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Sens. Paul, Wyden, Lee, and Leahy Release Joint Statement on FISA Reform

Today, U.S. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) released the following statement opposing any long-term extension of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) without the serious and public debate the American people deserve and should expect from their elected representatives: "Congress should not vote on any long-term reauthorization of Section 702 until both the House and Senate have fully debated meaningful reforms in … Continue Reading


Leahy Statement On The Need To Pass The DREAM Act

We are a nation of immigrants. That should be an obvious point, but it bears repeating at a time when our president sees political advantage in trafficking in xenophobic scapegoating. Unless you are Native American, you come from a line of people who come from somewhere else. Indeed that simple fact is an integral part of the American story. We are also a Nation that believes that anything is possible. Our ancestors and relatives journeyed here because, in Americ… Continue Reading


Leahy REAX To The President’s Threat To Cut Support To The UN And To Countries That Oppose His U.S. Embassy/Jerusalem Decision

[Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is the Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Ranking Member of its State Department and Foreign Operations Subcommittee.] "The President's decision to ignore his national security advisors about moving our embassy at this fragile moment was cause enough for concern. Now he is compounding that error by threatening the United Nations itself, as well as other countries, many of which are close allies, with a cutoff of the support we provide that serv… Continue Reading


Leahy Statement In Support of Democracy in Honduras

Mr. President, on Monday the head of the Honduras Supreme Electoral Tribunal declared Juan Orlando Hernandez the next President of Honduras. Shortly thereafter, the Secretariat of the Organization of American States, one of the principal international observers, announced that it could not certify the election as free and fair and called for a new election. Yesterday, after his top advisors rebuked the OAS for infringing on Honduras' sovereignty, President Hernandez, stating that "the Honduran … Continue Reading


Sen. Patrick Leahy, On His NO Vote, As Senate Tues. Night Nears Final Passage Of Republican TAX PLAN

Little more than a month ago, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was unveiled in the Senate. Just a few short weeks later, we are on the verge of passing a colossal bill, publicly available for just four days, that makes sweeping changes to every aspect of our economy. We are moving so fast that the American people would be forgiven for thinking we were addressing a national emergency. And yet, fires are still blazing in California, power in Puerto Rico is still not fully restored, and victims around … Continue Reading


Leahy Reaction To The TSE's Declaration Of Juan Orlando Hernandez As The Winner In The Honduran Election

"Unfortunately, the announcement by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal leaves too many questions unanswered. There were multiple opportunities for fraud in this election, and only a determination by impartial international observers that the vote tally was fair and transparent will provide the necessary credibility to the process. The Honduran people deserve no less. I urge the EU and the OAS to insist on whatever action - including a complete recount or a new election - is necessary to eliminate a… Continue Reading


Leahy: USDA Economic Development Investments In Washington County This Year Now Top $5.1 Million

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced Thursday that USDA economic development investments in Washington County now total more than $5.1 million during fiscal year 2017. Area businesses, nonprofits and economic development organizations received 12 awards from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of Rural Development (USDA-RD) to assist with a diverse range of projects that included business assistance, capital for startup businesses and energy efficiency improvements. Leahy is a leadin… Continue Reading


Leahy: USDA Economic Development Investments In Windham County This Year Now Top $3.1 Million

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced Thursday that U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) economic development investments in Windham County now total more than $3.1 million during fiscal year 2017. Area businesses, nonprofits and municipalities received 16 awards from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of Rural Development (USDA-RD) to assist with a diverse range of projects that included business assistance, infrastructure upgrades and energy efficiency improvements. The USDA-RD inv… Continue Reading


Leahy-Authored Farm Bill Provision Nets Millions For Northeast Kingdom

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced Thursday that U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) economic development investments in the Northeast Kingdom now total more than $9.1 million during 2017. NEK-area businesses, nonprofits and municipalities received 36 awards from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of Rural Development (USDA-RD) to assist with a diverse range of business assistance, infrastructure upgrades and energy efficiency improvement projects. More than $5.5 million of the a… Continue Reading


Leahy: USDA Economic Development Investments In Vermont This Year Now Top $222 Million

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced Thursday that U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) economic development investments in the Vermont now total more than $222 million during fiscal year 2017. Federal funds supported a broad range of activities in thirteen Vermont counties, including business development, housing construction and purchases, municipal investments in infrastructure and awards to academic institutions of higher education. The funds were made available through the U.S. Depa… Continue Reading


Leahy, Sanders Join Markey On Resolution To Restore FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules

