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Senator Patrick Leahy
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Vermont’s senior U.S. Senator criticized both Republicans and Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett during the first day of confirmation hearings Monday.

USCIS Furloughs Delayed

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Vermont’s senior U.S. Senator announced Friday that planned U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services furloughs have been postponed.

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Vermont’s Congressional delegation has been sponsoring periodic telephone town halls so constituents can question state leaders or express concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. On Thursday evening, senior U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy brought together the entire delegation and state officials to hear from Vermonters.

Democratic Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy has secured funding to re-establish the Northeastern States Research Cooperative.

Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy discusses issues out of Washington as he returns to Vermont
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Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy spoke to reporters Thursday at the Burlington International Airport as he returned to Vermont from Washington.  Most of the discussion focused on the recently passed 2020 appropriations agreement and the pending impeachment trial.

Senator Patrick Leahy announces farm and watershed grants
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Vermont and federal officials have announced grants targeting the state agriculture industry’s impact on the food system and on Lake Champlain.

Senator Patrick Leahy (left) and Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine announce grant to strengthen opioid prevention programs
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Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy was at the Burlington offices of the state Health Department Tuesday morning to announce a federal grant to help the state respond to opioid overdoses and strengthen prevention efforts.

Senator Patrick Leahy meets employees of Benchmark Space Systems
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Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy toured a company in South Burlington today that will soon literally launch a new satellite propulsion system.

Senator Patrick Leahy speaks at the annual Burlington Police Award Luncheon
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Every year the Queen City Police Foundation and the Rotary Club of Burlington hold a luncheon to recognize and honor police officers and citizens of Burlington. Vermont Senior Senator Patrick Leahy was among the keynote speakers at this week’s event.

Senator Patrick Leahy, students and Champlain College officials at the Leahy Center For Digital Investigation
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In 2015, Champlain College won SC Magazine’s award for the Best Cybersecurity Higher Education program in the nation.  The Leahy Center for Digital Investigation was created in 2010 as a professional digital forensics and cybersecurity lab, allowing students to work with the public and private sector. U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy toured the facility this week.

View of Lake Champlain from Plattsburgh southeast towards Vermont
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Vermont’s senior U.S. senator was at the ECHO-Leahy Center for Lake Champlain in Burlington recently to announce renewed and increased funding to cleanup Lake Champlain.

Senator Patrick Leahy announces expansion of Northern Border Regional Commission
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The Northern Border Regional Commission is a federal-state partnership that aids economic development in northern New England and New York.  On Thursday, Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy announced that the program is expanding in Vermont, New York, and New Hampshire.


Vermont is going to get nearly $19 million for clean water projects.

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U.S. Senators from Maine and Vermont say they have reintroduced a bill designed to combat youth homelessness and provide help for young victims of trafficking.

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As students in Vermont and across the nation stepped out of classrooms Wednesday morning to demand action on gun violence Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy stood on the Senate floor to echo their demands.

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Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy was the keynote speaker today at the Northeast Regional IDeA Conference.  More than 300 biomedical researchers from Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Delaware and Vermont are in Burlington for the National Institutes of Health-sponsored meeting.  Senator Leahy says cuts proposed in President Trump’s budget are extremely dangerous to researchers.

Senator Patrick Leahy at CVOEO weatherization warehouse
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Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy met with community advocates and the leader of the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity on Monday to discuss the implications of proposed cuts in the federal budget that would eliminate three programs that aid low-income Vermonters.

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Vermont’s Patrick Leahy is the most senior member of the U.S. Senate. First elected in 1974 he was the first Democrat the state ever sent to the Senate. Now seeking his 8th term Leahy is being challenged by a Republican who has never held elective office and three minor party candidates.

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There is considerable speculation that Democrats could take control of the U.S. Senate in November.  During an event in downtown Burlington this afternoon, WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley asked Vermont’s senior U.S. Senator Democrat Patrick Leahy how optimistic he is that the Senate could change hands.

Senator Patrick Leahy with law enforcement officials
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Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy was surrounded by law enforcement and health officials in Williston on Monday as he announced that a federal grant will allow the Vermont Drug Task Force to expand.

Senator Patrick Leahy and VT State Police Director Colonel Matthew Birmingham
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The Vermont Drug Task Force is getting six new positions with help from a $1.4 million federal grant.

Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy has announced that the state and its communities will get $7 million from a round of federal funding for homeland security.

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Republican Scott Milne has made it official. He's looking to unseat the U.S. Senate's longest-serving member, Vermont Democrat Patrick Leahy.

A Brattleboro company has started a $17 million expansion that will bring 100 new jobs in the next few years.

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A Hudson Valley congresswoman has added her name to co-sponsors of a constitutional amendment to limit money in politics.

Senator Patrick Leahy says Senate passage this week of comprehensive immigration reform shows that the Senate still can work together and accomplish things.

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A spokesman for Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy says his staff will talk to a retired New York Air National Guard officer who alleges a pattern of sexual misconduct at an upstate air base.