Press Release

Welch Statement on S.Res.504 to Address the Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza Under Section 502B(c) of theForeign Assistance Act 

Jan 16, 2024

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Peter Welch (D-Vt.) today voted in support of Senate Resolution 504 offered by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), directing the State Department to provide a human rights report under 502B(c) of the Foreign Assistance Act. Senator Welch released the following statement: 

“I voted in support of Senator Sanders’ resolution because it asks important questions about the conduct of the war and the rights of civilians. Congress and the American people deserve answers to these questions.  

“The death and destruction in Gaza have been catastrophic. The bombing by Netanyahu’s government has killed thousands and displaced two million Gazans, who are now completely dependent on international aid. A staggering number of people face imminent starvation and death from disease. Saving innocent lives should be our urgent priority.”