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Welch says his legislation calls for a tax that is “due,” not “new.”
In his opening statement and his later questioning of the witnesses, Leahy didn’t stake out a definitive position on a potential ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines,
If Leahy takes over Appropriations, he would have to relinquish his chairmanship of the Judiciary Committee.
Members of Stop the F-35 Coalition have complained that Leahy has ignored the concerns of local residents and that the public process has not been democratic.
Sen. Patrick Leahy successfully steered a favorable unanimous vote on electronic privacy legislation from the Senate Judiciary committee on Thursday, clearing another hurdle to updating a major decades-old privacy law.
Welch said he was “astonished” by President Obama’s recent debate performance, describing it as a major missed opportunity.
“When we don’t pass a budget it’s an indication that Congress is not functioning,” Welch told Rotarians.
The bill includes $1.9 billion in additional emergency highway money and a waiver that would lift the $100 million cap on funding that is crucial for rebuilding roads that were heavily damaged in Vermont by Tropical Storm Irene.
Steve Klein, of the Joint Fiscal Office, said one of the primary goals of the report was to “put a stake in the ground for baseline growth.” Without reform, medical spending will go up 7 percent a year.
Tropical Storm Irene dumped 7 to 11 inches of rain on central and southern Vermont and left many farmers with mud-covered fields, dead livestock and drowned crops.