FILE – In this January 30, 2013 file photo Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., speaks with freshman Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, left, about what lawma

 

              FILE – In this January 30, 2013 file photo Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., speaks with freshman Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, left, about what lawma
FILE – In this January 30, 2013 file photo Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., speaks with freshman Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, left, about what lawmakers should do to curb gun violence during a Judiciary committee hearing on Capitol Hill. Leahy, 72, has served nearly four decades in the upper chamber, and earned his perch as one of the Senate's most powerful, and visible, members. Now he is front and center in two of the most contentious fights facing a bitterly divided Senate: guns and immigration. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)