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06.04.15

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee, On Senate Judiciary Committee Approval of the bipartisan PATENT Act

[Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) issued the following comment Thursday after the Committee approved the bipartisan PATENT Act, a bill to cut down on abuses in and bring needed transparency to the patent system. As chairman of the Judiciary Committee last Congress, Leahy led bipartisan negotiations to craft a comprehensive and balanced bill to tackle the issue. Leahy continued those bipartisan talks this year as Ranking Member. His full remarks at today's Judici… Continue Reading


06.04.15

Leahy, Portman Reintroduce Bill To Support Ex-Offenders & Reduce Crime

(THURSDAY, June 4, 2015) -- U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) joined with Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) Thursday to introduce a strengthened version of their earlier bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Second Chance Act, a law that supports state and local reentry programs to reduce recidivism and provide those leaving prison with real opportunities to rebuild their lives after they are released. Leahy has long championed the Second Chance Act, which supports programs like the Vermont Cou… Continue Reading


06.04.15

Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Bipartisan Bill That Will Protect VT Businesses From Patent Abuse

(THURSDAY, June 4, 2015) - The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday overwhelmingly approved legislation coauthored by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and other leading senators that protects Vermont businesses and innovators who too often become the victims of so-called "patent trolls." The bill goes next to the full Senate for consideration. The PATENT Act was approved by a vote of 16 to 4. The vote comes after nearly two years of negotiations led by Leahy and other Senate members to craft a… Continue Reading


06.04.15

Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee, on Executive Business Meeting

Almost two years ago, this Committee began working on legislation to address abusive conduct in our patent system. In April, seven bipartisan members came together to introduce the PATENT Act, which builds off the extensive negotiations we held last Congress. Since then we have expanded our ranks to 15 members working on further additions to the bill. This Committee works best when we come together to incorporate ideas from across the spectrum. That hard work is reflected in the Managers' Am… Continue Reading


06.04.15

Leahy & Grassley Introduce Legislation To Improve & Extend Job-Creating Foreign Investment Program

(THURSDAY, June 4, 2015) - Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Wednesday introduced bipartisan legislation to extend and significantly improve the job-creating immigrant investor visa program, known as EB-5, which is set to expire in September. Leahy introduced the bill with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). The American Job Creation and Investment Promotion Reform Act would reauthorize the EB-5 Regional Center program for five years an… Continue Reading


06.03.15

Editorial: Curbing spy powers


06.02.15

Senate Passes Historic Lee-Leahy USA FREEDOM Act

(Tuesday, June 2, 2015) - The Senate on Tuesday passed the bipartisan USA FREEDOM Act of 2015, an historic bill coauthored by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) to rein in surveillance authorities for the first time since passage of the USA PATRIOT Act. As chairman of the Judiciary Committee last Congress, Leahy convened six high-profile hearings on surveillance authorities. The Senate's Tuesday passage of his bipartisan and bicameral measure comes after two years of wo… Continue Reading


06.02.15

Leahy: Senators Should Not Support Efforts To Weaken Bipartisan USA FREEDOM Act

(Tuesday, June 2, 2015) - As the Senate continued consideration of the historic USA FREEDOM Act of 2015 to end the NSA's bulk collection program, Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) urged Senators Tuesday not to weigh the legislation down with unnecessary changes that would ensure continued expiration of key surveillance authorities without any reform. Instead, Leahy said, "The Senate must pass this bill without any amendments so that the President can sign it into l… Continue Reading


06.02.15

People’s Academy of Morrisville,

On June 2, 2015, Senator Leahy held an online chat with multiple grades at the People's Academy of Morrisville. The Senator enjoyed a lively discussion with the students, and enjoyed their questions regarding minimum wage and the importance of supporting the needs of Vermonters. He was especially impressed by the students' discussion on the future of Congress and the country as a whole.… Continue Reading


06.01.15

Comment Of Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), On The Need To Pass The USA FREEDOM Act TODAY

"I have tried since last year to move legislation through the Senate to accomplish reform well before the sunset deadline. In November Senator Reid brought the USA FREEDOM Act to the floor but Senate Republican leaders blocked debate on it. When Republicans took over the Senate, they assured us that they would send bills - including this one - through appropriate committee work and an open amendment process on the floor. Instead, Republican leaders squandered time and bipartisan consensus and… Continue Reading


