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Peter Welch's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (VT) - At-Large, Democratic
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Peter Welch has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2016, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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 (
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America (
  • "The U.S. has long been a leader in ensuring safe and secure access for women around the world to contraceptives and other family planning services." (
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." (
  • "Extending tax relief for middle-class Americans will help the economy and help Vermonters struggling to get by. But digging ourselves deeper into debt by borrowing $700 billion to give millionaires and billionaires tax breaks is simply unconscionable." (
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." (
  • "Recently, 44 of my House colleagues and I wrote to President Obama, urging him to act now, to use his existing authority, to use already appropriated stimulus funds to build a national home retrofit program that will create jobs. Some call it Recovery Through Retrofit. Some call it Cash for Clunkers. I call it a sure-fire way to create jobs, and to create them now." (
  • "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." (
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Supported the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (H.R. 1), which invested more than $700 million into Vermont -- rebuilding the state's infrastructure, cutting taxes for small businesses, creating clean energy jobs, providing health care and unemployment benefits, and supporting state government." (
  • "We can extend the middle class tax cuts, as President Obama wants to, but we can stop it at $250,000." (
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally 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." (
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I am disappointed that after numerous Congressional letters and serious concerns from the environmental community the State Department has failed once again to adequately asses the real environmental impact of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline." (
  • Voted against S 1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone Pipeline" (
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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." (
  • "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." (
Yes Inferred Answer 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." (
  • 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." (
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 (
  • 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." (
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 3590 "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" (
  • "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." (
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." (
  • 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." (
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The highest court in the land has properly thrown on the trash heap of history a discriminatory law that denies rights to Americans based on who they love. With this uplifting decision, the Court is sending a clear message to our country: the days of denying rights to same-sex couples are numbered." (
  • Signed a letter stating "Gay and lesbian couples can now marry in nine states and the District of Columbia, and 18,000 such couples remain legally married in California. It is clear that DOMA does not rationally serve and, in fact, undermines, Congress's legitimate interests in the welfare of American families." (
No Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria 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." (
  • "By reengaging with countries around the world -- both allies and adversaries -- the United States can promote its interests first through diplomacy and tackle tough international issues like terrorism, nuclear proliferation, climate change and poverty. America must remain strong and protect its national security, but we have always been strongest when we have worked constructively with the international community." (
  • 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." (
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Social Security has guaranteed a retirement benefit to every American for over seventy years. I will fight the ideological agenda of privatization to assure every American has a secure retirement." (


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

Inferred Answer

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