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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."

 

Spotlight on Foreign Policy

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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October 17, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the world awaits the response from the Saudi government on the disappearance and apparent murder of Jamal Khashoggi, Rep. Peter Welch (D.-Vt.) yesterday joined Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Ma.) and seven House colleagues in introducing legislation to halt military aid and the future sale of arms to Saudi Arabia.

October 2, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Friday, September 28, 2018, Congressman David Price (D-NC), Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT), and Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA) were joined by 109 House Democrats in a letter to Secretary Pompeo urging the Trump administration to reverse its decision to end vital U.S. contributions to the United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA) and to reprogram bilateral foreign aid away from the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem.

July 17, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) issued the following statement on President Trump’s press conference with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki:

May 8, 2018 Press Release

Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) issued the following statement on President Trump’s announcement that the United States is withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal:

“The carefully-negotiated Iran nuclear agreement has resulted in the most stringent verification and monitoring standards ever imposed on a nation, preventing Iran from developing or obtaining a nuclear weapon. 

April 26, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Representatives John Yarmuth (KY-03), Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), David Price (NC-04), Lloyd Doggett (TV-35), Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), Barbara Lee (CA-13), Steve Cohen (TN-09), Peter Welch (VT-AL), Gerry Connolly (VA-11), and Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) released the statement below regarding the ongoing violence in Gaza:

April 16, 2018 Press Release

Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) issued the following statement on the Trump administration’s strike on Syria:

February 8, 2018 Press Release

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.

December 11, 2017 In The News

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.

June 5, 2017 Press Release

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.

April 7, 2017 Press Release

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.