Thank You! President Pro Tempore Patrick LeahySubmitted by Dialed-IN on Wed, 12/26/2012 - 10:04
Upon the death of President Pro Tempore(PPT) AND Chair of the Appropriation Committee Daniel Inouye, Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy became the new PPT(which is always the most senior Senator of the majority party).
However PPT Leahy chose not to take the Chairmanship of the Appropriations Committee, that then went to Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski. Had PPT Leahy taken that seat, he would have had to give up his Chairmanship of the Judiciary Committee.
Let me quickly sum up why THAT HAD HUGE IMPLICATIONS.
His statement said: “Chairing the Judiciary Committee and maintaining my seniority on the Appropriations Committee will allow me to protect both the Constitution and Vermont.”
"Had he relinquished the Judiciary Committee chair, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., would have had seniority to succeed him and would have been expected to use the position to advance legislation that would ban assault weapons and potentially other restrictions."
Thank you, good luck, and REMEMBER the 2nd Amendment President Pro Tempore Leahy.