tv Sen. Patrick J. Leahy D-VT Announces Retirement CSPAN November 15, 2021 7:07pm-7:28pm EST
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the state is very special i think you all for being here not just because i used to - kelly salzman actually did a long time ago. [laughter] is one of the rules that i broke. having grown up right across the street to my sister mary had just south of my brother and and they decided together here, back in the 1934, parents including catherine who is here in my sister mary, and i announce my candidacy for the united states
senate. at that time i was 33 -year-old fourth term county states attorney and i wanted to launch a campaign and one that vermont had never sent a democrat to the united states senate and including someone my age. but i felt that i understood the need the values of vermont i thought for my generation i thought it was time for them to address this read one of the people that i ran in preparing was the dublin edmund burke's speech. to the electors of - and that served as my staff and he said a representative that to the industry and the judgment but then he said, a representative ought not to sacrifice his
conscience. and many describe it and appreciate some of the people here in this room today and said only for goods, i came to the senate the time and a constitutional crisis we face the nation broken by the watergate scandal the resignation of president nixon in the endless war in vietnam. within a few months of taking office, and part of the armed services committee, we were asked to vote to reauthorize and continue the war in vietnam. at that time, supporting vermont with the war was strong. but i'd always opposed it. and we voted five times and each
time vote to continue the war was by one vote and i was proud to be that one post. and i was they would respect my judgment in the conscious and even if they disagreed with my voted to end the war they learned early in my career, that they had exactly what vermont expected from the representatives. the hard work began as a member of the senate agriculture committee, we use it to bring these ideas essentially of the future and in the legacy program. in these program and concerned thousands of acres of working farmland and forest land in vermont, and throughout the country. that's why began program that brought tens of millions of dollars to the aging cleanup and
that's with god. also the place where they had more than 140,000 acres of gallant greatest fisheries in our state. in one of the things that we could do my set and i spent time in homes with families my farms in vermont and then i was talking that i was convinced that we needed a long setting standard and organic parliament and is chairman of the agriculture committee we were able to pass a law that established a national organic standards and organic farm sector now it is now 55 billion-dollar a year industry. across this country.
also the former chairman of the committee and only agriculture and forestry nine brought back every impression in the agriculture in the industry committee and every republican never democrat the voted me to do that. and again by meeting with people from vermont all of the need to have a lot of the staff benefits and the farmers markets to increase the student lunch programs to give lease to create the farm school program. today for than 30 million children receive nutritious school lunches across this country because of those programs pretty that we've established a national program to bring the school lunches from the local farms braided we also
had a competitive city, the legislation the proper but underfunded women and children nutrition program braided today because of the change, more than 7 million women infants and children receive much needed predict every time we see these programs thriving, in people from vermont their everyday life predict new markets for our farmers providing nutritious food to those in need and i don't doubt the legacy that this will go on for generations to come in on the judiciary committee, i served as chairman and ranking member for 20 years. my oath was to protect the constitution and are fiercely defended our civil liberties are right to privacy and pretty full
of information to the people that represent and this is resulted in legislation and the innocence and the protection act. and justice for all act and the freedom of information at. all of which made this a better country. as in this capacity, able to work to advance the first update to the violence against women act. to reauthorize that we had to have protections for the lgbtq communities the native american woman and to fight the sexual trafficking have children serving on the judiciary committee also met kinds of crisis since the attack of 911 read and now we have to protect our nation from a zealous administration that advocated some of the serious blowback's
the basic civil liberties so year after year i have worked through this tireless pushback from administrations and the judicial nomination. i always worked to keep the federal judiciary independent i did that for all america regattas of the political background and a recommended and went to the farm with some of the top judges in the land. including christina rice who became the first woman to serve in the federal district court in vermont. and most recently, the nomination of a historic accordance the second circuit court of appeals becoming the first of vermont represented the court of appeals by a woman and i am proud of it and also proud of all of the others providers in a recommended and too many other appointments pretty then
after a few more years, and assigned to the appropriations committee now appropriations committee may sound like a great big house of legislation with numbers and everything else. we did the simple, we just figured out how we got the states and will do it in alphabetical order. starting with v. [laughter] and in that capacity, i have a small state minimum and i had written and 70 was because of these funds vermont had the tools the resources that we need do for first responders after 911 and when tropical storm irene devastated and so many of our communities, and help those afflicted by the opioid
epidemic. and most recently effort to have billion dollars to help with the devastation act of the covid-19 pandemic braided these are long-overdue projects they can e so transformative for our states things accomplishments i believe came because of the first commandment that i made it to vermont and the vermont valleys to the challenges we face in home and around the world. with that in mind, my son and i have visited hospitals and areas all over the world in war zones and in places that had been war zones we have seen past the first law in the world banning the escort landmines and how proud i've been with this and
they sent me copies of the laws they passed copying that they read one privately and it was like he law and also led to another. to help the innocent victims long after wars have ended. are traveling to vietnam and they systems with landmines, the mitigation it of agent orange. in the troops there members of both parties, have been backed by the presidents of both parties and we show the positive steps works positive steps to do braided work to reestablish relations with cuba and right now i am working to undo the misguided policies of the last administration.
and i'm especially proud the family he law which requires us to withhold american aid in other parts of the world, that involves the violation of human rights. solomon regarded as most diplomatic . [inaudible]. throughout it all i've been fortunate to be supportive but my family and the remarkable people who have worked in vermont and washington. and served with fellow people from vermont to share money deep love and commitment to vermont and my mentors in my staff and bernie sanders and carla st. peter said of course
remarkable congressman and i collected this in so many ways, continues to set an example for the rest of the nation to follow. now i am proud of to be the longest-serving senator in vermont because i know my time in the senate has made a difference for people for vermont and hopefully will beyond. i know i've been there for where needed most and i know if it taking the best ideas to help them grow. and to the united states senate and vermont's values allow the world so yes, i am proud of to be vermont's longest-serving senator and while i will continue to serve vermont, marcel and i have reached the
conclusion that it's time to put down the gavel and pass the torch to the next person to carry on this work of our great state. and it's time to come home. so i will forever carry with me and enduring bond with my fellow people from vermont is common sense and goodness is what i strive to match. thank you all for being an inspiration it. and for all of the good is come from a work in the senate and dresses entered the state and our nation will remain resilient in the next generation will ensure our democracy that it remains whole and thriving later this afternoon i will join president of biden other members
of congress at the white house. and the president as well as sign into law, the largest in our nations infrastructure since the eisenhower administration it and inspired all of the rnc is done so with bipartisan support predict it will take on the challenging and passive reconciliation bills and appropriations bills. and when i returned to the senate, tell the members that what a privilege it is been 1194 signatures in the history of our whole country i will tell them how humble i am at this point i received from the people from vermont and venting and had been on the ballot 24 times predict actually between state and turning, 24 times, primary and
general elections rated how proud i was to see my name on the ballot but i will tell my fellow senators that i will not be on the ballot next year. and i will not run for reelection and that here at home just a few yards from where i grew up in mount claire representing you in washington's greatest honor and i am humbled and always will be with your support. i'm confident in what the future holds. and marcella and i will pray for the future and thank you all for that privilege. [applause] [applause] [inaudible].
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