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Peter Welch's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (VT) - At-Large, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - At-Large
Peter Welch has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2018 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 2018.

Pro-choice Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/interest-group/252/rating/7227 (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1016/rating/7720 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/524506/#.VZRENHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1174260/welch-schrader-introduce-bill-to-declassify-125-billion-in-pentagon-waste-report/?search=defense%20spending#.WzE-V63SQfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Campaign Finance: Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "In Congress, Peter will fight for: fair tax policies, including the expiration of the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy; a balanced budget that gives the government the ability to provide for the needs of its citizens; and the use of tax policy to foster economic development, technological innovation, and excellent educational opportunity." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/370876/issue-position-fiscal-responsibility#.VYyVLXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The economic struggles facing Vermont can uniquely affect the different regions of our state. That's why Congressman Welch worked with his colleagues from other New England states to write and pass legislation aimed at spurring economic development in Vermont's northern counties. The bill creates a targeted economic development commission to provide federal grants for infrastructure, job training, tourism development and other economic programs." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/524506/issue-position-fighting-for-working-vermonters#.VYyVc3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted Nay on HR 1 "Tax Cuts and Job Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/24168/62174/51272/tax-cuts-and-jobs-act#.WzE_I63SQfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I am committed to helping provide educational opportunities for all our children. The federal role must preserve the tradition of local control, complement the leadership of state and local government and not impose unfunded mandates." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/370884/issue-position-education#.VYyV23UVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "He believes we must immediately increase fuel economy standards for car and trucks, reverse the billions in tax cuts given to the oil and gas industry by the Republican Congress so we can fund renewable energy, aggressively improve efficiency and curb our green house gas emissions." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/370888/issue-position-global-warming#.VZRRX3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "As Vermont,s representative in Congress, Peter will fight to: use federal energy funds for the development of innovative renewable technology; improve investments in energy efficiency measures; and significantly increase the fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/370871/issue-position-energy#.VYyWs3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "He believes we must immediately […] curb our green house gas emissions. Peter will take his strong record of energy policy leadership to guide our nation toward a cleaner energy future." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/370888/issue-position-global-warming#.VYyW9HUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • 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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/842196/letter-to-gina-mccarthy-administrator-us-environmental-protection-agency-northeast-greenhouse-gas-initiative-is-a-model-for-the-nation#.VYyXjXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by the Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/interest-group/122/rating/7712 (votesmart.org)
  • 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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/888676/letter-to-john-boehner-speaker-of-the-house-163-members-of-congress-demand-a-vote-not-silence-to-prevent-gun-violence#.VYyYHnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "This historic decision by the Supreme Court clears the way to get about the business of ensuring that every American finally has access to quality and affordable health care. The Affordable Care Act will remain the law of the land." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/714628/welch-statement-on-supreme-court-decision-on-affordable-care-act#.VYyYd3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Peter believes we need an immigration policy that addresses the security and economic challenges illegal immigration presents. He believes we must secure our borders, enforce the law with a common sense program that provides for a path for earned citizenship, and assure we have a guest worker program to meet the needs of labor shortages, such as on Vermont's dairy farms." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/370894/issue-position-immigration#.VYyY9XUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "We hope that your actions will prevent the separation of undocumented family members of U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and DACA beneficiaries and offer protection to others who have long worked in the United States and have established strong ties with our communities." http://gutierrez.house.gov/sites/gutierrez.house.gov/files/documents/11.13.14%20Gutierrez-Lofgren%20Letter%20to%20POTUS%20on%20Exec%20Action%20Post%20Election%20%28FINAL%29.pdf (gutierrez.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Marijuana: Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed letter stating "Classifying marijuana as Schedule I at the federal level perpetuates an unjust and irrational system. Schedule I recognizes no medical use, disregarding both medical evidence and the laws of nearly half of the states that have legalized medical marijuana. A Schedule I or II classification also means that marijuana businesses in states where adult or medical use are legal cannot deduct business expenses from their taxes or take tax credits due to Section 280E of the federal tax code." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/847118/letter-to-barack-obama-president-of-the-united-states-reschedule-marijuana#.WzE9l63SQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Attorney General Sessions has cast aside a longstanding Republican principle of deference to the states in order to impose his misguided moral judgement on the medical and recreational use of marijuana. States that have legalized marijuana have done so after fully engaging their citizens on the decision and tailoring their laws to meet their unique circumstances. The federal government should defer to the states on this issue and use its limited law enforcement resources elsewhere." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1219466/welch-statement-on-sessions-marijuana-decision#.WzEtm63SQfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Should the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • 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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/806351/letter-to-barack-obama-president-of-the-united-states-no-arms-to-syrian-rebels#.VYyaU3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating "Roughly 250 days have passed since the President ordered military action against the Islamic State in the Levant (ISIL). Since that time, the United States, along with our coalition allies, has undertaken thousands of strikes against ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq. Like you, we believe that the United States must confront and ultimately destroy the threat of ISIL, which has shown itself to be a barbaric terrorist group, destabilizing the region, killing thousands, and displacing millions more." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/973956/letter-to-john-boehner-speaker-of-the-house-of-representatives-debate-and-vote-on-isis-war#.VZRUMXUVhHw (votesmart.org)

Key

Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

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