Congress

Senators Bernie Sanders and Patrick Leahy are actively working to defeat the new GOP tax bill
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Vermont's two U.S. senators, Bernie Sanders and Patrick Leahy, are hoping to persuade several Republican senators to vote against the GOP tax bill, but they admit it will be an uphill battle.

At his weekly press conference, Governor Phil Scott expressed strong concerns about the House and Senate Republican tax plans being considered in Congress
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Governor Phil Scott says he has grave concerns about the two Republican tax bills being considered in Congress.

Rep. Peter Welch backs plan to end secrecy of settlements in cases of sexual harassment involving members of Congress
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Rep. Peter Welch says the settlement of all sexual harassment cases involving members of Congress should be made public.

Green Mountain Care Board chairman Kevin Mullin is hopeful that a new payment reform plan wll help control future health care costs in Vermont
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In the next few weeks, the U.S. Senate will consider a Republican tax plan and it's very likely that the future of the Obamacare individual health insurance mandate will be a big part of that debate.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., on Capitol Hill in April 2017.
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Taxes, gun control, judicial appointments and federal spending: The final weeks of 2017 will bring a full slate before Congress, with many decisions likely to come down to close votes in the Senate.

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Republican leaders in Congress want their plan to overhaul the country's tax system finished by Thanksgiving, but Congressman Peter Welch says he opposes the bill. It's just one of many issues on the congressional docket that's setting a dizzying pace through the end of the year.

New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen, shown speaking on Capitol Hill in Washington, joins "Vermont Edition" to discuss key issues facing the Senate.
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New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen discusses some of the top issues facing the Senate, including health care, North Korea, the Republican tax plan and protecting domestic violence victims.

Sen. Bernie Sanders 2018 re-election campaign could lay the groundwork for another presidential run in 2020
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Sen. Bernie Sanders wants to make his "Medicare for all" health care plan a top priority for the Democrats in the 2018 elections. But a number of moderate Democrats worry this approach will hurt their chances of winning seats in Congress next year.

Rep. Peter Welch wants House Republican leaders to hold a vote on several gun control proposals
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All three members of Vermont's Congressional delegation say a new Republican tax plan in Washington will provide wealthy Americans with a huge tax cut while raising taxes on some middle income people.

This Feb. 1, 2013, file photo shows a "bump stock" next to a disassembled .22-caliber rifle at North Raleigh Guns in Raleigh, N.C. A similar device was used by the gunman in Las Vegas who killed 58 people
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Rep. Peter Welch says he's disappointed that House Speaker Paul Ryan has decided not to pursue legislation that would ban the devices used in the Las Vegas shootings that allow semi automatic rifles to function more as automatic weapons.

A federal program that provides low-cost health insurance for Vermont children expired at the end of last month, but officials here say the state isn’t feeling a financial pinch just yet.

Rep. Peter Welch backs plan to end secrecy of settlements in cases of sexual harassment involving members of Congress
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Rep. Peter Welch is backing legislation to prohibit the sale of devices that turn semi-automatic rifles into weapons that allow shooters to fire hundreds of rounds per minute.

Rep. Peter Welch wants House Republican leaders to hold a vote on several gun control proposals
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All three members of Vermont's Congressional delegation say they'll oppose President Trump's tax plan because it favors the richest Americans.

Vermont Secretary of Human Services Al Gobeille, pictured here in Sept. 2017
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Most estimates conclude that Vermont would be one of the hardest hit states on a per capita basis by the proposed Graham-Cassidy health care bill.

Rep. Peter Welch wants House Republican leaders to hold a vote on several gun control proposals
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President Trump surprised a lot of Republicans and Democrats over the last few weeks by backing plans proposed by Congressional Democrats. But it's unclear how long the trend will last. 

Rep. Peter Welch wants House Republican leaders to hold a vote on several gun control proposals
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Congressman Peter Welch says he's pleased that President Trump is supporting Democratic efforts to protect young immigrants from being deported.

Sen. Bernie Sanders is urging Democrats to make certain that their top priorities are included in any upcoming Budget Agreement
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Sen. Bernie Sanders and his co-sponsors will introduce his "Medicare For All" act Wednesday afternoon. Sanders is streaming his announcement via Facebook Live.

Gov. Phil Scott sitting at a table with papers on it, looking at the camera.
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As Congress considers changes to the Affordable Care Act, a bipartisan group of governors is hoping to play an important role in the debate over a new health care bill. Gov. Phil Scott says the only way to tackle the issue is for Republicans and Democrats to work together.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will introduce a bill next month to create a government-run, single-payer health care system. And he knows it's going to fail.

"Look, I have no illusions that under a Republican Senate and a very right-wing House and an extremely right-wing president of the United States, that suddenly we're going to see a Medicare-for-all, single-payer passed," he said recently, sitting in his Senate office. "You're not going to see it. That's obvious."

FILE - Rep. Pete Welch, D-Vt., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Welch won both the Democratic and Republican nominations in August 2016 for re-election that year to a sixth term.
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Congressman Peter Welch has positioned himself as a Democrat who wants to work with Republicans. Polls suggest that's what Americans want from Washington, but so far bipartisanship has been hard to find in a polarized Congress.

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