Vermont's two U.S. senators - Sen. Patrick Leahy (D) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I) have joined Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, and 13 other senators on Thursday in announcing their plan to introduce a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution that would undo Thursday's action by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and restore the 2015 net neutrality rules. The FCC Thursday afternoon approved an item that guts the 2015 Open I… Continue Reading


Reaction Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) To The FCC’s Vote To Repeal Net Neutrality Protections

[Following is the statement of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) about the FCC's action Thursday to dismantle the FCC's earlier net neutrality rules. Leahy has long been a leading advocate of net neutrality and brought the Senate Judiciary Committee to Vermont to hear testimony from small Vermont businesses, libraries and ordinary Vermonters about the importance of keeping the internet unhindered by 'toll lanes' and other discriminatory practices.] "Today the FCC took a wrecking ball to the pillar… Continue Reading


Leahy: Vermont Is A Crucial Step Closer To Improved Air And Rail Travel With Canada

Senator Patrick Leahy hails action this week by the Canadian Parliament to pass new customs preclearance language into law that will make possible improved rail and air travel between Vermont - and other points in the United States -- and Canada. The Canadian Senate passed the legislation, known as C-23, last week, and the bill took its last step in the Canadian legislative process on Tuesday night, receiving Royal Assent. The bill is companion legislation to Leahy's Promoting Travel, Commerce… Continue Reading


Leahy Floor Statement On Repeal Of Net Neutrality Rules

This week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is preparing to give a giant, early Christmas present to a few, deep-pocketed telecom companies, as it prepares to repeal critical net neutrality protections. Net neutrality is the simple principle that the Internet should be kept free and open by preventing the corporations who control the connections to selectively throttle or block certain content. Repealing net neutrality rules will benefit just a few powerful corporations-and it will … Continue Reading


Why Budget Parity Matters: The Need For Investing Equally In Our Military And Our Communities

Democrats and Republicans agree that we must fully fund and support our military. But our military readiness is being hampered by artificial and unrealistically low caps on defense spending, as a result of the Budget Control Act (BCA) of 2011, and that law's required spending cuts known as "sequestration." In July, Defense Secretary Mattis testified before the Senate Appropriations Committee that "for all the heartache caused by the loss of our troops during these wars, no enemy in the field h… Continue Reading


NET NEUTRALITY SHOWDOWN Leahy & Other Senators Use FCC Chair's Own Words To Urge Him To Delay Thursday's Vote, Until Full Impact Can Be Considered

As Next Week's Threatened Repeal Of Net Neutrality Rules Looms, Leahy And Other Senators, In A Letter To FCC Chair Pai, Use Pai's Own Words To Urge Delay Of The Net Neutrality Vote Until The Full Impact Of Repeal Can Be Faithfully Considered WASHINGTON (FRIDAY, Dec. 8, 2017) - Continuing the fight against next week's threatened repeal of net neutrality rules, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and other senators, led by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), are urging Federal Communications Commission … Continue Reading


Appropriations Vice Chairman Leahy's Statement On A Continuing Resolution Through December 22

The current spending caps set in place by law will not responsibly fund the government or alleviate the consequences of sequestration on our domestic priorities or our military readiness. Since March, I have constantly repeated that we must reach a bipartisan budget deal that is based on parity, free of poison pill riders and not waste taxpayer dollars on President Trump's useless border wall. But with the current continuing resolution expiring tomorrow, we are running out of time to reach an a… Continue Reading


People's Academy High School

On December 6, 2017, Senator Leahy had the opportunity to chat with students from Peoples Academy High School in Morrisville. Senator Leahy enjoyed answering questions from students who are studying genocide, human rights, international law and foreign policy as well as students studying Spanish. Senator Leahy was very impressed with the students' thoughtful questions and enjoyed hearing their insights on human rights abuses and genocide and how the United States can be a global leader. He al… Continue Reading


Comment of Senator Patrick Leahy On Senator Al Franken

I just learned of the latest, disturbing allegation against Senator Franken. While the facts from case to case can differ, and while there are sound reasons for weighing evidence in such cases in a deliberate and carefully considered process, Senator Franken's situation has become untenable. I am concerned that even a prompt Ethics Committee investigation and recommendations will not come soon enough. He has to step aside. I hope as a nation that we are beginning to come to terms with the sy… Continue Reading


Comment Of Senator Leahy On President Trump’s Decision On The U.S. Embassy In Israel

"Campaign promises to score political points, without careful consideration of U.S. national interests, rarely make good policy, and I fear this is a particularly dangerous example of that. It will make the already distant goal of peace in the Middle East that much harder to reach."… Continue Reading

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