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September 13, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Peter Welch (D-VT) released the following statement regarding the Financial CHOICE Act, legislation by U.S. Representative Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) that would gut the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010.

September 9, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON––The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a hearing this week on Rep. Peter Welch’s (D-VT) bipartisan legislation to improve the quality and reliability of phone calls in rural areas of the country.

September 8, 2016 Press Release
Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) today delivered remarks at the opening of a House-Senate conference committee tasked with reconciling differences between two versions of a major bill encompassing energy and natural resources issues. Welch, a member of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee and House leader on energy efficiency issues, was appointed to the conference committee by Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi in May.
September 8, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON––Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT), along with Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) and seven other Members of Congress, introduced the Improving Transparency and Accuracy in Medicare Part D Spending Act (H.R. 5951) today, which would ensure our community pharmacists receive reimbursement at the rate posted at the time the prescription is filled. 

August 31, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON––Vermont’s congressional delegation – Senator Patrick Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I) and Representative Peter Welch (D) -- announced Wednesday that Vermont will receive $371,616, the maximum grant award possible, of about $9 million awarded nationwide in federal opioid abuse prevention grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

August 5, 2016 Press Release

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (Friday, August 5, 2016) -- As part of a continuing effort to bolster economic development in Northern Vermont, Senator Patrick Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I), Congressman Peter Welch (D) and Governor Peter Shumlin (D) joined Northern Border Regional Commission Chair Mark Scarano in announcing more than $1.8 million in federal grants on Friday.

August 2, 2016 Press Release
President Barack Obama has signed into law three initiatives authored by Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT). On July 22, two Welch amendments to help combat the opioid epidemic became public law. They were included in the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (S. 524) which passed the House in May. The provisions will help states and communities increase their capacity to treat patients in recovery and provide additional tools to prevent addiction and overdoses. The bipartisan amendments were sponsored with Rep. David McKinley (R-WV).
July 28, 2016 Press Release
On Thursday Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Representative Joe Courtney (CT-02), Senator Bob Casey (D-Penn.) and Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), joined by a bipartisan coalition of 57 other members of the House and Senate that includes Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.), sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack asking for assistance for dairy producers struggling with declining milk prices. Specifically, the lawmakers are asking for the USDA to use its existing authorities to expand and maintain U.S. domestic markets, encourage the domestic consumption of dairy products, and help dairy farmers through this financial crisis. Leahy is a leading member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and a former chairman of the panel.
July 18, 2016 Press Release

BURLINGTON, Vt. – Before serving lunch at Hunt Middle School, Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) today announced his co-sponsorship of two bills that would make summer meals more available to kids in need. Welch was joined by Doug Davis, Director of the Burlington School Food Project, Anore Horton, Nutrition Initiatives Director at Hunger Free Vermont, and Jan Kallio, SNAP Program Specialist at the U.S.

July 14, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON –  Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) took to the House floor this morning in opposition to House legislation that would preempt Vermont’s GMO labeling law with a weaker national standard for foods containing genetically engineered ingredients. The legislation (S. 764), approved by the Senate on July 7, passed the House by a vote of 306 to 117.


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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. 

November 8, 2014 In The News

Last year, Rescue Inc. knew towns would be watching every penny and so the 15-member non-profit ambulance service kept its budget level funded.

This year, with so many unknowns in the state and federal health care systems, Rescue Inc. was not able to build a budget using the same subsidy rate and will ask its member towns for a 1 percent increase in fiscal year 2016.

November 7, 2014 In The News

Burlington Free Press 

A decade ago, for the January term at Middlebury College, Jon Isham taught a course titled "Building the New Climate Movement."

"They all got As," Isham said of his students.

Isham is a prescient and precise grader.

October 30, 2014 In The News


"In Washington this is a scary thing, the health scare with Ebola. Should it be about medicine or politics, public health, or publicity and I think in Vermont we're getting it right," said U.S. Rep. Peter Welch.