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  • Trump firing of acting AG fuels Senate Dems’ opposition to Sessions nomination

    01/31/2017 10:41:06 AM PST · by jazusamo · 50 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 31, 2017 | Andrea Noble
    Senate Democrats doubled down on their opposition to the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general, highlighting the need for independence in the office by pointing to President Trump’s Monday night dismissal of the acting attorney general. Praising the actions of acting Attorney General Sally Q. Yates, who Monday night defiantly announced her refusal to defend in court the president’s executive order banning refugees and travelers from some Muslim countries, Democrats questioned whether Mr. Sessions could be counted on to act independently of the president when warranted. Within hours of Ms. Yates’ announcement, Mr. Trump fired her, referring to...
  • Jeff Sessions COMMENTS Trump Attorney General Pick Confirmation Hearing - 1/10/17

    01/10/2017 9:02:03 AM PST · by malvor · 79 replies
    January 10, 2017 - Jeff Sessions Trump Attorney General Pick Speaking at Senate Judiciary Committee Confirmation Hearing
  • This Bill Could Automatically Register 50 Million People To Vote

    07/16/2016 4:44:09 PM PDT · by Libloather · 32 replies
    Huffpost ^ | 7/15/16 | Jacquie Lee, Mercy Yang
    WASHINGTON ― A bill introduced this week in Congress could automatically make as many as 50 million people eligible to join the electorate. Democratic lawmakers proposed what they call the Automatic Voter Registration Act of 2016 to streamline the registration process. Voter turnout in the U.S. typically falls behind other developed countries.
  • Senator Patrick Leahy deserves an Oscar

    04/12/2014 8:23:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | April 12, 2014 | Humberto Fontova
    It’s not often that a U.S. government agency gets caught red-handed abiding by its charter and performing its publicly-avowed and legislatively-approved duties. But last week the AP "broke" a long and breathless story from Havana that nailed the USAID (United States Agency for International Development) for just that. In their own words, "a secret plan aimed at undermining Cuba’s communist government," was courageously exposed by the AP’s intrepid Havana bureau. Such is the magnitude of the scandal that a red-faced and snarling Senator Patrick Leahy is now chairing hearings on Capitol Hill where he grills USAID director Rajiv Shah on...
  • Dem. Senator: Investigate Israel's 'gross violations of rights' (Leaky Leahy)

    03/30/2016 7:55:11 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    INN ^ | 3/30/2016, 11:42 AM | Ari Yashar
    Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), together with ten House members, has asked the US State Department to investigate claims that Israel has committed “gross violations of human rights,” and depending on the results to cut military aid to the Jewish state. The letter addressed to Secretary of State John Kerry was dated February 17, and was published by Politico on Tuesday night after the news site received it from “an organization that provided input for it.” Leahy’s letter targets both Israel and Egypt, and is significant because the senator authored a law conditioning US military aid to foreign countries based on...
  • Republicans rebuff Obama in meeting on SCOTUS nomination

    03/01/2016 12:00:25 PM PST · by jazusamo · 52 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 1, 2016 | Jordan Fabian
    There were no signs of a breakthrough as President Obama met Tuesday with Senate Republican leaders pledging to block anyone he nominates to the Supreme Court. Senate Majority Leader (R-Ky.) and Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) both sat down with the president in the Oval Office. “They were adamant. They said ‘no, we’re not going to do this at all,’ ” Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said after the meeting. “All we want them to do is to fulfill their constitutional duty, and at this stage, they are deciding not to do that,” he added. “They’re going to...
  • Obama phones McConnell, Grassley about Supreme Court nominee

    02/19/2016 11:17:38 AM PST · by jazusamo · 60 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 19, 2016 | Jordan Fabian
    PastPresident Obama has begun to consult with key senators from both parties on nominating a successor to the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the White House said Friday. In the past 24 hours, Obama phoned Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), press secretary Josh Earnest said. Both senators have said replacing Scalia should be left to the next president. Earnest described the calls as "entirely professional" and said Obama made clear "he is going to nominate someone." "He is committed to talking to Congress," the spokesman added. "He reiterated his firm...
  • Dems demand action on SCOTUS nominee (Dream on)

