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Leahy unveils his legislative priorities

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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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