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Leahy Joins In Introducing Legislation To Codify Membership On The National Security Council

Senator Patrick Leahy joined Senate Select Committee On Intelligence Vice Chairman Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) Thursday in introducing legislation that will clarify the permanent membership of the National Security Council (NSC). The introduction follows the unprecedented reorganization of the NSC by President Trump, which diminished the permanent roles of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Director of National Intelligence and extended NSC membership to Steve Bannon, a top campaign a… Continue Reading


Leahy Statement On The Resignation Of Eric Miller, U.S. Atty For The District Of Vermont

During his time as U.S. Attorney for Vermont, Eric Miller has demonstrated exceptional leadership in tackling our state's most serious challenges. His ability and his energy in bringing together federal, state and local agencies in Vermont to address the heroin and opioid epidemic have yielded impressive results. He is a man of absolute integrity, and his commitment to uphold civil rights has been another hallmark of his time in office. Time and again, his thoughtful approach and calm demean… Continue Reading


Senate Floor Remarks Of Senator Patrick Leahy In Opposition To The Resolution To Kill The SEC Resource Extraction Rule, Which Protects Investors And The Public By Increasing Transparency To Discourage Massive Payments By Oil Companies And Others To Corrupt Foreign Kleptocrats

Mr. President, Republicans in both chambers have introduced a resolution to permit oil, gas, and mining companies to continue making secret payments - involving billions of dollars - to corrupt foreign governments in exchange for access to their countries' natural resources. This resolution would overturn legislation on which I worked closely with former Republican Senator Richard Lugar and Senator Cardin, and was included as Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Prote… Continue Reading


Leahy's First Senate Floor Speech On The Nomination Of Neil Gorsuch To The Supreme Court

Since public hearings began in 1916, the Senate has never denied a hearing or a vote to a pending Supreme Court nominee. That was until last year. Last year Senate Republicans waged an unprecedented blockade against the nomination of Chief Judge Merrick Garland, a fine judge with impeccable credentials who should be on the Supreme Court today. Instead, bowing to the extreme right of their party, Republicans who knew and respected Chief Judge Garland refused even to meet with him, let alone ac… Continue Reading


Statement On the Nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch To The Supreme Court Of The United States

Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy On the Nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch To The Supreme Court Of The United States January 31, 2017 "In light of the unconstitutional actions of our new President in just his first week, the Senate owes the American people a thorough and unsparing examination of this nomination. I had hoped that President Trump would work in a bipartisan way to pick a mainstream nominee like Merrick Garland and bring the country together. Instead, he outsourced this process to … Continue Reading


Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy on the Nomination of Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State

Mr. President, today the Senate is considering the nomination of Rex Tillerson to be Secretary of State. Mr. Tillerson is an intelligent, hard-working, and successful businessman. He is also, in my view, the wrong choice to be our Nation's top diplomat. To effectively confront the many challenges our country faces in an increasingly globalized and volatile world, we need a Secretary of State who, with credibility and conviction, can clearly and effectively articulate our interests and values… Continue Reading


Senator Leahy’s Statement In Opposition To The Sessions Nomination For Attorney General, At The Judiciary Committee Voting Session

What we saw last night illustrates what is at stake with this nomination. The President's decision to fire Acting Attorney General Sally Yates is shameful. And his accusation that she "betrayed the Department of Justice" is dangerous. The Attorney General is the people's attorney, not the President's attorney. He or she does not "wear two hats." Ms. Yates exemplified the best of this role. I want to thank Ms. Yates for her nearly three decades of service to this country, and for serving in… Continue Reading


Comment of Senator Patrick Leahy On the Firing of Acting Attorney General Sally Yates

"Federal courts have already found President Trump's immigration order is very likely unconstitutional, and Acting Attorney General Yates concluded that it was not legally defensible. She was fired for recognizing that her oath is to the Constitution and not to President Trump. His accusation that she has 'betrayed the Department of Justice' is wrong and it is dangerous. "President Trump has now put his Cabinet on notice: If you adhere to your oath of office to defend the Constitution, you … Continue Reading


Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy on President Trump, the Press, and Putin

President Trump's Executive Order banning Muslims from 7 countries, none of which was a source of terrorists who have carried out attacks in this country, was un-American, arbitrary, inhumane, and it will likely spur an increase in violence targeting Americans. I will have plenty more to say about it and other reckless actions by this White House in the days and weeks ahead. In the meantime, I want to say a few words about the bizarre back and forth between the Trump Administration and the ne… Continue Reading


Leahy Announces He Will OPPOSE Sessions Nomination For A.G.