    02/13/2016 6:24:27 PM PST · by jazusamo · 47 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 13, 2016 | Lydia Wheeler
    Senate Democrats moved quickly Saturday to demand action on a Supreme Court nominee following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) called Scalia a "brilliant man" and "dedicated jurist" in a statement and said the work on filling his vacancy should begin immediately. "The President can and should send the Senate a nominee right away. With so many important issues pending before the Supreme Court, the Senate has a responsibility to fill vacancies as soon as possible," Reid said. "It would be unprecedented in recent history for the Supreme Court to go a year with...
  • Graham, Leahy push for $1B in emergency Syrian refugee funds

    10/08/2015 8:31:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Hill's Floor Action ^ | October 8, 2015 | Jordain Carney
    A bipartisan pair of senators — including one presidential candidate — is pushing forward with an emergency spending bill to help strengthen the administration's ability to combat the Syrian refugee crisis. Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) have rolled out legislation that would provide an extra $1 billion in emergency funding, mandating that the White House tell Congress within 45 days how it will use the money....
  • Dem voting bill targets states with 'record of racial discrimination'

    06/25/2015 2:03:00 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | Jordain Carney
    Democrats have rolled out a proposal that would restore a key provision of the Voting Rights Act that the Supreme Court struck down in 2013. The bill, introduced by Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.), would establish a new formula to determine which state and local governments are required to get approval before changing their voting laws. Under the legislation, states that have a "record of racial discrimination" within the past 25 years would need federal approval to change their voting laws, according to a fact sheet from Leahy's office. The proposal would also allow...
  • Democrat Senator holds up Egypt aid in support of Muslim Brotherhood’s human rights

    06/13/2014 12:03:19 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 9 replies ^ | June 13 2014 | LTC Allen B. West
    You just have to ask, whose side are the Democrats on? President Obama offered congratulations and provided the Muslim Brotherhood with weapons support — thank God Egyptian General al-Sisi didn’t stand for that foolishness. And now we have U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D – VT) showing just who he supports in Egypt — hint, it ain’t the good guys. According to the Washington Free Beacon, Leahy has prevented all U.S. military assistance to the Egyptians, including 10 Apache attack helicopters, saying the Egyptian government had violated human rights in ousting the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood regime. What freakin’ planet did this...
  • Leahy Holds Up Egypt’s Apache Attack Helicopters

    06/12/2014 6:56:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 6/12/14 | Bill Gertz
    A U.S. senator is blocking the delivery of 10 U.S. Apache attack helicopters urgently sought by the Egyptian government since last spring to battle al Qaeda terrorists in the Sinai peninsula. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D., Vt.) has prevented all U.S. military assistance to the Egyptians, asserting the Egyptian government had violated human rights in ousting the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood regime. Leahy imposed the hold on the aircraft five days after the Pentagon announced the helicopters were urgently needed to fight terrorism and would be delivered. White House and State Department officials said this week they are working with Congress to...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz Grills FBI Director On Irs Investigation

    05/21/2014 12:54:30 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 29 replies
    Sen. Ted Cruz went after FBI Director James Comey, who promised a year ago that the IRS investigation would be a very high priority. Yet today, as Comey sits before the Senate Judiciary Committee, he won’t answer whether a single person has been interviewed or, really, much else about the investigation, hiding behind the fact that it’s an ‘ongoing investigation’. What I like about this clip is the passion with which Cruz questions the FBI Director. He also hits back at Leahy, the committee chair, when he’s basically told to accept the witness’ non-answer. Cruz pretty much tells Leahy that...
  • "Leaky" Leahy: “We need to stop Government from controlling the American People”

    01/21/2014 7:13:34 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 4 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 1-21-2014 | MOTUS
    Did you see Senator Pat Leahy on Chris “Meatloaf, Jr.” Wallace’s Fox News Sunday show? He made this rather astonishing revelation: American people are at risk of being controlled by their government! I hate to say “I told you so” butt, you know…It’s as if something deep in his brain snapped and he just realized that government can be, well, dangerous when “it” rather than “the people” hold the power. “The concern everybody has is allowing our government to have such a reach into your private life, my private life, and everybody else’s, that we are, we have the government...
  • Sen. Leahy on NSA spying: We need to stop government from controlling American people

    01/19/2014 8:10:03 AM PST · by rktman · 23 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/19/2014 | Vince Coglianese
    Sen. Patrick Leahy says the American people are at risk of being controlled by their government due to the expansive surveillance powers of the National Security Agency. Speaking on “Fox News Sunday,” the Vermont Democrat and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee told host Chris Wallace that the nation’s lawmakers must act to return control of the government to the people.
  • Hill briefing: Uphill battle for Obama on Syria

