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January 23, 2009 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - After touring the Vermont Department of Labor's Burlington Resource Center Friday, Rep. Peter Welch pledged to support unemployed Vermonters and ensure they receive the assistance they need.The current economic downturn has forced businesses throughout Vermont to lay-off workers and has overburdened state and federal safety nets. The sharp increase in unemployment claims has strained the Vermont Department of Labor and is depleting the state's unemployment insurance trust fund.
January 22, 2009 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - The House Committee on Energy and Commerce approved an amendment Thursday offered by Reps. Peter Welch and Jay Inslee that would prioritize existing efficiency and renewable energy programs in the economic stimulus bill.The amendment to the American Recovery and Reinvestment bill would encourage states to direct $3.4 billion in new State Energy Program funding toward the expansion of programs already engaged in energy efficiency projects and renewable energy development.
January 22, 2009 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Peter Welch was named Thursday to the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct.

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January 21, 2009 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Peter Welch supported and the House passed a bill Wednesday that closes a Bush administration loophole and strictly limits pay for executives receiving government bailout funds. The vote was 260-166.The TARP Reform and Accountability Act (H.R. 384) reforms the Troubled Asset Relief Program by banning bonuses for the 25 most highly-paid employees of institutions receiving bailout funds, prohibiting multi-million dollar golden parachutes and punishing executives who manipulate earnings to increase compensation. The bill also enhances oversight abilities of the Treasury Department and ensures that TARP funds are spent as Congress intended.
January 15, 2009 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Peter Welch released the following statement regarding the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan - details of which were released by House leadership Thursday:"This plan will stimulate the economy, create new jobs and invest in our future. My top priorities have been to take the pressure off Vermont taxpayers and create new Vermont jobs by building a green economy. This plan invests in renewable energy and provides immediate tax relief for the Vermont taxpayer by waiving the state transportation match, reimbursing Vermont for Medicaid expenses and funding special education."
January 15, 2009 Press Release
House to vote today on bill reforming financial rescue program; includes provision advocated by WelchWASHINGTON, DC - A week after Rep. Peter Welch called on Congress to close a Bush administration loophole and strictly limit pay for executives of banks receiving government bailout funds, the House is expected to vote today on a sweeping reform act that does just that.In a letter to House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank signed by 18 other members of Congress, Welch wrote last Wednesday, "It is unacceptable for banking executives to be allowed to pad their pockets with massive bonuses and benefits after mismanaging their companies and coming to the American taxpayer for aid."
January 14, 2009 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Peter Welch supported and the House passed a bill Wednesday that would provide health care coverage to 11 million children. The vote was 289 to 139.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.
January 14, 2009 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Peter Welch supported and the House passed a bill Wednesday that would provide health care coverage to 11 million children. The vote was 289 to 139.
January 9, 2009 Press Release
WASHINGTON, January 9 - Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch today announced the names of 19 students they nominated to the U.S. service academies.Applicants to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy must be nominated by a member of Congress. Those accepted by the service academies will be notified early this year.
January 9, 2009 Press Release

WASHINGTON, January 9 - Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch today announced the names of 19 students they nominated to the U.S. service academies.

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