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July 26, 2016 NBC News " Meet The Press" - Transcript: Black Lives Matter Sen. Bernard Sanders Unknown
July 25, 2016 Speech by Bernie Sanders at the 2016 Democratic Party Convention Sen. Bernard Sanders Philadelphia, PA
July 24, 2016 Sanders Statement on DNC Chair Resignation Sen. Bernard Sanders Burlington, VT
July 23, 2016 Two Bills Championed By Leahy Signed Into Law Sen. Patrick Leahy Washington, DC
July 22, 2016 Letter to Various Koch-Connected Groups- Senators Hit Back in Letter to Denial Front Groups Sen. Bernard Sanders Washington, DC
July 21, 2016 Letter to the Hon. Gina McCarthy, Administrator U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Support Biodiesel, Help Create Jobs Sen. Patrick Leahy Washington, DC
July 21, 2016 Letter to The Honorable Gina McCarthy, Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency- Support Biodiesel, Help Create Jobs Sen. Patrick Leahy Washington, DC
July 21, 2016 Letter to the Hon. Gina McCarthy, Administrator U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Support Biodiesel, Help Create Jobs Sen. Bernard Sanders Washington, DC
July 21, 2016 Letter to The Honorable Gina McCarthy, Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency- Support Biodiesel, Help Create Jobs Sen. Bernard Sanders Washington, DC
July 20, 2016 Letter to The Honorable Richard Cordray, Director, Consumer Finacial Protection Bureau- Strengthen Proposed Small-Dollar Lending Rules Sen. Patrick Leahy Washington, DC
July 20, 2016 Letter to The Honorable Richard Cordray, Director, Consumer Finacial Protection Bureau- Strengthen Proposed Small-Dollar Lending Rules Sen. Bernard Sanders Washington, DC
July 20, 2016 Letter to President Barack Obama- Nuclear Weapons Policy: Restrain and Reduce Sen. Bernard Sanders Unknown
July 19, 2016 Letter to the Hon. Barack Obama, President of the United States - Promote Diversity at Federal Land Management Agencies Sen. Bernard Sanders Washington, DC
July 19, 2016 Republicans' Unprecedented Obstruction Makes Chief Judge Merrick Garland Longest Pending Supreme Court Nominee in U.S. History Sen. Patrick Leahy Washington, DC
July 18, 2016 Letter to Mr. Andrew M. Slavitt, Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services - Update Lead Screening Policy to Protect Children Sen. Patrick Leahy Newark, NJ
July 18, 2016 Welch Announces Legislation to Make Summer Meals More Available to Kids in Need Rep. Peter Welch Burlington, VT
July 18, 2016 Letter to Mr. Andrew M. Slavitt, Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services - Update Lead Screening Policy to Protect Children Sen. Bernard Sanders Newark, NJ
July 15, 2016 Letter to Andrew Slavitt, Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare-and Medicaid Services - Update Current Lead Screening Policy to Protect Children from Lead Hazards, Prevent Life-Long Health Effects Sen. Bernard Sanders Washington, DC
July 15, 2016 Sanders Praises Senate Action to Modernize Programs That Help Low-Income Renters Sen. Bernard Sanders Burlington, VT
July 15, 2016 Democratic Senators Urge Federal Regulators to Act to Protect Students & Veterans From Fraudulent Institutions Like Trump University Sen. Bernard Sanders Unknown
July 15, 2016 Senate Passes, Obama To Sign Key Housing Reforms Backed By Leahy Sen. Patrick Leahy Washington, DC
July 15, 2016 Letter to Andrew Slavitt, Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare-and Medicaid Services - Update Current Lead Screening Policy to Protect Children from Lead Hazards, Prevent Life-Long Health Effects Sen. Patrick Leahy Washington, DC
July 15, 2016 Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act Passes Senate Sen. Patrick Leahy Washington, DC
July 14, 2016 Murray, Wyden, Leahy, Shaheen Continue Work on Opioid Epidemic, Introduce Legislation to Fund Needed Treatment & Recovery Efforts Sen. Patrick Leahy Washington, DC
July 14, 2016 Lawmakers Criticize Industry-Sponsored GMO Bill Rep. Peter Welch Washington, DC
July 14, 2016 Lofgren and Leahy Lead Bicameral Introduction Of Refugee Protection Act Sen. Patrick Leahy Washington, DC
July 14, 2016 Letter to The Honorable John King, Secretary of Education, The Honorable Edith Ramirez, Chairman, Federal Trade Commission, The Honorable Richard Cordray, Director, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and The Honorable Robert McDonald, Secretary of Veterans Affairs- Act to Protect Students & Veterans From Fraudulent Institutions Like Trump University Sen. Bernard Sanders Washington, DC