    09/01/2013 2:31:13 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 38 replies
    Politico ^ | September 1,2013 | SEUNG MIN KIM, AUSTIN WRIGHT and JONATHAN ALLEN
    President Barack Obama faces a clear uphill battle in swaying skeptical lawmakers of the merits of military action in Syria, as top officials were dispatched to Capitol Hill Sunday to make the administration’s case. For example, Senate Democratic aides are drafting new language for an authorization of military force in Syria, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said Sunday. The administration’s proposal is too open-ended — a complaint many lawmakers have — Leahy said after leaving the classified briefing. The current version wouldn’t garner his support, but he indicated that a more tightly written draft might. “I know it’s going to be...
  • Senator-obama, administration-secretly-suspended-military-aid-to-egypt.

    08/19/2013 9:24:05 PM PDT · by Rabin · 4 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | Aug 19, 2013 | Josh Rogin with helper
    The U.S. government has decided privately to act as if the military takeover of Egypt was a coup. After asserting this was not a coup has now decided to go with a temporarily press blitz attributing the spontaneous De-Morsification is connected directly to earlier ant-imam, video and California pure pork sausage sponsor, according to this leading U.S. senator. “The decision was we’re going to avoid saying it was a Coup, Embassy attack, Muslim fanatic rampage, Gun running grab, but to stay on the safe side of the law, we are going to act as if the , designation has been...
  • MUST LISTEN: Mark Levin Shreds GOP Senators Who Backed Phony Border Amendment, Then Lied About It

    06/27/2013 8:41:52 AM PDT · by montag813 · 11 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 06-27-2013 | John Hill
    Wednesday was blowback day. On Monday, 15 Republicans voted with every Democrat to END DEBATE on a phony "Border Surge" amendment which had been released just 72 hours before, and had ZERO hearings or hours of debate. It was disgraceful. It reeked of the same process by which ObamaCare was shoved down our throats by Pelosi & Co. And worse still, the promises of "700 miles of border fence" and a "massive deployment of force" to our border were soon revealed to be complete and utter LIES, as DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano has unlimited discretion NOT to build fencing and...
  • Immigration Reform News: Leahy Formally Pushes 2 Same-Sex Amendments

    05/07/2013 7:42:50 PM PDT · by xzins · 8 replies
    International Business Times ^ | May 07 2013 5:38 PM | Laura Matthews
    Immigration Reform News: Leahy Formally Pushes 2 Same-Sex Amendments Sen. Leahy wants same sex couples to be able to sponsor green cards their foreign-born spouses just like heterosexual couples. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., on Tuesday formally filed two amendments, both covering same-sex couples, to the comprehensive immigration reform bill. The first amendment would allow Americans in same-sex relationships to sponsor green cards for their foreign-born partners. The second would provide the same protection to legally married bi-national same-sex couples that's afforded to others under existing immigration law. “For immigration reform to be truly comprehensive, it must include...
  • Rand Paul: Stop immigration bill until we understand Boston

    04/22/2013 8:45:08 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 41 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 22, 2013 | Stephan Dinan
    Sen. Rand Paul said Monday that the immigration reform debate should be halted until Congress first understands what went wrong in Boston, where two brothers who came to the U.S. legally under the asylum program have been accused of the deadly bombings at last week’s marathon. The Kentucky Republican had given the immigration issue a big boost when he said earlier this year he supported taking action. But in light of last week’s bombings, Mr. Paul said things have changed. “The facts emerging in the Boston Marathon bombing have exposed a weakness in our current system. If we don’t use...
  • Hagel picks Navy vet as chief of staff (Mark Lippert)

    04/20/2013 6:14:12 AM PDT · by haffast · 18 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | April 19, 2013 | Chris Carroll
    WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Friday named Mark Lippert, a Navy veteran and Pentagon official, as his chief of staff. Lippert, 40, currently assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific security affairs, takes over May 1 as Hagel’s right-hand man. Marcel Lettre, Hagel’s acting chief of staff for the moment, will become Lippert’s deputy, and later move to an still-undetermined senior position, officials said. A White House insider, Lippert has ties to both Hagel and President Barack Obama that stretch back years. He accompanied both men, when they were still senators, on a 2008 visit to Afghanistan,...
  • GOP senator blasts ‘rush’ on immigration, demands hearings

