communities throughout the country. Leahy helped to establish the Anti-Heroin Task Force program in 2014, but without auth… Continue Reading


09.20.16

Statement On the Introduction of Legislation to Strengthen the Anti-Heroin Task Force Program

Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee, On the Introduction of Legislation to Strengthen the Anti-Heroin Task Force Program September 20, 2016 I have come to this Floor many times to speak about the toll that the abuse of prescription opioids and heroin has taken on our communities. When I talk to Vermonters about this crisis - whether at Judiciary Committee field hearings in our state, or in conversations at kitchen tables and on street corners … Continue Reading


09.20.16

Statement On The UN Summit On The Global Refugee Crisis

Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The UN Summit On The Global Refugee Crisis September 20, 2016 "With the exception of climate change, no issue more urgently requires collective action by the world's governments than the calamity facing tens of millions refugees and internally displaced people. The protracted conflicts in Syria and South Sudan alone have uprooted millions. Tens of thousands of Central American children have braved the journey north seeking safety in our own country. "Syri… Continue Reading


09.16.16

Leahy column marking 5th anniv. of Leahy-Smith patent reforms

A Modern Patent System Helps Energize Vermont's Economy, And The Nation's By Patrick Leahy Five years ago, in front of an audience of school-aged inventors, President Obama signed into law the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. That law contained the most extensive reforms of the U.S. patent system in 60 years, creating the foundation for an innovative patent system for the 21st Century. As we commemorate this legislative feat, six years in the making, it is important to reflect on how the Ameri… Continue Reading


09.15.16

Senate Republicans Have Not Confirmed A Single Judicial Nominee In More Than Two Months

Senate Republicans have not allowed the confirmation of a single judicial nomination since July while at the same time refusing to give Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland a hearing or a vote. On Thursday, Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy said that Republicans should confirm the backlog of judicial nominees, including Chief Judge Garland, before leaving town for another recess. "The Republican leadership should not schedule recess until we confirm Chief Judge Garland … Continue Reading


09.15.16

Leahy Calls For Senate Action On Bipartisan Reforms To Protect Older Americans From Workplace Discrimination

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is urging the top leaders of the Senate Health Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee to take up his bipartisan bill to protect older Americans from workplace discrimination. Leahy, in a bipartisan letter with Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), noted that the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act (POWADA) would restore critical workplace protections for older Americans that were stripped away following the 2009 Supreme Court's decision in Gros… Continue Reading


09.14.16

Leahy Joins In Introducing Bill To Overhaul VA Health System Appeal Process

Leahy And 9 Other Senators Introduce Bill To Overhaul The Veterans Health System Appeal Process (WEDNESDAY, Sept. 14, 2016) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) is among ten senators who this week introduced legislation to reform the appeals process for veterans benefits. The bill is sponsored by Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and cosponsored by Leahy and Sens. Jon Tester (D-MT), Angus King (I-ME), Tom Udall (D-NM), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-PA), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Joe Manchi… Continue Reading


09.14.16

Statement On the Pending Nominees to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee, On the Pending Nominees to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims September 13, 2016 For two years, President Obama's five eminently qualified nominees to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims have been awaiting a vote. This Court has been referred to as the "keeper of the nation's conscience" and "the People's Court." It was created by Congress approximately 160 years ago and embodies the constitutional principle tha… Continue Reading


09.13.16

Leahy Guest Column About Constitution Day

Constitution Day: Protecting Our Democracy By Patrick Leahy When the Framers signed the United States Constitution, they created a federal system of government with three co-equal branches, designed to work cooperatively but also designed to serve as checks and balances. As we celebrate the 229th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution, Americans across this great nation take time to reflect on its enduring legacy and the many challenges that our constitutional system of government face… Continue Reading


09.12.16

Senator Leahy Welcomes Bipartisan House Bill To Reform Foreign Investment Program (EB-5)

Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee, On The Need To Reform The EB-5 Program September 12, 2016 [Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) issued the following comment Monday after House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Ranking Member John Conyers (D-Mich.) introduced legislation to reform and reauthorize the EB-5 Regional Center program, which is currently authorized through September. The legislation, H.R. 59… Continue Reading


09.12.16

Grassley, Leahy to Senate Leadership: Reform Investor Visa Program Now or Let it Expire

Grassley, Leahy to Senate Leadership: Reform Investor Visa Program Now or Let it Expire WASHINGTON - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Ranking Member Patrick Leahy are calling on Senate leadership to reform the flawed EB-5 foreign investor visa program or allow it to expire. The program, which allows foreign nationals to invest $1 million (or $500,000 in rural or high unemployment areas) in a commercial enterprise in exchange for green cards and U.S. citizenship, has been b… Continue Reading


09.09.16

Schatz, Nelzon, Leahy, other Senators Press Speaker Ryan for vote on Zika funding

SCHATZ, NELSON, LEAHY, OTHER SENATORS PRESS SPEAKER RYAN FOR VOTE ON ZIKA FUNDING WASHINGTON (FRIDAY, Sept. 9, 2016) - U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) today sent a letter signed by 27 Senate colleagues to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) urging him to bring the $1.1 billion Zika funding legislation passed by the Senate to the House floor for a vote. As of today, there are more than 18,000 cases of Zika reported in the United States and its territories. "Zika is … Continue Reading


09.09.16

Housing Is Not A Political Issue; It’s A Moral Issue

Housing Is Not A Political Issue; It's A Moral Issue … A Report On HUD Sec. Julián Castro's Visit To Vermont by Patrick Leahy Last week President Obama's chief housing officer, Secretary Julián Castro of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), accepted my invitation to visit Vermont. In his first visit to the Green Mountain State since he took office in 2014, he remarked how surprised he was "to see so much green." In fact our uniquely rural nature is why … Continue Reading


09.09.16

Leahy's Message On The Anniversary Of 9/11

[Following Is Senator Patrick Leahy's Message On The 15th Anniversary Of 9/11] Rekindling The Common Spirit That United Us After 9/11 It is hard to believe that 15 years ago this Sunday the Twin Towers fell, smoke from the Pentagon could be seen from miles away, and a plane went down in a Pennsylvania field. For those who lived through that horrible day, the memory still feels fresh. Of course, this is especially true for those who lost loved ones. This weekend, Americans across the country w… Continue Reading


09.08.16

176 Days After Judge Garland Was Nominated To The Supreme Court, Senator Leahy Addresses The Senate About Continuing Republican Obstruction Of The Nomination

Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee, On Chief Judge Merrick Garland's Supreme Court Nomination September 8, 2016 Next month, on the first Monday in October, the Supreme Court will begin its new term. The question before this chamber is whether there should continue to be an empty seat on the dais when it convenes. For seven months, the Court has been missing a justice and because of that vacancy, it has been repeatedly unable to serve as the f… Continue Reading

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