July 14, 2016 Letter to Mitch McConnell, Majority Leader of the United States Senate- As Congress Clears Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Bill, Reed Calls for Emergency Funding for Opioid Epidemic Sen. Bernard Sanders Washington, DC
July 14, 2016 Hearing of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary - Executive Business Meeting Leahy Statement Sen. Patrick Leahy Washington, DC
July 14, 2016 Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy On Another Environmental Activist Assassinated in Honduras Sen. Patrick Leahy Unknown
July 14, 2016 Letter to the Hon. Barack Obama, President of the United States - Prohibit LGBT Discrimination in Government Contracting Rep. Peter Welch Washington, DC
July 14, 2016 Boozman-Leahy Resolution Recognizes 75th Anniversary of the American Tree Farm System Sen. Patrick Leahy Washington, DC
July 14, 2016 Leahy And Lofgren Lead Bicameral Introduction Of Refugee Protection Act Sen. Patrick Leahy Washington, DC
July 14, 2016 Leahy & Senate Dems Introduce Bill To Increase Voter Participation Sen. Patrick Leahy Washington, DC
July 14, 2016 Letter to Mitch McConnell, Majority Leader of the United States Senate- As Congress Clears Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Bill, Reed Calls for Emergency Funding for Opioid Epidemic Sen. Patrick Leahy Washington, DC
July 14, 2016 Welch Votes Against House Bill that Guts Vermont's GMO Labeling Law Rep. Peter Welch Washington, DC
July 14, 2016 Leahy-Authored Legislation To Preserve Historic Film & Sound Recordings To Be Signed Into Law Sen. Patrick Leahy Washington, DC
July 14, 2016 Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy On the Introduction of the Automatic Voter Registration Act of 2016 Sen. Patrick Leahy Unknown
July 14, 2016 Senate Republicans Leave Town, Refusing to Act on Judicial Backlog And Hurting Courts Across America Sen. Patrick Leahy Washington, DC
July 14, 2016 Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy On Recent Developments in Honduras Sen. Patrick Leahy Unknown
July 13, 2016 Letter to the Hon. Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House- Act on Flint Before House Adjourns Rep. Peter Welch Washington, DC
July 13, 2016 Senate Wednesday Night Passes Bill Cosponsored By Leahy To Target Opioid And Heroin Abuse Sen. Patrick Leahy Washington, DC
July 13, 2016 Sanders Statement on Opioid Legislation Sen. Bernard Sanders Washington, DC
July 13, 2016 Letter to The Honorable Mitch McConnell. Majority Leader, United States Senate- Commit to Passing Real, Immediate Funding to Fight Opioid and Heroin Epidemic and Actually Carry Out Programs Authorized in CARA Bill Sen. Patrick Leahy Washington, DC
July 13, 2016 Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy On Cloture Vote of S.524, the Comprehensive Addiction And Recovery Act Sen. Patrick Leahy Unknown
July 13, 2016 Letter to The Honorable Mitch McConnell. Majority Leader, United States Senate- Commit to Passing Real, Immediate Funding to Fight Opioid and Heroin Epidemic and Actually Carry Out Programs Authorized in CARA Bill Sen. Bernard Sanders Washington, DC
July 13, 2016 Carper, Leahy and Duckworth Introduce Legislation to Help Communities Prepare for & Respond to Active Shooter Events Sen. Patrick Leahy Washington, DC
July 12, 2016 Letter to Chairman John McCain and Ranking Member Jack Reed of the Senate Armed Services Committee - Protect Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces in Defense Bill Sen. Patrick Leahy Washington, DC
July 12, 2016 Letter to Chairman John McCain and Ranking Member Jack Reed of the Senate Armed Services Committee - Protect Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces in Defense Bill Sen. Bernard Sanders Washington, DC
July 12, 2016 Bernie Sanders Formally Endorses Hillary Clinton Sen. Bernard Sanders Portsmouth, NH
July 12, 2016 Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy On Senate Passage of S. 2944, Public Safety Officers' Benefits Improvement Act of 2016 Sen. Patrick Leahy Unknown
July 12, 2016 Opening Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy - Judiciary Committee Hearing On The Freedom Of Information Act Sen. Patrick Leahy Unknown
