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Peter Welch's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)



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Peter Welch has failed to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2020 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart and voters like you.

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Issue Positions

For Presidential and Congressional candidates who refuse to provide voters with their positions, Vote Smart has researched their public records to determine their likely responses. These issue positions are from 2020.

  • "Will vote NO today on a bill restricting reproductive rights & penalizing employers for providing abortion coverage" (
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America. (
  • Rated 0% by National Right to Life Committee. (
  • "What is frustrating, I think, for America and for a lot of us in Congress is that our focus on policy is how many more tax cuts should we give to folks who don't need them" (
  • "Congressman Welch has placed the needs of the middle class at the top of his economic agenda and believes we must enact policies that help hard working Vermonters get ahead. He has supported ending tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans and instead providing tax relief for working families." (
  • Rated 100% by Alliance for Retired Americans. (
  • "Every American should have affordable health care. Let’s get it done! Expand Medicare to cover all #MedicareForAll" (
  • "This morning I joined 65 House colleagues in announcing the formation of the Congressional Medicare for All Caucus. What a nice surprise it was to greet these Vermonters who travelled to DC just for this event. We WILL get this done! #vtpoli" (
  • Rated 100% by Common Cause. (
  • Endorsed by End Citizens United. (
  • "I’m not going to letup in my fight to overturn this horrible decision #CitizensUnited" (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - For the People Act. (
  • "Americans across the country are speaking out and demanding action to address the crisis of systematic racism and police brutality," said Welch. "This bill is an important, concrete response to the pleas of millions of people for Congress to act. It will immediately prohibit deadly law enforcement tactics like chokeholds and will give citizens the tools to hold reckless officers accountable so that we can change the racist culture present in too many police departments. This bill is a comprehensive first step, but it is not enough. We must do more to build a more just society free of systemic racism that has held Black people down in our country for far too long." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 7120 - George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020. (
  • Signed a pledge stating: "If elected, I will sponsor legislation to cut military spending by 60% or more and cut total federal spending accordingly; close all foreign U.S. military bases; withdraw completely from the Middle East; and bring our troops home." (
  • Rated 0% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • Rated 85% by Council for a Livable World. (
  • "Taxpayers have a right to know what is in this report, especially at a time when President Trump is proposing a dramatic increase in an already bloated Pentagon budget," said Rep. Welch. "Our legislation will put a bright spotlight on wasteful defense spending. The Pentagon doesn't need more money, it needs more transparency." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 22 - Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. (
  • "Standing under a crumbling bridge in Waterbury, Peter called on Congress to do its job and pass legislation to invest in America's transportation infrastructure. He called out a patchwork plan that would take money from pension plans to fund a woefully inadequate "Band Aid" response to our crumbling roads and bridges." (
  • "We have to bring our 20th century infrastructure into the 21st century, and the only way we are going to get that done is by stepping up to the responsibility that we have to pass a long-term funding plan." (
  • Signed a letter stating: "Thank you for your leadership as we work together to deliver more assistance to struggling families across the country. In addition to presenting immediate hardships, the COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare and magnified the economic inequality that existed long before the crisis. As we consider additional relief, we urge you to reject corporate tax breaks that would widen the income gap and reward wealthy shareholders instead of workers." (
  • "This bill will quickly provide much needed assistance to families who are struggling to make ends meet, small businesses trying to figure out how to keep the lights on, and our medical providers who are caring for our loved ones and neighbors," said Representative Peter Welch. "We have more work to do to pull us out of this unprecedented crisis, but this bill is an important step to help us get there. Vermonters know that we are all in this together." (
  • "Going forward, Rep. Welch will be working with House leaders on a broad bipartisan energy package that will include major initiatives related to infrastructure, workforce development, energy diplomacy, and energy efficiency. " (
