BURLINGTON — Democratic U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont has been appointed by President Barack Obama to represent Congress at the United Nations as the world body begins its annual session this coming week.
Leahy will attend President Obama’s address to the General Assembly on Tuesday and will meet during the week with U.N. leaders and others. Leahy will consult leaders of the U.S. Delegation in assisting with U.S. priorities before the United Nations, such as the crisis in Syria.
Leahy chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on the State Department and Foreign Operations. He joins Sen. Johnny Isakson, a Georgia Republican, in the two-member congressional delegation to the U.N.
Leahy has handled similar assignments twice before.
Vermont’s Congressional delegation issued this press release:
A Vermont nonprofit has won a $2,865,734 U.S. Department of Labor grant provided through the Older Americans Act’s Senior Community Service Employment Program, to help train and place low-income Vermonters – aged 55 and older – in jobs around the state, Vermont’s congressional delegation – Sen. Patrick Leahy, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch – announced today. Continue reading
Vermont’s congressional delegation has each issued statements related to the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act.
In individual statements, Sen. Patrick Leahy, Sen. Bernard Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch commented on the decision:
Following is the statement from Sen. Patrick Leahy on Tuesday urging the Senate to overcome a filibuster and to proceed to a vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act:
Today, we have an opportunity to take another long overdue step to close the wage gap between men and women. Equal pay for equal work should not be a Democratic nor a Republican issue, but an American issue of basic fairness. It is shameful that gender discrimination still exists in our country, and more so at a time when women make an ever increasing number of heads of households. That is why I am proud to join Sen. Mikulski as a cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act.
BENNINGTON — Sen. Patrick Leahy was recognized on March 21 in Washington, D.C., with an award from the American Ambulance Association, presented by William Hathaway, executive director of the Bennington Rescue Squad, for Leahy’s work on the Dale Long Bill.
Hathaway said he attended the event to help ensure that emergency medical services has a strong voice in the nation’s capitol and in government decisions that affect the field and its practitioners. March 21 was “EMS on the Hill Day,” hosted by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians and the ambulance association. Continue reading