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Protecting the Rights of All Americans

Peter is fighting to protect the individual and civil rights of every American from discrimination on the basis of gender, race, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

  • Call out and fiercely oppose the discriminatory and inflammatory policies and statements of President Trump
  • Ban any form of discrimination on the basis of gender, race, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity
  • Reform the criminal justice system to address sentencing disparities
  • Block any attempt to undermine the freedom to marry
  • Overturn court decisions and state policies that undermine the right to vote

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January 16, 2019 Press Release

Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) was appointed today by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which oversees the federal government’s seventeen intelligence agencies and offices, including the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the intelligence functions of the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Justice, State and Energy.

November 27, 2018 Press Release

In a joint statement, Senator Patrick Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I) and Representative Peter Welch (D) said:  “While we sincerely appreciate the work of the U.S. Border Patrol in keeping our country safe along the Northern Border through their actions to interdict dangerous criminal behavior such as human trafficking, we are concerned to learn of the U.S. Border Patrol’s plans to operate a number of immigration checkpoints in the interior of Vermont.

July 19, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.), joined by Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), today introduced legislation to narrow the broad zone of DHS authority in the vicinity of U.S. borders. 

Under current regulations, the Department of Homeland Security has wide latitude to conduct traffic stops and warrantless property searches within 100 miles of the U.S. border.  Two out of every three Americans live within this border enforcement zone.

June 19, 2018 In The News

In a facility not far from the Mexican border in Texas, Rep. Peter Welch saw three young boys — brothers, he assumed — lying on thin mattresses under tinfoil-like Mylar blankets on Sunday.

“The three of them were holding onto each other for dear life,” the Vermont Democrat later described the scene. “They don’t know what their future is.”

April 11, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON - This afternoon, at a hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) sharply questioned Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg on his company’s failure to protect the privacy of its users, as well as the imperative of developing a federal regulatory framework that adequately safeguards user privacy going forward. Welch also took Congress to task for failing to enact much needed privacy protection legislation.

February 27, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON (TUESDAY, Feb. 27, 2018) – On the Net Neutrality National Day of Action, Senate and House Democrats – including Vermont’s Sen. Patrick Leahy (D), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I), and Rep. Peter Welch (D) -- introduced a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to overturn the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) partisan decision on net neutrality.  Leahy, Sanders and Welch are all original cosponsors of the House and Senate resolutions to fully restore the 2015 Open Internet Order.

January 16, 2018 In The News

Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., and other lawmakers in Congress plan to introduce legislation blocking a recent decision abolishing net neutrality regulations.

The Federal Communications Commission voted in December to roll back Obama-era rules that required internet service providers to give consumers equal access to all content on the internet.

January 12, 2018 Press Release

BURLINGTON, Vt. – This afternoon, at a roundtable discussion of business, education, medical, agricultural, and community services leaders, Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) unveiled legislation he will introduce in the House to reverse the decision by the Federal Communications Commission to gut net neutrality.

December 14, 2017 Press Release

Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) issued the following statement in response to a vote by the Federal Communications Commission this afternoon to repeal net neutrality rules. In addition, he will soon join colleagues on the House Energy and Commerce Committee to introduce legislation to reverse this decision.

May 16, 2017 Press Release

BURLINGTON, Vt. -- At a press conference today, Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) urged Vermonters to make their views known to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) about its plan to allow internet service providers to create a fast lane on the internet for large corporate customers willing to pay a fee to move their content ahead of other internet users.  Welch, a longtime advocate of a free and open internet, strongly opposes the FCC plan.  He was joined at the press conference by Mark Heyman from Logic Supply and John Kitonis from Inntopia.com.