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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.
August 26, 2009 Press Release
Rep. Peter Welch issued the following statement Wednesday upon the passing of Sen. Edward Kennedy:

"Today our country lost a true American hero, a courageous champion for the underprivileged, and a generous and caring Irish soul.
August 25, 2009 Press Release
Rep. Peter Welch issued the following statement Tuesday about the death of U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Joseph Fortin in Iraq:

"With the tragic death of Lt. Fortin, Vermont has lost a brave soldier who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. In this time of great sorrow we must keep his family in our thoughts and support them in their time of grieving."
August 7, 2009 Press Release
The U.S. Labor Department today approved trade adjustment assistance for Ethan Allen employees in Beecher Falls, Vt., Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) announced.The Vermont congressional delegation supported an application submitted by the Vermont Department of Labor on behalf of the employees for assistance after Ethan Allen announced up to 260 employees would lose their jobs at the company's Beecher Falls location. Members of New Hampshire's Congressional delegation, Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas (R-Vt.) and New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch (D-N.H.) also supported the application.
August 6, 2009 Press Release
With leaders from the Northeast Kingdom, Welch discusses Northern Border Regional Commission fundingRep. Peter Welch and leaders from throughout the Northeast Kingdom outlined economic development opportunities presented by the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) during a press conference Thursday morning in Newport.At Newport's Gateway Center, on the shores of Lake Memphremagog, Welch announced the first-ever round of funding appropriated to the NBRC by the U.S. House in July. The $3 million federal investment will help launch the four state regional commission, opening the door for increased funding opportunities for projects in Northern Vermont and its neighboring regions.
August 4, 2009 Press Release
Rep. Peter Welch late last week voted against legislation that would subject Vermont family farmers, small businesses and artisan food producers to unreasonable fees.The Food Safety Enhancement Act (H.R. 2749) would prevent food-borne illnesses by increasing the number and scope of food inspections - but would do so at the expense of small food producers. The bill unfairly subjects Vermont farmers, maple syrup producers and cheese-makers to the same $500 annual registration fee as large, multi-state agri-businesses.
July 31, 2009 Press Release
Delegation Nets Quick Results In All-Out Push For Boost In Dairy Price SupportsU.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vt.) Friday welcomed a U.S. Department of Agriculture decision to lift the floor price for dairy products.The decision was announced two days after the Vermont senators and a coalition of more than two dozen senators from other dairy states met with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The meeting and the multi-region coalition of senators were organized by Leahy, the senior-most member of the Agriculture Committee, to seek a short-term hike in the price the federal government pays for milk and dairy products in the marketplace. Leahy and the coalition also followed through with an appeal to White House Budget Director Peter Orszag.
July 31, 2009 Press Release
An amendment offered by Rep. Peter Welch requiring the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to negotiate prescription drug prices for seniors passed the Energy and Commerce Committee Friday evening. The vote was 32 to 23.Welch's measure amends America's Affordable Health Choices Act (H.R. 3200), comprehensive health care reform legislation that could be passed by the committee later Friday. The amendment will cut prescription drug prices for Medicare Part D participants by requiring HHS to negotiate directly with pharmaceutical companies.
July 31, 2009 Press Release
Rep. Peter Welch supported and the House Committee on Energy and Commerce passed historic health care reform legislation Friday night by a vote of 31 to 28.America's Affordable Health Choices Act (H.R. 3200) will expand health insurance access to 37 million Americans, rein in unsustainably escalating health care costs and ensure long-overdue insurance reforms. The bill increases patient choice by creating a public health insurance option, which will reduce costs through competition with private insurers.
July 30, 2009 Press Release
Rep. Peter Welch supported and the House passed legislation late Wednesday to address a projected shortfall in the Highway Trust Fund by restoring $7 billion in federal transportation funding to the states.H.R. 3357 prevents an 85 percent reduction in Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) funding, which would have reduced Vermonts share from $134 million to $20 million in 2010.

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November 6, 2009 In The News

Congress on Thursday extended tax incentives for first-time homebuyers that some realtors and lenders in Vermont say have energized a sluggish real estate market.

November 5, 2009 In The News

By Peter Hirschfeld, Barre Montpelier Times Argus

Congress on Thursday extended tax incentives for first-time homebuyers that some realtors and lenders in Vermont say have energized a sluggish real estate market.

November 5, 2009 In The News

Give U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., credit for being ready and willing to talk to his constituents on health care. Welch held a statewide “Telephone Town Hall on health care reform” Monday night.

November 4, 2009 In The News

By John Gregg, Valley News

Give U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., credit for being ready and willing to talk to his constituents on health care. Welch held a statewide “Telephone Town Hall on health care reform” Monday night.

November 3, 2009 In The News

Joyce in Colchester said lawmakers were taking too long to pass a health-care bill. Thomas in Glover said they were moving too fast.

Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., sided with Joyce.

November 2, 2009 In The News

By Matt Ryan, Burlington Free Press

Joyce in Colchester said lawmakers were taking too long to pass a health-care bill. Thomas in Glover said they were moving too fast.

Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., sided with Joyce.

November 1, 2009 In The News

Thousands came for the costumed bands, the illuminated floats, the sweets and screams flying through the air.

Michael and Bonny Durkin? They came for love.

October 31, 2009 In The News

By Kevin O'Connor, Rutland Herald

Thousands came for the costumed bands, the illuminated floats, the sweets and screams flying through the air.

Michael and Bonny Durkin? They came for love.

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