    04/16/2013 9:09:44 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 16, 2013 | Jonathan Easley
    Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) blasted Democrats on Tuesday for scheduling only two hearings on the Gang of Eight’s immigration bill. Sessions accused Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) of trying to rush the legislation to the Senate floor with “minimum public scrutiny.” “Chairman Leahy’s decision to now hold two hearings in two day — one on Friday, one on Monday — is only further proof of the majority’s desire to rush this bill,” Sessions said in an email to The Hill. “We are talking about legislation that will impact virtually every aspect of our society, reshape our entire immigration...
  • 'Gang of Eight' to Oppose Any Amendments to Their 1,500-Page Amnesty Bill

    04/08/2013 8:53:31 PM PDT · by montag813 · 49 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 04-09-2013 | John Hill
    Above: The Gang of Seven plus their mascot Marco Rubio, yucking it up as they announce their amnesty plan in January. - by John HillStand With ArizonaWebsite | Facebook | Twitter Just when you thought the Senate push for amnesty couldn't get any more sets a fresh low All the members of the “Gang of Eight” pushing so-called 'immigration reform' in the U.S. Senate will band together to block any efforts by other senators to offer amendments to their legislation once it is introduced, the Washington Post reported on Sunday. In addition, the Post's David Nakamura reported that the...
  • Top Democrat Tells Republicans He’ll Rush Amnesty Bill Through Congress

    03/28/2013 4:06:37 PM PDT · by montag813 · 6 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 03-28-2013 | John Hill
    by John HillStand With ArizonaWebsite | Facebook | Twitter Expecting an open debate in the Senate on the upcoming illegal alien amnesty bill? Don't bet on it. Sen. Pat Leahy (D-VT), the Senate Judiciary Chairman, indicated that he will expedite "immigration reform" by skipping further committee hearings on the legislation in a nasty letter to a leading Republican lawmaker. “I intend to proceed to comprehensive immigration reform with all deliberate speed,” Leahy wrote to Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., in a letter today informing Sessions that Republicans will only have one week to consider the immigration bill. Leahy also said that...
  • Top Democrat tells Republicans he’ll rush immigration bill through Congress

    03/28/2013 1:46:55 AM PDT · by yoe · 20 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | March 27, 2013 | Joel Gehrke
    Sen. Pat Leahy, D-Vt., indicated that he will expedite immigration reform by skipping by further committee hearings on the legislation in a sharp letter to a leading Republican lawmaker — a letter characterized by a striking amount of trash-talking about immigration issues and politics. “I intend to proceed to comprehensive immigration reform with all deliberate speed,” Leahy wrote to Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., in a letter today informing Sessions that Republicans will only have one week to consider the immigration bill — [snip] “If any of the more junior Senators need time to get up to speed, I will look...
  • Senator Leahy Offended By Cruz Citing Constitution

    03/14/2013 5:03:04 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 55 replies ^ | 3/14/13
    During the Senate Judiciary Committee debate on gun legislation Thursday, Senator Leahy cut off Senator Cruz and angrily scolded the young senator for "lecturing" him on how to be a Senator.
  • Leahy Pushes Background Checks, But Little Else

    01/31/2013 6:45:32 PM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies ^ | 31 January, 2012 | Rebecca Kaplan
    As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., will oversee any legislation on gun control that makes its way to the Senate floor. At the first in a series of congressional hearings on the issue Wednesday, his line of questioning suggested that expanded background checks and closing the so-called gun show loophole will be top priorities — and perhaps the only ones that stand a chance in the full Senate. Displaying his background as a Vermont prosecutor, Leahy confronted National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre on whether he had changed his support for mandatory instant criminal background checks...
  • MILLER: GOP senators blocked from bringing guns to hearing

    01/30/2013 8:29:37 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 29 January, 2013 | Emily Miller
    There is a showdown over guns coming to the Senate Wednesday, but no firearms are allowed. In advance of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday morning, two of the committee’s Republican members sent a complaint that they were refused permission to bring guns to the hearing. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas sent a letter Tuesday night to Chairman Patrick Leahy, Vermont Democrat, that the purpose of bringing the firearms was to educate fellow Senators and “shatter the mistaken belief that guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens are a danger to society.” However,...
  • (vanity) Gun Control agitprop from my S-I-L via Leahy's office

