Spotlight on Foreign Policy
As a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Rep. Welch has sought to visit the regions in which the United States is actively engaged – both diplomatically and militarily. In 2009, Welch participated in three Congressional delegation missions: in February to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kuwait and Qatar; in June to Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip; and in November to Pakistan. In his first term in office, he also visited Iraq and Afghanistan.
"At a time when America finds itself embroiled in two wars, one thing is clear: it is time for the United States to return to a responsible foreign policy and end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. 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."
Rep. Welch's Recent Work on Foreign Policy
Welch Reintroduces Bill To Protect Taxpayers After Afghan Inspector General Report
May 14, 2013
On Tuesday, Rep. Peter Welch reintroduced legislation that would block all U.S. taxpayer assistance to Afghanistan until the President reaches a bilateral agreement with the Afghan government that would exempt American contractors from Afghan taxation. The legislation, first introduced in the last Congress, is being introduced on the heels of a Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) report which revealed that the Afgh...
Welch and Owens tell DHS to abandon cross-border fee proposal
April 25, 2013
Reps. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and Bill Owens (D-N.Y.) are urging the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to abandon a proposal to study whether fees should be assessed on passengers and pedestrians crossing into the United States at land crossings such as the ones in Vermont and New York.
In a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Welch and Owens urge her to reject the proposal, which was included in the Depar...
Associated Press: 'Some oppose study of Canada border crossing fee'
April 25, 2013
A federal Department of Homeland Security proposal to study charging a fee for people entering the United States by land from Canada and Mexico is being criticized by some members of Congress and residents from the Northeast who say a fee would stymie cross-border business and trips to visit family and friends.
Currently it costs nothing to enter the country by land. The federal agency proposes a study of a fee on land travel...
Seven Days: 'Drone Zone'
February 13, 2013
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) may be third in line for the presidency, but even he can't get his hands on a top-secret legal memo justifying the targeted killing of expatriate American citizens suspected of terrorism.
It ain't for lack of trying.
Shortly after a CIA drone strike killed the American-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in September 2011, Leahy called on the Department of Justice to prov...
Rep. Peter Welch to Lead Congressional Study Group on Europe as Democratic Co-Chair
January 9, 2013
The Congressional Study Group on Europe, a bipartisan organization committed to promoting frank and candid dialogue between American lawmakers and their peers in European capitals and the European Parliament, has named Rep. Peter Welch as the Democratic Co-Chair of The Congressiona...