Patrick Leahy

New England News
11:15 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Leahy: Land Mine Decision Incremental

Senator Patrick Leahy

Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy, who has crusaded against the production, export and use of antipersonnel land mines, says the Obama administration's announcement that the United States will no longer produce or acquire such weapons is an incremental but positive step.

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New England News
8:45 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Vermont Looks to Take Lead on Campaign Amendment

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Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy says he'd rather see the Congress craft a constitutional amendment to overturn recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions on campaign finance than have states call a constitutional convention to address the issue.

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North Country News
10:45 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

VT Senator Supports Fighting Addiction

Senator Patrick Leahy

U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy says he looks forward to working with colleagues in the Senate to ensure that Vermont's community-driven responses to opioid and heroin addiction receive the support necessary to succeed.

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New England News
8:35 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Vt.'s Senators Disappointed By National Guard Cuts

Vermont's two United States senators are expressing displeasure and concern over proposed cut to the National Guard.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, co-chair of the Senate National Guard Caucus, says any planned long-term cut to Army National Guard "guts our citizen-soldier force."

Sen. Bernie Sanders told WPTZ in a statement "we should be growing - rather than shrinking - the National Guard" because of its cost-efficiency.

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North Country News
6:30 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Senator Leahy Discusses Legislative Priorities

Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy

U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy met with reporters from Vermont and the region in his Burlington office Friday morning to talk about his Congressional priorities.

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New England News
8:34 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Warren: Bill Would Bar Credit Checks By Employers

Massachusetts U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren is introducing legislation that would ban what she calls the widespread use of personal credit history by employers looking to hire workers.

Warren said the practice unfairly targets women, minorities, seniors, students and others with fewer resources to bounce back financially after a personal setback like an illness or divorce.

Those low credit ratings can follow an individual for years.

Warren told reporters there's little evidence of any correlation between a poor credit rating and job performance.

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New England News
8:55 am
Tue December 17, 2013

2 Vt. Senators Applaud Ruling In NSA Phone Case
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Vermont's two United States senators are applauding a federal judge's ruling that says the National Security Agency's bulk collection of Americans' telephone records likely violates the U.S. Constitution's ban on unreasonable searches.

Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders issued separate statements Monday after the decision of U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon in Washington.

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North Country News
6:15 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Leahy Pushes for SNAP Funding

Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy (left) and Governor Peter Shumlin (right) at the Central Vermont Community Action Council
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The Farm Bill is the nation’s agricultural, nutrition and food policy vehicle. It provides funding for SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - also known as food stamps. Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy on Monday was at a community action agency to discuss his efforts to fight proposed cuts to SNAP and talk about legislation to expand incentives for businesses to donate to food banks.

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New England News
7:57 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Vt. Senators Hail Senate Passage Of Anti-Bias Bill


Vermont's two U.S. senators are hailing the Senate's passage of a measure banning workplace discrimination against gay and transgender Americans.

Both Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders say the measure is overdue. The measure, which now goes to the House, was first introduced in the Senate nearly two decades ago.

Vermont has prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation since 1992, and based on transgender status since 2007.

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7:30 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Dr. Alan Chartock's Morning Commentary

WAMC political observer Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the Red Sox, Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy introducing legislation for NSA reform, the one year anniversary of Superstom Sandy and the latest regarding the Moreland Act Commission.

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