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September 14, 2016 Press Release
Oversight and Government Reform Committee to hold much-needed hearing
Less than a week after Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) and Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) called on House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz to hold a hearing on recent prescription drug price hikes, the Chairman announced a hearing to investigate the cause of and potential solutions to prevent skyrocketing drug prices.
September 13, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Peter Welch (D-VT) released the following statement regarding the Financial CHOICE Act, legislation by U.S. Representative Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) that would gut the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010.

September 9, 2016 Press Release
Service Problems Outlined by Dakin Farm General Manager

WASHINGTON––The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a hearing this week on Rep. Peter Welch’s (D-VT) bipartisan legislation to improve the quality and reliability of phone calls in rural areas of the country.

September 8, 2016 Press Release
Welch: We have common ground on energy efficiency
Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) today delivered remarks at the opening of a House-Senate conference committee tasked with reconciling differences between two versions of a major bill encompassing energy and natural resources issues. Welch, a member of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee and House leader on energy efficiency issues, was appointed to the conference committee by Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi in May.
September 8, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON––Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT), along with Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) and seven other Members of Congress, introduced the Improving Transparency and Accuracy in Medicare Part D Spending Act (H.R. 5951) today, which would ensure our community pharmacists receive reimbursement at the rate posted at the time the prescription is filled. 

August 31, 2016 Press Release
Vermont Will Use $371,616 Award To Help Curb Over-Prescribing Of Addictive Drugs

WASHINGTON––Vermont’s congressional delegation – Senator Patrick Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I) and Representative Peter Welch (D) -- announced Wednesday that Vermont will receive $371,616, the maximum grant award possible, of about $9 million awarded nationwide in federal opioid abuse prevention grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

August 5, 2016 Press Release

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (Friday, August 5, 2016) -- As part of a continuing effort to bolster economic development in Northern Vermont, Senator Patrick Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I), Congressman Peter Welch (D) and Governor Peter Shumlin (D) joined Northern Border Regional Commission Chair Mark Scarano in announcing more than $1.8 million in federal grants on Friday.

August 2, 2016 Press Release
Welch-authored provisions will fight opioid epidemic and assist low income mobile homeowners
President Barack Obama has signed into law three initiatives authored by Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT). On July 22, two Welch amendments to help combat the opioid epidemic became public law. They were included in the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (S. 524) which passed the House in May. The provisions will help states and communities increase their capacity to treat patients in recovery and provide additional tools to prevent addiction and overdoses. The bipartisan amendments were sponsored with Rep. David McKinley (R-WV).
July 28, 2016 Press Release
On Thursday Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Representative Joe Courtney (CT-02), Senator Bob Casey (D-Penn.) and Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), joined by a bipartisan coalition of 57 other members of the House and Senate that includes Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.), sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack asking for assistance for dairy producers struggling with declining milk prices. Specifically, the lawmakers are asking for the USDA to use its existing authorities to expand and maintain U.S. domestic markets, encourage the domestic consumption of dairy products, and help dairy farmers through this financial crisis. Leahy is a leading member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and a former chairman of the panel.
July 18, 2016 Press Release

BURLINGTON, Vt. – Before serving lunch at Hunt Middle School, Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) today announced his co-sponsorship of two bills that would make summer meals more available to kids in need. Welch was joined by Doug Davis, Director of the Burlington School Food Project, Anore Horton, Nutrition Initiatives Director at Hunger Free Vermont, and Jan Kallio, SNAP Program Specialist at the U.S.

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