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2011-10-21 11:05:00

WASHINGTON, Oct. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "I commend the President for nominating Mark Lippert to be the next Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs. Mark is a person of extraordinary intellect and the highest integrity. He did an outstanding job for me on the Appropriations Committee where he focused on U.S. policy and programs in Asia, and went on to serve at the National Security Council and as an officer in the U.S. Navy. He will do an...

2011-07-07 15:40:00

WASHINGTON, July 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) hails a major new rule targeting cross-state air pollution and cleaning Vermont's air that has been in the works for more than 20 years. Leahy said the release Thursday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of a final Cross-State Air Pollution Rule "goes directly to the distant sources of pollution that have long bedeviled clean air strategies in Vermont, New England and other areas of the...

2011-02-18 14:46:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following are the comments of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt., chairman, Senate Subcommittee on State Department and Foreign Operations, and author of the 'Leahy Law') on attacks on protesters and journalists in the Mideast: "To a watching world, the vicious and orchestrated attacks on civilian protestors and journalists in Bahrain, Libya, Iran and elsewhere in the region are repugnant. They deserve condemnation by other governments and...

2011-02-15 08:30:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumer Watchdog today welcomed the creation of a new Senate subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, to be chaired by Sen. Al Franken, D-MI, and urged the panel to hold hearings on the Google Wi-Spy scandal. The nonpartisan, nonprofit public interest group also said the new committee should consider Do Not Track Me legislation. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee...

2011-01-28 15:07:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), the co-chairs of the Senate National Guard Caucus, are urging the U.S. Army to do more to help National Guard troops cope with the stresses of combat. The call comes with the release of new Army figures showing a large increase in suicides among Guard soldiers over the past year. The Army's year-end statistics, released last week, show that confirmed or suspected suicides...

2011-01-27 18:41:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following are the comments of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) on USDA's announcement Thursday that the agency will completely remove current regulations that limit use of genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa, a key commodity in dairy farming, including organic dairy farming, making alfalfa the first perennial GE crop approved for widespread planting. Leahy and DeFazio have led congressional efforts to...

2010-11-19 12:11:00

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse (CADNA) applauds the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee for passing the Combating Online Infringements and Counterfeits Act out of committee yesterday. Sponsored by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and 17 others, the bill seeks to put an end to online content that infringes on intellectual property, such as websites pirating copyrighted material and selling counterfeit...

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2010-11-19 06:15:00

The Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill on Thursday giving the federal government new powers to crack down on foreign websites that sell counterfeit merchandise and pirated movies, music and books. The Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act passed by the Senate panel by a vote of 19-0, receiving support from both Democrats and Republicans.  Many outside groups, such as the music, movie and TV industries, newspapers, authors and publishers, also support the legislation....

2010-11-17 15:54:00

WASHINGTON Nov. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who has been the Democratic co-chair of the Senate National Guard Caucus for more than a decade, has a new Republican partner. At a news conference Tuesday on Capitol Hill, Leahy welcomed as the caucus' new co-chair Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). Graham will replace Senator Kit Bond (R-Mo.), a founding member of the caucus, who is retiring from the Senate. It is a rare leadership change for the...

2010-10-29 11:02:00

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Led by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), 11 U.S. senators are raising questions about the pending approval of the TransCanada Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. In a letter sent Thursday to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the lawmakers sought answers to a series of concerns they have about the pipeline. Signing the letter, in addition to Leahy and Merkley, are Senators Roland Burris (D-Ill.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.),...