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06.29.16

Leahy, Sanders, Welch Announce $2.1 million in AmeriCorps Funding for Vermont

Leahy, Sanders, Welch Announce $2.1 million in AmeriCorps Funding for Vermont VERMONT (WEDNESDAY, June 29, 2016) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT) today announced that Vermont has received $2.1 million in AmeriCorps funding. The grants are from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency for volunteering and service programs. In a joint statement, Leahy, Sanders, and Welch said, "Since its incepti… Continue Reading


06.28.16

Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy before Judiciary Subcommittee on “Willful Blindness: Consequences of Agency Efforts To Deemphasize Radical Islam in Combating Terrorism”

Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee, Hearing before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts On "Willful Blindness: Consequences of Agency Efforts To Deemphasize Radical Islam in Combating Terrorism" June 28, 2016 Today's hearing comes 16 days after one of the worst mass shootings in our nation's history. The massacre of 49 innocent people in an attack on an LGBT nightclub in Orlando is… Continue Reading


06.28.16

Statement on Labeling Genetically Engineered Ingredients

Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Labeling Genetically Engineered Ingredients Senate Floor June 28, 2016 This week marks an historic moment in Vermont. This coming Friday, July 1, Vermont's Act 120, the first-in-the-nation labeling law for genetically engineered (GE) foods, will take effect. Unfortunately for consumers everywhere, it could be a short-lived celebration. Late last week, a so-called "deal" was reached on a national mandatory labeling law. I have now had the chance to rev… Continue Reading


06.28.16

Final SEC Rule Implements Leahy-Authored Oil/Mining Transparency Reforms In Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Law

Leahy Welcomes Completion Of SEC's Long-Awaited Proposed RuleOn Oil And Mining Transparency . . . Rule Implements Leahy-Authored Provision Of Dodd-Frank Reforms WASHINGTON (TUESDAY, June 28, 2016) -- U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Tuesday welcomed action by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) late Monday to finalize a rule on a long-delayed extractive industries transparency provision of the Wall Street reform law enacted in 2010. The transparency provision was authored by Leahy a… Continue Reading


06.27.16

SCOTUS Deadlocks Show The Cost Of GOP Obstruction

Leahy: SCOTUS Deadlocks Show The Cost Of GOP Obstruction "Based on the deadlocks and delays we have seen, it is clear that Senate Republicans are not acting responsibly." WASHINGTON (Monday, June 27, 2016) - The conclusion of the Supreme Court's term today highlighted the importance of the High Court to millions of Americans and their families, whose lives are in legal limbo because of the Court's repeated inability to decide cases on the merits, Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patri… Continue Reading


06.27.16

Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy On the Supreme Court, Emergency Funding for Zika, and Judicial Nominations

Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee, On the Supreme Court, Emergency Funding for Zika, and Judicial Nominations June 27, 2016 This morning, the Supreme Court in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt reaffirmed that women - not politicians - should make their own health care choices. This was an important decision for women's health and women's constitutional rights. But the fight to protect women's health continues. And it continues tomorrow her… Continue Reading


06.27.16

Leahy Comment On Supreme Court’s Decision In Whole Woman's Health Case

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee, On The Supreme Court's Decision In Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt June 27, 2016 [In a 5-3 decision Monday in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, the Supreme Court struck down a Texas law imposing two onerous restrictions on abortion providers requiring 1) all doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a local hospital, and 2) all abortions be provided only in medical facilities that me… Continue Reading


06.23.16

Comments On New Bill To Require Mandatory National GMO Labeling

Leahy Comments On New Bill To Require Mandatory National GMO Labeling . . . Leahy Had Led Vermont's Successful Efforts To Derail An Earlier Bill To Nullify Vermont's Law And To Replace It With A Solely Voluntary National Scheme WASHINGTON (THURSDAY, June 23, 2016) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Thursday commented on a new agreement reached between Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) and the panel's ranking member, Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) for a bill to instit… Continue Reading


06.23.16

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Supreme Court’s Decision In Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee, On The Supreme Court's Decision In Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin June 23, 2016 [This is the second time in two years that the Supreme Court has taken up plaintiff Abigail Fisher's challenge to the University of Texas's admissions policy. In 2013, the Court held that the Fifth Circuit did not properly apply the demanding burden of strict scrutiny set forth in prior Supreme Court precedent. Upon revie… Continue Reading


06.23.16

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Supreme Court’s Decision In United States v. Texas

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee, On The Supreme Court's Decision In United States v. Texas June 23, 2016 [Today, in a deadlocked 4-4 decision, the Supreme Court did not render a majority decision in a case challenging guidance from the Secretary of Homeland Security, which would temporarily defer the deportation of the parents of legal permanent residents and American citizens and make them eligible for work authorization, otherwise known as… Continue Reading


06.22.16

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Need To Pass Meaningful Gun Legislation

