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Vermont Congressman Peter Welch joined fellow Democrats in a protest on the House floor that ultimately stretched 25 hours, and put a spotlight on the national debate over federal gun laws. He joins us on Vermont Edition on Monday to explain why he participated in the sit-in, and what he wants to happen next.

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Starting Wednesday morning, U.S. House Democrats staged a rare sit-in on the House floor to demand action on gun violence. Vermont Rep. Peter Welch was among those that participated, and spoke to VPR Wednesday afternoon from the cloakroom off the House floor.

Following this past weekend's mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, Democratic Rep. Peter Welch is calling on House Republican leaders to hold hearings to consider a number of gun control proposals.

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The U.S. House has given its strong bi-partisan support to legislation that overhauls a 40-year-old law that regulates toxic chemicals. The proposal will bring more than 64,000 chemicals under the review of the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Vermont's top Democratic officials say they don't think Sen. Bernie Sanders’ continued presence in the Democratic presidential race is hurting the candidacy of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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The Vermont Health Department is seeking a federal grant to help educate the public about the risks associated with the Zika virus. Health officials stress that it's very unlikely that mosquitos in Vermont will transmit the virus.

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Rep. Peter Welch is co-sponsoring a bill that will make changes to the program that's supposed to be a safety net for dairy farmers in times of low milk prices.

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According to the new VPR Poll, Sen. Patrick Leahy and Rep. Peter Welch enjoy strong bi-partisan support across the state, however the same cannot be said of Gov. Peter Shumlin.

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Vermont Rep. Peter Welch has thrown his support behind the presidential candidacy of his fellow congressional delegate, Sen. Bernie Sanders.

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The tension between privacy rights and national security flared up this week when a federal judge ordered Apple to unlock the iPhone of one of the two attackers who killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California in December.

We're talking to Vermont Representative Peter Welch about this issue, plus the controversy surrounding when to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court, and more.

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Rep. Peter Welch has voted against a $622 billion tax bill approved Thursday by the House of Representatives.

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All three members of Vermont's congressional delegation support President Obama's call for a formal declaration of war against the terrorist group ISIS, but do not support sending a large number of U.S. troops to Syria as part of the military strategy.

The House Democratic caucus will hear tonight from Frank Luntz, the country's leading Republican consultant, about how to successfully "frame the message" of controversial issues. 

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Congressman Peter Welch's opposition to a federal ethanol mandate for gasoline has come under fire from a pro-ethanol lobbying group. The ethanol industry has been airing a TV ad that says Welch's position makes him an opponent of renewable fuels.

But the congressman says the ethanol mandate has been bad for farmers and consumers throughout New England.

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State officials are enthusiastically supporting federal legislation that cracks down on Medicaid fraud.

Rep. Peter Welch is a lead sponsor of this bill. He says it's needed because millions of Americans have been added to the Medicaid program through the Affordable Care Act.

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All three members of Vermont's Congressional delegation are expressing enormous concern over President Obama's decision to deploy special U.S. operations forces in northern Syria.

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Rep. Peter Welch is supporting a new proposed two-year budget deal that increases federal spending by $80 billion over the next two years.

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All three members of Vermont's Congressional delegation say they support the outline of a new proposed gun control bill. But the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs say the measure won't be effective in reducing gun violence.

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Congressman Peter Welch says he's concerned that current leadership battle among House Republicans could result in the shutting down of the federal government in December.

To avoid this possibility, Welch is calling on a group of moderate Republicans to build a coalition with many Democrats to help elect the next Speaker of the U.S. House.

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House Speaker John Boehner has announced that he will step down - but the future of House leadership is newly complicated by Rep. Kevin McCarthy abruptly dropping out of the race. What's happening at the House of Representatives? And will a change in leadership - whatever it may be turn out to be - improve bipartisan efforts, or will it make it even more difficult for Congress to deal with critical issues in the coming months? 

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