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Senate panel approves changes to dairy insurance program in spending bill

“I believe that was progress in offering farmers a safety net,” said Vermont Agriculture Secretary Anson Tebbetts on dairy provisions in a U.S. Senate agriculture spending bill.

PTSD center in White River Junction poised for full funding

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee approved $40 million for the national center, the same level as the current year. The Trump administration had requested $19.7 million.

Senate GOP tries again; Vermont health care leaders shudder

The latest Republican health care reform effort in Congress includes more money for opiate abuse treatment, but Vermont health care leaders still don’t like it.

Lawmakers press FBI pick on Russian meddling, Trump loyalty

“Unless something extraordinary came out of here that I’m not anticipating, I would expect to support” nominee Christopher Wray, said Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.

The Deeper Dig: Obamacare repeal and Vermont

In this week’s podcast, health care reporter Erin Mansfield explains how the Affordable Care Act has affected the state and what health care in Vermont might look like if the law is repealed.

Sanders statement on Senate Republican health care bill score

News Release — Sen. Bernie Sanders June 26, 2017 Contact: Press_Sanders@sanders.senate.gov Sanders Statement on CBO Score of Senate Republican Health Care Bill WASHINGTON, June 26 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement after the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reported that the Senate Republican health care plan would raise the number of people without […]

Sanders introduces bill to expand community health centers

News Release — Sen. Bernie Sanders June 26, 2017 Contact: Press_Sanders@sanders.senate.gov Sanders and Clyburn Introduce Bill to Expand Community Health Centers WASHINGTON, June 26 – While Republicans attempt to force through a bill that would make health care unaffordable for millions of Americans, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and House Assistant Democratic Leader Rep. James E. […]

Leahy and Senate leaders urge path forward

News Release — Sen. Patrick Leahy June 26, 2017 Press Contact: David Carle (202) 224-3693 Leahy And Other Democratic Senate Leaders Urge Path Forward As Funding Deadline And Sequestration Loom WASHINGTON (MONDAY, June 26, 2017) –– Senate Democratic Leader Charles E. Schumer and Senators Patrick Leahy, Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Dick Durbin, […]

Analysis sees 21 percent premium hike with Obamacare repeal

The Kaiser Family Foundation says premiums would go up for Vermont Health Connect users of all ages. Meanwhile, Gov. Phil Scott and others came out against the bill.

Leahy reaction to Senate health care plan

News Release — Sen. Patrick Leahy June 22, 2017 Contact: David Carle (202) 224-3693 Reaction Of Senator Patrick Leahy To The Senate’s Trumpcare Plan We’re finally seeing why Senate Republican leaders have been hiding their shameful Trumpcare bill for so long. With no hearings, no debate, no vetting process, and no score, this plan breaks […]

Special report: EB-5 reforms face major hurdles

Fraud in the EB-5 program has been rampant, and Sen. Patrick Leahy has been critical of a lack of federal oversight.

Leaders call latest Obamacare repeal bill ‘tax cuts that would help the rich’

It would cut taxes on health insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, tanning salons, and families earning more than $250,000.

Sanders Statement on Sessions Hearing

News Release — Sen. Bernie Sanders June 13, 2017 Contact: Sanders Press Office Press_Sanders@sanders.senate.gov WASHINGTON, June 13 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement Tuesday after Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Russian meddling in the United States election: “The attorney general’s appearance raised more questions than answers […]

Smith: Vermonters could help Democrats find winning strategy

Any future presidential candidate can’t risk alienating potential supporters if national party leaders decide to shun rural areas of the country. Certainly Bernie Sanders understands this.