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), a former chairman and ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced on Monday his opposition to the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions to be the next Attorney General of the United States. "The Attorney General must faithfully serve all Americans. After carefully reviewing Senator Sessions' extensive record, I am not convinced that he meets that threshold standard. So I must oppose this nomination," Leahy said. Sessions' nomination has raised si… Continue Reading


Leahy, Sanders And Welch Issue Joint Statement On President Trump’s Move to Halt Refugee Resettlements In Vermont And Across The Country

"We deplore President Trump's decision to unilaterally halt the refugee resettlement program and specifically target Muslim countries. By imposing a blanket ban on entire nationalities of men, women and children facing horrific violence and devastation, he has allowed fear to triumph over compassion and common sense. Struggling families, fleeing peril and motivated to start their lives anew, have enriched America and contribute immeasurably to our state. Vermont has successfully resettled alm… Continue Reading


Comment Of Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy On The Departure Of Senior Managers At The State Department

"Any incoming Secretary of State needs the institutional memory of key managerial staff, and all the more so when a new secretary lacks government and foreign policy experience," said Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member of the Appropriations subcommittee that funds the State Department. (Leahy also is the Vice Chairman of the full Appropriations Committee.) "Whether Mr. Tillerson, if he is confirmed, keeps them in the long run is up to him, but it is regrettable that a decision was m… Continue Reading


Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Nomination Of Nikki Haley To Be United States Ambassador To The United Nations

Mr. President, it has become fashionable, particularly among supporters of the Trump Administration, to accuse the United Nations of just about everything. This is, however, nothing new. The UN has been an easy target, especially for some Republicans, for a long time, because like any unwieldy international organization comprised of member states with very different priorities and interests it will probably never be as efficient or effective as we would like. But there is simply no question t… Continue Reading


Comments Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) On Reports Of Draft Executive Order To Review Interrogation Policies And Revive Black Site Prisons

"President Trump should put this draft executive order in the trash where it belongs. No President should even consider reinstating the CIA's so-called enhanced interrogation techniques by redefining torture, reopening the 'black sites' where the CIA secretly detained and tortured human beings in the name of fighting terrorism, or sending more people to the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. These same practices stripped America of its standing in the world as a leader in promoting and prot… Continue Reading


Statement Of Senate Appropriations Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy On President Trump’s Executive Order On ‘The Wall’

"Our broken immigration system demands a sensible, comprehensive and carefully crafted solution, not expensive political stunts. As a candidate Donald Trump repeatedly claimed that Mexico would pay for an enormously costly wall. Now as President, he plans to have the American taxpayers to pay for it. Billions upon billions of wasted tax dollars. A troubling pattern is quickly emerging, with the fuzzy talk about killing the Affordable Care Act, and now with 'the wall.' It's jump first, and m… Continue Reading


Sen. Franken and Colleagues Pressure AT&T & Time Warner to Prove Mega-Merger is in Public Interest

Today, a group of Senate Democrats led by Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and including Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), put pressure on AT&T and Time Warner to prove that their proposed mega-merger is in the American public's interest. Troublingly, because of how the two companies have signaled they are structuring the deal, they are no longer legally required to prove that their consolidation would serve the public interest-which Sen. Franken and 12 of his colleagues … Continue Reading


Senator Markey Leads Senators In Calling On Trump To Ensure Open And Transparent Communications Between Federal Agencies And Public And Members Of Congress

Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) Wednesday led a letter with 11 senators decrying reports of instructions provided to all federal agencies to silence communications with the public and members of Congress. According to media reports, the Trump transition team has sent memos to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Departments of Transportation, Agriculture, Health and Human Services and Interior imposing a gag order on career federal employees. These memos instructed employees to, … Continue Reading


After Senator Sessions Fails To Provide Clear Answers, Senator Leahy Demands Answers From AG Nominee

Senator Patrick Leahy on Wednesday released additional written questions to Senator Jeff Sessions after the Attorney General nominee failed to directly answer Leahy's questions about his views on the Violence Against Women Act, anti-Muslim extremist groups, Russia's interference with the presidential election, ethics concerns with the new Trump administration, and other matters. Today's follow up comes days after Senator Sessions failed to provide clear answers to written questions, refusing ev… Continue Reading


Comments Of Senator Patrick Leahy On Unfounded Claims Of Voter Fraud

"President Trump's call for an investigation into his latest conspiracy theory is absurd, even for him. The President's own press secretary could offer no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the 2016 election. No studies support the President's view. No Secretary of State anywhere in this country, Republican or Democrat, has reported any evidence that supports the President's view. Even the President's own lawyers stated in a court filing that, 'All available evidence suggests that the 201… Continue Reading


Leahy, Sanders And Other Leading Senate Democrats Unveil $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan

---VIDEO / AUDIO Available--- Leahy, Sanders And Other Leading Senate Democrats Unveil $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan WASHINGTON (TUESDAY, Jan. 24, 2017) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Tuesday joined Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and other leading Senate Democrats in unveiling a $1 trillion infrastructure plan. The Blueprint to Rebuild America's Infrastructure would create more than 15 mi… Continue Reading

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