July 12, 2016 Letter to The Honorable Shaun Donovan, Director Office of Mangement and Budget - Call for Protections for Consumers from Unwanted Government Robocalls and Robotexts Sen. Patrick Leahy Washington, DC
July 12, 2016 Hearing of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary: FOIA at Fifty: Has the Sunshine Law's Promise Been Fulfilled? - Leahy Opening Statement Sen. Patrick Leahy Washington, DC
July 12, 2016 House Passes Leahy-Backed Bill To Support Active Shooter Training For Officers, Which Now Goes To White House For Signature Sen. Patrick Leahy Unknown
July 11, 2016 Courtney Announces New Bill To Aid Municipalities Like Haddam With 'Stranded Nuclear Waste' Rep. Peter Welch Washington, DC
July 8, 2016 Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy After The Senate Passes Bill To Implement GMO Labeling "Deal' Sen. Patrick Leahy Unknown
July 7, 2016 Letter to the Honorable Tom Wheeler, Secretary of the Federal Communications Committee - Call on FCC To Strengthen Privacy Protections For Consumers Sen. Bernard Sanders Washington, DC
July 7, 2016 Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States- Menendez, Booker, Merkley, Sanders: 3.5M American Citizens in Puerto Rico Must Have Voice on Oversight Board Sen. Bernard Sanders Washington, DC
July 7, 2016 Leahy, Sanders, Welch: Vermont Nets $1.3 Million For Super-Size Culvert Under U.S. Route 7 In Brandon, In Latest Post-Irene Mitigation Grant From FEMA Rep. Peter Welch Unknown
July 7, 2016 Full Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) On The Senate's Hasty Attempt To Preempt State Laws And Thwart A Consumer's Right To Know Sen. Patrick Leahy Unknown
July 7, 2016 Leahy, Sanders, Welch: Vermont Nets $1.3 Million For Super-Size Culvert Under U.S. Route 7 In Brandon, In Latest Post-Irene Mitigation Grant From FEMA Sen. Patrick Leahy Unknown
July 7, 2016 Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) On The Senate's Hasty Attempt To Preempt State Laws And Thwart A Consumer's Right To Know Sen. Patrick Leahy Unknown
July 7, 2016 Letter to Robert McDonald, Secretary of Veterans Affairs- Wyden, Senate Dems: VA Must Do More to Prevent and Correct Abuse of Veterans in Higher Education Sen. Patrick Leahy Washington, DC
July 7, 2016 Sanders Fights to Protect Vermont's GMO Labeling Law Sen. Bernard Sanders Washington, DC
July 7, 2016 Letter to the Honorable Tom Wheeler, Secretary of the Federal Communications Committee - Call on FCC To Strengthen Privacy Protections For Consumers Sen. Patrick Leahy Washington, DC
July 7, 2016 Sanders Supports Treasury Department Regulations to Prevent Corporate Tax Dodging Sen. Bernard Sanders Washington, DC
July 7, 2016 Leahy, Sanders, Welch: Vermont Nets $1.3 Million For Super-Size Culvert Under U.S. Route 7 In Brandon, In Latest Post-Irene Mitigation Grant From FEMA Sen. Bernard Sanders Unknown
July 7, 2016 Leahy Calls On FCC To Strengthen Privacy Protections For Consumers Sen. Patrick Leahy Washington, DC
July 7, 2016 Letter to The Honorable Tom Wheeler, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commisions - FCC To Finalize Broadband Privacy Rules Sen. Bernard Sanders Washington, DC
July 7, 2016 Letter to the Honorable Robert M. Califf, Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration - Condemning AstraZeneca for Putting Profits Over People Sen. Bernard Sanders Unknown
July 7, 2016 Leahy, Sanders, Welch: Vermont Nets $1.3 Million For Super-Size Culvert Under U.S. Route 7 In Brandon, In Latest Post-Irene Mitigation Grant From FEMA Sen. Patrick Leahy Unknown
July 7, 2016 Senate Approves Resolution Recognizing 70th Anniversary of Fulbright Program Sen. Patrick Leahy Washington, DC
July 7, 2016 Letter to The Honorable Tom Wheeler, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commisions - FCC To Finalize Broadband Privacy Rules Sen. Patrick Leahy Washington, DC
July 7, 2016 Letter to Robert McDonald, Secretary of Veterans Affairs- Wyden, Senate Dems: VA Must Do More to Prevent and Correct Abuse of Veterans in Higher Education Sen. Bernard Sanders Washington, DC
July 7, 2016 Leahy, Sanders, Welch: Vermont Nets $1.3 Million For Super-Size Culvert Under U.S. Route 7 In Brandon, In Latest Post-Irene Mitigation Grant From FEMA Sen. Bernard Sanders Unknown
July 7, 2016 Letter to the Honorable Robert M. Califf, Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration - Condemning AstraZeneca for Putting Profits Over People Rep. Peter Welch Unknown
