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October 2, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Rep. Peter Welch voted for the updated Heroes Act passed by the House late on Thursday night to deliver much needed coronavirus relief to communities across America. The updated Heroes Act was trimmed to $2.2 trillion from the more than $3 trillion bill passed in May in an attempt to engage Senate Republicans to pass a compromise aid package.

September 25, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – On Thursday, the House passed energy efficiency legislation that included seven key priorities of Rep. Welch to transition to a clean, reduced carbon economy. This legislation is a bipartisan attempt to lower carbon emissions and build a clean, sustainable green economy.

September 23, 2020 Press Release

Rep. Peter Welch (D) applauded the inclusion of additional USCIS funding in the stopgap government funding bill (H.R. 8337) that passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday night. The additional funds, long championed by Welch and Senators Patrick Leahy (D) and Bernie Sanders (I), will prevent the furloughs of agency staff in Vermont, and across the nation.

September 19, 2020 Press Release

“Tonight is a devastating night for our country. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg may have been small in stature, but she was a titan of jurisprudence. A pioneer from the earliest days of her career, she won a landmark case for women’s rights in 1971, before being appointed to the highest court in the land in 1993.

September 18, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Rep. Peter Welch on Friday introduced legislation to extend the deadline for state and local governments to use funds appropriated by the CARES Act. Currently, the state and local relief funds from the CARES Act must be used by December 31st, making it impossible to complete long-term recovery projects. Rep.

September 17, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) today introduced the Nuclear Plant Decommissioning Act of 2020, which gives states a meaningful role in the development and approval of reactor shutdown plans and post-shutdown license transfers.

September 16, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representatives Peter Welch (D-Vt.-At Large), Annie Kuster (D-N.H.-2), Chellie Pingree (D- Maine-1) and Chris Pappas (D- N.H.-1) applauded the Trump administration’s decision to suspend a 10% tariff on Canadian aluminum imports.

September 11, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representatives Peter Welch (D-Vt.-At Large), Annie Kuster (D-N.H.-2), Chris Pappas (D-N.H.-1) and Chellie Pingree (D-Maine-1) on Friday sent a letter to President Trump asking him to reverse his decision to impose a 10% tariff on Canadian aluminum imports.

August 25, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representatives Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) on Tuesday introduced the Developing and Growing the Internet of Things (DIGIT) Act, which will help identify and eliminate barriers to the quickly developing ‘internet of things’ network of appliances and everyday objects.

August 22, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Rep. Peter Welch on Saturday voted to pass emergency legislation to protect the U.S. Postal Service from political interference ahead of the November election.


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.