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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.”
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.
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.
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.