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02.25.15

Leahy, Cochran Introduce Bill To Renew And Expand Emerging Farm To School Efforts

(WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015) - U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) Wednesday introduced legislation to extend a key nutrition program for school-aged children. The bipartisan Farm to School Act of 2015 will increase the federal resources committed to helping to bring fresh, local foods to schools nationwide. Companion legislation was also introduced Wednesday in the U.S. House of Representatives. Leahy is the author of the existing Farm to School program and champio… Continue Reading


02.25.15

Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy on Funding the Department of Homeland Security

Mr. President, somebody asked me a little while ago, shouldn't we be voting on the mishmash on Homeland Security that the House of Representatives sent over because of the immigration matters in it. I reminded them that the Senate in the last Congress voted by a two to one margin on a bipartisan comprehensive immigration bill which we sent to the House of Representatives, and the Speaker refused to bring the bill up. It probably would have passed. Had it passed, it would have been signed into l… Continue Reading


02.24.15

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The President’s Veto Of The Bill To Fast-Track The Keystone XL Pipeline

When the Senate considered the bill to fast-track the Keystone XL Pipeline last month - the top legislative priority, over everything else, of this new Republican-led Congress -- I was proud to vote no. Though this reckless legislation ultimately passed the Senate and House, I applaud President Obama for following through on his pledge to veto it. Keystone is part of the carbon-heavy energy policies of the past. I will continue to oppose any attempt to fast-track this pipeline for the inheren… Continue Reading


02.24.15

At SJC Hearing On Human Trafficking, Witnesses Unify Behind Prevention Efforts

(TUESDAY, Feb. 24, 2015) -Congress must enact legislation that prevents vulnerable kids from falling victim to human trafficking and sexual exploitation, witnesses said at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday. Tuesday's hearing came as the Judiciary Committee is poised to consider legislation later this week to address human trafficking. Jayne Bigelsen of the Covenant House, an organization serving homeless youth, cited a 2013 study by her organization that found that 1 in 4 homeless y… Continue Reading


02.24.15

Comment of Sen. Patrick Leahy On 'Another Made-In-Washington Shutdown Crisis' --

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) - "This is another needless, made-in-Washington crisis. Some are willing to hold hostage the security of the American people, as well as the dedicated public servants - including 2500 Vermonters - who work on the front lines to keep the public safe. The solution to this contrived disaster is simple. The Senate should pass a clean Homeland Security funding bill, without political policy riders. Then, if there's another debate to be had about immigration policy, … Continue Reading


02.24.15

Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy Department of State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee Hearing on the FY 2016 Budget Request

Thank you Mr. Chairman. This is Senator Graham's first hearing as chairman of this subcommittee, and I congratulate him and thank him for the way he and his staff have worked with me and my staff over the years. This subcommittee has a history of bipartisanship. I remember 30 years ago when Senators Dan Inouye and Bob Kasten worked together, and myself with Senator McConnell, Senator Gregg, and since then with Senator Graham. I have served as chairman and ranking member. We have switched… Continue Reading


02.24.15

Opening Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy -- SJC Hearing On Human Trafficking

(Tuesday, February 24, 2015) - The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing entitled, "Human Trafficking in the United States: Protecting the Victims." The hearing was scheduled at the request of all 20 women Senators, four of whom are speaking before the Committee today. Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is the author of the bipartisan Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act, which aims to prevent trafficking by supporting grant programs that provide housing, educa… Continue Reading


02.20.15

Leahy Makes Recommendation For Vermont’s Next U.S. Attorney

(FRIDAY, Feb. 20, 2015) -- U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is recommending Burlington attorney Eric Miller to President Obama to be Vermont's next U.S. Attorney. Miller, 45, would be the 37th United States Attorney in Vermont's history, managing the U.S. Department of Justice's U.S. Attorney offices in Burlington and Rutland and overseeing the work of nearly 20 attorneys who represent the United States in criminal and civil investigations and litigation in Vermont. "I have been impressed wi… Continue Reading


02.12.15

Leahy, Schumer Effort To Uncork Growing Cider Industry In Vermont, N.Y. And Elsewhere Moves Forward

(THURSDAY, Feb. 12, 2015) - Legislation from Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Senator Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) aimed at helping the growing hard cider industry in Vermont and New York took an important step forward this week. The CIDER Act - Cider Investment and Development through Excise Tax Reduction Act - would update the outdated federal definition of hard cider to meet current market expectations and manufacturing practices. The bill language was included in a non-controversial set of ta… Continue Reading


02.12.15

Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) On the Nominations Of Ashton Carter to be the Secretary of Defense, And of Loretta Lynch to be Attorney General of the United States

The Senate will vote today on the confirmation of Dr. Ashton Carter to fill a critically important Cabinet position - that of Secretary of Defense. Dr. Carter is a dedicated and distinguished public servant. He has been confirmed - unanimously - to two senior positions in the Pentagon. He has been recognized as a four-time recipient of the Department of Defense Distinguished Service Medal, and he has been awarded the Defense Intelligence Medal. I have no doubt the vote today in support of hi… Continue Reading


