Sen. Patrick Leahy says he hopes the new year will bring a new camaraderie to Congress this year.
"I think that we have a chance to do better in this coming year. In the talks I've been having with both Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate make me think that may be possible," said Leahy, D-Vermont.
Leahy, the country's most senior senator, unveiled his legislative priorities Friday in Burlington. He says he wants to see an extension for expired long-term unemployment benefits, a minimum wage hike and new restrictions for the National Security Agency. And Leahy says every day he becomes more hopeful the lapsed farm bill can be passed back into law.
"I think we are at a point where this weekend we'll be able to complete the work on the farm bill and I will go back to Washington tomorrow afternoon to be part of that," Leahy said.
Leahy's Judiciary Committee will hold hearings on the presidential task force's report on NSA spying Jan. 14. He says regardless of what happens to whistleblower and fugitive Edward Snowden, the secret court process must be reformed.
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"You know, people say you might not need it, which is true, but this way you get a choice. I don't have to go out tomorrow," said Lorinda Henry of Milton. Henry says she hit the grocery stores TuesdayMore >>
Parts of Vermont could get up to 24 inches of snow in the coming storm. And VTrans officials are warning drivers they may not be able to keep up with the storm rolling in Wednesday.More >>
Tuesday, March 11 2014 11:49 AM EDT2014-03-11 15:49:17 GMT
A Plattsburgh woman faces charges for allegedly attacking someone with a knife. New York State Police were called to the Best Value Inn on Booth Drive Sunday night for a report of a domestic dispute. InvestigatorsMore >>
A Plattsburgh woman faces charges for allegedly attacking someone with a knife.More >>
Tuesday, March 11 2014 10:14 AM EDT2014-03-11 14:14:46 GMT
A Winooski man says he was held at knife point on Church Street in Burlington Monday afternoon as robbers took nearly 300 dollars from him. Police arrested 29-year-olds Andre Martel and Anthony HammondMore >>
A Winooski man says he was held at knife point on Church Street Monday afternoon as robbers took nearly $300 from him.More >>
Tuesday, March 11 2014 10:01 AM EDT2014-03-11 14:01:29 GMT
A South Londonderry man captured at the end of a high-speed chase now faces up to life in prison. Police say Christopher Bush topped speeds of 100-miles-per-hour in a stolen SUV. The 27 year old pleadedMore >>
A South Londonderry man captured at the end of a high-speed chase now faces up to life in prison.More >>
Tuesday, March 11 2014 11:58 AM EDT2014-03-11 15:58:56 GMT
Vermont State Police dive teams will search Otter Creek Tuesday for a missing Proctor woman. Maryann Foster, 59, went missing the week of Feb. 24 and there has been no luck finding her yet. Police sayMore >>
Vermont State Police dive teams will search Otter Creek Tuesday for a missing Proctor woman.More >>