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Leahy cell phone unlocking bill passes Congress

Posted on August 4, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



WASHINGTON, D.C. — In what he said is a victory for consumers, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., has authored legislation that will allow Americans to switch wireless carriers while keeping their cell phone or tablet.

The process, known as “unlocking,” affords consumers more freedom to choose the wireless carrier and mobile device that best suits them.

On Friday, President Obama signed the legislation, formally titled the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act.

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Editorial: Highway funding stalemate highlights nation's undoing

Posted on July 17, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Recent headlines tell the story of Congressional Republicans fighting with Democrats over highway funding. Republicans, who control the House, are holding funds to the states hostage in the hopes of forcing reductions in spending — or, at least, transferring more of the cost onto states. (How that helps taxpayers we’re not sure, but Republicans could at least claim they reduced federal spending.)

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BREAKING: Leahy to chair hearing on proposed constitutional amendment

Posted on May 15, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., on Thursday announced that the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing next month on a proposed constitutional amendment in response to the Supreme Court’s recent campaign finance decisions.

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Opinion: Greed, government corruption sustain poverty

Posted on March 10, 2014 |
By Morris Earle Jr.



The failure of foreign aid and the damage caused by corrupt governments are highlighted in Paul Theroux’s latest book on Africa, “The Last Train to Zona Verde.”

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Two-year farm bill marathon ends in a sprint

Posted on February 3, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Peter Welch is not among the taller members of the U.S. House of Representatives, but the Vermont Democrat can hoof it. I’ve got about five inches on him, but I’m struggling to keep up as we wind through the tunnels and alleys somewhere beneath the Longworth House Office Building.

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Farm bill promises relief for dairy businesses

Posted on February 3, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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WASHINGTON, D.C. — After years of wrangling, delays and setbacks, Congress appears to be on the precipice of completing a new farm bill, which Addison County dairy farmers say will protect their thin profit margins.

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New session, same old story on farm bill

Posted on January 16, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



WASHINGTON, D.C. — After reconvening for the new session, lawmakers in Washington, D.C., have found themselves again gridlocked over a new federal farm bill.

When Congress got back to business Jan. 6, some members expressed a belief that a new bill could be sent to President Obama before the Martin Luther King Jr. Day break. But those hopes were dashed as a new bill will not make it out of the 41-member conference committee to the floors of the House and Senate before members head home at the end of this week.

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Opinion: Postal Service being unfairly treated by Congress

Posted on January 6, 2014 |
By Jill Charbonneau et. al



The United States Postal Service’s woes began when Congress mandated prefunding retiree health care benefits for 75 years in the future — for workers not even born yet — at a rate of $5.6 billion annually for 15 years. This prefunding coupled with the overpayment of retirement accounts up to $75 billion, of which $11 billion is not disputed, and a cavernous recession rivaled only by the Great Depression in U.S. history makes a recipe for disaster.

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Editorial: A ray of hope within the GOP

Posted on December 16, 2013 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



In this season of hope, peace and understanding, it’s fitting that moderate Republicans in the U.S. House joined forces with Democrats this past Thursday to approve a two-year budget outline by 332-94. The 94 votes in opposition make up a large part of the Tea Party conservatives that have undermined mainstream Republican and Democratic agendas for the past four years.

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'Blue Card' would aid foreign dairy workers

Posted on November 14, 2013 |
By Zach Despart



VERMONT — A bill passed in June by the U.S. Senate would overhaul the nation’s immigration policy and grant legal protection to foreign nationals already working in the country.

Vermont dairy farmers are looking for immigration reform such as this because they find it difficult to fulfill their labor needs without a federally recognized legal status for all migrant workers. Those farms increasingly depend on foreign labor due to a lack of available labor.

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