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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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Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is amassing a following nationwide for his presidential bid. But he's causing headaches in the Democratic Party establishment, as evidenced by his lack of support from Democrats in Congress.

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Congressman Peter Welch says the upcoming vote on a nuclear agreement with Iran is one of the most important votes of his ten-year career in the U.S. House.

Welch says he supports the proposal because he believes it's the best way to ensure that Iran never develops a nuclear weapon.

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Congressman Peter Welch is taking an active role to help President Obama win approval for the administration's proposed nuclear agreement with Iran.

Welch says if Congress rejects the deal, it will set up a "very dangerous" situation in the Middle East that could end in war.

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Congressman Peter Welch says he's optimistic that President Obama's new agreement with Iran is the best way to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. He's also been pushing for a long term transportation funding bill, as opposed to the stopgap measure that just passed in the House.

All three members of Vermont's Congressional delegation strongly oppose President Trump's decision to pull out of a nuclear agreement with Iran
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All three members of Vermont's Congressional delegation say they are cautiously optimistic that a new agreement with Iran will ensure that Iran isn't able to develop nuclear weapons in the future.

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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.