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    At first glance, there's a lot of sex on the Internet. Or not at first glance: nobody can find anything on the Internet at first glance.
    — Patrick Leahy
    tags: sex  internet 
     
    Press releases tell us when federal agencies do something right, but the Freedom of Information Act lets us know when they do not.
    — Patrick Leahy
    tags: freedom  right 
     
    We've won wars before and we've certainly retained our rights as Americans.
    — Patrick Leahy
    tags: right  war  american 
     
    Judiciary is where my passion is.
    — Patrick Leahy
    tags: passion 
     
    In my view it is time to pass a good bill, a fair bill, a comprehensive bill ... Too many have been waiting too long for fairness.
    — Patrick Leahy
    tags: time 
     
    I look forward to the time when the membership of the Supreme Court's more reflective of the country it serves.
    — Patrick Leahy
    tags: time 
     
    The American public is sick and tired of being lied to.
    — Patrick Leahy
    tags: american 
     
    The rights of copyright holders need to be protected, but some draconian remedies that have been suggested would create more problems than they would solve.
    — Patrick Leahy
    tags: problem  right 
     
    A lot of people in my state of Vermont are gun owners.
    — Patrick Leahy
    tags: people 
     
    The court that serves America should reflect America.
    — Patrick Leahy
    tags: america 
     
    You get fifteen democrats in a room, and you get twenty opinions.
    — Patrick Leahy
    tags: opinion 
     
    I'd like something that faces reality. We have 12 million people in this country that are undocumented - that's a reality. It's not going to be like they're all going to leave. One of the reasons I'm holding this hearing in the morning is to hear from somebody who actually understands what's involved here - Janet Napolitano - and I hope that from what she says and what we hear from her, we can start building some consensus.
    — Patrick Leahy
    tags: people  reality  hope 
     
    We need to consider nominations as thoroughly and carefully as the American people deserve. No one is entitled to a free pass to a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court.
    — Patrick Leahy
    tags: people  american 
     
    [Sandra Day O'Connor] is a justice whose graciousness and sense of duty fuels her continued service, even agreeing to serve more than six months after her retirement date.
    — Patrick Leahy
    tags: justice  service 
     
    Why do the President and Vice-President constantly change the subject when asked to explain why things are going so badly in Iraq? The answer is simple. They have been consistently wrong about Iraq, and the results speak for themselves.
    — Patrick Leahy
    tags: wrong 
     
    Stealing is stealing. I don't care if it's on the Internet or you're breaking into a warehouse somewhere - it's theft.
    — Patrick Leahy
    tags: care  internet 
     
    I regret that some on the extreme right have been so critical of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and have adamantly opposed the naming of a successor who shares her judicial philosophy and qualities. And their criticism actually reflects poorly upon them.
    — Patrick Leahy
    This is a time when the protections of Americans' liberties are directly at risk, as are the checks and balances that have served to constrain abuses of power for more than 200 years. The Supreme Court is relied upon by all of to us protect our fundamental rights.
    — Patrick Leahy
    She [Justice sandra Day O'Connor] wrote - and this is one we should all remember - she wrote that even war is not a blank check for the president when it comes to the rights of the nation's citizens. She held that even this president is not above the law.
    — Patrick Leahy
    tags: law  right  war 
     
    Justice Sandra Day O'Connor serves as a model Supreme Court justice, widely recognized as a jurist with practical values, a sense of the consequences of the legal decisions being made by the Supreme Court.
    — Patrick Leahy
    The part that frightens the hell out of me is the goverment deciding where technology goes.
    — Patrick Leahy
    tags: hell  technology 
     
    Of course no president, Democratic or Republican - no president - is above the law, as neither are you, nor I, nor anyone.
    — Patrick Leahy
    tags: law 
     
    Relations between the United States and other countries, and our role as a global leader, are advanced by our willingness to help other countries in need. Foreign aid is essential to protecting U.S. interests around the world, and it is also a moral responsibility of the wealthiest, most powerful nation.
    — Patrick Leahy
    The last thing our founding fathers wanted was to be ruled by king with absolute power, and the next to the last thing they wanted was to be ruled by a temporary king with absolute powers for four years.
    — Patrick Leahy
    tags: power  father  year 
     
    Justice [Sandra Day] O'Connor has been a guardian of the protections the Constitution provides the American people. She's come to provide balance and a check on government intrusion into our personal privacy and freedoms.
    — Patrick Leahy
    She [Justice sandra Day O'Connor] rejected the [George] Bush administration's claim that it could indefinitely detain a United States citizen. She upheld the fundamental principle of judicial review over the exercise of government power.
    — Patrick Leahy
    Her [Jurdge Sandra Day O'Connor] judgment has also been critical in protecting our environmental rights. She joined in 5-4 majorities affirming reproductive freedom and religious freedom and the Voting Rights Act.
    — Patrick Leahy
    As the elected representatives of the American people, all the people, nearly 300 million people, that we in the Senate are charged with the responsibility to examine whether to entrust their precious rights and liberties to [Supreme Court] nominee.
    — Patrick Leahy
    The federal judiciary is unlike the other branches of government. And once confirmed, a federal judge serves for life. And there's no court above the Supreme Court.
    — Patrick Leahy
    tags: government 
     
    The American people deserve a Supreme Court justice who can demonstrate that he or she will not be beholden to the president, but only to the law.
    — Patrick Leahy
    tags: justice  people  law  american 
     
    The appointment of the next Supreme Court justice must be made in the people's interest and in the nation's interest, not in the interest of any partisan faction.
    — Patrick Leahy
    tags: justice 
     
    Senator Sessions has opposed protections for LGBT individuals. He's spoken out against Freedom Corps' marriage equality decision. He opposed the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. He opposed the nomination of Loretta Lynch, the nation's first African-American woman to serve as attorney general. These things worry me.
    — Patrick Leahy
    We have a whole lot of the president-elect's nominees that have not filled out their ethics disclosures. I can never remember a time when anybody was voted on for a Cabinet position who hadn't completed their ethics report, and certainly nobody should be allowed to vote until that's done.
    — Patrick Leahy
    tags: time  ethics 
     
    I think that we should not delay for the sake of delay, but delay until questions are answered.
    — Patrick Leahy
    tags: questions 
     
    I don't want somebody as attorney general who thinks he has to rubberstamp whatever the president says.
    — Patrick Leahy
    It's even more important for the integrity of the country if there are conflicts of interest in an administration, if there are things being done that they shouldn't do - and I hope there won't be, but if there were, you have to go and prosecute.
    — Patrick Leahy
    tags: integrity  conflict  hope 
     
    Most Americans want a sense of privacy. A lot of us don't realize how much of our privacy we're exposing by the internet.
    — Patrick Leahy
    tags: internet  american 
     
    Remember the attorney general is not a member of the president's staff. He's the attorney general of the United States. He's there to represent all of us, and it means all the laws have to be enforced fairly. And you can't bring your individual prejudices in there.
    — Patrick Leahy
    tags: law  prejudice 
     
    For the church to say that abortion is not acceptable for a Catholic is fine. To say directly or indirectly that on something that is a church teaching that you must also vote according to that - that's not acceptable in a country based on the First Amendment.
    — Patrick Leahy
    tags: church  teaching 
     
    I intend to have protections for the L.G.B.T. community in there. I'm not going to make choices between that community and the non-L.G.B.T. community.
    — Patrick Leahy
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