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July 28, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) on Monday introduced the Save Our Stages (SOS) Act, a bill to provide six months of financial support to keep independent live music venues afloat through the coronavirus pandemic.

July 23, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representatives Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and Katie Porter (D-Calif.) on Thursday sent a letter with 22 other members of Congress to Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar to ask how the more than $6.6 billion in taxpayer funds going to private pharmaceutical companies through ‘Operation Warp Speed’ (OWS) will support development of an affordable vaccine for COVID-19.

July 17, 2020 Press Release

Washington – Today, Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05), founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Telehealth Caucus, along with caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Peter Welch (VT-AL), Rep. Bill Johnson (OH-06), and Rep. David Schweikert (AZ-06), and caucus member Rep. Doris Matsui (CA-06), announced the introduction of the Protecting Access to Post-Covid-19 Telehealth Act.

July 1, 2020 Press Release

WINOOSKI – Representative Peter Welch was in Winooski Wednesday to highlight sweeping infrastructure legislation expected to pass the U.S. House of Representatives this evening.  The event was held near two Winooski projects that could benefit from the passage of the bill and included Winooski Mayor Kristine Lott, local developer Jacquie Dagesse and Vermont State Senator Dick Mazza.

June 30, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Nine bills to boost energy efficiency and promote clean energy authored by Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) were included in the comprehensive congressional climate action framework unveiled on Tuesday by the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.

June 25, 2020 Press Release

MONTPELIER – Rep. Peter Welch and Vermont racial equity advocates on Thursday gathered in front of the Vermont State House to highlight the expected passage of the Justice in Policing Act by the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday evening.

June 24, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representatives Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and David McKinley (R-W.Va.), and Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) today introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to help save energy efficiency jobs during and after the coronavirus pandemic.

June 22, 2020 Press Release

BURLINGTON – Rep. Peter Welch held a press conference Monday afternoon on Church Street with local restaurant owners to unveil bipartisan legislation that he recently introduced in Congress to create a $120 billion grant program specifically to help local restaurants survive during and after the coronavirus pandemic.

June 8, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Senator Patrick Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I) and Representative Peter Welch (D) on Friday sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig demanding improvements to the Economic Impact Payment program.

May 28, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by Rep. Peter Welch to revamp the Payroll Protection Program (PPP), providing more flexibility for small businesses struggling to survive during the coronavirus pandemic.


In The News

April 20, 2020 In The News

Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., and four other members of Congress, plan to introduce legislation this week that would help states to keep infection rates under control as they reopen their economies frozen during the Covid-19 pandemic.

March 9, 2020 In The News

LYNDON — Students studying climate science at Northern Vermont University sought advice from Rep. Peter Welch on messaging and more during a forum at the college Friday.

February 20, 2020 In The News

FAIRFAX — On a tour of the town, Rep. Peter Welch visited community staples and heard from business-owners about pressures facing Vermonters, ending his visit with a bottle of ginger-infused maple syrup.

January 23, 2020 In The News

BRANDON — Rep. Peter Welch said Thursday the town’s work on the Route 7 overhaul through its downtown serves as a model for how such projects should be done.

The Democratic congressman visited with town officials and went with them on a walking tour of the all-but-complete Segment Six project Thursday afternoon.

January 22, 2020 In The News

WINOOSKI — Rep. Peter Welch called on the Trump administration to abandon plans for tariffs on European wines, which Welch and members of the Vermont food and wine business community said would drastically hurt their businesses and the state. 

September 19, 2019 In The News

MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Congressman Peter Welch on Monday in Middlebury urged Vermonters to uphold the tenets of democracy and community service in face of a White House and U.S. Senate that he believes have collectively abandoned such values.

July 8, 2019 In The News

U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., compares the issue of broadband today to electricity in 1930s, when rural communities were slow to get connected.

The case for connectivity, he said, had to be made around social benefits rather than economics.

June 20, 2019 In The News

There’s plenty of money to tackle the opiate epidemic in Vermont and around the country. It’s just a matter of getting people to agree to spend the money.

June 7, 2019 In The News

ST. JOHNSBURY — Vermont U.S. Representative Peter Welch recently visited with young professionals in the Northeast Kingdom at Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury.

The Northeast Kingdom Young Professionals Network helped to organize the breakfast with Congressman Welch’s office.

May 2, 2019 In The News

Congressman Peter Welch spent the day with his Randolph constituents on Thursday, stopping by the Green Light Café, the Randolph Rotary, Gifford Medical Center, and the Green Mountain Glove Factory to talk infrastructure, economic development, and rural internet connectivity.