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.
May 20, 2009 Press Release
Provision calls for 2.5 percent annual increase in energy efficiencyThe House Committee on Energy and Commerce, which is nearing completion of a historic climate change bill, today approved an amendment authored by Rep. Peter Welch setting the nation's first energy efficiency improvement target.Welch's amendment to the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, H.R. 2454, sets a national target of improving energy efficiency 2.5 percent-per-year from 2012 through 2030. The provision calls on the Secretary of Energy and the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to develop a strategic plan to achieve the national goal.
May 20, 2009 Press Release
With Rep. Peter Welch's support, the House passed an amended version of the Credit Cardholders' Bill of Rights Wednesday and sent it to President Obama for signature.Welch is a cosponsor of the bill, H.R. 627, which passed on a vote of 361 to 64.H.R. 627 provides basic fairness to credit cardholders and common sense regulation long resisted by card issuers. The bill protects consumers from arbitrary interest rate increases, double-cycle billing and due-date gimmicks. It empowers cardholders to set limits on their credit and requires card companies to fairly allocate payments.
May 18, 2009 Press Release
Bills would increase quality of care and improve health outcomes while reducing costsRep. Peter Welch on Monday unveiled health care legislation he plans to introduce in the U.S. House of Representatives ahead of the upcoming health care reform debate.Rep. Peter Welch on Monday unveiled health care legislation he plans to introduce in the U.S. House of Representatives ahead of the upcoming health care reform debate.Alongside doctors and patients at South Burlington's Aesculapius Medical Center, Welch outlined two bills based on pilot programs and research conducted in Vermont. The patient-focused legislation aims to increase the quality of care and improve health outcomes while containing escalating costs.
May 16, 2009 Press Release
Rep. Peter Welch delivered the following commencement speech at Green Mountain College's graduation exercises Saturday, May 16:Good morning. Thank you, President Fonteyn for your kind introduction and your gracious invitation. Members of the board of trustees, faculty members, parents, students, community members and - most importantly - graduates: thank you for being here and thank you for hosting me.Click here to read the speech in full.
May 14, 2009 Press Release
Welch measure provides funding for renewable energy investments in schoolsRep. Peter Welch today voted for and the U.S. House passed a bill that would invest $6.4 billion in school modernization, renovation and repairs in fiscal year 2010. The vote was 275-155.The bill authorizes $14 million in funding to Vermont schools.
May 11, 2009 Press Release
Funding secured by Sen. Leahy and Rep. Welch will support national model for sustainable food delivery and educationRep. Peter Welch on Monday announced a $143,000 federal grant for Fletcher Allen Health Care's Center for Nutrition and Healthy Food Systems.The federal funding, which was secured by Welch and Sen. Patrick Leahy, will support the integration of local food into patient care and cafeterias at the Burlington hospital. This program will foster partnerships between local farmers and health care institutions throughout Vermont in an effort to provide patients with more nutritious food choices while supporting agriculture in the state.
May 6, 2009 Press Release
Bill would give Vermont greater resources to perform oversight of federal recovery fundsA bill sponsored by Rep. Peter Welch that would provide state and local governments with greater resources to prevent waste, fraud and abuse of federal stimulus dollars was approved Wednesday afternoon by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.The Enhanced Oversight of State and Local Economic Recovery Act, H.R. 2182, ensures that officials responsible for monitoring and accounting for the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act have the tools they need to perform their oversight responsibilities efficiently. The bill allows state and local governments to set aside a portion of allocated stimulus funds for auditing, contracting and grant planning and management.
May 4, 2009 Press Release
Reps. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and Ted Poe (R-Texas) joined Academy Award-winning actor Robert Duvall at Wilderness Battlefield today to speak out against Wal-Mart's plans to build a super store on the historic Virginia site.If built, the store would stand across the road from the national park commemorating the bloody struggle and within the battlefield's historic footprint.