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee, On The Need To Pass Meaningful Gun Legislation June 22, 2016 "This morning, Senate Republican leaders failed in their attempt to shift the debate away from the need to pass sensible gun legislation, and it is now time to get back to business of responsible legislating. We must strengthen our laws to make it easier to prosecute firearms traffickers and straw purchasers who put guns in the hands of terrorists a… Continue Reading


06.22.16

Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy On McCain Amendment 4787 to the CJS Appropriations Bill

Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee, On McCain Amendment 4787 to the CJS Appropriations Bill June 22, 2016 Earlier this week, Senate Republicans once again blocked sensible gun safety measures that the majority of Americans support. And now the Republican leadership wants to change the subject. They are resorting to scare tactics to divert the attention of the American people from their failure to act in response to mass shootings. Let's be c… Continue Reading


06.21.16

Leahy Urges Senators To Support Amendment That Gives Law Enforcement Meaningful Resources To Prevent Terrorism

Leahy Urges Senators To Support Amendment That Gives Law Enforcement Meaningful Resources To Prevent Terrorism WASHINGTON (Tuesday, June 21, 2016) - Senate Republicans who blocked sensible gun safety measures this week are now pushing an unnecessary and overly broad surveillance measure involving innocent Americans' Internet activities. Instead of trying to change the subject away from the gun debate, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) urged Senators Tuesday to support his common sense amendment to … Continue Reading


06.21.16

Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy On Amendments to the CJS Appropriations Bill

Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee, On Amendments to the CJS Appropriations Bill June 21, 2016 After voting down sensible gun measures earlier this week, Republicans want to change the subject. They want to resort to scare tactics to divert the attention of the American people. Now they are offering an overbroad proposal that they argue is needed to keep this country safe. Let's be clear about what we need to stay safe. We need universal bac… Continue Reading


06.21.16

At SJC Hearing On Rising Prescription Drug Prices, Leahy Calls For Congressional Action

At SJC Hearing On Rising Prescription Drug Prices, Leahy Calls For Congressional Action . . . New Leahy Bill Would Deter Big Drug Firms From Blocking Or Slowing Generic Alternatives WASHINGTON (TUESDAY, June 21, 2016) - The rising costs of pharmaceutical drugs, including critical treatments for opioid overdoses, is a harm to consumers that Congress must address, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said at a Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday. "Pharmaceutical companies should be compensated for the… Continue Reading


06.21.16

Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy Hearing on “The CREATES Act: Ending Regulatory Abuse, Protecting Consumers, and Ensuring Drug Price Competition”

Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing Before the Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights on "The CREATES Act: Ending Regulatory Abuse, Protecting Consumers, and Ensuring Drug Price Competition" June 21, 2016 In recent months, the high cost of prescription drugs has been front and center in national news. Last year, American consumers learned of the unconscionable price-hike by Turing of… Continue Reading


06.21.16

Leahy Comment On The Unanimous Well-Qualified Rating of Chief Judge Merrick Garland By The American Bar Association

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee, On The Unanimous Well-Qualified Rating of Chief Judge Merrick Garland by the American Bar Association June 21, 2016 "Senate Republicans who are blocking Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland are out of excuses. Today the American Bar Association announced its rating of Chief Judge Garland's nomination, unanimously awarding him its highest rating of 'Well-Qualified' to serve on the Supreme Court. Senate Repu… Continue Reading


06.21.16

Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy On Judicial Nominations June 21 2016

Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee, On Judicial Nominations June 21, 2016 Today this Committee holds a nominations hearing for four judicial nominees, including one circuit court nominee, Jennifer Puhl, for the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. The other three would fill district court vacancies in South Carolina, Idaho, and New York. This is just the fourth judicial nominations hearing of this year - and it should not be the last. In 2008 … Continue Reading


06.20.16

Reaction of U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt., Ranking Member, Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee On The State Department And Foreign Operations) To Global Witness Report On Attacks Against Environmental Activists Worldwide

"Global Witness documents the shocking pattern of harassment and killings of environmental activists who courageously defend their land and water from the rapacious greed of multinational extractive industries in search of quick profits, often with the support of corrupt governments. Berta Caceres' death in Honduras made headlines around the world because of her notoriety, but there have been many like her who died in obscurity. Governments should be defending these people, not treating them l… Continue Reading


06.20.16

One Week After Mass Shooting In Orlando, Leahy Urges Senators To Support Common Sense Legislation To Make Our Communities Safer

(Monday, June 20, 2016) - A Vermont teen recently penned an open letter urging Senator Leahy and all Senators to "do something. Something big," in response to the mass shooting in Orlando that took 49 innocent lives. The letter was written by a Vermont teenager named Ella Staats, and it appeared in the Vermont Digger as part of the Young Writers Project. On Monday, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) took to the Senate floor to respond to Ms. Staats and all Americans who are calling on Congress to r… Continue Reading

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