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Improving the Economy

"While Vermont has bounced back from the Great Recession of 2008, too many Vermonters are still struggling to make ends meet.  My top priority in Congress is to ensure that Vermonters have good jobs, affordable health care, access to higher education, and lower energy bills.”

 

Spotlight on the Economy

Rep. Welch has been a vocal advocate in the House for creating good new jobs by investing in America’s highways, bridges, water projects, airports, railways, and the internet.  He led a coalition that forced House leaders to pass a sustainable highway bill.  Working with Senator Patrick Leahy and Senator Bernie Sanders, he secured critical funding to jump start passenger rail service along Vermont’s western corridor.

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November 15, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – This afternoon, Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) spoke against the Trump-Ryan tax proposal being debated by the House of Representatives. A final vote on the bill is expected tomorrow by early afternoon.

“If you asked 435 members of Congress if they want to raise taxes on students, the answer from 435 members would be ‘no.’ This bill was written by and for the donor class. Let’s defeat this bill and stand up for the middle class.”

July 19, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Rep.  Peter Welch and House colleagues representing districts along the U.S. Canadian border have introduced the Northern Border Regional Commission Reauthorization Act of 2017, which would reauthorize the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) for five years. 

July 13, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON –Reps. Peter Welch (D-VT) and Tom Reed (R-NY) today introduced the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Act which would help small and medium-sized American manufacturers adopt smart manufacturing technologies.

May 1, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), joined by a bipartisan group of 67 House colleagues, sent a letter to President Trump advocating for swift action to ensure Canada upholds dairy trade agreements.  Last week, the President called out Canada’s dairy trade practices as unfair to U.S. dairy farmers.
 

March 30, 2016 Press Release
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) Wednesday announced the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) will begin accepting applications for the next round of grants to encourage economic development and job creation along the norther border of Maine, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont. The Commission has approximately $1.7 million in federal funding to award to projects in Franklin, Lamoille, Caledonia, Essex and Orleans counties.
March 11, 2016 In The News

RUTLAND, Vt. - For years, Rutland has been working toward redeveloping its downtown. Now, Castleton University is jumping in with extended student housing.

November 30, 2015 Press Release
Following the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) release of the final rules for the 2014-2016 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Peter Welch (D-Vt.), Steve Womack (R-Ar.), and Jim Costa (D-Calif.) released the following statement.
October 28, 2015 In The News
Rep. Peter Welch is supporting a new proposed two-year budget deal that increases federal spending by $80 billion over the next two years. Welch says he hopes the agreement will bring a new bipartisan approach to the business of the House.
October 27, 2015 In The News
Passenger rail service to Burlington is four years away, state and federal officials said Monday. Vermont’s congressional delegation announced they had secured a $10 million grant for the Western rail corridor. “I am so proud and so excited at Rutland’s persistence paying off,” Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., said Monday after jointly announcing the grant with Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. and Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt. “Lots of people have reason to be proud of this grant.”
July 21, 2015 Press Release
At Northern Power Systems in Barre this morning, Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) called on Congress to re-authorize the recently-lapsed Export-Import Bank of the United States. Welch was joined by representatives of Vermont's business community as well as businesses that have received loans from the Bank, including Northern Power Systems.