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Statement On The President's FY 18 Funding Request For The U.S. Department Of Energy

Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Vice Chairman, Senate Appropriations Committee Subcommittee On Energy and Water Development Hearing On "A Review of the President's Fiscal Year 2018 Funding Request For The U.S. Department Of Energy" June 21, 2017 I want to thank Chairman Alexander and Ranking Member Feinstein for having this hearing today to discuss the administration's Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Request for the Department of Energy. Secretary Perry, the Energy Department is one that h… Continue Reading


Senator Leahy And Governor Scott: Leahy And Scott Make Joint Recommendation For Vermont's Next U.S. Attorney

Senator Leahy And Governor Scott Make Joint Recommendation For Vermont's Next U.S. Attorney (WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2017) -- U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Vermont Governor Phil Scott (R) have recommended Burlington attorney Christina Nolan to President Trump to be Vermont's next U.S. Attorney. Nolan would be the 38th U.S. Attorney in Vermont's history and the first woman nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate for the position. She would lead an office of 45 employees, incl… Continue Reading


Leahy Is A Leader Among Nearly 200 Members Of Congress Who Have Filed Lawsuit To Compel President Trump To Comply With Constitution’s EMOLUMENTS Clause

***VIDEO AVAILABLE*** Leahy And Other Congressional Leaders Lay Out Constitutional Case For Compelling President Trump To Obey Anti-Corruption Foreign Emoluments Clause . . . In the week since nearly 200 Members of Congress filed a complaint to compel President Trump to comply with the Constitution, public reporting has revealed new evidence of foreign benefits WASHINGTON (TUESDAY, June 20, 2017) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) Tuesday joined Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Representativ… Continue Reading


Vice Chairman Leahy's Statement On The FY 18 Budget Request For The Federal Communications Commission

Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Vice Chairman, Senate Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government Hearing On "A Review of the FY 2018 Budget Request for the Federal Communications Commission" June 20, 2017 Thank you, Chairwoman Capito and Ranking Member Coons, for the opportunity to make brief remarks. The Trump budget proposal for FY 2018 cuts funding for the FCC's core budget by 5 percent. If implemented it would require a reduction in over… Continue Reading


Leahy's Senate Address Tues. Afternoon On Republicans Continuing To Hide Their TRUMPCARE BILL From The Public And From The Senate, A Week Before The Expected Vote

Senate Address of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) On the Devastating Impacts of Trumpcare Senate Floor Tuesday, June 20, 2017 For the last seven years, we have heard Republicans in Congress campaign on the pledge to repeal the Affordable Care Act. State to state, district to district, like President Trump, they have pledged to repeal and replace the landmark health reform bill that made access to affordable healthcare a reality for millions of Americans. You would think after seven years of cam… Continue Reading


Leahy Announces $11 Million In Affordable Housing And Community Development Funds For Vermont

Leahy Announces $11 Million In Affordable Housing And Community Development Funds For Vermont WASHINGTON (TUESDAY, June 20, 2017) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced Tuesday that Vermont will receive more than $11 million in new affordable housing and community development funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Earlier this year, as Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Leahy successfully negotiated the fiscal year 2017 appropriations act,… Continue Reading



Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration & Related Agencies Hearing on "A Review of the FY 2018 Food And Drug Administration Budget Request" June 20, 2017 Thank you, Chairman Hoeven and Ranking Member Merkley, for holding this hearing today to examine the President's Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal for the Food and Drug Administration. And thank you, Commissioner Gottlieb, for joining us here today. I thank the Chair a… Continue Reading


Reaction Of Senator Patrick Leahy To President Trump’s Decision To Tighten Restrictions On Americans’ Travel To And Trade With Cuba

[(FRIDAY, June 16, 2017) - Below is the reaction of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to President Trump's decision to tighten restrictions on travel and trade between Americans and Cuba. Leahy, the Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Ranking Member of its Subcommittee on the State Department and Foreign Operations, for two decades has led in pressing for reform of the failed five-decades-old U.S. policy on Cuba. Leahy and Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) are the lead sponsors of legi… Continue Reading


At Appropriations Hearing With HHS Secy. Price, Leahy Slams Republicans’ Closed-Door Cobbling Together Of A Senate Trumpcare Plan

Secretary Price, welcome to the Appropriations Committee. The purview of the Department of Health and Human Services is wide in scope and touches the lives of every American. But, as with other departments, the proposed budget for the Department of Health and Human Services is abysmal. It would undermine the Department's very mission to protect the health and wellbeing of Americans. Instead of investing in programs that help support the middle class and lift up the most vulnerable among us, … Continue Reading


Leahy Leads Bill, Joined By Klobuchar and Durbin, To Increase Voter Participation

Senator Patrick Leahy introduced legislation Wednesday to modernize the nation's voter registration systems and make it easier for all Americans to vote and participate in our democracy. The Automatic Voter Registration Act of 2017 requires states to automatically register eligible vote when they interact with certain state and federal agencies, unless those people decline. The bill would streamline the voter registration process and allow citizens to register online, making it easier for ind… Continue Reading


Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy On the Introduction of the Automatic Voter Registration Act of 2017

The right to vote is among the most sacred rights guaranteed by our Constitution. It forms the foundation for our democracy and inspires countless people across the world still striving for a meaningful opportunity to engage in the political process and shape their futures. My friend John Lewis has often said that "the right to vote is the most powerful nonviolent tool we have in a democracy." I could not agree more with him. America is a stronger and greater country when more Americans part… Continue Reading


Vice Chairman Leahy Statement On The President's FY 18 Funding Request For The Department Of Defense

Thank you, Chairman Cochran and Ranking Member Durbin, for the opportunity to make these brief remarks. Welcome to Secretary Mattis and General Dunford. This Committee benefits from your expertise and your candor. It has been almost 3 months since you last testified before this Committee, and there has been no shortage of world events in that short time. American missiles have targeted and struck Syrian forces. A massive ransomware cyberattack spread around the globe. North Korea has tested n… Continue Reading


Senator Patrick Leahy’s ‘Prebuttal’ Senate Address On Attorney General Sessions’ Testimony

This afternoon, Attorney General Sessions will return to the Senate for the first time since his confirmation hearing. It has been more than three months since the press revealed that the Attorney General gave false testimony in response to questions from me and from Senator Franken about his contacts with Russian officials. Yet, the Attorney General has made no effort to come back before the Judiciary Committee to explain his actions-actions that could be construed as perjury. There are now … Continue Reading


At Approps. Hg. On DOJ Budget, Vice Chair Leahy Slams AG Sessions’ Absence; Hits Slashing Cuts In Crime Victims Fund, Opioid Crisis Help, Law Enforcement Grants To Local Communities, And Cuts In FBI’s Operations Budget

Thank you, Chairman Shelby and Ranking Member Shaheen, for the opportunity to make these remarks. Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, I won't mince words: You are not the witness we were supposed to hear from today, and you are not the witness who should be sitting behind that table. That responsibility lies with the Attorney General of the United States. Attorneys General of the past did not shy away from this Committee's questions, regardless of the topic. Attorneys General of the past did… Continue Reading


Leahy, Shaheen Request AG Sessions Appear Before The Appropriations Committee

Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy and Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Subcommittee Ranking Member Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) Monday released a letter to Senator Cochran, Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, and Senator Shelby, Chairman of the Subcommittee of Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies, asking that the hearing on the FY2018 budget request for the Department of Justice be postponed until Attorney General Sessions is available to atte… Continue Reading


Leahy And Local Vermont Leaders In Education Lead Charge Against Trump Education Cuts

Senator Patrick Leahy Friday joined community leaders to decry the "unconscionable" $9 billion in cuts that President Trump would slash from the U.S. Department of Education. The cuts have been panned from Washington to Winooski for dealing a devastating blow to families' to access quality education, from pre-K to college and the programs in between, for working families and the nation's most vulnerable people. Leahy, the Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said: "The best w… Continue Reading


Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) On Former FBI Director James Comey, And Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Testimony Next Week

[Following is the comment of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Attorney General Sessions' scheduled testimony next week, on Tuesday, before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science. Leahy is the Vice Chairman of the Appropriations Committee and a leading member of the Judiciary Committee.] "I have sought for months to clarify Attorney General Sessions' contacts with Russian officials following his false testimony in response to questions from me and from Senator F… Continue Reading


Leahy Statement On Hearing To Review The President's FY 18 Funding Request For The U.S. Department Of Commerce

Secretary Ross, thank you for being here today. We have many issues to discuss, not the least of which is the topic of today's hearing - the President's budget proposal for the Department of Commerce. The request for the Department cuts nearly $1.5 billion, or 16 percent, from the FY 2017 enacted appropriations level, eviscerating popular grant, research, and state-based programs; cutting next-generation weather satellites; and failing to sufficiently invest in the 2020 Census. The administra… Continue Reading


Statement Of Appropriations Vice Chair Leahy At Appropriations Hg. On HUD Budget, With Witness Secy. Ben Carson

Thank you, Chairman Collins and Ranking Member Reed for holding this important hearing. I am very concerned about President Trump's budget for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This budget would leave low-income, elderly and disabled Americans out in the cold. It would deny shelter to victims of domestic and sexual violence. It would bring to a screeching halt programs that spur economic development and help ensure that safe, sustainable and affordable housing is available in … Continue Reading


Leahy Joins Franken In Pressing AT&T On Its Pervasive Use Of Forced Arbitration Clauses In Consumer Contracts

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Wednesday joined Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) and other senators in pressing AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson for answers about the company's widespread use of pre-dispute forced arbitration clauses in customer contracts that affect millions of consumers in Vermont and across the country. Leahy and Franken have partnered for several years in pressing for reforms to restore consumer rights by curbing the widespread use of mandatory arbitration clauses, which compel c… Continue Reading

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