Patrick Leahy

The Hill: Leahy introduces food-safety bill

Senate Judiciary Chair Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Monday introduced a bill that would create a new criminal offense for any individual or corporation that knowingly distributes tainted food products. The bill also establishes fines and prison sentences of up to 10 years for those convicted of such a crime.

The new bill, known as the Food Safety Accountability Act, comes in the wake of a massive recall of tainted eggs linked to salmonella poisonings.

Brattleboro Reformer: The eye of a Senator

BRATTLEBORO — Sen. Patrick Leahy said he was a little nervous the first time he brought his camera into the U.S. Capitol.

Leahy was Vermont’s junior senator back in the early 1980s when he noticed Sen. Howard Baker taking photos of the historic events that were unfolding in Congress.

Times Argus: Letter: Leahy does a good job

While I am still deliberating how I will vote in our gubernatorial primary I am 100 percent clear on my support for Patrick Leahy for U.S. Senate. The Senator has the experience and leadership to ensure Vemont is well represented on the national level. He has proven his stripes many times in his work with the agriculture and the judiciary committees. He was a leader in promoting organic agriculture and continues to enhance the life of farmers and improve our agricultural economy with his support of the new…

Examiner: Vermont Senator Leahy’s plan helps revamp school lunch program

North Central Vermont – an area filled with farmers and local food producers, will see some changes in how its students receive lunches. Before ending its summer session, the U.S. Senate on Aug. 5 unanimously approved sweeping changes in the school lunch program, including an expansion of an effort led by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to multiply links between local farms and school lunch counters.

The fully paid for, bipartisan $4.5 billion childhood nutrition bill, which will be conferenced with a counterpart bill nearing action in the House, will renew and expand federal support for school lunch programs to reach more at-risk children and to improve lunch counter nutrition in several ways. Leahy called it an “historic investment in nutrition programs,” noting that it also delivers on a key component of First Lady Michelle Obama’s campaign to counter child obesity. The current charter for federal support for child nutrition programs expires Sept. 30.

Brattleboro Reformer: Vt. Sens. Leahy, Sanders laud Kagan confirmation

MONTPELIER (AP) – Both of Vermont’s U.S. Senators are expressing satisfaction at the confirmation of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to be the newest justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, says confirming Kagan is another step forward in honoring America’s diversity.

The Hill: Protecting American free speech (Sens. Patrick Leahy and Jeff Sessions)

Although Washington is often mired in partisan political battles, there are some issues on which Democrats and Republicans in Congress can agree — and where they can work together in unison. One of these is our nation’s tradition of freedom of speech. Thanks to strong, bipartisan cooperation, an important bill to protect free speech is now set to become law.

The SPEECH Act (Securing the Protection of our Enduring and Established Constitutional Heritage) will protect Americans’ free-speech rights from the chilling effect of foreign libel lawsuits. The Act will ensure that American courts cannot be used to enforce foreign libel judgments against American journalists, authors and publishers if those judgments undermine Americans’ First Amendment rights.

RTT News: Leahy Unveils Legislation To Strengthen Penalties For Environmental Crimes

(RTTNews) – Senator Patrick Leahy, D-Ver., unveiled legislation Wednesday to strengthen penalties against oil companies and other companies for environmental crimes.

The Environmental Crimes Enforcement Act would increase sentences for environmental crimes in an attempt to deter companies from practices that cause harm to the environment.

The bill is also intended to protect victims of environmental crimes by mandating restitution for criminal violations of the Clean Water Act. Under current law, restitution for such violations, including those that result in loss of human life, is discretionary.

The Hill: Leahy: Most GOP senators will oppose Kagan

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Monday predicted a majority of Senate Republicans will oppose Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan for partisan reasons.

Leahy said in a Senate floor speech that Kagan will prove to be a highly qualified choice during her confirmation hearings next month but that GOP opposition to her will be “a sad reality” because most Republicans have an “extreme ideological litmus test” for judicial nominees.