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09.14.15

$3.1 Million in Federal Grants Awarded to Three Vermont Community Lenders

, Sept. 14 - Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) announced today that three Vermont organizations received more than $3.1 million in federal grants from the U.S. Treasury Department's Community Development Financial Institutions Fund. The CDFI Fund awarded $202 million in grants and loans to 195 community credit unions and loan funds across the country that provide affordable financial products and services in economically distressed areas. Thre… Continue Reading


09.11.15

Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Continuing Assault on Freedom of Expression in Ecuador

I want to call the Senate's attention to a situation I have spoken about previously, which is the ongoing crackdown by the Correa government on what little remains of the independent media in Ecuador. One of the things we have come to expect is that the press - and civil society organizations that expose corruption and challenge the officially sanctioned version of reality - are the first casualties in countries whose leaders are determined to remain in power at any cost. Ecuador is a prime e… Continue Reading


09.10.15

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee, On Senator Murkowski Cosponsoring the Voting Rights Advancement Act

[Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) introduced the Voting Rights Advancement Act this past June with Democratic Senators Dick Durbin (Ill.), and Chris Coons (Del.), along with Democratic Congressmen John Lewis (Ga.), Terri Sewell (Ala.), Linda Sanchez (Calif.), and Judy Chu (Calif.) of the House Tri-Caucus. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) announced today that she would sign on as a cosponsor of the bill.] "Senator Murkowski is a champion for civil rights, and I c… Continue Reading


09.09.15

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee, On The Need To Support Syrian Refugees

[Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) issued the following comment Wednesday after meeting with Secretary of State Kerry to discuss the administration's proposal for the number of refugee admissions into the United States for the upcoming fiscal year. Leahy, who is also the Ranking Member of the State Department's budget committee - the State Department and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee - has long led efforts to support assistance for refugees.] "To… Continue Reading


09.09.15

Leahy Announces $500,000 In Grants To Prevent Youth Substance Abuse In Vermont

(WEDNESDAY, Sept. 9, 2015) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Wednesday announced $500,000 in grants to four Vermont community organizations in the latest round of funding to prevent and address youth substance abuse in the state. The grants will fund community-based approaches to preventing youth substance abuse, including prescription drugs, heroin, marijuana, tobacco and alcohol. Leahy said: "Substance abuse leaves a devastating wake of destruction through communities across our state and our … Continue Reading


09.08.15

Judicial Vacancies Increase While Senate Republicans Slow Walk Nominees

(Tuesday, September 8, 2015) - Senate Republicans are closing in on one of the worst years for confirming judicial nominees in decades, severely undermining the Third Branch and leaving courts throughout the country understaffed. The Republican-controlled Senate has allowed confirmation votes on just 6 judicial nominees, compared to 26 judicial nominees in 2007 when Democrats controlled the majority and President Bush was in office. Republican obstruction of non-controversial, consensus judici… Continue Reading


09.04.15

Leahy Announces $375,000 To Support Higher Education In The Northeast Kingdom

LYNDONVILLE, Vt. (FRIDAY, Sept. 4, 2015) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Friday announced a $375,000 federal grant to the Patrick and Marcelle Leahy Center for Rural Students at Lyndon State College to improve access to education for Vermont students. The grant helps to leverage more than $1 million to expand AmeriCorps service and to advance educational opportunities to first-generation, low-income students across the Green Mountain State. Leahy, the senior-most member of the Senate Approp… Continue Reading


09.04.15

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee On New Justice Department Policy Regarding the Use Of Cell-Site Simulators

[The Department of Justice on Thursday issued new guidelines governing the use of cell-site simulators. Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) has pressed the administration since last year about the use of these devices, which can unknowingly sweep up the cell phone signals of innocent Americans and raise significant privacy concerns.] "The Department of Justice's new policies are finally starting to catch up with the rapid advancement of this tracking technology. … Continue Reading


09.02.15

Vermont’s Congressional Delegation And Governor Shumlin Announce $1.2 million In Federal Aid To Vermont’s Northern Border Communities.

(WEDNESDAY, Sept. 2, 2015) - As part of a continuing effort to bolster economic development in Northern Vermont, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and Governor Peter Shumlin (D-Vt.) were joined by Northern Border Regional Commission Chair Mark Scarano in announcing more than $1.2 million in federal grants on Wednesday. Cultural and recreational initiatives, along with a business park expansion and Vermont's forest products industry we… Continue Reading


09.01.15

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee Regarding Governor Walker’s Remarks On Building a Wall at the Northern Border

"As someone who was born and raised not too far from the Canadian Border, I could not believe Governor Walker's statement. Election season always brings out crazy ideas, but this is one of the craziest. If Marcelle's parents were still here they would say the same thing, but in French. "Governor Walker simply must be unaware of the economic prosperity that commerce across the northern border brings to the United States. Those of us who represent states that share a border with Canada know b… Continue Reading


