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Leahy Hosts U.S. HUD Secretary Castro To Announce Vermont One Of First States In Nation To Receive $3 million From National Housing Trust Fund For Affordable Housing

BURLINGTON, Vt. (THURSDAY, Sept. 1, 2016) - Underscoring Vermont's success in leveraging federal resources and partnerships to improve access to affordable housing in Vermont's rural communities, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Thursday hosted a public roundtable discussion with community leaders and U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Julián Castro. After the roundtable discussion, Leahy and Castro took part in the opening of a new 40-unit affordable housing cooperative … Continue Reading


Leahy, Sanders Join Other Senators In Raising Concerns About Mylan’s EpiPen Price Hike And Expanded Patient Assistance Program

(TUESDAY, Aug. 30, 2016) -- In a letter sent Tuesday to the CEO of pharmaceutical company Mylan, 20 senators, including Sen. Patrick Leahy (D) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I), expressed their concerns about the company's recent significant price hikes for the life-saving EpiPen Auto-Injector. The letter comes on the heels of an earlier letter to the FDA, a letter headed by Leahy and Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) - the two leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee -- with se… Continue Reading


Leahy, Sanders, Welch: Vermont 1 Of 21 States Selected For U.S. Opioid Abuse Prevention Grants

Vermont's congressional delegation - Senator Patrick Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I) and Representative Peter Welch (D) -- announced Wednesday that Vermont will receive $371,616, the maximum grant award possible, of about $9 million awarded nationwide in federal opioid abuse prevention grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The grant award, from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is part of the Obama Administration's Opioid Initia… Continue Reading


Senators Ask FDA to Account for Any Alternatives to the EpiPen Amid Product Cost Increases

Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) today asked the Food and Drug Administration to answer questions about its approval process and other steps for alternatives to the EpiPen, a self-injectable remedy for severe allergic reactions that has been the subject of steep price increases from Mylan, its manufacturer. The price increases have caused concern among parents buying EpiPens for their children w… Continue Reading


Leahy, Sanders And Welch Welcome USDA Steps to Help Struggling Dairy Farmers

(WEDNESDAY, August 24, 2016) - Vermont's Congressional Delegation - Sen. Patrick Leahy (D), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I) and Rep. Peter Welch (D) - are welcoming the "small steps" that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced to help dairy farmers coping with declining milk prices. USDA will purchase 11 million pounds of cheese from private inventories to help dairy farmers by reducing a cheese surplus, while also supplementing food shelves that serve needy families across the country… Continue Reading


Irene’s Lessons Echo In Baton Rouge

One of the first calls I had in the immediate aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene was from a Republican senator from a far-distant state. He told me of his concern about what he and his constituents were hearing about the storm's devastation in Vermont, and he pledged to me his support for the congressional action that would be needed to help Vermont recover and rebuild. I've made similar calls when disasters have struck other parts of our nation. As we mark the fifth anniversary of Irene, our … Continue Reading


The National Park Service At 100: Showcasing America’s Ideal Of Stewardship

The National Park Service At 100: Showcasing America's Ideal Of Stewardship By Patrick Leahy It's been called "America's Best Idea." This week (on August 25) we celebrate an important date in our nation's history. 100 years ago the United States made a bold and thoughtful declaration about our country's future by choosing to forever preserve our nation's past, as reflected in our finest natural and cultural treasures, with the creation of the National Park Service. Thanks to a passionate crus… Continue Reading


Leahy, Vermont State Police Announce Expansion of Vermont Drug Task Force

WILLISTON, VT. (Monday, Aug. 22, 2016) - Joined by Vermont State Police Commander Matthew Birmingham, U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Monday announced that six new positions - including five detectives - have now been added to the Vermont Drug Task Force to strengthen heroin trafficking investigations in Vermont. This expansion of the Task Force was made possible with a $1.4 million grant from the Department of Justice's Anti-Heroin Task Force program that was awarded last September. The… Continue Reading


Comment of Senator Patrick Leahy On The Announcement by the Department of Justice Regarding Private Prisons

Comment of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee, On The Announcement by the Department of Justice Regarding Private Prisons August 18, 2016 "For too long, the dangerous conditions found in many private prisons have placed inmates and officers at risk. Today's announcement from the Justice Department is an important first step in addressing this unacceptable situation. But it is not enough. We must see greater transparency and accountability for the private … Continue Reading


Leahy, Sanders, Welch, Shumlin Announce $1.2 M. In U.S. Aid To VT’s N. Border Communities

Leahy, Sanders, Welch, Shumlin Announce $1.2 Million In Federal Aid to Vermont's Northern Border Communities ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (Friday, August 5, 2016) -- As part of a continuing effort to bolster economic development in Northern Vermont, Senator Patrick Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I), Congressman Peter Welch (D) and Governor Peter Shumlin (D) joined Northern Border Regional Commission Chair Mark Scarano in announcing more than $1.8 million in federal grants on Friday. In a joint state… Continue Reading