July 6, 2016 A Revolutionary Step Forward for Higher Education Sen. Bernard Sanders Washington, DC
July 6, 2016 As Senate-House Negotiators Meet On Opioid/Heroin Bill, Leahy Urges Support For Rural Communities & For Fully Funding The Bill (CARA Act) Sen. Patrick Leahy Washington, DC
July 6, 2016 Letter to the Honorable Harold Rogers, Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, the Honorable Tom Cole, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on the Departments of Labor, Health, and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Committee on Appropriations, the Honorable Nita M. Lowey, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Appropriations, and the Honorable Rosa L. DeLauro, Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on the Departments of Labor, Health, and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Committee on Appropriations - Pell Grant Protections Rep. Peter Welch Washington, DC
July 6, 2016 Comment On DOJ Announcement Regarding State Department Email Investigation Sen. Patrick Leahy Unknown
July 6, 2016 Senate's New "DARK Act" An Insult to Consumers' Right To Know Sen. Patrick Leahy Washington, DC
July 6, 2016 Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy On Judicial Nominations Sen. Patrick Leahy Unknown
July 6, 2016 Sanders Defends Vermont's GMO Labeling Law Sen. Bernard Sanders Washington, DC
July 5, 2016 Comment On The FBI's Independent Review of Secretary Clinton's Use of Email Sen. Patrick Leahy Unknown
July 5, 2016 Letter to the Hon. Stephen Ayers, Architect of the Capitol- Lactation Stations Rep. Peter Welch Washington, DC
July 5, 2016 Letter to the Honorable Fred Upton, Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce - Refusal to Sign Opioid Conference Report Without Funding to Combat Drug Addiction Epidemic Sen. Patrick Leahy Washington, DC
July 3, 2016 Sanders: Party Platform Still Needs Work Sen. Bernard Sanders Unknown
July 1, 2016 Letter to The Honorable John B. King, Jr., Secretary, U.S. Department of Education, and The Honorable Loretta Lynch, Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice- Hold Colleges & Universities Accountable for Underreporting Sexual Violence on Campus Sen. Bernard Sanders Unknown
July 1, 2016 I Will Do Everything I Can to Defeat This Terrible GMO Bill Sen. Bernard Sanders Unknown
July 1, 2016 Let me begin by thanking all of you for doing what citizens should be doing in a democracy. And that is standing up, fighting back, getting involved in the political process and demanding that government represent all the people - and not just powerful special interests. And that is exactly what you did with GMO labeling. As a Vermonter I am very proud that our state became the first state in the country to mandate labeling for food that contains GMO products. I am proud of the grass-roots activism that led to that legislation and proud of the support that the legislature and Governor Shumlin gave to that legislation. Your efforts show what happens when democracy works. The people at the grassroots level speak, state government responds and important legislation gets passed. This legislation is important because people have a right to know what is in the food they and their children eat. The more information we have, the better consumers we become. This is not a radical idea. It is why over 60 countries around the world have passed GMO labeling laws. That is why the states of Vermont, Connecticut, Maine and Alaska have passed legislation to mandate labeling of food that contains GMO products. Unfortunately, the major agribusiness and bio-tech companies disagree. They do not believe people have a right to know what's in the food they eat. That is why they have spent hundreds of millions of dollars in lobbying and campaign contributions to overturn the GMO right-to-know legislation that states have already passed and that many other states are in the verge of passing. The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), which sued and lost in trying to stop Vermont's law, has 34 lobbyists working on this issue alone. They spent $8.5 million lobbying between 2015, and in 2016 they have already spent $1.6 million in total lobbying. Monsanto has already spent $2 million in 2016 lobbying