A Foreign Policy Worthy of the Sacrifice of Soldiers
"Throughout our history, Vermont soldiers have responded to the call of the Commander in Chief to serve our country around the world. These brave men and women, along with their families, have paid a high price, including loss of life. In the aftermath of long and costly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the United States must execute a clear-eyed foreign policy that is worthy of the sacrifice of our soldiers and protects our national and homeland security."
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Rep. Welch was a leader of the bipartisan effort to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is an advocate of reforming Pentagon spending and aligning our defense posture with the realities of the 21st Century. He is deeply skeptical of American involvement in another war in the Middle East and a strong supporter of a two state solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict. As a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Welch has worked to root out wasteful military spending around the world.
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Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) issued the following statement on the Trump administration’s strike on Syria:
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and Rep. David Price (D-N.C.), joined by 100 House colleagues, sent a letter to President Trump urging him to continue United States funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and bilateral assistance to the Palestinians. The letter follows a recent Trump Administration decision to cut U.S. contributions to UNRWA by 83%, an organization which provides critical life-saving services to Palestinian refugees in the region.
President Donald Trump says his decision to buck the advice of America’s closest Muslim allies and recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is part of a broader strategy shift needed to produce a Middle East peace pact. But some lawmakers and experts argue the president has unnecessarily undercut himself.
WASHINGTON – As President Trump and his Administration reportedly weigh additional troop deployments and an expansion of the U.S. military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan, Congressman Stephen F. Lynch (D-Boston) and Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vermont) called on the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to hold a bipartisan hearing to examine the long-term strategies of the Trump Administration in both countries.
WASHINGTON—Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) today released the following statement:
“Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people is crime against humanity and a clear violation of international law. He is a war criminal who will be held accountable for his barbaric actions.
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will be joined by Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vermont, and Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, on his historic trip to Cuba.
The historic trip is scheduled to start March 20. This is the first time a U.S. president has visited Cuba since 1928.
Peter Welch is one of several lawmakers behind bipartisan and bicameral legislation that would authorize the use of American military force against the Islamic State.
As sponsors of identical bills, Welch, a Democrat, was joined by Rep. Scott Rigell, a Republican from Virginia, and Sens. Tim Kaine, a Virginia Democrat, and Jeff Flake, a Republican from Arizona.
The bills, introduced Thursday, have added fuel to a debate on Capitol Hill.