Broad Coalition of Senate Democrats Call on Top Consumer Agency to Move Swiftly to Limit Unfair Arbitration Agreements in Everyday Financial Contracts

Broad Coalition of Senate Democrats Call on Top Consumer Agency to Move Swiftly to Limit Unfair Arbitration Agreements in Everyday Financial Contracts WASHINGTON (Tuesday, August 4, 2016) - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and a group of nearly 40 Democratic Senators-including Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), and Senators Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio)-this week called on one of the nation's top consumer advocacy agencies to quickly finalize an important proposal to lim… Continue Reading


Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On President Obama Signing The Bill To Implement The ‘Deal’ To Nullify Vermont’s GMO Labeling Law

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On President Obama Signing The Bill To Implement The 'Deal' To Nullify Vermont's GMO Labeling Law July 30, 2016 Honoring consumers' right to know is the heart and soul of Vermont's law. Letting powerful corporate interests get by with doing as little as possible is the motivation behind this so-called 'deal.' I remain concerned that this is a very bad deal for consumers. Vermont's law is the reason that this issue has come to the fore. The power of Vermont's e… Continue Reading


Leahy, Sanders, Welch Press USDA For Market-Balancing Help For Struggling Dairy Farmers

Leahy, Sanders, Welch Press USDA For Market-Balancing Help For Struggling Dairy Farmers (THURSDAY, July 28, 2016) - On Thursday Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Representative Joe Courtney (CT-02), Senator Bob Casey (D-Penn.) and Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), joined by a bipartisan coalition of 57 other members of the House and Senate that includes Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.), sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack … Continue Reading


Grassley, Leahy Press Federal Investigators on Breach of Democratic National Committee

Grassley, Leahy Press Federal Investigators on Breach of Democratic National Committee WASHINGTON - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Ranking Democrat Patrick Leahy are seeking more information on the government's response to cyberattacks targeting American political organizations. The inquiry follows a reported data breach at the Democratic National Committee and the selective publishing of stolen documents and emails. In a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch and FBI… Continue Reading


Two Bills Championed By Leahy Signed Into Law

Two Bills Championed By Leahy Signed Into Law Comprehensive Addiction And Recovery Act Supports Community-Based Approaches To Combatting Opioid Addiction POLICE Act Supports Active Shooter Training For Officers and First Responders Leahy Calls On Congress To Pass Criminal Justice Reform In September WASHINGTON (SATURDAY, July 23, 2016) - Two bills championed by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to promote public safety were signed into law Friday by President Obama. The Comprehensive Addiction … Continue Reading


Republicans’ Unprecedented Obstruction Makes Chief Judge Merrick Garland Longest Pending Supreme Court Nominee in U.S. History

(Tuesday, July 19, 2016) - Today marks the 125th day since the Senate received the nomination of D.C. Circuit Chief Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. Senate Republicans' unprecedented blockade of Chief Judge Garland's nomination has made him the longest pending Supreme Court nominee in the history of the United States. Senate Republicans' treatment of Chief Judge Garland is without precedent. Since public hearings began in 1916, the Senate has never denied a hearing or a vote to a p… Continue Reading


Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy On the Introduction of the Automatic Voter Registration Act of 2016

Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee, On the Introduction of the Automatic Voter Registration Act of 2016 July 14, 2016 My friend John Lewis often says that "the right to vote is the most powerful nonviolent tool we have in a democracy." I could not agree more with him. We are a better and more representative nation when more Americans participate in our democracy, and we can help foster greater participation by modernizing the way we register … Continue Reading


Senate Passes, Obama To Sign Key Housing Reforms Backed By Leahy

Senate Passes, President To Sign Key Housing Reforms Backed By Leahy . . . Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act Will Reduce Homelessness And Increase Access To Housing In Vermont And Other States WASHINGTON (FRIDAY, July 15, 2016) - Before leaving for the summer recess, the U.S. Senate Thursday night approved legislation championed by Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy (D) to make needed and long overdue reforms to several federal housing programs. The Housing Opportunity Through Moderniz… Continue Reading


Senate Republicans Leave Town, Refusing to Act on Judicial Backlog And Hurting Courts Across America

(THURSDAY, July 14, 2016) - Senate Republicans control the Senate schedule and whether any nominee will receive a vote. Despite repeated pleas by Democrats to confirm dozens of uncontroversial judicial nominees, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has refused to allow these confirmation votes and is sending Senators out of town for seven weeks. Republicans have even blocked consideration of uncontroversial nominees who would fill vacancies in their home states. Their obstruction has resu… Continue Reading


Leahy & Senate Dems Introduce Bill To Increase Voter Participation

(THURSDAY, July 14, 2016) - Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) introduced legislation Thursday to make it easier for all Americans to vote and to participate in our democracy by making registration automatic. The Automatic Voter Registration Act of 2016 requires states to automatically register those who are eligible to vote when they interact with certain state and federal agencies, unless those people decline. The bill would streamline the voter registration pro… Continue Reading

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