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"As a member of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, I have helped the main investigative arm of Congress review the effectiveness of federal laws and government programs. From oversight of Wall Street to holding federal regulators accountable, I will continue to work to ensure Vermonters’ tax dollars are being spent effectively and that federal agencies have proper oversight and transparency."


Spotlight on Oversight

A member of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Welch distinguished himself during his first term by writing legislation that closed a multi-billion dollar contractor fraud loophole. In recognition of these efforts, President Obama invited Rep. Welch to take part in the announcement of a major overhaul in government contracting procedures in March 2009. In 2014, Rep. Welch led a successful effort against excessive government regulations that would have harmed Vermont’s thriving artisan cheese industry. He has also led efforts to hold Volkswagen accountable for the environmental and financial damage that resulted from its vehicle emissions cheating scandal.

More on Oversight

March 23, 2018 Press Release

Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), joined by Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) and Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), have introduced legislation to force the president to disclose the topline annual budget request for each of the 16 federal agencies conducting intelligence activities. Currently, topline spending levels are classified and hidden from the taxpayer.

March 21, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) took to the House floor this morning to condemn yet another early morning tweetstorm by President Trump attacking Special Counsel Robert Mueller and undermining his independent investigation.

December 1, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) has joined Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) in introducing legislation that would boost funding for critical medical research. The bill would pay for the new research by requiring large pharmaceutical companies that break the law and settle their cases to reinvest a percentage of their profits into medical research conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  

October 10, 2017 In The News

Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) is not mincing words when it comes to Allergan Inc.’s deal with an American Indian tribe geared toward protecting one of the company’s top products.

“I was astonished at the creativity in craft manipulation to extend the patent,” Welch told MarketWatch on Thursday, adding, “they would only do that if they felt a kind of arrogant confidence that they can continue to get away with murder.”

October 3, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) joined House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) in sending a letter to the chief executive officer of Allergan demanding detailed information on the company’s unconventional transfer of its patents for the eye drug Restasis to the Saint Regis Mohawk tribe in order to maintain the company’s monopoly pricing power over the drug.

July 28, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC - Yesterday, the House of Representatives approved Rep. Peter Welch’s amendment to prohibit the Pentagon from using taxpayer dollars to purchase uniforms for Afghan National Army.  The House vote follows a finding by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) that the Department of Defense wasted $28 million on licensing a camouflage pattern for Afghan army uniforms that replicates lush forests, even though most of Afghanistan is a desert.

March 2, 2017 Press Release

Washington – Just days after the President proposed a $54 billion increase to defense spending, Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-5) and Congressman Peter Welch (VT-AL) introduced the Department of Defense Overhead Cost Savings and Transparency Act which would declassify the entirety of a report from the Pentagon which revealed $125 billion in administrative waste.

January 5, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a Member of the Senate Finance Committee, and U.S. Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.), a Member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, led nearly 60 of their colleagues Wednesday to introduce resolutions in the Senate and House stating the sense of Congress that President-elect Donald Trump should comply with the Constitution and follow the precedent established by prior presidents and convert his assets to simple, conflict-free holdings, adopt blind trusts managed by an independent trustees, or take other equivalent measures.
April 20, 2016 Press Release
Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) today introduced legislation that would ensure local communities have a significant role in the decommissioning of retired nuclear plants. The legislation also requires the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to publically approve or reject proposed decommissioning plans to ensure appropriate accountability and transparency measures are in place.
February 9, 2016 In The News
The self-described “most transparent administration in history” declined to say how much it seeks to bill taxpayers for individual spy agencies as part of President Barack Obama's final budget request to Congress.