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January 27, 2017 Press Release

"We deplore President Trump’s decision to unilaterally halt the refugee resettlement program.  By imposing a blanket ban on entire nationalities of men, women and children facing horrific violence and devastation, he has allowed fear to triumph over compassion and common sense.  Struggling families, fleeing peril and motivated to start their lives anew, have enriched America and contribute imme

January 24, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) and Congressman Peter Welch (VT-AL) have introduced the bipartisan 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. Advances in technology could mean using the Internet of Things to create life-improving developments for everything from health care to transportation to energy management to simply ensuring a family’s groceries are fully stocked.
January 13, 2017 Press Release
In speech on the House floor: Show us the beef
Ahead of a floor vote later today on the fiscal year 2017 budget resolution, which includes the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) called out the Republican majority for having no plan to replace the law that has benefitted millions of Americans and thousands of Vermonters. A full transcript of Welch’s remarks can be found here.
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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