Vermont's Welch says

WASHINGTONU.S. Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vermont) cast a vote March 11to stop a House vote on a national security bill supported by the Bush administration. The congressman joined fellow U.S. House Democrats in successfully casting no votes against voting on the bill. This is the second time Welch voted in the direction of stopping the bill on procedural moves. The result of the March 11 roll call was 218 yes, 192 no votes which stopped House Republicans move to start voting on the bill that they believe is vital to national security and the war on terrorism. Since Jan. 4, 2007, Welch missed just 18 of 1,292 House votes while sponsoring 37 bills. However, none of Welchs 37 sponsored bills have been successfully enacted. He has co-sponsored 305 bills during the same time period which is considered few relative to the records of House peers. Regarding the Protect America Act, a November 2007 Gallup Poll ranked terrorism and the Middle East, as well as national security, as the top issues on the minds of most Americans.

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