02.12.15

Leahy Joins Bicameral Effort To Protect Vermont Dairy Farmers And Cheese Producers On International Stage

(THURSDAY, Feb. 12, 2015) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) joined a bipartisan, bicameral effort on Thursday raising concerns about changes to an international intellectual property treaty that will affect the dairy industry in Vermont and across the country. Leahy's efforts come as the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) prepares to consider changes to the Lisbon Agreement for the Protection of Appellations of Origin, in May. The proposed changes to this international treaty would … Continue Reading


02.12.15

Leahy Joins In Introducing Bipartisan Bill To Lift Cuba Trade Embargo

(THURSDAY, Feb. 12, 2015) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Thursday joined a bipartisan coalition of senators in introducing major legislation to lift the Cuba trade embargo. The bill is sponsored by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and cosponsored by Leahy and Senators Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). Their bill would eliminate the key barriers to Americans doing business in Cuba. The Freedom to Export to Cuba Act would pave the way fo… Continue Reading


02.12.15

Leahy: Senate Should Confirm Loretta Lynch As Atty Gen. … the nation’s top law enforcement officer --

(Thursday, February 12, 2015) - On the same day the Senate is poised to confirm Ashton Carter to serve as Secretary of Defense, Republicans on the Judiciary Committee postponed a vote on the nomination of Loretta Lynch to serve as the next Attorney General. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee, expressed his strong disappointment at the delay in considering Lynch's nomination. "Dr. Carter is receiving his confirmation vote little more than a week after he tes… Continue Reading


02.12.15

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

The four judicial nominees listed on today's agenda have the distinction of both of their home state Senators sitting on this Committee. Two of the Texas nominees will fill judicial emergency vacancies. I hope the Senators from Texas and Utah have been able to convince their Republican colleagues that there is no good reason for these nominees to be held over. We should vote them out today. Loretta Lynch's nomination is listed on the agenda. Her nomination has been pending longer than any m… Continue Reading


02.11.15

SHAHEEN, AYOTTE, LEAHY, SANDERS CALL FOR FULL FEDERAL FUNDING FOR BEYOND YELLOW RIBBON PROGRAM

() - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) are calling on the Pentagon to continue its support of the Beyond Yellow Ribbon program, urging the department to utilize all allocated funding for the program. Last year, Congress appropriated $15 million for the Beyond Yellow Ribbon program which connects service men and women and their families with community support, including health care services, marriage and financial counseling, … Continue Reading


02.11.15

Comment of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), On the Administration’s Proposed Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)

There can be no question that the barbaric crimes perpetrated by ISIL must be met with the full force of action by the international community. American lives have been lost and are at risk, and our nation, too, has a role to play in this international coalition. "I commend the administration for seeking congressional approval for our involvement in this coalition, rather than resting exclusively on the authority of two outdated Authorizations for the Use of Military Force. However, I have se… Continue Reading


02.10.15

Leahy: SJC Should Approve AG Lynch’s Nomination This Week

(Tuesday, February 10, 2015) - In a floor statement Tuesday, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said the Judiciary Committee should approve the nomination of Loretta Lynch to be the next Attorney General this week, so that the Senate can confirm her without further delay. Lynch, poised to become the nation's chief law enforcement officer, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee nearly two weeks ago. Her nomination has broad bipartisan support, and the Senate has twice unanimously confirmed h… Continue Reading


02.10.15

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On Why He Will Not Attend Speaker Boehner’s Joint Meeting With Prime Minister Netanyahu:

"The unfortunate way that House leaders have unilaterally arranged this, and then heavily politicized it, has demolished the potential constructive value of this Joint Meeting. They have orchestrated a tawdry and high-handed stunt that has embarrassed not only Israel but the Congress itself. It has long been an unwritten rule and practice through the decades that when it comes to American foreign policy, we speak and act thoughtfully, with one voice when we can, with the national interests of … Continue Reading


02.09.15

Colchester High School, Colchester, VT:

On Thursday, February 5, Senator Leahy led an engaging discussion with Colchester High School's "Civics in Action" class. Comprised of seniors looking to take action on issues facing their communities, the Senator was impressed by the students' in-depth questions, and with their drive to help people in need. He especially enjoyed talking about how Vermont has changed politically since he took office, and about what we can all do to promote peace and reduce poverty.… Continue Reading


02.09.15

Malletts Bay School, Colchester, VT:

On Wednesday, February 4, Senator Leahy hosted an online chat with fifth graders of the Malletts Bay School. The children engaged in an interesting discussion about their ideas for change throughout the nation. Senator Leahy particularly enjoyed hearing about their desire to stop bullying in schools. He also liked telling them about his life before becoming a U.S. Senator, and about his goal to pass legislation to protect the privacy of Americans in the 114th Congress.… Continue Reading

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