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Middle Class

"Even before the Great Recession, hardworking Vermonters were feeling the squeeze of low wages and ever-increasing costs. The United States has a long history of supporting the middle class, but we must recommit to ensuring that those who work hard to make a living have the resources they need to support their families, get ahead, and save for a secure retirement. With every issue I face in Congress – from health care to education to energy – I am focused on increasing affordability and expanding the middle class."


Spotlight on the Middle Class

Rep. Welch’s bill, the Flexibility to Innovate for College Affordability Act, would allow schools to develop innovative programs to accelerate degree completion and reduce costs for students. He has cosponsored legislation that would raise the hourly minimum wage. He has fought for increased transportation projects and the jobs that follow for Vermont workers, and positioned himself as a strong voice for continued investment in our infrastructure. Additionally, Rep. Welch founded the House Affordable Medicine Caucus and has championed several bills to lower rising drug prices.


More on Middle Class

April 10, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), Rep. Lou Barletta (R-VT), Rep. Peter King (NY-02), and Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) announced they have rallied a bipartisan coalition to fight for full funding of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). In a letter to the House Appropriations Committee penned by the lawmakers, 164 Members expressed the critical importance of this safety net program to struggling families. President Trump’s budget proposal would eliminate federal funding for LIHEAP. 

December 14, 2016 Press Release

BURLINGTON, Vt., Dec. 14 – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., Tuesday called upon the CEOs of FairPoint Communications and the Illinois company that is set to purchase it, Consolidated Communications Holdings, to reverse the planned layoff of nearly 10 percent of FairPoint’s workforce. 

December 10, 2016 In The News
Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., is hailing congressional passage of legislation that will help Vermont and other states combat opiate addiction.
September 24, 2016 In The News

By Taylor Reed

LYNDONVILLE – The U.S. Department of Agriculture-Rural Development broke news Friday at Darling Inn during a traveling REAP Zone conference – nearly $2 million worth of news.

June 14, 2016 Press Release
Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) today released the following statement on the introduction of legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that would repeal critical swipe fee reforms to the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010.
June 6, 2016 Press Release
At the start of the busy summer traveling season, Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) today announced a more convenient opportunity for Vermonters to enroll in a program to expedite security screening at airports and across designated points of entry along the US-Canadian border, including Highgate.
April 22, 2016 In The News

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 10, 2016 Press Release
At the headquarters of a Rutland business committed to hiring veterans, Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) today unveiled his bipartisan legislation that would provide a one-time $5,000 tax incentive to businesses who hire veterans serving since September 11, 2001. Welch made the announcement at Casella Waste Management, a veteran-friendly Vermont employer. Six percent of Casella's work force are veterans.
February 5, 2016 Press Release
This week, the U.S. House of Representatives approved an amendment introduced by Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) that would expand the federal housing assistance program to cover previously ineligible expenses of low income mobile home owners. The bipartisan initiative was approved as an amendment to the Housing Opportunities Through Modernization Act (H.R. 3700), which passed the House and will now go to the Senate for further consideration.