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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.

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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.