Questions for Senator Patrick Leahy?

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) will be visiting my work next week to speak and it’s possible I might get a chance to ask him some questions. If I do get such a chance what questions/comments would be appropriate?

Background data on Leahy to help evaluate this opportunity:

  • Leahy is the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and is a senior member of the Agriculture and Appropriations Committees. He ranks seventh in seniority in the Senate.
  • Patrick Leahy was elected to the United States Senate in 1974 and remains the only Democrat elected to this office from Vermont. At 34, he was the youngest U.S. Senator ever to be elected from the Green Mountain State. Leahy was born in Montpelier and grew up across from the Statehouse. A graduate of Saint Michael’s College in Colchester (1961), he received his Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center (1964). He served for eight years as State’s Attorney in Chittenden County. He gained a national reputation for his law enforcement activities and was selected (1974) as one of three outstanding prosecutors in the United States
  • As a leading member of the Appropriations Committee, Leahy is the Chairman of the Committee’s Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations and also sits on its Defense, Interior, Commerce-Justice-Science, Transportation-Treasury-Judiciary-Housing and Urban Development, and Homeland Security subcommittees.
  • Active on human rights issues, Leahy also has been the leading U.S. officeholder in the international campaign against the production, export and use of anti-personnel landmines. In 1992 Leahy wrote the first law by any government to ban the export of these weapons. He led efforts in Congress to aid mine victims by creating a special fund in the foreign aid budget, and the Leahy War Victims Fund now provides up to $14 million of relief to these victims each year. He was instrumental in establishing programs to support humanitarian demining and played a key role in pushing for an international treaty banning anti-personnel mines. He also wrote and enacted civilian war victims relief programs that are underway in Afghanistan and Iraq.


8 thoughts on “Questions for Senator Patrick Leahy?


    Of course you need to state his anti-gun stand first, perhaps in a friendly light, so that JUST ONE QUESTION really hits home.

    He won’t answer it of course, but it’d be fun watching him sidestep the issue.

  2. At this point Joe, it might just be best to ask him how to effectively wage a grass roots lobbying campaign. We may need to know this more than anything.

  3. I can’t think of anything that wouldn’t seem overly strident at the moment. Just One Question is a good suggestion, but it seems a bit small considering the “stimulus” garbage that’s already in the works (which includes the further nationalization of health care).

    Maybe he should be asked to explain why he feels that the limitations of Enumerated Powers should not be observed.

    I don’t know; things are so far out of hand at this stage, and so entrenched, so corrupt that corruption isn’t even seen as such, and these twits live in such isolation from reality, I very much doubt there’s value in any further discussion, most especially with a Democrat Senator.

    What we really need now is that “strict constructionist leader”.

    How about; What do we have to do to get you people to uphold, defend, protect and obey the U.S. constitution? See what I mean– strident?

  4. “Maybe he should be asked to explain why he feels that the limitations of Enumerated Powers should not be observed.”

    More specific version: Sir, why is the new administration side stepping the US Constitution overtly with NO opposition from the Congress?

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