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Creating Good Jobs and Rebuilding America’s Middle Class

One of Peter’s top priorities in Congress is rebuilding the American middle class and creating job opportunities for American workers.

  • 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

March 29, 2019 Press Release

(FRIDAY, March 29, 2019) – On Thursday the Office of Personnel Management announced an across-the-board 1.4 percent pay raise for federal employees, effectively ending President Trump’s cruelly timed executive order freezing federal workers’ pay.  Last December, in the midst of a 35-day partial government shutdown that left 800,000 federal employees furloughed or working without pay, Trump unilaterally cancelled a 2.1 percent across-the-board pay raise that was set to take effect in January.

January 22, 2019 Press Release

SOUTH BURLINGTON – Before boarding a flight at Burlington International Airport this morning to return to Washington, Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) unveiled legislation that will put an end to the practice of requiring federal employees to work without pay during the current or any future government shutdown. Welch will introduce his legislation in the House of Representatives later this afternoon.

January 15, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) took to the House floor today to call for an end to the 25-day partial government shutdown and share the stories of affected Vermonters ranging from furloughed federal employees struggling to pay their bills to those unable to access to critical government services.

January 11, 2019 Press Release

On the day that some 800,000 federal employees will miss a scheduled paycheck due to the ongoing partial government shutdown, Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) pledged to assist affected Vermont employees where possible.

Over 1,300 Vermont federal employees and contractors are working without pay or furloughed without pay. In addition, Vermonters do not have access to some government services including IRS Taxpayer Assistance and new loans from Federal Housing Authority and Small Business Administration.  

January 3, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Minutes before taking the oath of office to represent Vermont in Congress for a seventh two-year term, Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) recorded a video message to Vermonters to express his gratitude and outline his priorities for the new Congress, including fixing a broken institution—beginning with reopening the federal government—and an agenda focused on rebuilding middle class.

December 11, 2018 In The News

Vermont Representative Peter Welch tweeted his support for a measure to push job creation and environmental sustainability — a plan championed by one of the Democratic Party's youngest rising stars.

The proposal backed by Representative-Elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York has been termed the "Green New Deal." The name references President Franklin D. Roosevelt's initiatives during the 1930s to restore jobs to American workers and help the country get back on its feet after the 1929 stock market crash. 

October 25, 2018 Press Release

BURLINGTON, Vt. – This morning at Gardener’s Supply, Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) unveiled his legislation to remove two major impediments to older disabled Americans remaining in the workforce past the age of 65.

“It simply doesn’t make sense to penalize disabled seniors who want to remain in the workforce beyond the traditional retirement age,” said Welch. “This legislation eliminates two arbitrary barriers that discourage disabled seniors from working. And it ensures employers have dedicated workers ready, willing and able to get the job done.”

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:

August 1, 2018 In The News

Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., talked about health care, minimum wage and the struggles of working people during a town hall meeting Monday at Rutland Regional Medical Center.

Welch, who said he was “home for August” from Washington D.C., did almost all the talking. There were very few comments or questions from the audience of about 40, even though Welch repeatedly stopped to solicit questions. At one point, the congressman drew laughter when he asked if there were “any comments about any tweets.”

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.