  • Rated 0% by American Energy Alliance. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 9 - Climate Action Now Act. (
  • "EPA's plan is a flexible, common sense approach to reducing power plant emissions that allows states and utilities to tailor remedies to local and regional circumstances. I am particularly pleased that this plan promotes energy efficiency as a key remedy to carbon emissions. Vermont has led the nation on energy efficiency and is reaping the benefits of lower electric bills, good jobs, and a cleaner environment." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 9 - Climate Action Now Act. (
  • Signed a letter stating "Thank you for your efforts to address the challenge of reducing harmful carbon emissions that are jeopardizing human health and threatening our environment. We were pleased to see your agency recently propose standards under the Clean Air Act for new power plants, and we applaud your commitment to develop standards for reducing emissions from existing power plants." (
  • Rated 94% by League of Conservation Voters. (
  • Signed a letter stating "Our nation has suffered at least 74 school shootings since the Sandy Hook massacre. The factors allowing these rampages are no mystery: loopholes in the background check laws, straw purchases, restrictions on law enforcement, and gaps in our mental health system." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1112 - Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019. (
  • Rated 0% by National Rifle Association. (
  • "Access to quality, affordable health care for every American is long overdue. The Affordable Care Act will bring peace of mind to millions of working Americans and their families, take decisions about health care coverage out of the hands of insurance companies, expand cost effective preventive services, and improve health care coverage for seniors." (
  • Rated 100% by American Public Health Association. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (
  • Rated 15% by NumbersUSA. (
  • "including spending billions of taxpayer dollars on an unnecessary border wall." (
  • Voted in favor of H J Res 46 - Relating to a national emergency declared by the President on February 15, 2019. (
  • Signed a letter stating: "We accept the responsibility to reach consensus on a legislative solution to DACA and are determined to resolve this issue. We believe immigration reform should be bipartisan and that only an open process allowing for the best ideas from both sides will demonstrate to the American public that we can find common ground." (
  • Rated 15% by NumbersUSA. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6 - American Dream and Promise Act of 2019. (
  • "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." (
  • ""In refusing to waive sanctions that were lifted as part of the Iran Nuclear Agreement, President Trump has manufactured an international crisis that risks an armed conflict with a nuclear Iran." (
  • Rated 0% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • Rated 85% by Council for a Livable World. (
  • Signed a letter stating: "Few decisions are more needing of debate than a move to launch attacks, or declare war, on a nuclear-armed state such as North Korea. Military action against North Korea was considered by the Obama, Bush and Clinton Administrations, but all ultimately determined there was no military option that would not run the unacceptable risk of a counter-reaction from Pyongyang. This reaction could immediately threaten the lives of as many as a third of the South Korean population, put nearly 30,000 U.S. service members and over 100,000 other U.S. citizens residing in South Korea in grave danger, and also threaten other regional allies such as Japan. In such a volatile region, an inconsistent or unpredictable policy runs the risk of unimaginable conflict. That is why we strongly urge you to adhere to the diplomatic approach recently articulated by Secretary Tillerson, who stated that your Administration's sole goal is to "seek a denuclearized Korean Peninsula," and that you "do not seek regime change" and "do not seek a collapse of the regime," both of which could lead down a path that could risk nuclear war." (
  • Signed a letter stating: "We support your restraint to date in resisting the calls for a "quick" and "easy" military intervention, and for your commitment not to send combat troops back to Iraq." (
  • "Congressman Peter Welch says it would be a mistake for the United States to launch air strikes in Syria to weaken the Islamic State known as ISIS or ISIL." (
  • Rated 0% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • Signed a letter stating "While we sympathize with the tremendous suffering taking place in Syria, we believe providing arms to Syrian opposition forces will exacerbate the conflict, embolden extremist forces, and potentially require further U.S. involvement." (
  • Signed a letter stating: "Exports from hardworking American farmers and ranchers across the country face barriers to the EU market, including high tariffs, unscientific sanitary and phytosanitary measures, and protectionist policies on geographical indications that hurt American exports not only to the EU but also to countries all over the world." (
  • Rated 83% by Public Citizen. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 5430 - United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act. (

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