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10.13.16

Leahy Leads Bipartisan, Bicameral Appeal To OMB (White House), Urging Support For USDA's Efforts To Ramp Up Help To Struggling DAIRY FARMERS

Leahy Leads Bipartisan, Bicameral Appeal To OMB Urging Support For USDA's Efforts To Ramp Up Help To Struggling Dairy Farmers (THURSDAY, October 13, 2016) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is leading a bipartisan, bicameral coalition of 56 members of the House and Senate, including Senator Bernie Sanders (I) and Representative Peter Welch (D), urging Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Shaun Donovan to free up safety net funds to help dairy farmers in Vermont and across the nation who … Continue Reading


10.10.16

Comments On The Highway Deaths Of Five Young Vermonters

Comments Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Highway Deaths Of Five Young Vermonters Monday, Oct.10, 2016 "Marcelle and I join the entire Harwood community, and all Vermonters, in mourning the loss of these five young lives. We were shocked and deeply saddened by this unspeakable and unimaginable tragedy. We want their families to know that we are prayerful about their grief and their suffering." # # # # #… Continue Reading


10.07.16

29 VT Law Enforcement Agencies Receive New Support To Buy BULLETPROOF VESTS For Officers

Leahy: VT Law Enforcement Agencies Receive Support To Buy Bulletproof Vests For Officers . . . Funding Under Leahy Program Will Help Buy New Protective Vests For More Than 200 Vermont Officers (FRIDAY, Oct. 7, 2016) -- Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Friday announced that grants will be coming to Vermont to support the purchase of lifesaving protective vests for Vermont law enforcement officers, under the Leahy-authored Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program. The funding includes $68,400… Continue Reading


10.07.16

Vermont Firefighters and EMS Personnel Receive $1.9 Million in Federal Grants

Vermont Firefighters and EMS Personnel Receive $1.9 Million in Federal Grants BURLINGTON, Vt., Oct. 7 - Vermont's congressional delegation announced Friday that firefighters and EMS personnel throughout Vermont are receiving $1.9 million through 15 federal grants. The awards are part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grant program, which helps fire departments and EMS agencies train and purchase critically needed equipment. This year's grants will help buy… Continue Reading


10.07.16

Reaction To The Award Of The Nobel Peace Prize To Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos

Reaction Of Senator Patrick Leahy To The Award Of The Nobel Peace Prize To Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos [BURLINGTON, Vt. (FRIDAY, Oct. 7, 2016) -- Sen. Patrick Leahy, (D-Vt., and ranking member of the Senate's State Department And Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee) for several years has been a partner in supporting and advancing President Santos' peace initiative, through Leahy's work on the Appropriations Committee and in other ways.] "Peacemaking requires courage and … Continue Reading


10.05.16

Leahy, Sanders, Welch Announce $9M To VT For Innovative 'Linking Learning To Careers' Program

Leahy, Sanders And Welch Announce $9 Million To Vermont For Innovative 'Linking Learning To Careers' Program BURLINGTON, Vt. (WEDNESDAY, October 5, 2016) - Vermont's congressional delegation - Sen. Patrick Leahy (D), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I), and Rep. Peter Welch (D) - on Wednesday announced a nearly $9 million grant to support an innovative project to help Vermont students with disabilities in transitioning to the workforce. The grant from the U.S. Department of Education to the Vermont Agency… Continue Reading


10.04.16

Leading Senators Call For The Release Of Children In Prolonged Detention & An End To Family Detention

Leading Senators Call For The Release Of Children In Prolonged Detention & An End To Family Detention WASHINGTON (Tuesday, October 4, 2016) - A group of leading Senators pressed the Obama administration to end the detention of women and children who have fled gang violence in their home countries. The letter led by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) came after world leaders met in New York for the United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants. In their letter to H… Continue Reading


10.04.16

Leahy Announces $9.3 M. In Grants To Support VT CRIME VICTIMS and DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SURVIVORS

Leahy Announces $9.3 Million in Grants To Support Vermont Crime Victims And Domestic Violence Survivors Rural grants will reach underserved populations MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (TUESDAY, Oct. 4, 2016) - U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Tuesday announced that Vermont will receive $9.3 million from the U.S. Department of Justice to support victims of crime throughout the state, including survivors of domestic and sexual violence. The funding includes 12 separate federal grants that will address a w… Continue Reading


10.04.16

As Republicans’ Unprecedented Obstruction Continues, A Diminished Supreme Court Begins Its New Term With Only Eight Justices

As Republicans' Unprecedented Obstruction Continues, A Diminished Supreme Court Begins Its New Term With Only Eight Justices Leahy: "A Supreme Court of only eight justices is unacceptable and Americans deserve better. Americans should not accept a Senate that has done almost nothing to address the vacancy crisis in courts throughout our country." WASHINGTON (Tuesday, October 4, 2016) - The Supreme Court begins hearing oral arguments today without a crucial ninth justice, marking the second con… Continue Reading


10.03.16

Reaction To The Vote Rejecting The Peace Agreement In Colombia

Reaction Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt., Ranking Member, Senate Appropriations Subcommittee On The State Department And Foreign Operations) To The Vote Rejecting The Peace Agreement In Colombia Monday, Oct. 3, 2016 "The nearly even split in the vote illustrates the social, economic, and political divisions that are at the root of the conflict. Further bloodshed would only deepen those divisions. "Any peace agreement requires painful compromises, particularly when both sides are responsible f… Continue Reading


