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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.
June 18, 2009 Press Release
Representatives Peter Welch (D-VT), Earl Pomeroy (D-ND) and 19 other original co-sponsors today introduced groundbreaking legislation that will support the development of health systems that reward the quality and efficiency of care, rather than the volume and intensity of services. By creating financial incentives to provide better, more cost-effective care, the Welch/Pomeroy legislation will help drive down health care costs and improve patient health outcomes.Click here to watch Welch announce the bill.
June 17, 2009 Press Release
On the 50th straight day of rising gas prices, Reps. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) introduced legislation that would modernize our nation's oil reserves to help consumers at the pump and save taxpayers money. The national average for a gallon of gas rose to $2.67 today.The "Enhanced Supply and Price Reduction Act of 2009," or Enhanced SPR Act, directs the Secretary of Energy to sell 70 million barrels of light sweet crude - or about 10 percent of the total oil in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve - and replace it with heavy crude oil.
June 15, 2009 Press Release
Rep. Peter Welch on Monday announced a $114,000 federal grant to improve the energy efficiency of the O'Brien Community Center in Winooski.The funds will be used to fully insulate the community center's roof and implement other energy-saving measures. The O'Brien Center spent $4,000 in heating bills last year. Once the new roof is installed, the center is expected to save 45 percent in heating costs.

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