Congressional Delegation

Welch pays tribute to Vietnam veterans at VA, slams NSA

NSA “is a rogue organization,” Rep Peter Welch says during stop at White River Junction VA.

Welch’s political war chest adds another $213,000

Rep. Peter Welch answers questions from reporters at his Burlington office Monday. Photo by Alicia Freese/VTDigger

Sanders and Leahy each take in about $30,000 in July-Sept. campaign finance reporting period.

Sanders appointed to budget conference committee

Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders has clinched a seat on the budget conference committee, which will put him in the thick of upcoming negotiations between Democrats and Republicans. The 30-member committee’s goal is to forge a compromise budget by Dec. 13. The House and Senate passed markedly different budget bills back in the spring. If the […]

Leahy says shutdown fight encouraged him to stay in office

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., addresses reporters in his Burlington office on Thursday morning. Photo by Alicia Freese/VTDigger

Patrick Leahy, the nation’s senior senator, said Thursday that the Capitol needs “grown-ups” like him.

The Playboy Interview: Sanders waxes on oligarchy, presidential plans

Sen. Bernie Sanders. VTD file/Josh Larkin

“There’s an effort to privatize water, for God’s sake. I suppose somebody will figure out how to charge you for the oxygen you breathe.” — Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Welch presses Boehner to hold vote on budget, end shutdown

Rep. Peter Welch answers questions from reporters at his Burlington office Monday. Photo by Alicia Freese/VTDigger

Vermont congressman says the House likely has the votes to pass a continuing resolution without altering Obamacare.

Sanders ordered to hit the deck during Capitol Hill shooting

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Vermont delegation unharmed in street incident that forced the U.S. Capitol into lockdown; Sanders was outside when shooting occurred.

Leahy, Sanders vote yes on budget bill; House battle looms

Vermont Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., voted to avoid a government shutdown Friday. The Senate voted 54-44 for a continuing resolution to keep the federal government in business past Tuesday’s scheduled shutdown. The battle now shifts to the House, which is working on its own version. The two versions will then need […]

Welch drums up support for raising debt ceiling

Rep. Peter Welch talks to small business owners in Burlington on Monday, July 8, 2013, about federal and state health care reform. Photo by Andrew Stein/VTDigger

In Vermont, meanwhile, the Republican and Democratic parties are trading barbs in defense of their national counterparts and their roles in the slightly more imminent threat of a government shutdown.

Leahy, Sanders rail against Republicans on federal shutdown

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., covered a wide array of topics in a news conference Friday at his office in the federal building in Montpelier. Photo by Alicia Freese/VTDigger

Vermont delegation blames GOP for holding budget hostage in opposition to Obamacare.

Leahy-led hearing addresses feds’ policies on state-legalized marijuana

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Also today, the Marijuana Policy Project announced Vermont is one of 10 states it’s targeting for legalization by 2017.

Welch, Sanders cautiously optimistic about Russian proposal to avert Syria strike

Rep. Peter Welch talks to small business owners in Burlington on Monday, July 8, 2013, about federal and state health care reform. Photo by Andrew Stein/VTDigger

A third option to deal with Arab nation’s alleged chemical assault on its own people received with hope, skepticism.

Strange bedfellows: Leahy finds ways to work with Tea Party darlings

U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., at the inauguration of Gov. Peter Shumlin on Jan. 10. Photo by Roger Crowley

Senate Pro Tem has found common ground with uncommon allies like Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Mike Lee. ‘I’m trying to support what’s best for the public,’ Leahy says.

Congress goes on vacation, leaving behind a headache for anti-hunger advocates

Photo courtesy of the Vermont Food Bank

Vermont officials prepare for the worst as political squabble over food stamp funding cuts lingers in Washington.

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