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Clean Elections

Citizens United has opened a floodgate of corporate and unregulated dark money in federal elections. Peter is working to overturn the horrendous decision and enact public financing of political campaigns.

  • Overturn Citizens United
  • Get corporate and dark money out of elections by publicly financing federal elections
  • Require super PACS and other groups to disclose major donors
  • End the practice of gerrymandering congressional district boundaries
  • Expand online and same day voter registration


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July 24, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – At a Congressional hearing this afternoon, Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) asked Special Counsel Robert Mueller a series of questions on collusion and Russian interference in U.S. elections. When asked by Welch if election interference with no consequences was now “the new normal,” Mueller replied, “I hope this is not the new normal, but I fear it is.”

Rep. Welch is a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the House committee responsible for investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.

May 29, 2019 Press Release

Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) released the following statement in reaction to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s statement earlier today.  Welch is a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.

April 18, 2019 Press Release

Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Oversight and Reform Committee, released the following statement in response to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report, "Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election." 

"Finally, a redacted report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been made public, but not before a conflicted Attorney General blatantly provided a biased and incomplete view of its findings.

March 22, 2019 Press Release

Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) issued the following statement on the conclusion of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation:

“Special Counsel Mueller has completed his thorough work.  The American people have a right to know what’s in his report.  If the Attorney General refuses to make it public, Congress should demand its immediate release and subpoena it if he refuses.”


March 13, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) today spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives in support of a resolution calling for special counsel Robert Mueller’s report to be made available to the American public and to Congress. The resolution is expected to pass the House tomorrow.

A full transcript of Rep. Welch’s full remarks can be found here.

February 1, 2019 In The News

WASHINGTON (WCAX) U.S. House Democrats have one bill at the top of their list-- HR.1, which would make Election Day a federal holiday. They call it the For the People Act.

It's meant to expand access to voting, reduce the influence of big money in politics and strengthen ethics rules for public servants.

We talked to Congressman Peter Welch about it this week.

June 27, 2018 Press Release

Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) posted the following statement on social media concerning the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy:

“Justice Kennedy’s retirement could cement a right wing court for a generation. All of us who care about civil rights, civil liberties, women’s rights, getting dark money out of politics and more should make our voices heard in any way we can. Immediately.”


March 21, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) took to the House floor this morning to condemn yet another early morning tweetstorm by President Trump attacking Special Counsel Robert Mueller and undermining his independent investigation.

January 3, 2018 In The News

From President Donald Trump’s inauguration to the Women’s March, the narrowly defeated Obamacare repeal to the narrowly passed tax reform bill, the Russian election interference probe to #MeToo — 2017 was a year of high drama in Washington.

Vermont’s delegation, all three of whom are in the minority in Congress, sat down with VTDigger to reflect on the challenges and accomplishments of the year, finding themselves in new roles, and coming to terms with what they see as an unprecedented political situation in Washington.

Leahy: “In many ways the most frustrating year”

November 27, 2017 In The News

There are two great threats to American democracy today and neither one are named Trump, said Vermont’s lone-ranger congressman, Peter Francis Welch (D-VT).

“One is (the US Supreme Court decision) Citizens United and the immense amount of money in politics that’s not accountable,” Welch said. “And the other is gerrymandering, where you get boutique districts designed for either the extreme right or the extreme left. Those two issues have gotten worse since I’ve been in Congress. Trump just upped the ante.”