    12/18/2012 9:00:27 AM PST · by martin_fierro · 10 replies
    E-mail from my S-I-L | 12/18/12
    Received this bit of agitprop/glurge from my sister-in-law today, who I'm disappointed to see is falling for this gun-control nonsense: Hi Everyone, If you feel compelled to take action based on the horrific images that you've seen on the news this past week, one way to make a difference is to send an email to Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont. He will be holding hearings for the senate judiciary committee next month regarding gun legislation. He has been pro gun in the past, although the images of 6 year olds being brutally gunned down by a deranged psychopath will hopefully...
  • Senate Judiciary Chairman: Let’s Legalize 1 Oz. of Pot Nationwide

    12/15/2012 4:00:13 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 69 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 14, 2012 | Pete Winn
    The Democratic chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee says he plans to hold a hearing in January to consider changing federal drug laws to allow people to possess up to one ounce of marijuana. On Thursday, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) released a letter that he sent earlier this month to Gil Kerlikowske, the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), asking the nation’s drug czar how the administration intends to proceed now that two states have legalized marijuana use. …
  • Senators press to allow Syrians to stay in US amid violence in home country

    03/03/2012 1:09:21 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 03, 2012 | unattributed (AP?)
    Several Democratic senators are calling on the Obama administration to allow Syrians who are already in the United States to stay, at least temporarily, out of concern it would be "too dangerous" for them to return home. The senators want President Obama to invoke what's known as "temporary protected status" for thousands of Syrians in the U.S. The designation typically is given to foreign nationals whose home countries are beset by war or natural disaster and who could face harm should they return. The senators argued that Syrians in the U.S. are in just that kind of predicament, as Syrian...
  • Senator Leahy Threatens Justice Roberts In Advance of the Obamacare Decision (May 23, 2012)

    Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committees, Socialist Patrick Leahy, threatened Chief Justice Roberts weeks before the Obamacare case decision is to be made public. Senator Leahy - “I trust that he will be a chief justice for all of us and that he has a strong institutional sense of the proper role of the judicial branch,” said Leahy. “The conservative activism of recent years has not been good for the court. Given the ideological challenge to the Affordable Care Act and the extensive, supportive precedent, it would be extraordinary for the Supreme Court not to defer to Congress in this...
  • Senate bill would make selling fake maple syrup a felony offense

    10/21/2011 10:49:20 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 83 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 21, 2011 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Six senators introduced legislation that would make selling fake maple syrup a felony offense that can lead to fines and up to five years in prison. The Maple Agriculture Protection and Law Enforcement (MAPLE) is a response to what chief sponsor Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and others say is the increasing practice of cheating Vermont, upstate New York and other maple syrup regions by selling inferior, fake syrup. "I have been alarmed by the growing number of individuals and businesses claiming to sell genuine Vermont maple syrup when they are in fact selling an inferior product that is not maple...
  • Did Sen. Patrick Leahy obstruct Gunwalker investigation?

    09/25/2011 11:30:03 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 9 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 09-25-11 | DrJohn
    Recordings released via CBS reporter Sharyl Atkisson offer many disturbing comments regarding the Gunwalker scandal. Weapons dealer Andre Howard is speaking with ATF agent Hope McAlister. On one of the recordings it is suggested that putting a private investigator on Senator Chuck Grassley could help diminish Grassley's enthusiasm for the Gunwalker investigation: EXCERPT 2 Dealer: Until something else happens they're not stupid, Hope, they connect the dots. Agent: No and you know and all that's fine if Senator Grassley wants to come in and tell us show us how to work these cases more efficiently more effectively by all means....
  • Flashback: Leahy on Obamacare's Constitutionality: 'Nobody Questions' Our Authority

    08/12/2011 3:06:50 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies · 1+ views
    CNSNews ^ | August 12, 2011 | Matt Cover
    ( -- While a federal appeals court ruled today that the mandate in Obamacare requiring individuals to purchase health insurance was unconstitutional, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, dismissed a question in 2009 about Congress' constitutional authority to impose such a mandate. At the U.S. Capitol on Oct. 22, 2009, asked Leahy, “Where, in your opinion, does the Constitution give specific authority for Congress to give an individual mandate for health insurance?” Leahy said, "We have plenty of authority. Are you saying there is no authority? … Why would you say there is no authority?...
  • Politicians and Pundits Make Some Noise About Patent reform

