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June 4, 2009 Press Release
Rep. Peter Welch called on Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki Thursday morning to reconsider the outsourcing of pension claims and inquiry call functions from the White River Junction VA Benefits Office.Recently, the VA has moved to centralize Veterans Benefits Administration functions to out-of-state call centers and processing centers. Rather than receiving timely and personalized service from the White River Junction office, Vermont veterans have found their inquiries and certain claims rerouted to impersonal, centralized facilities.
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June 1, 2009 Press Release
Senator Bernie Sanders, Congressman Peter Welch and a representative of Senator Patrick Leahy announced today the release of $39 million in economic stimulus funds during a press conference at the St. Albans Bay Village Pavilion.The grants and low-interest loans, to be distributed through the Environmental Protection Agency, will go to 41 wastewater clean-up projects and 42 drinking water projects throughout Vermont. The funds, which were made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, will help municipalities finance overdue improvements to wastewater and clean drinking water projects essential to protecting public health and the environment, while creating new jobs in Vermont.
May 22, 2009 Press Release
Rep. Peter Welch of Vermont and Rep. Paul Hodes of New Hampshire yesterday introduced legislation to fund conservation efforts in the Upper Connecticut River Valley.The Upper Connecticut River Partnership Act of 2009 would authorize the Secretary of the Interior to invest $1 million per year in the Connecticut River Joint Commission's efforts to protect the river's watershed. As New England's largest ecosystem, this river and its watershed have long driven the economy and culture of the Vermont and New Hampshire towns and cities on either bank.
May 21, 2009 Press Release
Retrofit for Energy and Environmental Performance program would receive several hundred million dollarsAn energy efficiency program authored by Rep. Peter Welch receives significant funding in a new draft of the American Clean Energy and Security (ACES) Act of 2009, H.R. 2454.The historic climate change and energy bill, which is being considered this week by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, on which Welch serves, would distribute a portion of the funds raised through the sale of cap and trade emissions allowances to Welch's Retrofit for Energy and Environmental Performance (REEP) program, a retrofit incentive for homes and commercial buildings. Fully 10 percent of global carbon emissions are emitted by homes and buildings in the United States.
May 20, 2009 Press Release
Provision calls for 2.5 percent annual increase in energy efficiencyThe House Committee on Energy and Commerce, which is nearing completion of a historic climate change bill, today approved an amendment authored by Rep. Peter Welch setting the nation's first energy efficiency improvement target.Welch's amendment to the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, H.R. 2454, sets a national target of improving energy efficiency 2.5 percent-per-year from 2012 through 2030. The provision calls on the Secretary of Energy and the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to develop a strategic plan to achieve the national goal.
May 20, 2009 Press Release
With Rep. Peter Welch's support, the House passed an amended version of the Credit Cardholders' Bill of Rights Wednesday and sent it to President Obama for signature.Welch is a cosponsor of the bill, H.R. 627, which passed on a vote of 361 to 64.H.R. 627 provides basic fairness to credit cardholders and common sense regulation long resisted by card issuers. The bill protects consumers from arbitrary interest rate increases, double-cycle billing and due-date gimmicks. It empowers cardholders to set limits on their credit and requires card companies to fairly allocate payments.
May 18, 2009 Press Release
Bills would increase quality of care and improve health outcomes while reducing costsRep. Peter Welch on Monday unveiled health care legislation he plans to introduce in the U.S. House of Representatives ahead of the upcoming health care reform debate.Rep. Peter Welch on Monday unveiled health care legislation he plans to introduce in the U.S. House of Representatives ahead of the upcoming health care reform debate.Alongside doctors and patients at South Burlington's Aesculapius Medical Center, Welch outlined two bills based on pilot programs and research conducted in Vermont. The patient-focused legislation aims to increase the quality of care and improve health outcomes while containing escalating costs.
May 16, 2009 Press Release
Rep. Peter Welch delivered the following commencement speech at Green Mountain College's graduation exercises Saturday, May 16:Good morning. Thank you, President Fonteyn for your kind introduction and your gracious invitation. Members of the board of trustees, faculty members, parents, students, community members and - most importantly - graduates: thank you for being here and thank you for hosting me.Click here to read the speech in full.
May 14, 2009 Press Release
Welch measure provides funding for renewable energy investments in schoolsRep. Peter Welch today voted for and the U.S. House passed a bill that would invest $6.4 billion in school modernization, renovation and repairs in fiscal year 2010. The vote was 275-155.The bill authorizes $14 million in funding to Vermont schools.

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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.

September 29, 2009 In The News

MONTPELIER – U.S. Rep. Peter Welch urged President Obama this week not to send more troops to Afghanistan, saying that the eight-year battle there threatens to become another military quagmire.

September 28, 2009 In The News

By Daniel Barlow, Barre Montpelier Times Argus

MONTPELIER – U.S. Rep. Peter Welch urged President Obama this week not to send more troops to Afghanistan, saying that the eight-year battle there threatens to become another military quagmire.

September 28, 2009 In The News

BENNINGTON -- Congressman Peter Welch met with local seniors Monday, hoping to reassure them that the Medicare benefits they depend on will remain intact if Congress passes health care reform legislation.

September 27, 2009 In The News

By Neal Goswami, Bennington Banner

BENNINGTON -- Congressman Peter Welch met with local seniors Monday, hoping to reassure them that the Medicare benefits they depend on will remain intact if Congress passes health care reform legislation.

September 25, 2009 In The News

By Bob Kinzel, Vermont Public Radio

 

(Host) Congressman Peter Welch is backing legislation that he says will help protect thousands of elderly Vermonters from a significant increase in Medicare premiums.

September 24, 2009 In The News

By Bob Kinzel, Vermont Public Radio

 

(Host) Congressman Peter Welch is backing legislation that he says will help protect thousands of elderly Vermonters from a significant increase in Medicare premiums.

September 22, 2009 In The News

Burlington Free Press staff report

 

Rep. Peter Welch is joining the state's U.S. senators in a call to alter Social Security payments, saying seniors face the first reduction in payments since 1975.

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September 21, 2009 In The News

Burlington Free Press staff report

 

Rep. Peter Welch is joining the state's U.S. senators in a call to alter Social Security payments, saying seniors face the first reduction in payments since 1975.

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September 16, 2009 In The News

By Shay Totten, Seven Days

 

Now that Congress is back in session, members are getting down to the business of health care reform.

Vermont is well positioned in both chambers thanks to the key committee assignments held by Rep. Peter Welch (D) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I).

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