PETER WELCH, Senator for Vermont

WASHINGTON– As the United States Senate prepares an emergency supplemental appropriations bill to respond to the ongoing humanitarian and military crises in Ukraine, Israel, Gaza, and elsewhere, Senator Peter Welch (D-VT) joined Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Ed Markey (D-MA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in a letter to Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) urging that as Congress considers an emergency supplemental appropriations bill, funding be included to address the urgent and growing emergencies facing the American people at home in addition to dealing with crises abroad.

“The supplemental cannot just be about responding to emergencies abroad,” wrote the senators. “In America today, working families, the children, the elderly, the sick and the poor are struggling to deal with major crises at home that demand our immediate attention. How can we tell our constituents who are struggling to pay for the basic necessities of life that Congress can immediately provide tens of billions of dollars in taxpayer funding to deal with emergencies abroad, but we somehow cannot afford to respond to the severe economic pain that they are feeling at home?”

The senators highlighted the following emergencies at home that should be addressed in the supplemental:

“We have a responsibility to act boldly to respond to ALL of the major emergencies we face – both at home and abroad,” the senators wrote.

To read the full letter, click here.