Peter Welch

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.

Michael Cohen speaks into a microphone
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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.

President Donald Trump speaking into a podium mircophone.
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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.
Eman Mohammed for VPR

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.

A view of the US Capitol dome as seen through a window from the Russell Senate building.
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Vermont’s Republican governor and Democratically controlled Legislature have managed to do what elected officials in Washington, D.C., so far have not: provide financial relief to the federal workers forced to work without pay during the partial government shutdown.

Rep. Peter Welch and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at Welch's ceremonial swearing in on Capitol Hill on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019. The two Congress members stand in front of American flags.
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As the balance of power shifts in Washington, Brave Little State collected your questions for Vermont Rep. Peter Welch to shape our upcoming episode.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Vermont Rep. Peter Welch during a ceremonial swearing-in on Thursday. Both have their hands up and on a book and stand before two American flags.
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The 116th Congress opened Thursday, which means Democrats are now in control of the U.S. House, while Republicans maintain a majority in the U.S. Senate. VPR's Liam Elder-Connors is there, reporting on the shift in power in Washington, D.C.

Rep. Peter Welch will be dealing a number of controversial issues this week.
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Congressman Peter Welch was sworn in for his seventh term in Congress on Thursday. Welch returns to Washington amid a government in shutdown, a House of Representatives now controlled by his party, the Democrats, and a vote for a new Speaker of the House.

The makeup of Congress is vastly different as Rep. Peter Welch returns to Washington.
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR FILE

The new Congress opened facing the partial shutdown of the federal government. As he returns to Washington for his seventh term, Rep. Peter Welch joins us to discuss his thoughts on the efforts to resolve the impasse.

Looking outward and upward at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda. There are statues but really no people, as a partial shutdown is in effect.
Manuel Balce Ceneta / Associated Press

The partial federal government shutdown continues — and it looks like the shutdown will last into the new year.

Rep. Peter Welch stands at a podium with a Democratic Party banner behind him.
Angela Evancie / VPR

When Congress reconvenes next month, Rep. Peter Welch will be part of the Democratic majority in the U.S. House — the party's first majority since 2011. What role will he play in the new balance of power?

Pictured is the Border Patrol station in Richford Vermont. The Vermont congressional delegation is voicing concerns about planned checkpoints in the state up to 100 miles from the border.
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Vermont's full congressional delegation — Rep. Peter Welch and Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders — issued a joint statement objecting to the U.S. Border Patrol's plan to operate checkpoints deep within the state of Vermont, potentially up to 100 miles from the Canadian border. 

Congressman Peter Welch won re-election last week for his seventh term in the U.S. House.
Angela Evancie / VPR FILE

An azure wave did occur last Tuesday, when the Democrats took back control of the House in the midterm elections. Rep. Peter Welch will return to Washington in January as part of that Democratic majority. He joins us to discuss what that shift in power will mean.

Republican Anya Tynio, left, is challenging incumbent Democrat Peter Welch for Vermont's seat in the U.S. House.
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Vermont Edition continues its general election debate coverage, in partnership with Vermont PBS, with the two major-party candidates for Vermont's only seat in the U.S. House: Republican challenger Anya Tynio and incumbent Democrat Peter Welch.

Incumbent Peter Welch is seeking his seventh term in Congress. He was first elected in 2006 after Bernie Sanders decided to run for the open Senate seat.
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Incumbent Democratic Congressman Peter Welch is running for his seventh term in the U.S. House. As part of VPR's series of interviews with candidates for this seat, Welch joins Vermont Edition to discuss the key issues in the race, including health care and the Farm Bill.

A profile headshot of Brett Kavanaugh on a black background.
Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press

All three members of Vermont's congressional delegation are calling for a full investigation into a sexual assault allegation brought against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh before the U.S. Senate votes on his nomination.

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