June 11, 2009 Press Release
Rep. Peter Welch grilled Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis Thursday morning about whether the bank kept critical information from its shareholders about the worsening financial situation at Merrill Lynch, which Bank of America had agreed to buy.
June 10, 2009 Press Release
Welch, Murphy, Braley legislation aims to reduce healthcare costs and encourage competitionAs lawmakers begin to debate health care reform, Rep. Peter Welch has introduced legislation that would create a public health insurance option as a key component of comprehensive national health care reform.Welch, along with Reps. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Bruce Braley (D-Iowa), introduced H.R. 2668, the Choice in Health Options Insures Care for Everyone (CHOICE) Act.
June 9, 2009 Press Release
Welch joins the President Tuesday afternoon at East Room announcement of legislation to restrain spendingRep. Peter Welch took part in a White House announcement Tuesday afternoon announcing new legislation intended to curb deficit spending and ensure that every dollar spent by the federal government is paid for.Welch, who will sponsor the Obama legislation in the House, joined the President onstage with a handful of other Members of Congress during the East Room announcement.
June 9, 2009 Press Release
Rep. Peter Welch supported and the House passed Tuesday evening the Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Act.H.R.2751, of which Welch is a cosponsor, passed on a vote of 298 to 119.
June 8, 2009 Press Release
New report shows the national energy efficiency program would save four times Vermont's annual energy consumptionA national energy efficiency program authored by Rep. Peter Welch has been included in the Senate version of comprehensive energy legislation.Welch's Retrofit for Energy and Environmental Performance (REEP) program was added last week to S. 949, the 21st Century Energy Technology and Deployment Act, during the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee mark-up.
June 5, 2009 Press Release
Vermont's Green Mountain National Forest and its surrounding communities will benefit from the next wave of economic recovery act funds coming to the state. Vermont's Congressional Delegation - Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vt.) said the U.S. Forest Service will invest $5.295 million in economic stimulus funds on projects that range from road upgrades to waterway improvements that will help conserve endangered species such as the Atlantic Salmon.
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.
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.