Latest Patrick Leahy News

Biden taps GOP former Sen. Jeff Flake for Turkey ambassador

Jul. 13, 2021 16:33 PM EDT

President Joe Biden on Tuesday nominated former Sen. Jeff Flake, a Republican lawmaker who endorsed his 2020 run for the White House, to serve as U.S. ambassador to Turkey. Flake served in the U.S. Senate from Arizona from 2013 to 2019 and in the U.S. House from 2001 to...

Democrats push $3.7B bill to secure Capitol; GOP offers less

Jul. 12, 2021 20:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are proposing $3.7 billion in emergency spending to bolster security at the Capitol, repay outstanding debts from the Jan. 6 insurrection and help the federal government defray costs from the COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation met immediate opposition from...

People along the US-Canadian border await word of reopening

Jul. 04, 2021 10:01 AM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — In a normal, pre-COVID-19 summer, scores of pleasure boats are anchored in Lake Champlain off the Burlington waterfront by July 4, with most of them from Canada. But the anchorage is nearly empty this year because of the ongoing border closure. ...

Key part of US residency program for investors set to expire

Jun. 30, 2021 17:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A program that has allowed wealthy foreign investors to obtain U.S. residency, and has long been the subject of complaints that it amounts to the wholesale selling of American citizenship, may be coming to a sputtering end. Congressional authorization...

UVM Food Systems Research Center gets $11M in federal funds

Jun. 21, 2021 15:28 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The University of Vermont Food Systems Research Center is getting $11 million in federal funding to support its work researching the regional food system, from production agriculture to food security, UVM and U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy announced Friday. ...

Burlington lifts mask mandate for fully vaccinated people

Jun. 08, 2021 14:47 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's largest city is lifting its mask mandate for fully vaccinated people in stores and public buildings. The Burlington City Council on Monday voted unanimously to drop the mandate. Vermont ended its mask mandate for fully vaccinated people...

Biden's $6T budget: Social spending, taxes on business

May. 29, 2021 00:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is proposing a $6 trillion budget for next year that’s piled high with new safety net programs for the poor and middle class, but his generosity depends on taxing corporations and the wealthy to keep the nation’s spiking debt from spiraling totally...

Biden's $6T budget: Social spending, taxes on business

May. 28, 2021 17:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Friday unveiled a $6 trillion budget for next year that’s piled high with new safety net programs for the poor and middle class, but his generosity depends on taxing corporations and the wealthy to keep the nation’s spiking debt from spiraling...

US report: Allies of El Salvador's president deemed corrupt

May. 18, 2021 00:22 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Allies of Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele, including his Cabinet chief, have been included in a list of senior officials in Central America deemed corrupt by the U.S. State Department, according to a copy of a report obtained by The Associated Press. The...

Vermont company gets $5 million for extreme cold system

May. 15, 2021 09:30 AM EDT

HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — A Vermont company is getting more than $5 million for a New Hampshire-based project examining the effects of extreme cold on different kinds of roadways and airstrips. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineer's Cold Regions Research and Engineering...