Welch to seek Senate seat in Vermont

Rep. Peter welchPeter Francis Welch The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by ExxonMobil – Biden Praises Infrastructure Act, Talks With China’s Xi Leahy Retirement Shake Vermont Politics Senator Patrick Leahy Says He Will Not Seek Re-election MORE (S-Vt.) He announced Monday that he is running to represent Vermont in the United States Senate, launching a bid for the seat that was opened after the Senate. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph Leahy Texas Democratic Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson Announces End of Term Retirement Photos of the Week: President Biden, Kenosha Protest and a Pardon for Peanut Butter Democrats Struggling to Uncover Shutdown Strategy MORE announced that he will not seek reelection next year.

Welch, the only lawmaker representing the Green Mountain state in the United States House of Representatives, was largely seen as a successor to the seat that the 81-year-old Leahy first won in 1974.

In a video announcing his candidacy, Welch suggested that his Senate campaign could determine which political party will control the upper house next year, as Democrats seek to take advantage and Republicans hope to win seats.

“Powerful outside interests will come to Vermont to try to advance their interests, not ours. They know that an available seat in Vermont could be the difference between passing our positive agenda and Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnell Republican Senator: Decisions on the bills weren’t made based on whether they hurt or help Trump or Biden Schumer-McConnell reduce the debt ceiling drama Overnight Defense & National Security – Presented by Boeing – Senate Rejects Defense Bill MORE controlling the Senate again, ”Welch said.

“The Senate is hanging by a thread and the whole country will be looking at Vermont,” he added.

Welch, who was first elected to the House in 2006, said the election comes at a “difficult time for all Vermont residents,” pointing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

He also criticized Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) For stalling a number of Democratic priorities, including voting rights, Medicare for all, the Green New Deal, cutting prescription drug costs, reproductive justice and economic justice “.

“Everything is obstructed by Mitch McConnell’s Republicans in the Senate. They are fighting for failure, ”Welch said.

The Vermont Democrat said he will serve as a senator the same way he did in the House, with an emphasis on listening to voters.

“Here in Vermont we listen more than we talk. I got into politics as a community organizer after seeing what housing discrimination was doing to Chicago communities. And I learned that the best way to help people is to start by listening, focusing on solutions, not who gets the credit, ”Welch said.

That’s the Vermont way. This is how I do things as Congressmen from Vermont, and it is how I will do things if Vermont elects me as its senator, ”he added.


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