    08/06/2011 9:57:40 PM PDT · by Rabin · 14 replies
    law ^ | August 08, 2011 | Brian Glaser (Corporate Counsel)
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday that the first jobs bill to move after the recess will be the patent reform legislation… Reid and bill sponsor Senator Patrick Leahy said "the bill, is expected to create 200,000 jobs." The patent reform as job stimulus is endorsed by the White House, too, Obama saying at a June 29 press conference, "Right now, Congress can send me a bill that would make it easier for entrepreneurs to patent a new product or idea. Naaancy Pelosi, demanded that lawmakers kill the bill or at least remove Section 18, a little-known provision that...
  • Dems Re-Introduce Bill to Let U.S. Citizens Sponsor Their Same-Sex Partners For Legal Residency

    04/15/2011 8:59:09 AM PDT · by Justaham · 29 replies ^ | 4-15-11 | Edwin Mora
    Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), joined by several other House Democrats, re-introduced on Thursday the Uniting American Families Act, which would permit homosexual and lesbian American citizens to sponsor their partners for legal residency in the United States, saying the status-quo is “humanly cruel.” The New York congressman, who is leading the push for passing the legislation, said there are more than 100 Democrat co-sponsors of the bill, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). He also said that a similar bill is being introduced in the Senate by Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). The prospects of the bill passing...
  • Democrats demand CIA detainee documents [Leahy & ACLU......}

    11/17/2006 4:54:21 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 54 replies · 1,756+ views
    Democrats demand CIA detainee documents By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press Writer 53 minutes ago A Senate Democrat who will chair its Judiciary Committee next year asked the Justice Department to release newly acknowledged documents setting U.S. policy on how suspects in the war on terrorism are detained and interrogated. "The American people deserve to have detailed and accurate information about the role of the Bush administration in developing the interrogation policies and practices that have engendered such deep criticism and concern at home and around the world," Sen. Patrick Leahy (news, bio, voting record), D-Vt., wrote Attorney General Alberto Gonzales....
  • Palin Hammers Democrat Sen. Patrick Leahy over Reported Call for an End to Help for Haiti – Video

    12/24/2010 8:46:59 AM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 51 replies · 3+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | December 24, 2010 | Brian
    Here is video of Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren talking with Gov. Sarah Palin in Haiti about the devastation and suffering they saw during their visit there last week. Palin, along with husband Todd, and daughter Bristol went to Haiti along with Rev. Franklin Graham and Greta Van Susteren. They focused on the work Graham’s ministry – Samaritan’s Purse – is doing in Haiti to try and save the people there from a Cholera Epidemic. Palin also hammered Democrat Sen. Patrick Leahy – who Van Susteren said has called for an end of American aid to Haiti until the corruption...
  • What the hell: How stealth banking bailout reached Obama’s desk

    10/07/2010 8:03:55 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 83 replies ^ | 10-7-10 | Michelle Malkin
    Both the left and right sides of the blogosphere are buzzing about a bipartisan TARP-style banking bailout bill that somehow reached President Obama’s desk in the legislative rush before Congress adjourned for the midterm election break. The sordid episode underscores everything I’ve spotlighted about the culture of corruption over the last two years — sabotage of the deliberative process, circumventing of rules, backroom deals, and contempt for the will of the people. Yes, the Vampire Congress strikes again. The bill is HR3808, the “Interstate Recognition of Notarizations Act of 2010,” which requires courts to accept as valid notarized letters made...
  • Leahy: Allow retired justices to sit on SCOTUS

    09/29/2010 1:51:58 PM PDT · by paltz · 121 replies
    Washington Times - Water Cooler ^ | 9/29/10 | Kerry Picket
    Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, Vermont Democrat, has proposed a bill that would allow for retired Supreme Court Justices to sit on the court by designation in cases where the active justice has recused. READ THE BILL Under the proposed bill, the active justices of the Supreme Court would be permitted to vote to designate a retired Supreme Court justice in a particular case in which one or more Justices have recused themselves and allow the court to preempt potential 4:4 split decisions, in which the decision of a lower court stands.
  • ALG Ad Urging Patrick Leahy to Oppose Robert Chatigny for 2nd Circuit Court

    09/22/2010 3:14:43 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah
    ALG Ad Urging Patrick Leahy to Oppose Robert Chatigny for 2nd Circuit Court
  • Rutland airport plans open house(Sen. Patrick Leahy in attendance, all welcome)

