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Creating Good Jobs and Rebuilding America’s Middle Class

  • Create good jobs by rebuilding America’s aging infrastructure including roads, bridges, water systems, and airports
  • Build out high speed internet service in rural areas to help entrepreneurs succeed
  • Raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour
  • Close the gender wage gap
  • Repeal policies that undermine the right of workers to collectively bargain
  • Expand federal job training programs
  • Enact paid parental leave and increase funding for child care
  • Make health care accessible and affordable by passing Medicare for All
  • Cut the price of prescription drugs and import safe drugs from Canada
  • Increase funding for affordable rental housing and home ownership
  • Invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy to create jobs, lower energy bills, and cut greenhouse gas emissions

More on Creating Good Jobs and Rebuilding America’s Middle Class

April 13, 2016 In The News
Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., is seeking to change the dairy margin protection program to reflect the variation in feed prices across the country. The margin protection program insures the margin between what farmers pay for feed and the price they receive for their milk.
January 1, 2015 In The News

Cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, and kale are among the most popular products at Vermont farmers’ markets. But until recently, these specialty crops have not been fully covered by the national crop insurance program.

And when Tropical Storm Irene spelled disaster for dozens of farms across the state in 2011, many fruit and vegetable farmers lost their entire harvest that year, and they had no way of recovering the losses.

December 4, 2014 In The News

WCAX

The deadline for Vermont dairy farmers to enroll in a new price protection program has been extended to Dec. 19.

The Margin Protection Program is a voluntary insurance program that enables dairy farmers to protect themselves when prices fall.

The program buffers farmers when the difference between milk prices and feed costs falls below an amount selected by the farmer. Minimum coverage costs $100.

December 4, 2014 In The News

WAMC Public Radio

The deadline for dairy farmers to enroll in a new price protection program has been extended to Dec. 19.

The Margin Protection Program is a voluntary insurance program that enables dairy farmers to protect themselves when prices fall.

The program buffers farmers when the difference between milk prices and feed costs falls below an amount selected by the farmer. Minimum coverage costs $100.

December 4, 2014 Press Release

On Thanksgiving Day, Speaker John Boehner shared with the world ‘Boehner';s Turkey Brine’. According to the Speaker, "...the real secret is 16 ounces of pure maple syrup." This afternoon, Rep. Welch delivered to Boehner the world's best pure Vermont maple syrup to ensure his next turkey is the best ever.

December 2, 2014 In The News

Burlington Free Press 

With a Friday deadline looming, about two-thirds of Vermont dairy farmers have yet to grab a federal lifeline being offered to help battle against high feed costs and low milk prices.

September 4, 2014 Press Release

               

This morning at Fairmont Farms in East Montpelier, Senator Patrick Leahy and Representative Peter Welch encouraged Vermont's dairy farmers to enroll in the new Margin Protection Program (MPP) and announced a series of workshops for interested participants.

June 27, 2014 In The News

Burlington Free Press

An FDA official has sent a letter to Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., apologizing for "confusion" involving food safety regulations as they apply to cheesemaking.

The confusion surrounded the use of wooden shelves to age cheese, and whether this long-standing practice was permissible or subject to prohibition.