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March 23, 2009 Press Release
Rep. Peter Welch announced Monday a $380,000 grant for a comprehensive economic revitalization project in downtown St. Albans.The federal grant, which Welch secured for the city, will help St. Albans improve sidewalks, streetlights and signage and make other aesthetic upgrades to Main Street and Taylor Park. The project is intended to make downtown St. Albans safer for families and more attractive to businesses.
March 18, 2009 Press Release
Vermont stories highlight real impact of the federal budgetRep. Peter Welch brought three Vermont voices to the debate over President Obama's proposed budget Wednesday in testimony submitted to the House Budget Committee.Welch highlighted the stories of Vermont National Guardsman Joseph Provost of Newport, Dan and Cynthia Hampton of Hartland, and Lucinda Flint of Brandon to illustrate the real world impact of the federal budgeting process.
March 16, 2009 Press Release
Program seeks 20 percent increase in efficiency - creating jobs, saving homeowners money and combating climate changeRep. Peter Welch announced a national energy efficiency initiative Monday that would retrofit millions of homes and commercial buildings and seek a 20 percent increase in efficiency.The national program builds on Vermont's international leadership in energy efficiency.At a recently retrofitted Burlington home, Welch outlined a bill he will introduce later this week that would provide financial incentives to homeowners and businesses to reduce their energy use and save them money. The Retrofit for Energy and Environmental Performance (REEP) program would fund state and municipal investments of up to half the cost of retrofitting the nation's existing homes and buildings, which account for 10 percent of global carbon emissions.
March 12, 2009 Press Release
More than $38 million in weatherization and energy efficiency funding was released to Vermont today as part of the economic recovery bill, Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and Congressman Peter Welch announced.The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act included nearly $8 billion in state and local efficiency funding, designed to create 87,000 jobs nationwide and save families hundreds of dollars per year on their energy bills. Vermont is slated to receive $16.8 million through the Weatherization Assistance Program and $22 million through the State Energy Program.
March 11, 2009 Press Release
Rep. Peter Welch called for increased transparency in the American International Group's use of taxpayer funds Wednesday at a House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee hearing.In light of last week's announcement that the Treasury and the Federal Reserve intend to offer an additional $30 billion in Troubled Asset Relief Program funds to AIG, Welch told the committee that American taxpayers deserve to know how AIG has spent money it has already received.
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March 10, 2009 Press Release

Guide will connect taxpayers, businesses, non-profits and municipalities to funding opportunities and tax credits

Rep. Peter Welch released a guide to opportunities in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for Vermont taxpayers, businesses, non-profits and municipalities Tuesday.

March 6, 2009 Press Release
Rep. Peter Welch called on the Commerce Department Friday to direct funding from the recently-passed stimulus bill to the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC), a federal-state entity that would promote job creation and economic development in the northernmost counties of Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and New York.In a letter to the Commerce Department, Welch and four other House members from the region urged the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to fund the NBRC, as provided for in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The NBRC, which was authorized last May by the 2008 Farm Bill, would support job-creating efforts in agriculture, alternative energy, broadband, forestry and transportation in Vermont's Caledonia, Essex, Franklin, Grand Isle Lamoille and Orleans counties.
March 5, 2009 Press Release
Program would partner veterans with employers for on-the-job trainingWASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Peter Welch testified Wednesday before the House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity in support of his bill to help veterans find work and get the training they need for quality jobs.The Military Occupational Specialty Transition Act (MOST), H.R. 929, which Welch first introduced in the 110th Congress, builds upon the success of the Service Members Occupational Conversion and Training Act, which helped veterans in the 1990s find work during a period of force reduction.
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March 4, 2009 Press Release
Welch also calls on Oversight committee to "conduct vigorous oversight" of economic recovery effortsWASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Peter Welch joined President Obama Wednesday morning for the announcement of a major overhaul in government contracting procedures.Welch, a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and a leader in combating contractor fraud, took part in the signing of a presidential memorandum directing administration officials to rewrite contracting procedures.
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March 3, 2009 Press Release
Rep. Peter Welch announced Tuesday a set of staff transitions geared toward supporting his work on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, to which he was appointed in January.Welch hired Stephanie Krenrich as Senior Legislative Assistant with a focus on health, education, housing and the environment. Mary Sprayregen, who previously served as Welch's Business Liaison in his Vermont office, has joined the Congressman's Washington office as a Legislative Assistant with a focus on business, energy, telecommunications and appropriations.

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