Additional Information on Peter Welch

* Over the course of his congressional career, Welch has voted: against a proposal to ban federal funding for healthcare plans that cover abortion-related expenses; against maintaining a work requirement for welfare recipients; against opening the Outer Continental Shelf to oil drilling; in favor of nearly $1.1 trillion in government “stimulus” spending during 2008-09; and in favor of a bill authorizing four weeks’ paid parental leave for federal employees.

* Welch believes that:

  • all U.S. residents should be eligible for social services, regardless of immigration status;
  • the Social Security program should remain forever under complete federal control, with no degree of privatization permitted; and
  • voucher programs designed to enable low-income parents to send their children to private schools are undesirable because they siphon vital funds away from public schools.
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