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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
Bipartisan Bill to Expand Use of Telehealth Beyond Health Crisis

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
Welch bills boost energy efficiency and clean energy to create long-term and sustainable emissions reductions.

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
The House Will Vote on Final Passage of the Bill Later Today

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
Eligible Vermonters, including many seniors, report delays and confusing IRS guidance.

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.