    08/18/2010 8:01:38 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 2 replies ^ | August 18, 2010 |
    NORTH CLARENDON — The Vermont Chamber’s Aerospace and Aviation Association is holding an open house Thursday at the Rutland Southern Vermont Regional Airport. The event, which is sponsored by GE Aviation, will focus on the company’s role in the production of the GEnx engine, which will be used for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and 747-8. It will also celebrate improvements at the North Clarendon airport. U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, U.S. Rep. Peter Welch and Boeing Co. executive Rick Stephens are among the featured speakers. The event runs from 3 to 5 p.m.
  • Leaky Liar Leahy Blocks Investigation Into Black Panther Intimidation Case

    08/02/2010 6:22:14 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 2 replies · 4+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 08-02-10 | DrJohn
    The most ethical Congress evah. On July 22, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) sent a letter to President Obama demanding that he appoint a special counsel to look into the Justice Department’s handling of the case. On July 28, Gerald Reynolds — chairman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights — sent Attorney General Eric Holder another letter once again demanding the testimony of Christopher Coates, who had been previously subpoenaed by the Commission. The former career chief of the Voting Section at the Civil Rights Division, Coates recommended that the lawsuit against the NBPP go forward. Meanwhile, Senate Judiciary Committee...
  • Police probe death hoaxes (Leahy, Lautenberg, Feinstein)

    07/07/2010 9:33:39 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 13 replies
    Politico ^ | July 7, 2010 | Jonathan Allen & Jake Sherman
    At least three Democratic senators have been subjects of false reports of their deaths in the past two days, prompting the U.S. Capitol Police to open an investigation into the matter. Several news outlets received a hoax e-mail news release, announcing the death of Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Tuesday. Leahy, 70, who participated in July 4 events, is alive and well, according to spokesman David Carle. “It was spoofed to look as if it had come from the office,” Carle said. A copy of the e-mail, posted on the Web site of Washington’s WTOP radio, said Leahy had died...
  • Kagan hearings are a sham

    06/30/2010 3:28:36 AM PDT · by Scanian · 16 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 30, 2010 | Jonah Goldberg
    Elena Kagan thinks that the "Borking" of Robert Bork during his 1987 Supreme Court confirmation hearings would deserve a commemorative plate if the Franklin Mint launched a "great moments in legal history" dishware line. This isn't the time to rehearse the reasons why Kagan is wrong on that score. Still, one adverse result of the Bork hearings is worth dwelling on. Bork was the last Supreme Court nominee to give serious answers to serious questions. But because the left successfully anathematized him, no nominee since has dared show Borkian forthrightness. Consider Monday's high-court ruling: The Second Amendment right to own...
  • Vt. senator wants US-Canada border crossing closed

    05/23/2010 1:39:19 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 18 replies · 1,152+ views
    hosted ^ | May 23
    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont is asking Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to close the little-used Canadian border crossing at Morses Line. The Democratic senator told Napolitano in a letter Sunday that he's prepared to close the port during the Appropriations process, if necessary.
  • Republican Len Britton Has a Winner With First Ad Aimed at Far Left Dem Pat Leahey

    05/17/2010 10:44:12 AM PDT · by curth · 4 replies · 478+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Sunday, May 16, 2010 | Jim Hoft
    Republican Len Britton has a real winner with his first short video spot. Britton focuses on voter disgust with Washington’s record spending and debt. Len Britton is running against far left liberal Patrick Leahy. This ad really nails voter disgust with the out of touch Washington progressive socialists. United States Senate candidate Len Britton kicks off his campaign ad season with the witty and entertaining short video Get A Paper Route, Billy. Filmed in rural Vermont, the minute and thirty second spot highlights the national debt crisis with down home Yankee humor.
  • Leahy Going Down??!!?

    05/16/2010 6:55:35 PM PDT · by jacjmm · 40 replies · 3,329+ views
    Youtube ^ | May 13, 2010 | Len Britton
  • Video: Sen Leahy finds barry’s missing birth certificate hilarious

    05/11/2010 3:02:58 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 32 replies · 1,058+ views
    By mattie May 10, 2010 Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy’s comments on the confirmation of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. Seems he and barry find the birth certificate issue comical. If you aren’t aware Leahy was the one behind the Senate Resolution declaring Sen McCain a NBC. VIDEO