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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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July 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON (FRIDAY, July 19, 2019) – U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) late Thursday reintroduced their legislation to strengthen privacy protections in the United States by limiting the unreasonably large “border zone.”  Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) introduced an identical version of the bill in the House of Representatives.

March 7, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) joined House and Senate colleagues in introducing legislation to restore a free and open internet. The legislation would overturn a 2017 anti-consumer move by the Trump administration’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that gutted net neutrality protections enacted by the Obama Administration.

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.”

May 17, 2018 Press Release

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – Today, Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) and Peter Welch (D-VT) sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai criticizing his failure to address lack of broadband access in rural areas. The letter specifically cites Pai’s recent decision to delay addressing cuts to the Legacy Rate of Return program, a critical program responsible for bringing internet access to rural areas around the country, and cuts made to other programs designed to support broadband access.

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.

March 23, 2018 Press Release

Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), joined by Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) and Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), have introduced legislation to force the president to disclose the topline annual budget request for each of the 16 federal agencies conducting intelligence activities. Currently, topline spending levels are classified and hidden from the taxpayer.

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.