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Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy Statement On The Consolidated Appropriations Bill

Mr. President, this bill is the product of many long weeks, days, nights and weekends of bipartisan negotiations, and I thank Chairman Cochran for his leadership in reaching this agreement to keep the government open for business. This is how Congress can and should work. Enough of the rhetoric; enough of the political brinksmanship. This agreement shows that when we come together and work through our differences, we can do the work of the American people. And while I think the package befo… Continue Reading


Leahy Partners With Senate Allies To Shield Farmworkers From Deportation

Senator Patrick Leahy, partnering with Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), introduced legislation to shield farmworkers from deportation and to put them on a path to earned legal status and eventual citizenship. Under their Agricultural Worker Program Act, foreign farmworkers who have worked in the United States in agriculture for at least 100 days in each of the past two years may earn lawful "blue card" status.… Continue Reading


Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy Statement On House Passage Of The Consolidated Spending Bill

[Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Wednesday issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Consolidated Spending Bill in a vote of 309 to 118. The bill, which received bipartisan support in the House, now moves to the Senate. This full-year government appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2017, if enacted, will succeed the stop-gap funding bill that expires on Friday night.] It is encouraging and significant that the consol… Continue Reading


Leahy Presses FBI Director Comey On The Need For An Independent Investigation Into Russian Interference In 2016 Election

Senator Patrick Leahy Wednesday pressed FBI Director James Comey for more information on the FBI's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, which U.S. intelligence agencies have unanimously concluded was intended to "undermine public faith in the US democratic process" and to help President Trump win the election. Leahy questioned Comey at a hearing by the Senate Judiciary Committee, which has oversight responsibilities over the FBI. Leahy has insisted on a full, fair, and… Continue Reading


Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy, Hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee On “Responses to the Increase in Religious Hate Crimes”

Over the past many months, like most Vermonters and Americans across this country, I have been horrified by the alarming rise in hate crimes against our fellow citizens and neighbors. Each day seemingly brings a new report of violence or harassment targeting some of our nation's most diverse and vibrant communities. This trend must not be allowed to continue. By any measure, statistics documenting the surge in crimes against Americans because of their religion, race, ethnicity, or sexual orient… Continue Reading


REAX Of Senator Patrick Leahy, Vice Chairman Of The Senate Appropriations Committee, To President Trump’s Threat To “Shutdown” The Federal Government In September

Threatening to shut down the government, on the heels of a successful, bipartisan agreement, is a sour and shameful note to kick off negotiations for FY 2018. Governing by tweet and manufacturing a crisis before our work even begins is no way to lead. The 2013 shutdown dealt a devastating blow to economic growth, amounting to an estimated $1.5 billion lost for each of the 16 days of the shutdown. That is economic growth we can never get back. Hundreds of thousands of federal workers wer… Continue Reading


Vermont Highlights In The Budget Agreement Negotiated By Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Leahy And Other Appropriations Leaders

Senate and House Appropriations Committee leaders on Sunday night completed lengthy and intense negotiations on a budget bill to fund the government through the rest of this fiscal year (through Sept. 30). This is the first budget agreement negotiated under Leahy's new role as Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. The budget agreement - expected to reach the House and Senate floors this week for approval - would avert a government shutdown when the current stop-gap government … Continue Reading


Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy Statement On Funding Legislation

I am glad that we were able to reach a bipartisan agreement to keep the government of the American people open for business and avoid the devastating consequences of a government shutdown. I am especially glad this agreement does not include a single penny for the construction of a misguided wall along our southern border. A wall the president promised Mexico would pay for, and a wall that would be nothing more than a bumper sticker monstrosity. This bipartisan agreement eliminates more th… Continue Reading


Appropriations Vice Chairman Leahy On Senate Floor, About One-Week Continuing Resolution To Prevent Government Shutdown

Mr. President, the Senate is considering a stopgap Continuing Resolution to keep the government of the American people open for business. I will support this one-week CR, because I believe we are close to a bipartisan agreement that would avoid the devastating consequences of a government shutdown, and save the Congress from once again facing the disruption and humiliation of failing to meet Congress's obligation to fund the basic functions of our government. But we should not be in this situ… Continue Reading


Leaders Of Senate and House Judiciary Committees Reintroduce Bipartisan Legislation To Counter Rising Prescription Drug Prices

Top leaders on the Senate and House Judiciary Committees led by Senator Patrick Leahy on Thursday introduced legislation to combat anticompetitive practices used by some brand-name pharmaceutical and biologic companies to block entry of lower-cost generic drugs. The Creating and Restoring Equal Access to Equivalent Samples (CREATES) Act would deter pharmaceutical companies from blocking cheaper generic alternatives from entering the marketplace. The bill is sponsored by Leahy and cosponsored b… Continue Reading


Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) On Introduction of the Creating and Restoring Equal Access to Equivalent Samples (CREATES) Act

Over the past few years, the national headlines have been dominated by stories about the high cost of pharmaceuticals. We have seen jaw-dropping examples, such as the unconscionable price increase overnight by Turing Pharmaceuticals of their drug for patients with HIV, from $13.50 to $750 per pill. Pharmaceutical companies should be compensated for their important work developing lifesaving treatments. But when companies engage in predatory practices at the expense of consumers, we must act.… Continue Reading


Statement Of Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) On One-Week Continuing Resolution

[Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Thursday issued the following statement regarding the majority's intention to advance a one-week stopgap Continuing Resolution.] I am glad that bipartisan negotiations to reach a sensible agreement are moving forward, but it is disheartening that Republicans have once again proposed to punt Congress's basic responsibility to fund the functions of our government. Our work could have been completed in November, but at the reque… Continue Reading


Leahy And 13 Other Senators Urge The Newly Confirmed Deputy Attorney General: ‘APPOINT A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR – IMMEDIATELY’

(WEDNESDAY, April 26, 2017) -- Following Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's confirmation late Tuesday, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) led a group of 14 senators, including Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), in urging him to immediately appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Since Attorney General Jeff Sessions' has recused himself, Rosenstein is now responsible for leading the Department of Justice's investigation. "We write … Continue Reading


Leahy Joins In Introducing Tax Fairness ‘Buffett Rule’

On the same day that President Donald Trump unveiled a tax overhaul proposal that would slash taxes for some of the wealthiest Americans and dramatically increase the national debt, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) introduced legislation to prevent America's top earners from paying lower tax rates than middle-class families. Senator Patrick Leahy is an original cosponsor of The Paying a Fair Share Act, which would ensure that multi-million-dollar earners … Continue Reading


Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy Subcommittee on the Department of State and Foreign Operations Hearing on U.S. Assistance for Egypt

Less than three weeks ago Egypt's President el-Sisi visited Washington where he met with President Trump, other U.S. officials, and Members of Congress. So this is a timely and important opportunity to discuss U.S. aid for Egypt. Since 1946, American taxpayers have provided more than $79 billion in economic and military aid for Egypt, and that does not include excess defense equipment valued at billions of dollars. I suspect very few Egyptians know this, which might be one reason why polls in… Continue Reading


Leahy And Grassley Reintroduce Bipartisan Legislation To Encourage The Humanitarian Work Of American Innovators

Senators Patrick Leahy and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on Tuesday reintroduced bipartisan legislation to encourage and reward the use of patented technology to address humanitarian needs. The bipartisan introduction comes on the eve of World Intellectual Property Day on Wednesday, a day to celebrate and learn about the role of intellectual property rights in promoting innovation. The Patents for Humanity Program Improvement Act, S.927, builds on an existing award program at the U.S. Patent and Tra… Continue Reading


Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Nomination Of Sonny Perdue To Be Secretary of Agriculture

Mr. President, today I will vote for Sonny Perdue to be the next Secretary of Agriculture. Governor Perdue, with his lifetime of experience with farming and agribusiness, stands out as one of the few nominees to this Cabinet who appears well qualified for the position to which he has been nominated. But to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and American Agriculture, Governor Perdue must represent the broad spectrum of interests before USDA and do all he can to hear from all sides, b… Continue Reading


Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy On Ambassador Nikki Haley on Human Rights

Mr. President, on April 19, CNN published a guest column by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, entitled "An unprecedented step on human rights." At a time when President Trump has praised Egypt's President el-Sisi and Turkey's President Erdogan, both of whom are responsible for brutal crackdowns on dissent and for subverting the institutions of democracy, and after the White House lifted human rights restrictions on the sale of military equipment to Bahrain and Secretary of Stat… Continue Reading


Members of Congress Raise Ethics Concerns about Deputy White House Counsel

U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Conn.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), and Representative Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Friday sent a letter to Stefan Passantino, Deputy White House Counsel and Designated Agency Ethics Official (DAEO), questioning his previous financial connections to Carl Icahn, as well as other Trump Administration officials, and the resulting conflicts of inter… Continue Reading


Leahy, Sanders Join In Reintroducing Bill To Simplify Tax Filing

Vermont's U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D) and Bernie Sanders (I) have joined Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and others in announcing that they will reintroduce the Tax Filing Simplification Act of 2017 to simplify and decrease the costs of the tax filing process for millions of American taxpayers. This year taxpayers will spend an average of 13 hours preparing and filing their returns, and will pay $200 for tax preparation services -- a cost equal to almost 10 percent of the average federal… Continue Reading

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