Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) On Senator Barbara Mikulski’s Announcement That She Will Retire From The Senate After Her Current Term

Senator Mikulski is a great credit to the Senate and to the State of Maryland.  She has done a superb job in chairing and in serving as Ranking Member of the Appropriations Committee in a difficult environment.  The Dean of women senators, she is widely respected on Capitol Hill, and far beyond.  She is a dynamo for the Marylanders whom she represents so well in the legislative process.  

I have also enjoyed working with her on such projects as the Paycheck Fairness Act and the Lilly Ledbetter Act. The watershed work she did in fighting to include many of the ACA provisions that removed gender discrimination from health insurance will touch the lives of millions of Americans, and that important work will and must continue.

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