July 29, 2009 Press Release
More than 50 Members of Congress join together to fight for family farmersRep. Peter Welch and a bipartisan group of more than 50 members of the House launched the Congressional Dairy Farmers Caucus at a Wednesday morning press conference in the Capitol. Representatives from California to Florida to Pennsylvania and Vermont joined together to declare that the critical issues confronting the American dairy farmer will not go unheard in Congress."Congress bailed out the Wall Street banks because they were too big to fail.' If we don't act now to support our dairy farmers, aren't we saying they are too small to matter'?" Welch asked. "Only by working together across regional lines and party lines will we be able to help dairy farmers survive in the short-term and help the dairy industry thrive in the long-term."
July 28, 2009 Press Release
Rep. Peter Welch supported and the House passed Monday night several bills to support disabled veterans.The legislation provides support for family members who care for disabled veterans, increases compensation to certain veterans, and facilitates research programs at Veterans Administration (VA) medical centers."I have long believed that the cost of the war should include the cost of caring for the warrior," Welch said. "With these measures, we are providing much-needed assistance to disabled veterans who have sacrificed so much for our country, and we are recognizing the commitment of their family members and caregivers."
The governors and the Congressional delegations of both Vermont and New Hampshire today joined together to urge the U.S. Department of Labor to move quickly to provide assistance to workers recently laid off at the Ethan Allen furniture plant in Beecher Falls, Vt.
July 23, 2009 Press Release
Measure would cut prescription drug costs by harnessing purchasing power of federal governmentRep. Peter Welch on Thursday offered an amendment requiring the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to negotiate prescription drug prices directly with pharmaceutical companies for seniors in Medicare Part D.The amendment to comprehensive health reform legislation before the Energy and Commerce Committee - America's Affordable Health Choices Act (H.R. 3200) - would allow the Secretary to leverage the government's purchasing power and drastically reduce the price of vital prescription drugs.
July 22, 2009 Press Release
The House today passed legislation sponsored by Rep. Peter Welch mandating responsible spending. The vote was 265 to 166.The Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2009 (H.R. 2920) puts the force of law behind current House rules requiring lawmakers to pay for new programs, either by cutting spending or increasing revenue. During the 1990s when similar rules were enacted, PAYGO helped turn massive deficits into record surpluses.
July 20, 2009 Press Release
NBRC will support economic development in northern Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and New YorkThe House approved $3 million of funding for the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) Friday, after Rep. Peter Welch successfully amended the Energy and Water appropriations bill (H.R. 3183) to appropriate the first-ever round of funding for the organization.
July 17, 2009 Press Release
Forces General Motors and Chrysler to abide by franchise agreementsRep. Peter Welch supported and the House passed legislation Thursday night preventing General Motors and Chrysler from arbitrarily closing car dealerships as part of their restructuring efforts.Welch cosponsored the Automobile Dealer Economic Rights Restoration Act (H.R. 2743), which forces car manufacturers to abide by their contracts with local dealer franchises in order to complete the bankruptcy process. GM and Chrysler have sought to close 3,000 dealerships nationwide - including roughly three dozen in Vermont. Dealerships account for 7.5 percent of all retail jobs in Vermont.
July 16, 2009 Press Release
Rep. Peter Welch on Thursday questioned former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson about Bank of America’s refusal to pay billions of dollars in fees that were part of an announced package of taxpayer assistance to the bank.
Relates plight of Vermont farmers, warns committee that industry is "on the brink of collapse"Testifying before a House Agriculture subcommittee Tuesday morning, Rep. Peter Welch sounded the alarm that Vermont's dairy industry "is on the brink of collapse." Welch called on the subcommittee to take immediate action to save Vermont's family farms while working on a long-term solution to the persistent problem of severe price volatility.
July 13, 2009 Press Release
Legislation would bolster successful SBA loan programRep. Peter Welch unveiled legislation Monday morning aimed at freeing up credit to small businesses by expanding a successful Small Business Administration loan program.At Burlington's Chittenden Bank, Welch and members of Vermont's business and banking communities outlined details of Welch's bill, which is intended to bolster the popular SBA Express Loan Program. By increasing the SBA Express program's current cap of $350,000 to $2 million, the legislation would significantly increase access to credit for Vermont's small businesses. Welch will introduce his bill in the House this week.