06.01.15

Senate Showdown On NSA Surveillance Reform

We are coming down to the wire today on a hard-fought effort to restore Americans' privacy rights. The nation's libraries, often on the front lines as privacy issues are debated, once again are in the vanguard in advocating for a solution that protects Americans' civil liberties. Librarians and like-minded legislators in Washington have worked together for almost two years to ensure that the National Security Agency cannot engage in the bulk collection of Americans' phone records and other per… Continue Reading


06.01.15

Leahy: Senators Should Pass USA FREEDOM Act TONIGHT

(Sunday, May 31, 2015) - Senators should not delay passage of bipartisan, commonsense legislation to reform surveillance authorities that are set to expire in a matter of hours, Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said late Sunday. Leahy, a coauthor of the USA FREEDOM Act of 2015, noted that Republican leaders prevented the Senate from taking up the measure earlier this month which has forced a last-minute debate on this critical issue. With time running out, Leahy s… Continue Reading


05.31.15

Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee, On the USA FREEDOM Act of 2015

The Senate must take up and pass the USA FREEDOM Act tonight. Opponents of this bipartisan, common-sense legislation have run out of time and run out of excuses. There is only one viable and responsible path remaining. The Senate should pass the USA FREEDOM Act tonight and send it to the President's desk. There is no other choice. If we do not pass the USA FREEDOM Act tonight, the PATRIOT Act provisions at issue will expire at midnight. The USA FREEDOM Act of 2015 is a carefully crafted, b… Continue Reading


05.31.15

Time is now to restore privacy rights

We are coming down to the wire today on a hard-fought effort to restore Americans' privacy rights. The nation's libraries, often on the front lines as privacy issues are debated, once again are in the vanguard in advocating for a solution that protects Americans' civil liberties. Librarians and like-minded legislators in Washington have worked together for almost two years to ensure that the National Security Agency cannot engage in the bulk collection of Americans' phone records and other pers… Continue Reading


05.31.15

Comment Of Senator Leahy On The Death Of Beau Biden

Comment Of Senator Patrick‎ LeahyOn The Death Of Beau Biden "He was an impressive, down-to-earth person and a natural leader. That came across in his work as Delaware's attorney general and every time Marcelle and I would see him with his family. I enjoyed visiting with him while he was serving in Baghdad‎ and enjoyed recounting that visit with his dad. "He was the best of the best, and the news hit hard when Marcelle and I learned of his passing. Our hearts go out to his family." # … Continue Reading


05.29.15

Tanning: The Ticking Time Bomb Of Skin Cancer

It's (finally!) the start of summer, and May is Melanoma and Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month -- a good time to take note that skin cancer is on the rise, but that we can protect ourselves and those we love. As I explain before groups large and small, I am a melanoma survivor, and a Registered Nurse. But my most significant credential is as a mother and grandmother, and here is my current "public service announcement" for my family, and yours. Skin cancer has reached epidemic propo… Continue Reading


05.29.15

Tanning: The Ticking Time Bomb Of Skin Cancer

It's (finally!) the start of summer, and May is Melanoma and Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month -- a good time to take note that skin cancer is on the rise, but that we can protect ourselves and those we love. As I explain before groups large and small, I am a melanoma survivor, and a Registered Nurse. But my most significant credential is as a mother and grandmother, and here is my current "public service announcement" for my family, and yours. Skin cancer has reached epidemic propo… Continue Reading


05.28.15

Leahy, Sanders, Welch: 6 Vermont Communities Net Brownfields Grants Totaling $2 M.

Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) Thursday announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has selected six Vermont communities to receive a total of $2 million for grants under the Brownfield Grant Program that will help them assess and clean up contaminated properties to facilitate their redevelopment and reuse. In a joint statement, Leahy, Sanders and Welch said: "These investments protect public health and the environment in communities. But even beyond those benefits, the… Continue Reading


05.27.15

Leahy, Sanders Voice Opposition To Oil Drilling In Arctic Ocean

(WEDNESDAY, May 27, 2015) - Following the recent ecologically devastating oil spill in California coastal waters, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) this week voiced their deep disappointment in the administration's decision to allow oil drilling in up to six offshore wells in the Arctic Ocean, an area the senators have long sought to protect. Leahy and Sanders were joined by 16 other senators in a letter warning U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell had "not… Continue Reading


05.27.15

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) On Marselis “Div” Parsons

For most Vermonters, Div Parsons defined the role of anchor in our state as television news grew, matured and adapted over the last several decades. He is a friend and for years has been the face of TV news in Verm‎ont. His skill and his confident voice made him a sure and steady presence in our homes as he reported on events large and small that have continued to shape our state. Div and I have kept in touch since his retirement, and I will always fondly remember those wide-ranging chats… Continue Reading

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