Peter Welch

Rep. Peter Welch seated at a Capitol Hill committee meeting
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A number of House committees this week are ramping up their investigation into possible impeachable activities by President Donald Trump. As one of the three members of the House to serve on both the Intelligence and Oversight committees, Vermont Rep. Peter Welch is involved in the impeachment inquiry.

Congressman Peter Welch prepares for a floor speech.
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Congressman Peter Welch sits on the House Intelligence Committee, which is moving quickly with investigations into national security concerns raised by a whistleblower's complaint of President Trump's activities related to Ukraine and alleged solicitation of interference with the 2020 presidential election.

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Updated at 1:25 p.m.

Vermont Rep. Peter Welch was among the House intelligence committee members to ask acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire Thursday why he didn’t send the whistleblower complaint regarding a July 25 communication between President Donald Trump and Ukraine’s president to Congress sooner.

The three members of Vermont's Congressional delegation.
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Vermont Rep. Peter Welch is urging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to keep the scope of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump focused on recent revelations about a phone call with the Ukrainian president.

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Vermont Rep. Peter Welch supported House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's decision to launch an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.

A vigil outside NRA headquarters. People hold up orange letter cutouts that spell out GUN REFORM NOW.
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Over the course of a week, three mass shootings in Gilroy, California; El Paso, Texas; and Dayton, Ohio renewed a sense of despair, fear, sadness and anger for many Americans. The wave of recent tragedies has also revived conversations about enacting federal gun control legislation.

The news has been inescapable: 22 people shot and killed in El Paso, Texas on Saturday. Hours later, another mass shooting left nine dead in Dayton, Ohio. Dozens more were wounded. And even more were killed in deadly shootings in Houston and Chicago over the weekend. How do take steps toward healing after such horrific mass shootings?

Congressman Peter Welch prepares for a floor speech.
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After reviewing President Donald Trump's conduct in office over the past few months, Congressman Peter Welch says he's concluded Trump is unfit for office, and Welch says he now advocates for his impeachment. We talked to Welch about the case for impeachment, this week's testimony from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller and other issues facing the U.S. House.

Updated at 12:45 p.m. ET

Members of Congress likely won't confine themselves to former special counsel Robert Mueller's report when they question him next week in two open hearings, staffers said.

Mueller, who is reluctant to appear, has said he would confine himself to what he's already written — but the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence won't.

Updated at 6:12 p.m. ET

Homeland Security acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan says the U.S. has apprehended more than 800,000 migrants attempting to enter the country since last October, calling the numbers staggering and unprecedented, and that the influx has "challenged and overwhelmed every aspect of our border and immigration enforcement system."

Still, McAleenan said DHS "made significant strides in its effort to secure the border and help and protect migrants in our custody."

Congressman Peter Welch poses for a portrait outside his office at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C.
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Vermont Rep. Peter Welch is calling for President Donald Trump's impeachment.

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The U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform held a hearing Friday regarding Border Patrol detention centers. The hearing comes as the result of a report from Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General, which raised concerns about conditions at facilities near the country's southern border.

Vermont Rep. Peter Welch is a member of the committee.

Congressman Peter Welch makes phone calls in his office in Washington, D.C.
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Costs for generic medications have skyrocketed in recent years, with some increasing by as much as 8,000%. The explosion in drug costs is the leading factor behind the nearly 16% rate hike Blue Cross Blue Shield Vermont requested this month for participants in Vermont Health Connect.

Now Congressman Peter Welch is co-sponsoring several bills to reign in prescription drug costs at the federal level.

Rep. Peter Welch is a member of the House Oversight and Intelligence Committees, both of which heard testimony from President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen.
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Rep. Peter Welch is a member of both the House Oversight and Intelligence Committees And this week both committees questioned President Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen. Congressman Welch joins Vermont Edition to discuss what his committees learned in these hearings.

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President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen appeared Wednesday on Capitol Hill before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform to be questioned about alleged wrongdoing by the president.

Rep. Peter Welch will be dealing a number of controversial issues this week.
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It's going to be a busy week in Washington, D.C., for Rep. Peter Welch. The Vermont congressman is right in the middle of the debate over a number of controversial issues.

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Members of Vermont's congressional delegation are speaking out after President Donald Trump declared a national emergency Friday morning to fund a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Congressman Peter Welch poses for a portrait outside his office at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C.
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Sure, you might occasionally see Vermont's U.S. House representative when he's back in the Green Mountains — but what does Peter Welch's life on Capitol Hill look like?

Congressman Peter Welch makes a phone call from his office at Capitol Hill building in Washington, D.C.
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Normally our show answers your questions about Vermont, our region and its people. This month, we decided to do something a little different.

Rep. Peter Welch stands at a podium at the Burlington International Airport.
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Rep. Peter Welch apologized for a statement about the current government shutdown which did not acknowledge America's history of slavery.