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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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October 10, 2018 Press Release

(TUESDAY, Oct. 9, 2018) – Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) announced Tuesday that two Vermont organizations have received $1.2 million in federal funds from the U.S. Treasury Department’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund.

The CDFI Fund awarded $184 million in grants and loans to 264 community credit unions and loan funds across the country that provide affordable financial products and services in economically distressed areas.

Two Vermont programs received funds through these awards:

October 4, 2018 Press Release

(THURSDAY, Oct. 4, 2018) -- Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) today announced that Congress has renewed a federal program that provides federal funding for passenger air service at rural airports across the country, including Rutland Southern Vermont Regional airport.

September 25, 2018 Press Release

(TUESDAY, Sept. 25, 2018) -- Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) announced Tuesday that the U.S.

June 21, 2018 Press Release

Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt) issued the following statement in response to today’s landmark Supreme Court decision in South Dakota v.

June 20, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) introduced a congressional resolution designating the week of June 11 through June 15, 2018 as “High Performance Building Week.” The resolution recognizes that high performance buildings promote water and energy efficiency, protecting natural resources and reducing costs for building occupants.

June 13, 2018 In The News

Rep. Peter Welch says President Donald Trump is playing Russian roulette with Vermont jobs by threatening to impose tariffs on Canada.

The Democratic Congressman held a news conference with industry representatives Tuesday to decry the president's posturing toward Vermont's largest trading partner. Welch noted 19,000 Vermont jobs are linked to trade with Canada. Vermont exports $1.2 billion worth of goods to Canada.

May 23, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, May 23 – Vermont’s congressional delegation – Sen. Patrick Leahy (D), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I) and Rep. Peter Welch (D) – Wednesday announced the allocation of more than $2.5 million in federal grants to six Vermont housing authorities to preserve, improve and develop public housing across Vermont. The grants were awarded under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Capital Fund Program.  

May 2, 2018 In The News

Vermont’s congressional delegation is pushing back against a rule proposed by the Food and Drug Administration that would require producers of pure maple syrup to put “added sugar” labels on their products.

Sen. Patrick Leahy and Rep. Peter Welch, both Democrats, joined maple syrup producers at Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks in Montpelier Tuesday morning to push back against the proposed regulation.

The lawmakers say that the labels would misinform consumers and could harm the industry, which does not put additional sugar in its syrup.

April 6, 2018 In The News

A visit here Wednesday served as a reminder to U.S. Rep. Peter Welch of the countryside communities that need a hand in order to prosper. 

"We should be reinvesting in rural America," the Vermont Democrat told members of the Old School Enrichment Council at the former Twin Valley High School, which they are turning into a community center. "That should be the priority." 

Welch recalled coming to Wilmington after Tropical Storm Irene devastated the downtown in August 2011. 

March 22, 2018 Press Release

Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) issued the following statement following his vote in favor of the fiscal year 2018 omnibus appropriations bill, which passed the House on a vote of 256-167:

“I voted for this bill because, on balance, it is good for Vermont and good for the country.