House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03) released the following statement on the retirement of Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT):
“In his decades of service to Vermont and to our nation, Senator Patrick Leahy has distinguished himself as a dedicated and principled leader. Fittingly for the longest serving Senator, the mark that Chairman Leahy has made on our nation and our world is deep and broad.
“It has been my privilege to work closely with Senator Leahy this year as we have chaired our respective chambers’ Appropriations Committee, where we invest to create jobs, grow opportunity, and deliver for middle class families. He is someone always ready to work with his colleagues to craft funding agreements that deliver for the communities that we represent and strengthen the fabric of our nation.
“Senator Leahy has been at the forefront of the most important matters facing our nation, from his relentless advocacy for a more humane foreign policy to his work on privacy issues. His leadership on agriculture and environmental issues has helped support family farmers while protecting clean air and water.
“I have known Senator Leahy for more than 40 years, first meeting when I was Chief of Staff for Senator Christopher Dodd. Our values, which stem from our shared Italian heritage, have shaped our commitment to ensuring government works for the people. I will miss him and his ever-present camera when he retires.
“I look forward to working closely with Chairman Leahy for the next 13 months as we carry out our appropriations work. Senator Leahy, Marcelle, and their entire family have my very best wishes as they begin this new chapter.”
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