U.S. Rep. Peter Welch early Monday officially launched his long-rumored campaign for the U.S. Senate. His candidacy comes one week after U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., announced he would retire in 2023.
A once 33-year-old Democratic insurgent became the 81-year-old dean of the U.S. Senate.
U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., is retiring after serving more than 46 years in the U.S. Senate. His exit from Congress opens a door to a new political guard in the state for the first time since 2006 — and a chance for Senate Republicans to clinch a majority in 2022.
VTDigger will livestream the 10 a.m. press conference from the Statehouse.
Barbara Mikulski’s choice may offer a glimpse into what Sen. Patrick Leahy may be thinking.
There is a dire need for a new strategy, perhaps a new way to govern. I don’t know what it is; I just know it is a conversation that we, as a nation, desperately need to have.
The Vermont independent, who chairs the Senate Budget Committee, has been instrumental in shaping the $3.5 trillion spending plan, which includes universal pre-K, an expansion of Medicare and ambitious steps to combat climate change.
Sen. Patrick Leahy’s fundraising is down from six years ago, the last time he was up for reelection. Meanwhile, Congressman Peter Welch — a likely candidate for Leahy’s seat should he retire — is accelerating his fundraising.
The 81-year-old senator hasn’t said whether he will seek a ninth term in the U.S. Senate, but Rep. Peter Welch appears to be eyeing the seat. Other top politicos have expressed interest in succeeding Welch in the House.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, wants to attach strings to a $50 billion pot of money earmarked for the semiconductor industry.
The Senate Appropriations Committee chair’s announcement follows a decision by leaders of the U.S. House earlier this year to restore earmarks, which were banned in 2011.
In the past, court appointments were rarely challenged by the opposite party. When Justice Antonin Scalia was confirmed, the vote was 98-0. For Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, it was 96-3.
Sen. Patrick Leahy said the Senate version of a federal Covid relief bill contains $400 million more for Vermont than the House version passed last week. However, Sen. Bernie Sanders’ push to make a $15 wage part of the bill was rejected, 58-42.
Long may our country be at least as great as it has been in the last four years, thanks in no small part to your leadership in the Congress.