Latest Patrick Leahy News

Vermont to receive $49M in heating aid this winter

Oct. 14, 2021 17:01 PM EDT

The state of Vermont will be receiving more than twice the money it usually receives to help low-income Vermonters heat their homes this winter, officials said Thursday. The three members of the state's congressional delegation and Gov. Phil Scott said Vermont will...

Praise for border reopening plan across northern New England

Oct. 13, 2021 14:39 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Political and business leaders from across northern New England on Wednesday praised plans by the Biden administration to begin allowing people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter the United States across the land border with Canada. ...

Today in History

Oct. 09, 2021 00:14 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, Oct. 9, the 282nd day of 2021. There are 83 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 9, 1967, Marxist revolutionary guerrilla leader Che Guevara, 39, was summarily...

1st female LGBT federal appeals court nominee to get hearing

Sep. 14, 2021 12:31 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee is considering President Joe Biden's nomination of a Vermont judge who played a role in the state’s passage of the first-in-the-nation civil unions law, a forerunner of same-sex marriage, to become the first openly LGBT woman to...

Vermont group offering to host 100 Afghan refugees

Sep. 02, 2021 15:40 PM EDT

A Vermont refugee resettlement organization is offering to accept about 100 Afghan refugees over the next several weeks if their proposal is approved by the U.S. State Department. Amila Merdzanovic of the Vermont chapter of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants...

US infrastructure deal includes $3.5B for land border posts

Sep. 01, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

HIGHGATE SPRINGS, Vt. (AP) — A giant infrastructure deal being considered by Congress includes $3.5 billion for improvements to 30 land ports of entry on both the Canadian and Mexican borders, officials said Wednesday. Vermont Democratic U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy and...

Monmouth gives men's basketball coach Rice 5-year extension

Aug. 30, 2021 16:34 PM EDT

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) — Monmouth University men's basketball coach King Rice has been given a five-year contract extension through the 2025-26 season. University president Patrick Leahy and athletic director Jeff Stapleton announced the deal on Monday. Terms were...

USDA head visits Vermont, hears about farm runoff reductions

Aug. 19, 2021 19:31 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont officials told the U.S. Department of Agriculture secretary on Thursday that farm efforts to reduce phosphorus runoff and federal money to support that work are paying off to improve the water quality of Lake Champlain. Federal funding...

Vermont's busiest Amtrak station could get renovation

Aug. 08, 2021 08:19 AM EDT

ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. (AP) — Vermont’s busiest Amtrak station could be getting a $3.5 million facelift with the help of a federal appropriation. The Essex Junction station is much as it was when it was built in the 1950s, and it's showing its age. ...

Vermont Supreme Court justice nominated to US appeals court

Aug. 05, 2021 10:29 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A justice on the Vermont Supreme Court who played a role in the state's passage of the first-in-the-nation civil unions law has been nominated to a seat on the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the White House announced Thursday. The announcement...