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February 25, 2009 Press Release
Rep. Peter Welch called on Wal-Mart Wednesday to reconsider its plan to build a super store next to a Civil War battleground where Vermont troops bravely held back the Confederate Army.In a letter to Wal-Mart CEO Mike Duke, Welch and Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) expressed their "profound disappointment" in the company's plan to erect a store next to the Spotsylvania, Virginia, site of the decisive Battle of the Wilderness."While we may represent different political parties and states on opposing sides of the Civil War, we stand united in our support of respecting hallowed ground such as The Wilderness battlefield," Welch and Poe wrote.
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February 24, 2009 Press Release
Rep. Peter Welch hailed the work of Efficiency Vermont, the innovative statewide energy efficiency utility, at a House Subcommittee on Energy and Environment hearing on energy efficiency Tuesday morning.Welch, a member of the subcommittee, outlined Vermont's successes in saving money and reducing the state's carbon footprint by taking the lead on efficiency. He exhorted the committee to incorporate these Vermont successes in its forthcoming climate change legislation.Click the headline to read Rep. Welch's remarks as prepared for delivery. Click here to see a video of Rep. Welch speaking to the subcommittee.
February 24, 2009 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Peter Welch responded Tuesday night to President Obama's address to a Joint Session of Congress with the following:

February 13, 2009 Press Release
Washington, DC - Rep. Peter Welch voted for and the House passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Friday. The vote was 246 to 183. The Senate is expected to vote on the bill later today, and then it will be sent to President Obama to sign.Prior to the vote, Welch spoke in favor of the bill on the House floor. Click here to watch his speech.
February 5, 2009 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Welch has been reappointed to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Welch, who served on the committee during his first term in Congress, will also serve on two of its subcommittees: National Security and Foreign Affairs, and Domestic Policy.

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February 4, 2009 Press Release
President Obama expected to sign SCHIP bill later this afternoonWASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Peter Welch supported and the House passed a bill Wednesday that would provide health care coverage to 11 million children.The State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) Reauthorization bill will expand coverage to 4 million uninsured children and will allow states to continue covering 7 million children who already have health insurance.
February 4, 2009 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Peter Welch applauded President Obama's decision Wednesday to cap executive compensation at firms receiving government bailout funds.At a White House press conference this morning, Obama and Treasury Secretary Geithner said they would limit at $500,000 the salaries and bonuses of executives whose firms received money from the Troubled Asset Relief Program. The new rules would also ban golden parachutes and require more transparency for corporate expenses, such as planes, parties, office renovations and conferences.
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January 28, 2009 Press Release
Stimulus bill would bring $1.2 billion to Vermont through infrastructure development and tax reliefWASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Peter Welch supported and the House passed Wednesday the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), a major effort to rebuild the economy by providing tax relief, creating green jobs and investing in the future. The vote was 244-188.The bill would bring roughly $1.2 billion in relief to Vermonters over two years in tax relief, support for the state budget and other federal spending.
January 27, 2009 Press Release
Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition will work to create jobs by building a new, green economyWASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Peter Welch announced Tuesday the formation of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC), an action-based caucus in the U.S. House devoted to building the economy by focusing on progressive energy and environmental policies. Welch will serve as the 2009 Vice Chairman for Outreach.The group's founding mission is to "advance policies that promote clean energy technology innovation and domestic manufacturing, develop renewable energy resources, create green collar jobs throughout the product supply-chain, help arrest global warming and protect our nation's clean air, water and natural environment."
January 26, 2009 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Peter Welch hailed President Obama's decision Monday to direct the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider a waiver requested by California, Vermont and 12 other states that would allow them to set strict, new vehicle emissions standards.Obama today reversed a December 2007 ruling by the Bush administration which denied states the right to demand tougher fuel efficiency standards than those set by the federal government. The president was also expected to direct the Department of Transportation to require a nationwide average fuel efficiency increase to 35 miles per gallon by 2020.

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