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January 30, 2017 Press Release

BURLINGTON, Vt.— This morning, Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) outlined his legislative agenda in the new Congress to make prescription drugs more affordable for consumers, taxpayers, and businesses providing health coverage to employees.  Welch unveiled his four-point initiative at an affordable medicine roundtable he convened at the Community Health Centers of Burlington.

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
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
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
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
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
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.

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December 14, 2015 In The News

Peter Welch is one of several lawmakers behind bipartisan and bicameral legislation that would authorize the use of American military force against the Islamic State.

As sponsors of identical bills, Welch, a Democrat, was joined by Rep. Scott Rigell, a Republican from Virginia, and Sens. Tim Kaine, a Virginia Democrat, and Jeff Flake, a Republican from Arizona.

December 5, 2015 In The News
New regulations from the Food and Drug Administration could make it difficult for artisan cheesemakers to stay in business, according to the state’s congressional delegation. U.S. Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, all Democrats, sent a letter to FDA Deputy Commissioner Michael Taylor on Thursday opposing the regulations, which dramatically lower the amount of non-pathogenic E. coli bacteria allowed in cheese made from raw milk.
November 17, 2015 In The News
Vermont’s lone congressman said it’s time for Congress to debate if the U.S. should go to war in Syria. U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., said Monday that, in light of recent attacks by ISIS that claimed the lives of nearly 200 people in Beirut and Paris, Congress needs to discuss what role the United States should play in response. “Congress has to debate an authorization to use military force,” Welch said. “We’ve been on the sidelines, and I’ve been advocating for a congressional debate to take place and I think this is going to intensify the urgency of Congress doing that.”
November 10, 2015 In The News
Vermont’s lone member of the U.S. House of Representatives is proposing legislation intended to reduce Medicaid fraud.
November 2, 2015 In The News
Congressman Peter Welch has done his due diligence. He has studied the circumstances on the ground in Syria and surrounding countries. He has traveled to the region as part of a congressional oversight trip. He has visited centers for refugees on the Syrian-Turkey border. The Vermont Democrat, who serves on the Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense, and Foreign Operations of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, has gone out of his way to engage in debates, discussions, and inquiries regarding US policy in the region.
October 28, 2015 In The News
Rep. Peter Welch is supporting a new proposed two-year budget deal that increases federal spending by $80 billion over the next two years. Welch says he hopes the agreement will bring a new bipartisan approach to the business of the House.
October 27, 2015 In The News
Passenger rail service to Burlington is four years away, state and federal officials said Monday. Vermont’s congressional delegation announced they had secured a $10 million grant for the Western rail corridor. “I am so proud and so excited at Rutland’s persistence paying off,” Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., said Monday after jointly announcing the grant with Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. and Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt. “Lots of people have reason to be proud of this grant.”
October 26, 2015 In The News

By Jasper Craven

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan is expected to ascend to the position of House Speaker this week, and while Rep. Peter Welch says he has a good working relationship with the Wisconsin Republican, he acknowledged that uncertainty remains about whether the poisonous partisanship that has paralyzed Congress will continue with Ryan at the helm.

October 20, 2015 In The News

By Jack Thurston

RICHMOND, Vt.—Calling unreliable landline phone service an "epidemic" in rural America, Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vermont, is co-sponsoring legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that he predicted will improve service.

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