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April 26, 2016 Press Release

“We are proud that the State of Vermont and the City of Rutland are welcoming civilian refugees who have fled the relentless violence in Syria, sometimes with just the clothes on their backs.

April 25, 2016 Press Release
At Waterfront Park in Burlington this morning, Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce, in response to bipartisan legislation sponsored by Welch, will undertake a comprehensive study to quantify the benefits of outdoor recreation to the U.S. economy.
April 22, 2016 Press Release
As tests for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) contaminating drinking water in North Bennington, Bennington and Pownal continue this week, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) pressed two congressional committees, charged with finalizing legislation to regulate toxic chemicals, for stricter federal rules and deference to strong state protections already in place in Vermont and across the country.
April 20, 2016 Press Release
Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) today introduced legislation that would ensure local communities have a significant role in the decommissioning of retired nuclear plants. The legislation also requires the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to publically approve or reject proposed decommissioning plans to ensure appropriate accountability and transparency measures are in place.
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April 13, 2016 Press Release
Bipartisan legislation authored by Rep. Peter Welch (VT-AL) to combat the diversion of prescription drugs from the supply chain passed the House Tuesday evening and is expected to be signed into law by President Obama. The Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016 (H.R. 471, S. 483) will be the first significant bill addressing prescription drug diversion to become law in this Congress.
April 12, 2016 Press Release
Congressmen Chris Gibson (NY-19) and Joe Courtney (CT-2) introduced bipartisan legislation with original co-sponsor Congressman Peter Welch (VT-AL) to bring fairness to the federal system used to determine the price dairy farmers are paid for their milk.
April 4, 2016 Press Release
The Secretary of the Air Force on Monday announced that the new F-35A Lightning II fighter will be stationed at Burlington in the Summer of 2019, several months earlier than expected. Vermont’s congressional delegation – Senator Patrick Leahy, Senator Bernie Sanders and Congressman Peter Welch – issued the following joint statement after the announcement.
April 1, 2016 Press Release
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) Friday joined 205 other current and former members of Congress in filing an amicus brief supporting the Clean Power Plan (CPP), which would protect public health and create jobs by setting the first-ever carbon pollution standards for power plants, the nation’s largest source of greenhouse gasses. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is considering a challenge to the Clean Power Plan in West Virginia et al. v. Environmental Protection Agency.
March 30, 2016 Press Release
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) Wednesday announced the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) will begin accepting applications for the next round of grants to encourage economic development and job creation along the norther border of Maine, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont. The Commission has approximately $1.7 million in federal funding to award to projects in Franklin, Lamoille, Caledonia, Essex and Orleans counties.
March 29, 2016 Press Release
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), joined by nine House and Senate colleagues this week, are urging the Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health to step in to lower the cost of a prostate cancer drug, Xtandi, developed with the help of taxpayer dollars, which costs four times more in the United States than in other major countries.

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December 4, 2014 In The News

WAMC Public Radio

The deadline for dairy farmers to enroll in a new price protection program has been extended to Dec. 19.

The Margin Protection Program is a voluntary insurance program that enables dairy farmers to protect themselves when prices fall.

December 2, 2014 In The News

Vermont Public Radio

Supporters of a sales tax on all Internet retailers are hopeful that Congress will consider their bill in the next two weeks. It's estimated that the tax will bring an additional $25 million in revenue to the state of Vermont.  

November 17, 2014 In The News

Huffington Post Politics

Most lawmakers appear content to let President Barack Obama set his own course battling the Islamic State, but a growing number are warning America could slip into a major new war by accident if Congress doesn’t act.

November 17, 2014 In The News

Huffington Post Politics 

As Congress wrestles with its role in authorizing the president to use military force overseas, a quick look through the archives reveals that the White House has plenty of other active military authorizations to choose from -- some dating back to the 1700s.

November 14, 2014 In The News

Vermont Public Radio

Congressman Peter Welchhas voted against legislation that would authorize the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

The Keystone pipeline issue came before the U.S. House on Friday and was approved by a vote of 252 to 161.

November 13, 2014 In The News

The Hill

A top House Democrat is calling for the $5.6 billion funding request for the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) to be separate from a vote on the next government spending bill. 

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