09.28.16

Statement On The Nomination of Jeffrey DeLaurentis

Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Nomination of Jeffrey DeLaurentis September 28, 2016 Mr. LEAHY: Mr. President, yesterday President Obama nominated Jeffrey DeLaurentis to be United States Ambassador to Cuba. If confirmed, Mr. DeLaurentis would be the first U.S. ambassador in Havana in more than half a century. I have known Jeff DeLaurentis since he became the U.S. chief of mission in Havana, and he is the obvious choice to be ambassador. He is a career diplomat who is universally res… Continue Reading


09.28.16

Statement On Passage Of The Survivors’ Bill of Rights Act

Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee, On Passage Of The Survivors' Bill of Rights Act September 28, 2016 Today, we take an important step forward for victims of crime by establishing key protections for survivors of sexual assault in our criminal justice system. I was proud to work with Senator Shaheen on this legislation when it passed in the Senate earlier this year. Her Sexual Assault Survivors' Rights Act addresses the unique challenges fa… Continue Reading


09.28.16

Leahy Praises Administration's Rule, Issued Tonight, To End Forced Arbitration In Long-Term Care Facilities

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee, On the Administration's Long-Term Care Facility Rule and Forced Arbitration September 28, 2016 [The Department of Health and Human Services has published its final regulations for long-term care facilities participating in Medicare and Medicaid. Among the new regulations is a prohibition on binding arbitration clauses in the agreements between patients and facilities. The ban on forced arbitration was recomme… Continue Reading


09.28.16

$1.4 M. Grant Will Help Shape Decisions On The Moran Plant On The BURLINGTON WATERFRONT

Leahy: $1.4 M. Grant Will Help Shape Decisions On The Moran Plant On The Burlington Waterfront BURLINGTON, Vt. (WEDNESDAY, Sept. 28, 2016) -- In a major boost to economic development efforts on the Burlington Waterfront, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced on Wednesday a $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) to the City for waterproofing and flood resiliency of the former Moran Plant. Previous high-water events on Lake Champlain have flooded the building… Continue Reading


09.28.16

Leahy, Sanders, Welch: Joint Statement On Rutland's Designation As A Refugee Resettlement Site

Leahy, Sanders And Welch Issue Joint Statement On Rutland's Designation As A Refugee Resettlement Site Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016 "We learned this morning that the City of Rutland will receive refugees who have fled the relentless violence in Syria and Iraq, sometimes with just the clothes on their backs. The vast majority of refugees admitted from Syria have been women and children, and when we see the photographs of children fleeing this awful tragedy, we see our own children and are called … Continue Reading


09.28.16

Statement on Recent Events in Ethiopia

Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt) On Recent Events in Ethiopia Congressional record September 27, 2016 MR. LEAHY. Mr. President, I want to bring the Senate's attention to the Ethiopian government's brutal crackdown on protestors over the past nine months. According to Human Rights Watch, more than 500 people have been killed by Ethiopian security forces in anti-government demonstrations since November 2015, including over 100 gunned down in early August of this year alone. These prote… Continue Reading


09.28.16

Statement On Aya Hijazi

Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy On Aya Hijazi Congressional Record September 27, 2016 Mr. LEAHY. Mr. President, I want to speak about a matter in Egypt, a long-time ally of the United States, a country with a rich history and culture, but whose people have suffered for years due to corrupt, repressive governments and an anemic economy that stagnates under excessive statist control. This is the situation despite more than $75 billion in U.S. economic and military aid for Egypt over the past … Continue Reading


09.27.16

The President's Intention To Nominate Jeffrey DeLaurentis As U.S. Ambassador To Cuba

Reaction Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt., Ranking Member, Senate State Department And Foreign Operations Subcommittee) To The President's Announcement Of His Intention To Name Jeffrey DeLaurentis As U.S. Ambassador To Cuba Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016 "I have known Jeff DeLaurentis since he became the U.S. Chief of Mission in Havana, and he is the obvious choice to be Ambassador. He is a career diplomat who is universally respected by his peers, and by Democrats and Republicans in Congress, for his… Continue Reading


09.27.16

Statement On the Supreme Court Nomination of Chief Judge Merrick Garland

Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee, On the Supreme Court Nomination of Chief Judge Merrick Garland September 27, 2016 Eleven years ago this week, following the death of Chief Justice Rehnquist, the Senate confirmed Chief Justice John Roberts to the Supreme Court. After his Judiciary Committee hearing in September, he was given full and fair consideration by the Senate and confirmed about two weeks later on September 29. This ensured that the … Continue Reading


09.27.16

In Wake Of Massive Data Breach Affecting Millions Of Customers, Leahy Leads Senators In Pressing Yahoo! For Answers

Following Massive Data Breach Affecting Millions Of Customers, Leahy Leads Senators In Pressing Yahoo! For Answers WASHINGTON (Tuesday, September 27, 2016) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the author of a comprehensive data security and breach notification bill that requires companies to take reasonable steps to secure their customers' sensitive data and notify customers in the event of a hack, called on the leader of Yahoo! to disclose how a massive hack at their company went unnoticed for two… Continue Reading

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