Preventing War With Iran 

Peter took to the House floor to fight for an amendment that will block President Trump from unilaterally starting a war with Iran. “Americans do not want another war in the Middle East,” said Peter. “Congress must assert its clear authority under the Constitution to check this erratic President and the ideologues in his administration who seem hell-bent on going to war with Iran.” Peter is a founding member of the No War With Iran Caucus. 

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Ending Annoying and Predatory Robocalls

Peter cosponsored and strongly supported the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act which was approved by the House on a bipartisan vote. The bill will stop the onslaught of robocalls by requiring every call to be verified, allowing the blocking of spam calls, and empowering the Federal Communications Commission to better protect consumers from scam artists.

Striking a Better Balance on Border Security and Civil Liberties

Under current regulations, the Department of Homeland Security has wide latitude to conduct traffic stops and warrantless property searches within 100 miles of the U.S. border. Two out of every three Americans live within this border enforcement zone, including most Vermonters. Peter has joined with Senator Leahy in introducing legislation to shrink this zone to within 25 miles of the border.

“We must strike a better balance between protecting our national security and preserving our constitutional rights,” said Peter. “A 100-mile unfettered enforcement zone is overly broad and unduly restricts the constitutional rights to privacy and protection from warrantless searches of millions of Americans. “This commonsense legislation will enable federal authorities to conduct the important work of protecting our borders while ensuring our civil liberties.”

Stopping Big Pharma’s Market Manipulation

Peter has introduced bipartisan legislation to make sure that no American pays more for prescription drugs than consumers in other countries pay for identical drugs. “Pharmaceutical companies make vital lifesaving drugs, but their manipulation of the market to the benefit of shareholders is shameful and must be checked,” said Peter. “Our bill will do just that. There is simply no reason why Americans should pay dramatically higher prices for drugs than citizens in other developed countries.”

Calling Out Foreign Interference in U.S. Elections

At a hearing of the House Intelligence Committee, Peter quizzed Special Counsel Robert Mueller about foreign interference in U.S. elections. Mueller, when asked by Peter if election interference with no consequences was “the new normal,” replied, “I hope this is not the new normal, but I fear it is.”

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“Shocking, Unnecessary and Inhumane”

Following reports of horrendous conditions at migrant detention centers along the southern border, Peter took to the House floor to slam the Trump administration’s policy of separating migrant children from their parents. “This is shocking, it's unnecessary, and it's inhumane,” said Peter. “In short, it's a policy of calculated cruelty, family separation and the infliction of wholesale suffering. This must end.” 

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Protecting Seniors from Abuse and Neglect

The House overwhelmingly approved Peter’s bipartisan bill to protect Vermont seniors from abuse and neglect by bad actors in the Medicaid program. Peter hailed the passage of his bill, saying: “This bipartisan initiative will empower state attorneys general to crack down on bad actors exploiting Medicaid beneficiaries, often in their own homes, while ensuring the efficiency and effectiveness of the program.”

Home in Vermont

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Peter met with an extraordinary group of college-bound high school students at Northern Vermont University in Johnson.

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In Morrisville, Peter convened a roundtable discussion to learn about the local fight against opioid abuse.

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Peter stopped by Woodstock’s Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park to visit with the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps.

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Peter toured Caledonia Spirits’ new space in Montpelier.