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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.

May 27, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Reps. Peter Welch (D-Vt.), Stephen F. Lynch (D-Mass.) and Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) introduced legislation Wednesday to protect Dr. Anthony Fauci and other directors of National Research Institutes and Centers from being fired for politically-motivated reasons.

May 16, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives passed a $3 trillion bill, the Heroes Act (H.R. 6800), late Friday night to address the unprecedented and ongoing economic and public health crisis. The bill would provide direct aid to individuals and help first responders, small businesses, and state and local governments respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 13, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Senator Patrick Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I) and Representative Peter Welch (D), co-chair of the Congressional Dairy Farmer Caucus, on Wednesday led a letter to Secretary Sonny Perdue urging the U.S.

May 8, 2020 Press Release

Senator Patrick Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I), and Representative Peter Welch (D) Friday issued the following statement to inform farmers and agribusinesses of newly available assistance from the Small Business Administration (SBA).  The SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program is now available to farm businesses in addition to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP):

April 30, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Peter Welch today joined House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) and 10 other members of the Rural Broadband Task Force and Energy and Commerce Committee, to announce the House Democratic Plan to Connect All Americans to Affordable Broadband Internet.

April 29, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Senator Patrick Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I), and Representative Peter Welch (D) on Wednesday sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Carranza urging them to provide clear and official guidance about the loan forgiveness provisions in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

April 24, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Rep. Peter Welch returned to Washington, D.C. yesterday to vote for the latest COVID-19 pandemic relief legislation. The House passed the $484 billion package with an overwhelming 388-5 bipartisan vote, which replenishes funds for the Paycheck Protection Program, increases aid for hospitals caring for the sick, and expands nationwide testing capacity.

April 21, 2020 Press Release

Vermont’s state colleges have provided Vermonters with access to higher education and helped to build the Vermont workforce for the past 60 years.  They are an essential part of our post-secondary system and the economic drivers of rural regions around the state.

April 14, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Peter Welch, co-founder of the Congressional Dairy Farmer Caucus, on Tuesday led a letter to Secretary Perdue, urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to support dairy farmers facing an economic crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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