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June 3, 2016 Press Release
First of its kind state legislation will require drug makers to justify price increases to consumers

WASHINGTON – Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), a co-chair of the House Democratic Caucus Prescription Drug Task Force, issued the following statement in support of S.216, Vermont’s new law that will require drug makers to justify prescription drug price increases to consumers. Governor Peter Shumlin signed the first-of-its-kind legislation Thursday.  

May 24, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Energy and Commerce Members Bob Latta (R-OH) and Peter Welch (D-VT) today announced the creation of a working group to examine the Internet of Things (IoT).

May 13, 2016 Press Release
Welch calls for new funding for states and communities
The House of Representatives today approved a package of bills to address the opioid epidemic spreading across the country. The legislation would help states and communities increase their capacity to treat patients in recovery and provide tools to prevent addiction and overdoses.
May 11, 2016 Press Release
Protecting Consumers from Fuel Mandates
U.S. Representatives Bill Flores (R-TX), Peter Welch (D-VT), Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Jim Costa (D-CA) have introduced bipartisan legislation to address issues surrounding the fuel mandates of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The Food and Fuel Consumer Protection Act, H.R. 5180, limits the RFS mandate to levels that our nation’s cars, trucks, boats and other small engines can safely accommodate.
May 10, 2016 Press Release
Today, Representatives: Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Peter Welch (D-VT), Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), and John Conyers (D-MI) released the following statement after leading their colleagues in sending a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services urging them to move forward with their new proposal to create a demonstration project for drugs provided under Medicare Part B.
May 10, 2016 Press Release
Peri Kate Navarro, of Colchester, takes first-place with “The Wanderer”
Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) Monday announced the winner of the 35th Annual Congressional Art Competition at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier. Peri Kate Navarro of Colchester and Colchester High School won first-place honors for her mixed-media painting, “The Wanderer”. Navarro’s piece was selected from a field of 141 entries from students representing 31 high schools across Vermont.
May 6, 2016 Press Release
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, Federal Railroad Administrator Sarah E. Feinberg, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and Governor Peter Shumlin Friday gathered in front of Union Station in Burlington to celebrate progress made to restore passenger rail service to the iconic stop by Lake Champlain and improve freight service across Vermont’s Western Corridor. Leahy, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Welch late last year announced a $10 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to fund the last leg of the project between Rutland and Burlington.
May 5, 2016 Press Release
In wake of Volkswagen scandal, Welch’s initiative would establish criminal penalties for knowingly violating emissions regulations
Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) has introduced legislation that would establish criminal penalties under the Clean Air Act for automakers who install “defeat devices” in vehicles to bypass emissions regulations.
April 29, 2016 Press Release
DIGIT Act establishes a working group to identify regulatory barriers, spectrum needs, and security issues that would inhibit expanded use of the IoT

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) and Congressman Peter Welch (VT-AL) have introduced the Developing Innovation and Growing the Internet of Things (DIGIT) Act to facilitate planning and coordination among government and private entities to support expanded use of the Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT is a network of physical, everyday objects that have network connectivity.

April 27, 2016 Press Release
Initiative included in a package of committee bills addressing opioid crisis
The House Energy and Commerce Committee today approved an initiative by Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) that would help law enforcement gain access to real-time information on drug overdoses. The Examining Opioid Treatment Infrastructure Act (H.R. 4982), as amended by Welch’s initiative, was unanimously approved by the committee and will now head to the floor of the House of Representatives for a vote.