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September 29, 2009 Press Release

Rep. Peter Welch on Tuesday introduced legislation to protect dairy farmers by closing a trade loophole that allows for the unlimited importation of a form of dried milk product.

September 24, 2009 Press Release

Rep. Peter Welch supported and the House passed legislation Thursday to help 11 million senior citizens and disabled people avoid a significant increase in their Medicare Part B premiums.

September 22, 2009 Press Release
U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and U.S. Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) on Tuesday announced over $19 million in recovery funding for energy efficiency, weatherization and renewable energy programs in Vermont.The Department of Energy this week released the second half of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding for two Vermont programs geared toward reducing the states energy use and creating jobs. Vermonts State Energy Program received the remaining $11 million of $22 million allocated to Vermont. The states Weatherization Assistance Program received the final $8.4 million of the $16.8 million Vermont was due.
September 21, 2009 Press Release

Legislation would improve cost-of-living adjustment to meet seniors’ needs

Rep. Peter Welch on Monday outlined legislation that would alter the Social Security cost-of-living formula so that it more accurately tracks rising costs faced by seniors.

September 15, 2009 Press Release
More than 50 members join Welchs call for energy and cost savingsRep. Peter Welch on Tuesday led an effort calling on the nation s largest energy consumer the federal government to reduce its energy use and save taxpayer dollars.In a letter to Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Welch urged the Department of Energy to implement President Obamas pledge to save taxpayers $2 billion a year by making 75 percent of federal buildings more energy efficient. American taxpayers spend $4 billion annually to heat, cool and power roughly 500,000 federal buildings and facilities.
September 9, 2009 Press Release
Rep. Peter Welch issued the following statement Wednesday night following President Obama's address to the nation:

"President Obama made clear tonight the urgency and necessity of reforming the nation's health care system so that it benefits the American people - not the insurance industry.

September 8, 2009 Press Release
Rep. Peter Welch on Tuesday announced a series of four regional Telephone Town Hall forums to be held throughout September.After spending August traveling throughout the state, Welch will listen to Vermonters' views about Congress' agenda this fall and will take questions about pending legislation. Based on successful statewide telephone forums Welch has held in the past - which focused on the economy, health care reform and small businesses - these forums will allow residents of four regions to weigh in on the issues that matter most to them, including regional issues.Click here for more information.
September 3, 2009 Press Release
In wake of Pfizer settlement Thursday, Welch reiterates call for an end to drug company payments and gifts to doctorsRep. Peter Welch on Thursday reiterated his call for a ban on gifts pharmaceutical companies can give to doctors and urged the House Committee on Energy and Commerce to pass his amendment ending the practice.Welch pointed to Thursday's announcement that Pfizer has agreed to pay a record $2.3 billion to settle allegations of illegal marketing of a painkiller drug - including gifts of golf and massages - as an egregious example of some drug companies' efforts to influence doctors. While Pfizer violated existing, bare-bones laws restricting the marketing of drugs for uses the Food and Drug Administration has not approved, Welch has called for much stronger regulations.
September 2, 2009 Press Release
Vermont students and higher education officials discuss education legislation at Vermont Technical College forumAs Vermont students returned to campus this week, Rep. Peter Welch held a roundtable Wednesday morning to discuss college affordability and gather input about pending legislation that could revamp the nation's financial aid system.

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November 24, 2009 In The News

A federal government report ranking Vermont the sixth hungriest state in the country may come as a surprise to many, but officials say they have seen signs the problem is growing in Vermont.

November 24, 2009 In The News

By Lisa Rathke, Associated Press

 

A federal government report ranking Vermont the sixth hungriest state in the country may come as a surprise to many, but officials say they have seen signs the problem is growing in Vermont.

November 19, 2009 In The News

Rep. Peter Welch has asked the Obama administration to create a national program for making homes more energy efficient.

November 19, 2009 In The News

Some ideas seem too good to pass up: Free cone day at Ben & Jerry's, hitting the snooze button at least once before you fire up the snow blower and paying less to heat your home spring to mind.

November 18, 2009 In The News

Rutland Herald editorial

Some ideas seem too good to pass up: Free cone day at Ben & Jerry's, hitting the snooze button at least once before you fire up the snow blower and paying less to heat your home spring to mind.

November 18, 2009 In The News

Rutland Herald editorial

Some ideas seem too good to pass up: Free cone day at Ben & Jerry's, hitting the snooze button at least once before you fire up the snow blower and paying less to heat your home spring to mind.

November 18, 2009 In The News

By Nicole Gaudiano, Burlington Free Press

Rep. Peter Welch has asked the Obama administration to create a national program for making homes more energy efficient.

November 12, 2009 In The News

By Sam Hemingway, Burlington Free Press

Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., said Thursday the effort to subdue the al-Qaida terrorist threat would be better served if the United States strengthened its relations with Pakistan rather than increasing the number of American troops in neighboring Afghanistan.

November 12, 2009 In The News

By Neal Goswami, Bennington Banner

U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vermont, questioned the wisdom Thursday of boosting American forces in Afghanistan while on a Congressional trip to Pakistan.

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