Latest Patrick Leahy News

Murray becomes first female president pro tempore in Senate

Jan. 03, 2023 19:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Washington Sen. Patty Murray was elected to the Senate in 1992, she says, male senators treated her with some trepidation. But now she has outlasted almost all of them, becoming the first woman appointed president pro tempore — a senior member of the majority who presides...

The AP Interview: Vermont Sen. Leahy ponders his legacy

Dec. 21, 2022 02:59 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Patrick Leahy lingered on a narrow balcony on the west side of the U.S. Capitol, soaking in a panoramic view of the National Mall, the Washington Monument and, beyond, the Lincoln Memorial. “Now this I will miss,” he said. As Leahy closes...

Oppenheimer wrongly stripped of security clearance, US says

Dec. 17, 2022 13:31 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration has reversed a decades-old decision to revoke the security clearance of Robert Oppenheimer, the physicist called the father of the atomic bomb for his leading role in World War II’s Manhattan Project. U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer...

Organic livestock farmers, hit by rising prices, seek help

Dec. 15, 2022 11:44 AM EST

WHITINGHAM, Vt. (AP) — Organic dairy and other livestock farmers are seeking emergency federal aid as they grapple with skyrocketing organic feed costs, steep fuel and utility expenses as well as the consequences of drought in many parts of the country. Two dozen U.S. senators and...

House passes bill to extend government funding for 1 week

Dec. 14, 2022 20:25 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-led House passed a short-term spending bill Wednesday to keep government agencies funded at current levels through Dec. 23, giving lawmakers more time to craft a roughly $1.7 trillion appropriations package that would cover the full fiscal year. ...

Shelby: Bipartisanship 'good for the country'

Dec. 14, 2022 17:25 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, who is retiring after being a shrewd force in state and national politics for more than four decades, on Wednesday stressed the importance of bipartisanship as he prepares to leave office. Shelby, in his farewell remarks to...

Congress eyes one week of funding to avoid gov't shutdown

Dec. 12, 2022 18:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers should be prepared to act quickly to pass a resolution funding the federal government for one week as negotiators continue to work on a longer-term spending bill, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Monday. Schumer described weekend talks over a...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Dec. 02, 2022 07:17 AM EST

Hearst Connecticut Media. November 30, 2022. Editorial: CT transportation has a new driver When it comes to public transportation, it’s all about speed. Everyone is looking for a shortcut. Can the GPS find a way around traffic? Will trains ever get...

New England senators seek help to avoid energy disruptions

Nov. 29, 2022 21:06 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Senators from Connecticut, Vermont and Maine called on the Biden administration Tuesday to bring together federal, state and regional officials to find ways to prevent possible energy disruptions this winter across New England. The senators, three Democrats...

Today in History: November 16, Oklahoma wins statehood

Nov. 16, 2022 00:01 AM EST

Today in History Today is Wednesday, Nov. 16, the 320th day of 2022. There are 45 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 16, 1914, the newly created Federal Reserve Banks opened in 12 cities. On this date: ...