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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.

July 14, 2016 Press Release
Takes to House floor to slam compromise that “makes mockery of consumers’ right to know”

WASHINGTON –  Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) took to the House floor this morning in opposition to House legislation that would preempt Vermont’s GMO labeling law with a weaker national standard for foods containing genetically engineered ingredients. The legislation (S. 764), approved by the Senate on July 7, passed the House by a vote of 306 to 117.

July 7, 2016 Press Release

(THURSDAY, July 7, 2016) – Many Vermonters saw the dramatic photos in 2011 documenting the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene. The Neshobe River overflowed and swept through downtown Brandon with such force that the flood closed the state highway and damaged several businesses and other structures.

July 5, 2016 Press Release
As Capitol managers look to expand accommodations for nursing mothers, Welch champions Mamava pods
On the heels of gaining House approval of his bipartisan amendment to make the U.S. Capitol complex more family friendly, Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) will deliver a letter this week to Architect of the Capitol Stephen Ayers urging him to partner with Burlington-based Mamava to add lactation stations in the Capitol and House office buildings. Mamava specializes in free-standing lactation rooms for mothers nursing their child in public areas.
June 29, 2016 Press Release
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT) today announced that Vermont has received $2.1 million in AmeriCorps funding. The grants are from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency for volunteering and service programs.
June 14, 2016 Press Release
Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) today released the following statement on the introduction of legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that would repeal critical swipe fee reforms to the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010.
June 10, 2016 Press Release
Amendment would require Capitol and House office buildings to meet GSA standards for nursing rooms
The U.S. House of Representatives Thursday evening passed a bipartisan amendment authored by Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), co-chair of the Maternity Care Caucus, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), and co-chair of the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues, Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA), that would bring the Capitol and House office buildings into compliance with the General Services Administration (GSA) requirements for nursing rooms in federal buildings. The initiative passed as part of H.R. 5325, the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act.
June 6, 2016 Press Release
Local NEXUS and TSA PreCheck enrollment available one time only in Burlington June 20 and 21
At the start of the busy summer traveling season, Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) today announced a more convenient opportunity for Vermonters to enroll in a program to expedite security screening at airports and across designated points of entry along the US-Canadian border, including Highgate.
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