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October 15, 2007 Press Release
This program is failing to deliver potential savings to our seniors and all taxpayers are paying the price.Washington, DC - Rep. Peter Welch, an early advocate for reforming the Medicare Part D drug benefit program, released a new report today revealing that the high administrative costs of the private Part D insurers, combined with their inability to negotiate significant drug savings, will cost taxpayers and seniors almost $15 billion this year alone.
October 14, 2007 Press Release
Taxpayers are getting ripped off by no-bid contracts for the war in Iraq and Blackwater's obscene profits are just another example of how corrupt this war has become. - Rep. WelchWASHIGNTON, D.C. - Late last week, Reps. Peter Welch (VT-AL), Reps. Chris Murphy (CT-5), and John J. Duncan, Jr. (TN-2) wrote to Erik Prince, CEO of Blackwater USA, to follow up on unanswered questions about the company from the October 2nd House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing on private security contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
October 11, 2007 Press Release
Demands reversal of Gonzales torture policiesWashington, DC - Rep. Peter Welch, a long-time critic of the Bush administration's torture policies, assembled over 50 members of Congress to join him in a letter to Attorney General designee Michael Mukasey urging he reverse interrogation policies of former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
October 10, 2007 Press Release
Washington, DC - The U.S. House passed the National Affordable Housing Trust Fund to improve housing affordability in Vermont and across the country.
October 4, 2007 Press Release
Legislation supports economic growth in Vermont's Caledonia, Essex, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, and Orleans CountiesWashington, D.C. - Legislation co-authored by Rep. Peter Welch to boost economic development opportunities in northern Vermont passed the U.S. House today, 264 to 154.
October 3, 2007 Press Release
Washington, DC - Vermont's Congressional Delegation - Sen. Patrick Leahy (D), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I), and Rep. Peter Welch (D) - issued the following reaction to President Bush's veto of legislation renewing the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). The legislation protects insurance coverage for 6.6 million children currently enrolled in the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) and provides coverage for an additional 4 million children without insurance.
September 27, 2007 Press Release
Washington, D.C. - The bipartisan College Cost Reduction Act, which makes the largest commitment to college affordability since the GI Bill passed in 1944, was signed into law by President Bush today.
September 27, 2007 Press Release
Washington, DC - Rep. Peter Welch succeeded in passing three amendments on two different bills in the U.S. House yesterday evening. Two of the amendments help small businesses with energy efficiency and green technology, and a third requires that FEMA consider the impacts of climate change when updating the mapping of floodplains.
September 26, 2007 Press Release
Record High Heating Prices Predicted this WinterWASHINGTON, September 26 - About $2.3 million will be released to Vermont to help people cope with rising fuel prices, the Vermont congressional delegation - Senators Bernie Sanders and Patrick Leahy and Representative Peter Welch - announced today.
September 25, 2007 Press Release
Leahy, Sanders, Welch Announce Breakthrough That Would Rescue More Than 2000 Vermont Children Who Face Insurance Cutoffs Under Bush Plan,While Covering Thousands More Under Dr. DynasaurWashington, DC- Congress is on the verge of passing a major children's health bill that will protect insurance coverage for kids currently enrolled in the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) and provides new funding to cover millions of kids without insurance. The Vermont Congressional Delegation - Sen. Patrick Leahy (D), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I), and Rep. Peter Welch (D) - announced Tuesday that the bill would save health insurance for more than 2000 Vermont children who now are about to lose coverage under new rules announced by the Bush Administration, while enabling coverage of thousands more Vermont kids.