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January 13, 2017 Press Release
Persistent phone call completion problems in rural communities are creating major inconveniences for families, hurting businesses, and threatening public safety
Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) this week introduced bipartisan legislation to improve rural call completion. Persistent phone call completion problems in rural communities are creating major inconveniences for families, hurting businesses, and threatening public safety. The Improving Rural Call Quality and Reliability Act would direct the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to establish basic quality standards for providers that transmit voice calls to help ensure businesses, families, and emergency responders can count on phone calls being completed.
January 9, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Welch and Democratic members of Congress introduced bills in the U.S.  House and Senate that would require the President and Vice President to disclose and divest any potential financial conflicts of interest.

January 5, 2017 Press Release
Senators, Reps. cite Constitution’s language shielding President from foreign financial influence
U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a Member of the Senate Finance Committee, and U.S. Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.), a Member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, led nearly 60 of their colleagues Wednesday to introduce resolutions in the Senate and House stating the sense of Congress that President-elect Donald Trump should comply with the Constitution and follow the precedent established by prior presidents and convert his assets to simple, conflict-free holdings, adopt blind trusts managed by an independent trustees, or take other equivalent measures.
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January 4, 2017 Press Release
President-elect Trump embraced drug price negotiation in campaign; Move would cut drug prices for seniors and save taxpayers billions
In his first bill introduction in the new Congress, Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) today unveiled legislation that would cut the cost of prescription drugs for seniors and save taxpayers billions of dollars.
January 4, 2017 Press Release
The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Internet of Things (IoT) Working Group, co-chaired by Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) and Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT), has released a report detailing findings they gathered during the 114th Congress.
December 16, 2016 Press Release
Demands FDA investigation and enforcement action against manufacturers
Continuing his advocacy to protect Vermont’s dairy farmers as well as the consumers’ right to know, Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), joined by Mike Simpson (R-ID) and 23 other members of Congress, today urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to exercise its legal authority to investigate and take action against the manufacturers of products they falsely claim to be milk.
December 14, 2016 Press Release

BURLINGTON, Vt., Dec. 14 – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., Tuesday called upon the CEOs of FairPoint Communications and the Illinois company that is set to purchase it, Consolidated Communications Holdings, to reverse the planned layoff of nearly 10 percent of FairPoint’s workforce. 

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December 14, 2016 Press Release
Vermont environmental leaders endorse Welch legislation

BURLINGTON, Vt.  – With leaders of Vermont’s environmental community at his side, Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) renewed his commitment to reform the federal ethanol mandate in the new Congress that convenes in early January.  Joining Welch were representatives of the Sierra Club, National Wildlife Federation (NWF), Lake Champlain International, and Vermont Natural Resources Council.

December 7, 2016 Press Release
“We in Congress are ready to work with you to ensure the industry’s success,” Welch writes

WASHINGTON––Today Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) sent a letter to President-Elect Donald Trump outlining practical steps he can take to steady wildly fluctuating milk prices and restore stability to the dairy industry.

December 1, 2016 Press Release
Legislation includes research funding for the treatment and cure of cancer and other life-threatening diseases
Last night, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved bipartisan legislation that will provide much-needed new funding for Vermont and other states battling the opioid epidemic devastating families and communities across the country. Also included in the bill is new funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for research on the treatment and cure of life threatening diseases.

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