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May 27, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Reps. Peter Welch (D-Vt.), Stephen F. Lynch (D-Mass.) and Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) introduced legislation Wednesday to protect Dr. Anthony Fauci and other directors of National Research Institutes and Centers from being fired for politically-motivated reasons.

May 16, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives passed a $3 trillion bill, the Heroes Act (H.R. 6800), late Friday night to address the unprecedented and ongoing economic and public health crisis. The bill would provide direct aid to individuals and help first responders, small businesses, and state and local governments respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 13, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Senator Patrick Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I) and Representative Peter Welch (D), co-chair of the Congressional Dairy Farmer Caucus, on Wednesday led a letter to Secretary Sonny Perdue urging the U.S.

May 8, 2020 Press Release

Senator Patrick Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I), and Representative Peter Welch (D) Friday issued the following statement to inform farmers and agribusinesses of newly available assistance from the Small Business Administration (SBA).  The SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program is now available to farm businesses in addition to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP):

April 30, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Peter Welch today joined House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) and 10 other members of the Rural Broadband Task Force and Energy and Commerce Committee, to announce the House Democratic Plan to Connect All Americans to Affordable Broadband Internet.

April 29, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Senator Patrick Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I), and Representative Peter Welch (D) on Wednesday sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Carranza urging them to provide clear and official guidance about the loan forgiveness provisions in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

April 24, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Rep. Peter Welch returned to Washington, D.C. yesterday to vote for the latest COVID-19 pandemic relief legislation. The House passed the $484 billion package with an overwhelming 388-5 bipartisan vote, which replenishes funds for the Paycheck Protection Program, increases aid for hospitals caring for the sick, and expands nationwide testing capacity.

April 21, 2020 Press Release

Vermont’s state colleges have provided Vermonters with access to higher education and helped to build the Vermont workforce for the past 60 years.  They are an essential part of our post-secondary system and the economic drivers of rural regions around the state.

April 14, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Representative Peter Welch, co-founder of the Congressional Dairy Farmer Caucus, on Tuesday led a letter to Secretary Perdue, urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to support dairy farmers facing an economic crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 27, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives passed a $2 trillion economic stimulus bill on Friday to help individuals, families, small businesses and hospitals mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

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In The News

February 1, 2019 In The News

WASHINGTON (WCAX) U.S. House Democrats have one bill at the top of their list-- HR.1, which would make Election Day a federal holiday. They call it the For the People Act.

It's meant to expand access to voting, reduce the influence of big money in politics and strengthen ethics rules for public servants.

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January 29, 2019 In The News

WASHINGTON — Members of Congress from both parties served notice on pharmaceutical companies on Tuesday that the days of unchecked drug-price increases were over and that they would be held politically accountable for exorbitant prices.

January 7, 2019 In The News

A divided Congress probably won’t be able to agree on much over the next two years. But that vacuum could bode well for one vexing problem both parties say they want to solve: the high cost of prescription drugs in the United States.

January 4, 2019 In The News

Prescription drug companies and their legions of Washington lobbyists are strapping in for their rockiest year on Capitol Hill in at least a decade, as newly empowered House Democrats prepare a raft of bills to check U.S. drug prices.

December 11, 2018 In The News

Vermont Representative Peter Welch tweeted his support for a measure to push job creation and environmental sustainability — a plan championed by one of the Democratic Party's youngest rising stars.

November 8, 2018 In The News

The Democratic takeover of the House is giving new life to efforts to fight high drug prices with bipartisan action, a worrying prospect for the pharmaceutical industry.

November 7, 2018 In The News

Democrats celebrating their new-but-narrow control House majority are confronting a hard decision: Whether to work with the Trump administration – and the GOP-led Senate – to lower drug costs.

October 25, 2018 In The News

President Trump proposed on Thursday that Medicare pay for certain prescription drugs based on the prices paid in other advanced industrial countries — a huge change that could save money for the government and for millions of Medicare beneficiaries.

October 12, 2018 In The News

Vermont will soon be able to apply for up to $40 million in federal funding for projects to repair three aging flood control dams, after the Senate passed the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 overwhelmingly on Wednesday.

September 12, 2018 In The News

Rep. Peter Welch said he's optimistic that his bipartisan bill that expands the authority of state Medicaid Fraud Units will soon be passed by Congress — and Vermont officials say the bill will give them greater ability to investigate a wide range of fraud cases.

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