08.31.15

Leahy Joins Officials To Break Ground On New Affordable Housing In Brattleboro

Leahy Joins Officials To Break Ground On New Affordable Housing In Brattleboro BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (MONDAY, Aug. 31, 2015) - Four years after the devastation of Tropical Storm Irene, Senator Patrick Leahy Monday led a groundbreaking celebration to mark the start of construction of Red Clover Commons. Standing alongside state and local officials, nonprofit leaders, developers and community residents, Leahy heralded the new 55-unit, three story building off Canal Street as the first phase of a th… Continue Reading


08.31.15

Leahy Joins Officials To Break Ground On New Affordable Housing In Brattleboro

Leahy Joins Officials To Break Ground On New Affordable Housing In Brattleboro BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (MONDAY, Aug. 31, 2015) - Four years after the devastation of Tropical Storm Irene, Senator Patrick Leahy Monday led a groundbreaking celebration to mark the start of construction of Red Clover Commons. Standing alongside state and local officials, nonprofit leaders, developers and community residents, Leahy heralded the new 55-unit, three story building off Canal Street as the first phase of a th… Continue Reading


08.19.15

Leahy And Sanders Join In Calling On Financial Regulators To Hold Oil Companies Accountable, Disclose Risks And Increase Transparency

(WEDNESDAY, Aug, 19, 2015) - In continued efforts to halt offshore oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and other senators this week called on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to require increased transparency from companies engaged in offshore drilling in American waters. The senators' call follows the Obama Administration issuing drilling rights to royal Dutch Shell plc. (Shell) to explore in the deep water off Alaska… Continue Reading


08.14.15

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) On The Opening Of The U.S. Embassy In Cuba

"It was a privilege for me to accompany the Secretary of State to Havana for the opening of the U.S. Embassy. Seeing our flag raised again and hearing our national anthem was deeply moving - for me, and for the many Cubans who also witnessed this historic moment. I credit President Obama and Secretary Kerry for getting us to this point, after 54 years of a failed policy that isolated the United States and did nothing to improve the lives of the Cuban people. "Opening an embassy is not a conc… Continue Reading


08.13.15

Leahy, State And Local Officials Mark Recovery Milestone In Waitsfield

WAITSFIELD, Vt. (THURSDAY, Aug. 13, 2015) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Thursday joined officials from the state of Vermont and the Waitsfield community to celebrate construction progress on Waitsfield's new town office. The event marked a major milestone for the Waitsfield community, which recently broke ground on a new site to replace the town office building flooded by Tropical Storm Irene. A Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG) from the U.S. Department of Housing an… Continue Reading


08.13.15

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee On The Federal Trade Commission’s Section 5 Enforcement Principles

(THURSDAY, Aug. 13, 2015) -- Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairwoman Edith Ramirez Thursday announced that the Commission approved a bipartisan set of principles related to the exercise of its standalone enforcement authority under Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act. This authority has existed for over 100 years and provides the FTC the ability to protect consumers from unfair business practices outside the scope of traditional antitrust enforcement under the Sherman Act or Clayton … Continue Reading


08.12.15

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee On The GAO Report On The EB-5 Program

"I have long supported the EB-5 Regional Center Program's ability to promote economic development and create jobs, and I have also sought important improvements to the program. The Department of Homeland Security needs additional authorities and enforcement tools to guard against fraud and abuse. And increased transparency and oversight are essential to instill confidence in the program. "Today's report on the EB-5 program from the Government Accountability Office further confirms that such ref… Continue Reading


08.06.15

Leahy, Sanders, Welch Announce Over $2.6 Million For Runway Infrastructure Improvement At BTV

(THURSDAY, Aug. 06, 2015)- Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) Thursday announced the Burlington International Airport (BTV) will receive $2,637,844 in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grants to improve the efficiency and safety of operations. The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation and will be used to extend two existing taxiways, the final phase in an ongoing infrastructure improvement project at Bu… Continue Reading


08.06.15

Remarks of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Capitol Hill Press Conference Opposing the “DARK” Act

I want to thank Senator Tester for making this event happen today, and I want to welcome our very accomplished guests. The stage here in Congress might not be as bright as some that you have stood on, but your voice will certainly amplify the importance of this simple right to know issue. My home state of Vermont is the only state in the country on track to implement a law requiring the clear labeling of foods made with genetically modified ingredients. By this time next year, Vermonters and … Continue Reading


08.05.15

Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee, On Judicial Nominations

We began this year with a new Republican majority in the Senate promising to govern responsibly. Unfortunately, this promise has so far proven hollow. Beginning with the shameful treatment of the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be Attorney General, the Republican leadership has used excuse after excuse to keep the Senate from voting on those nominated to serve in our justice system. It took four months for the Republican majority to schedule a vote on a single judicial nomination. So far this… Continue Reading

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