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Congressman Peter Welch announced Friday morning that he has opted against a run for governor, and will instead seek reelection to the U.S. House of Representatives. And his early exit from the gubernatorial field means a wide open race in 2016.

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Congressman Peter Welch says the time has come for Congress to fully debate legislation that authorizes the use of military force in Iraq.

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The future of the proposed Trans-Pacific trade deal in Congress was in doubt on Friday.

The U.S. House gave its approval to the legislation by a slim margin but it rejected a companion bill that gives special aid to workers who are displaced by future trade deals.

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Gov. Peter Shumlin's unexpected announcement this week that he won't seek a fourth term in office has set off a wild scramble among a large group of potential gubernatorial candidates. One of those candidates is Congressman Peter Welch.

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An open seat for governor doesn’t come around very often. On the rare occasion it does, politicians have a tough time resisting the temptation to compete for it. 

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Transportation Secretary Sue Minter says she is incredibly frustrated that Congress will not pass a long-term transportation bill. Minter is putting a contingency plan in place to ensure that Vermont's summer construction projects can stay on schedule.

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Vermont Congressman Peter Welch has re-introduced legislation that would reveal intelligence spending that's currently classified. Meanwhile, the USA Freedom Act - another bill co-sponsored by Rep. Welch, that would rein in the government's bulk collection of personal data - passed in the House.

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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The U.S. House has voted to repeal the federal estate tax. Congressman Peter Welch strongly opposed the plan because he says it will add $270 billion to the national deficit and benefit very few people.

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Congressman Peter Welch says he's encouraged by a tentative agreement concerning the future of Iran's nuclear program.

Under the agreement reached between the United States and several other world powers, Iran would accept restrictions on its nuclear program for a decade, and in return, international sanctions would be gradually lifted.

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Congressman Peter Welch is sponsoring legislation to protect the personal information of consumers from electronic data breaches in the future. Welch says he's concerned because cyber criminals are stealing this data at an alarming rate.

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Members of Vermont’s congressional delegation are pressing their colleagues to prevent a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security this week.

The department’s funding will stop at the end of the day Friday if no resolution is reached, but Republican leaders in the House and the Senate have so far not allowed a vote on a “clean” budget bill.

The budget itself is not the point of contention, said Rep. Peter Welch.

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Congressman Peter Welch is sponsoring legislation to lift the travel ban with Cuba. Welch says he's convinced that normalizing diplomatic relations with Cuba will help create opportunities for democracy in that country.

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Congressman Peter Welch says he'll support a 12-cent increase in the federal gasoline tax as a way to provide long-term stability for the nation's Highway Trust Fund, which will run out of money by the middle of May if Congress doesn't act.

Welch says he’ll oppose any short-term solutions to this issue. If the Highway Trust Fund runs dry, thousands of road and bridge projects across the country and dozens in Vermont will be severely cut back.

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Net neutrality and equitable access to high-speed internet is a priority for many business leaders, and it's an issue that the House Energy and Commerce Committee will be weighing in on as the FCC considers new rules on net neutrality. Friday on Vermont Edition, we talk with Representative Peter Welch, a member of that congressional committee, about net neutrality and the impact on Vermont entrepreneurs.  We also look at raising the federal gas tax, Welch's opposition to the Keystone XL Pipeline, and his recent trip to Cuba as diplomatic relations with that country open up.

Two years ago, Congressman Peter Welch visited Cuba as part of a special congressional fact-finding mission.

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The U.S. House has given its approval to legislation that funds the federal government for the next nine months.

Congressman Peter Welch has voted against a $1.1 trillion budget bill that would fund the federal government for the rest of the fiscal year.

Audio for this story will be posted at approximately 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 12.

Congressman Peter Welch has voted against the extension of a package of tax credits for businesses and individuals. The $45 billion plan passed the House late yesterday. The vote was 370 to 46.

The legislation will allow dozens of credits to be used during the 2014 tax year. It includes deductions for NASCAR race track owners, college students, commuters, and some teachers. It also extends research and development tax credits for many businesses.

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When Congress returns to Washington next month for the second phase of its lame duck session, Rep. Peter Welch will be urging House leaders to schedule a comprehensive debate to consider President Obama's plan to increase military actions against the terrorist group ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

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All three members of Vermont's congressional delegation strongly support President Obama's new immigration reform plan. The delegation says the president had to act because the U.S. House failed to move an immigration bill. 

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Congressman Peter Welch has voted against legislation that would authorize the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

The Keystone pipeline issue came before the U.S. House on Friday and was approved by a vote of 252 to 161.

The State Department is currently reviewing this proposal because it would bring oil sands from Canada to refineries in the southern part of the United States.

President Obama is expected to announce his position on the proposed pipeline in the next few weeks.