Washington, D.C. – Senate
Majority Leader Chuck Schumer released the following statement on the
retirement of Senator Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont, the President Pro Tempore of
the Senate and Chair of the Senate Committee on Appropriations:
“Very few in the history of the United States Senate can match the record of Patrick Leahy. He has been a guardian of Vermont and more rural states in the Senate, and has an unmatched fidelity to the Constitution and rule of law. We agreed and worked on so many important issues together, but sadly, one thing we could never agree on: whether New York or Vermont has the best maple syrup.
“With Patrick’s help, we are confident Democrats will retain the seat.
“We wish Patrick, Marcelle and his wonderful family continued success and happiness. He will be sorely missed in the Senate.”