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May 11, 2009 Press Release
Funding secured by Sen. Leahy and Rep. Welch will support national model for sustainable food delivery and educationRep. Peter Welch on Monday announced a $143,000 federal grant for Fletcher Allen Health Care's Center for Nutrition and Healthy Food Systems.The federal funding, which was secured by Welch and Sen. Patrick Leahy, will support the integration of local food into patient care and cafeterias at the Burlington hospital. This program will foster partnerships between local farmers and health care institutions throughout Vermont in an effort to provide patients with more nutritious food choices while supporting agriculture in the state.
May 6, 2009 Press Release
Bill would give Vermont greater resources to perform oversight of federal recovery fundsA bill sponsored by Rep. Peter Welch that would provide state and local governments with greater resources to prevent waste, fraud and abuse of federal stimulus dollars was approved Wednesday afternoon by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.The Enhanced Oversight of State and Local Economic Recovery Act, H.R. 2182, ensures that officials responsible for monitoring and accounting for the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act have the tools they need to perform their oversight responsibilities efficiently. The bill allows state and local governments to set aside a portion of allocated stimulus funds for auditing, contracting and grant planning and management.
May 4, 2009 Press Release
Reps. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and Ted Poe (R-Texas) joined Academy Award-winning actor Robert Duvall at Wilderness Battlefield today to speak out against Wal-Mart's plans to build a super store on the historic Virginia site.If built, the store would stand across the road from the national park commemorating the bloody struggle and within the battlefield's historic footprint.
April 30, 2009 Press Release
Rep. Peter Welch supported and the House passed the Credit Cardholders' Bill of Rights, of which he is a cosponsor, Thursday afternoon. The vote was 357 to 70.The bill provides some basic fairness to credit cardholders long resisted by card issuers by applying common sense regulations that would ban most retroactive interest rate hikes on existing balances, double-cycle billing and due date gimmicks. It protects cardholders from arbitrary interest rate increases, empowers them to set limits on their credit and requires card companies to fairly credit and allocate payments.
April 28, 2009 Press Release
Reps. Welch, Hinchey and Tierney unveil amendment to Credit Cardholders' Bill of Rights at Tuesday press conferenceRep. Peter Welch announced Tuesday he will seek an amendment to the Credit Cardholder's Bill of Rights that would cap credit card interest rates at 18 percent.Welch announced the amendment at a Capitol Hill press conference Tuesday morning alongside two cosponsors, Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) and Rep. John Tierney (D-MA). The Credit Cardholder's Bill of Rights is expected to be voted on in the House of Representatives on Thursday.
April 28, 2009 Press Release
Rep. Peter Welch announced Tuesday he will seek an amendment to the Credit Cardholder's Bill of Rights that would cap credit card interest rates at 18 percent.
April 27, 2009 Press Release
Rep. Peter Welch announced a $166,000 federal grant for the Robert Miller Community and Recreation Center Monday at a Burlington press conference with Mayor Bob Kiss.The grant secured by Welch will support Burlington's transformation of the Gosse Court Armory into a multi-use community center with a gym, a community room, a teen center and other public space. The $1.2 million project also received funding from the City of Burlington, private donors and developer Robert Miller.
April 23, 2009 Press Release
Rep. Peter Welch today voted in favor of the COPS Improvements Act, a bill that would bolster community policing efforts by hiring 50,000 police officers over the next five years. The measure, which was cosponsored by Welch, passed the House this afternoon on a vote of 342 to 78.The bill, which is designed to reinvigorate Community Oriented Policing Services grants, could result in the hiring of as many as 109 police officers in Vermont, according to congressional estimates.
April 22, 2009 Press Release
Rep. Peter Welch joined House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at an Earth Day news conference today recognizing the success of the Green the Capitol initiative and calling on lawmakers to further reduce their energy use. In its first 18 months, the initiative has reduced Congress' carbon emissions by 74 percent.Shortly after taking office in 2007, Welch became the first Member of Congress to make his office carbon neutral and has since become a leader in the effort to create a 21 century energy policy. Welch, a vice chair and founding member of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, was invited to the Earth Day event to speak about his success in reducing his office's carbon footprint.
April 22, 2009 Press Release
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution Wednesday morning honoring Captain Richard Phillips of Underhill, Vt., his crewmembers aboard the Maersk Alabama and the United States Navy personnel who secured his release.The Welch-authored resolution, which was cosponsored by 87 Members of Congress, passed on a voice vote.


In The News

September 15, 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).