Congress. The Environmental Working Group has calculated that food and biotech companies and trade associations have spent nearly $200 million to oppose state GMO labeling ballot initiatives like Act 120. When combined with Washington lobbying expenditures that mention GMO labeling, the total amount spent by labeling opponents is close to $400 million. Their goal is to deny states the right to go forward in this area and to pass legislation that is useless and with no value to consumers. And, if we don't stop them, they may just succeed. On Thursday evening, with no hearings and no debate, a corporate backed bill offered by Senators Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) was introduced on to the floor by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. This legislation would create a confusing, misleading and unenforceable national standard for labeling GMOs. Instead of a uniform labeling standard like Vermont's law, the language allows text, symbols, or an electronic code to be used. This is intentionally confusing to consumers, and the information may be entirely inaccessible if the consumer does not have access to the internet. The compromise language also allows the U.S. Department of Agriculture to rule on what percentage of GMO material is present in a particular food before it gets labeled, in contrast to Vermont and European Union standards, both which require products with more than 0.9% be labeled. In addition, the bill contains huge loopholes in the labeling requirement, stating that there is no labeling requirement for GMO foods that could have occurred "through conventional breeding or found in nature." Essentially, if the genetic engineering done by a company could have occurred in nature, there is no requirement to label it, which would prevent GMO corn, beet sugar, and soy oils from being labeled. FDA has confirmed this loophole, stating that with the language in the bill currently written "many of the foods from [Genetically Engineered] sources will not be subject" to labeling requirements. Perhaps most shockingly, this bill imposes no penalties whatsoever for violating the labeling requirement, making the law essentially meaningless. Thus, this is a weak bill, full of loopholes, without any requirement to comply. I find it interesting that many of my Republican colleagues, who tell us how terrible the federal government is, and how they want to get the federal government off the backs of the people, are now prepared to overturn the legislation passed in 4 states. Clearly, their belief in states rights is not quite equal to their need for corporate campaign contributions. Sadly, there are some Democrats in the same boat. Needless to say I, and the Vermont delegation and many members of Congress will do everything in our power to defeat this terrible bill. Sen. Bernard Sanders Unknown
July 1, 2016 Sanders Vows to Defend Vermont's GMO Labeling Law Sen. Bernard Sanders Montpelier, VT
July 1, 2016 Letter to The Honorable John B. King, Jr., Secretary, U.S. Department of Education, and The Honorable Loretta Lynch, Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice- Hold Colleges & Universities Accountable for Underreporting Sexual Violence on Campus Sen. Patrick Leahy Unknown
June 30, 2016 Bipartisan Green Climate Fund Amendment Passes Senate Appropriations Committee Sen. Patrick Leahy Washington, DC
June 30, 2016 Opening Statement Of Senator Leahy At Judiciary Committee Oversight Hearing With DHS Secretary Johnson Sen. Patrick Leahy Unknown
June 30, 2016 Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy On Presidential Signing of S. 337, the FOIA Improvement Act of 2015 Sen. Patrick Leahy Unknown
June 30, 2016 Cornyn, Leahy Bill Strengthening FOIA Signed by President Sen. Patrick Leahy Washington, DC
June 30, 2016 Senators Introduce Legislation to Restore Educational Opportunity for Incarcerated Americans Sen. Bernard Sanders Washington, DC
June 30, 2016 Letter to the Hon. Richard Shelby, Chairman, Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee - Restore Export-Import Bank to Full Strength Sen. Patrick Leahy Washington, DC
June 30, 2016 Hearing of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary- "Oversight of the Department of Homeland Security" Opening Statement Sen. Patrick Leahy Washington, DC
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