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July 9, 2009 Press Release
As Vermont dairy farmers struggle to survive, Welch seeks to increase and index to inflation MILC paymentsRep. Peter Welch on Thursday introduced legislation that would index to inflation Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) Program payments to dairy farmers.The Dairy Fairness Act of 2009, which is co-sponsored by eight Members of Congress, would amend the Farm Bill to tie MILC payments to the Consumer Price Index, thereby increasing payments to farmers each year. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) is introducing companion legislation in the Senate.
July 8, 2009 Press Release
Welch opposes efforts to divert small business grants to industryRep. Peter Welch on Wednesday voted against a bill that would harm Vermont's small businesses by diverting key federal funding to larger, venture capital-backed firms.The Enhancing Small Business Innovation and Research Act of 2009 (H.R. 2965), which passed Wednesday afternoon on a vote of 386 to 41, reauthorizes the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The bill rewrites the definition of small businesses to allow large corporations to compete for this vital seed money, effectively crowding out true small businesses.
July 7, 2009 Press Release
Funds to be used to combat increased drug activity in the areaRep. Peter Welch announced $100,000 in federal funding for the St. Albans Police Department at a press conference Tuesday morning in Houghton Park.The Welch-secured Community Oriented Police (COPS) grant will be used to fight increased drug activity in the region. The funds will help the St. Albans Police Department upgrade and improve communications equipment and make use of Mobile Data Computer Terminals.
June 30, 2009 Press Release
Bill includes Welch provisions based on Vermont successesThe House Committee on Energy and Commerce Thursday night passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 - historic legislation capping carbon emissions, investing in energy efficiency and renewable energy, and creating millions of green jobs nationwide.H.R. 2454 will cut global warming pollution 83 percent by 2050 and establish a renewable energy and efficiency standard of 20 percent by 2020. The legislation is expected to create more than 5 million jobs throughout the United States, according to a Center for American Progress study, and generate $750 billion for consumers, according to a Point Carbon study.
June 30, 2009 Press Release
Congressman and Veterans' Affairs Assistant Secretary commend Vermont colleges for taking part in Yellow Ribbon programRep. Peter Welch and U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs Assistant Secretary Tammy Duckworth kicked off the Post-9/11 GI Bill Tuesday morning at Champlain College, raising awareness of new educational benefits available to recent veterans.Duckworth, an Iraq War veteran and former director of the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs, was in Vermont Tuesday by invitation of Welch. In addition to the Champlain College event, Duckworth and Welch planned to hold a veterans' town hall at the Rutland VFW.
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June 25, 2009 Press Release
Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) have introduced legislation to curb energy speculation that is driving oil and gas prices higher.The Energy Markets Manipulation Prevention Act (H.R. 2869), directs the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to use its existing authority to investigate excessive speculation in energy markets and empowers the CFTC with additional regulatory authority.
June 24, 2009 Press Release
Rep. Peter Welch this week supported a series of bills intended to improve services and benefits for veterans.Welch today supported and the House passed the Disabled Military Retiree Relief Act of 2009 (H.R. 2990). The bill allows severely disabled veterans to concurrently receive their retiree pay from the Department of Defense and disability benefits from the Veterans Administration.
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June 23, 2009 Press Release

Vermonters invited to share their health care stories and priorities as Congress debates reform

June 23, 2009 Press Release
National health reform proposal includes innovative Vermont solutionsSeveral initiatives authored by Rep. Peter Welch have been incorporated into a draft health care reform bill unveiled late last week by the House Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, and Education and Labor committees.The bill, which will serve as the basis for health reform legislation in the House, includes Welch's "Accountable Care Promotion Act of 2009," which he first outlined at South Burlington's Aesculapius Medical Center in May. The Welch initiative creates financial incentives to promote quality and efficiency of care, rather than volume and intensity of services.
June 19, 2009 Press Release
Rep. Peter Welch this week introduced Pay-as-you-go' legislation intended to curb deficit spending and ensure that every dollar spent by the federal government is paid for.Welch, along with Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (Md.), Budget Committee Chairman John Spratt (SC) and Rep. Baron Hill (Ind.), is a lead sponsor of H.R. 2920, the "Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2009." The bill's sponsors unveiled the legislation earlier this week during a Capitol Hill press conference with Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag.

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In The News

October 17, 2009 In The News

By Brent Curtis, Rutland Herald

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION – Rep. Peter Welch heard almost as many complaints from supporters of health care reform as he did from its opponents during a public forum Saturday.

October 17, 2009 In The News

By Katie Beth Ryan, Valley News

White River Junction -- U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, Vermont's sole voice in the House of Representatives, acknowledged yesterday afternoon that the discussion on health care reform has taken a different tone in the Green Mountain State than it has in other parts of the country.

October 9, 2009 In The News

WASHINGTON -- Plastic is slowly bleeding Kathy Miller and the Elmore Store to death.

October 8, 2009 In The News

Burlington Free Press staff report

WASHINGTON -- Plastic is slowly bleeding Kathy Miller and the Elmore Store to death.

October 3, 2009 In The News

People in Rutland County talked about their problems, and Rep. Peter Welch talked about how he thinks he can solve them.

October 2, 2009 In The News

By Gordon Dritschilo, Rutland Herald

People in Rutland County talked about their problems, and Rep. Peter Welch talked about how he thinks he can solve them.

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