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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

November 22, 2017 Press Release

Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) issued the following statement in response to the Federal Communications Commission chairman’s proposal to repeal net neutrality rules.

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.”

A full transcript of Rep. Welch’s remarks can be found here.

September 29, 2017 Press Release

BURLINGTON, Vt. - This morning at Trinity Children’s Center, Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), unveiled legislation he is supporting in Congress that will ensure Vermont parents have access to affordable, high-quality early child care. Welch was joined by two Vermont parents, Jay Isakson and TJ Walker, as well Megan Godfrey, Executive Director of Trinity Children’s Center, Lisa Ventriss, President of the Vermont Business Roundtable, and Marianne Miller, Director of the New England Head Start Association.

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.
 

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.