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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.
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."

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In The News

October 1, 2009 In The News

By Howard Weiss-Tisman, Brattleboro Reformer

As Vermont’s Congressional delegation pleads its case to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to deliver emergency aid to the state’s dairy farmers as soon as possible, they will be competing with lawmakers from every other dairy producing state in the nation.

October 1, 2009 In The News

WASHINGTON — Vermont dairy farmers might soon see help from Washington.

October 1, 2009 In The News

It’s heartening to know that as health care legislation makes its way through Congress, there are a lot of Vermont’s ideas receiving serious consideration.

September 30, 2009 In The News

Brattleboro Reformer editorial

It’s heartening to know that as health care legislation makes its way through Congress, there are a lot of Vermont’s ideas receiving serious consideration.

September 30, 2009 In The News

Brattleboro Reformer editorial

It’s heartening to know that as health care legislation makes its way through Congress, there are a lot of Vermont’s ideas receiving serious consideration.

September 30, 2009 In The News

Burlington Free Press staff report

WASHINGTON — Vermont dairy farmers might soon see help from Washington.

September 30, 2009 In The News

FRANKLIN — A family who has owned a Franklin farm since 1946 said planned improvements to a remote border crossing into Canada could destroy their property.

September 29, 2009 In The News

Burlington Free Press staff report

WASHINGTON -- Vermont's congressional delegation continued Tuesday to make the case for the state's dairy farms, with Rep. Peter Welch introducing legislation to close a trade loophole that allows for the unlimited importation of a form of dried milk product.

September 29, 2009 In The News

By Matt Sutkoski, Burlington Free Press

FRANKLIN — A family who has owned a Franklin farm since 1946 said planned improvements to a remote border crossing into Canada could destroy their property.

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