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January 27, 2017 Press Release

"We deplore President Trump’s decision to unilaterally halt the refugee resettlement program.  By imposing a blanket ban on entire nationalities of men, women and children facing horrific violence and devastation, he has allowed fear to triumph over compassion and common sense.  Struggling families, fleeing peril and motivated to start their lives anew, have enriched America and contribute imme

January 24, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Erik Paulsen (MN-03) and Congressman Peter Welch (VT-AL) have introduced the bipartisan Developing Innovation and Growing the Internet of Things (DIGIT) Act to facilitate planning and coordination among government and private entities to support expanded use of the Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT is a network of physical, everyday objects that have network connectivity. Advances in technology could mean using the Internet of Things to create life-improving developments for everything from health care to transportation to energy management to simply ensuring a family’s groceries are fully stocked.
January 13, 2017 Press Release
Ahead of a floor vote later today on the fiscal year 2017 budget resolution, which includes the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) called out the Republican majority for having no plan to replace the law that has benefitted millions of Americans and thousands of Vermonters. A full transcript of Welch’s remarks can be found here.
January 13, 2017 Press Release
Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) this week introduced bipartisan legislation to improve rural call completion. Persistent phone call completion problems in rural communities are creating major inconveniences for families, hurting businesses, and threatening public safety. The Improving Rural Call Quality and Reliability Act would direct the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to establish basic quality standards for providers that transmit voice calls to help ensure businesses, families, and emergency responders can count on phone calls being completed.
January 9, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Welch and Democratic members of Congress introduced bills in the U.S.  House and Senate that would require the President and Vice President to disclose and divest any potential financial conflicts of interest.

January 5, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a Member of the Senate Finance Committee, and U.S. Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.), a Member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, led nearly 60 of their colleagues Wednesday to introduce resolutions in the Senate and House stating the sense of Congress that President-elect Donald Trump should comply with the Constitution and follow the precedent established by prior presidents and convert his assets to simple, conflict-free holdings, adopt blind trusts managed by an independent trustees, or take other equivalent measures.
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January 4, 2017 Press Release
In his first bill introduction in the new Congress, Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) today unveiled legislation that would cut the cost of prescription drugs for seniors and save taxpayers billions of dollars.
January 4, 2017 Press Release
The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Internet of Things (IoT) Working Group, co-chaired by Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) and Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT), has released a report detailing findings they gathered during the 114th Congress.
December 16, 2016 Press Release
Continuing his advocacy to protect Vermont’s dairy farmers as well as the consumers’ right to know, Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), joined by Mike Simpson (R-ID) and 23 other members of Congress, today urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to exercise its legal authority to investigate and take action against the manufacturers of products they falsely claim to be milk.
December 14, 2016 Press Release

BURLINGTON, Vt., Dec. 14 – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., Tuesday called upon the CEOs of FairPoint Communications and the Illinois company that is set to purchase it, Consolidated Communications Holdings, to reverse the planned layoff of nearly 10 percent of FairPoint’s workforce. 

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March 3, 2016 In The News

WINDSOR - Sales are booming for Vermont-made vodka, gin and whiskey, up more than 600 percent in state liquor stores over the past five years, and more than 1,000 percent at farmers markets, special events and retail outlets.

February 18, 2016 In The News

A Southern California congressman and two other representatives are calling for an investigation of Shell Oil over whether it deceived the public on climate change at the same time it was preparing its business operations for rising sea levels. 

February 9, 2016 In The News
The self-described “most transparent administration in history” declined to say how much it seeks to bill taxpayers for individual spy agencies as part of President Barack Obama's final budget request to Congress.
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February 3, 2016 In The News
In July, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a change in raw-milk cheesemaking standards that places more than two-thirds of cheesemakers in the state at risk of being put out of business.
January 13, 2016 In The News
Rep. Peter Welch, I-Vt., said Tuesday he would be co-chairman of a task force of Democrats in Congress who will seek action this year to bring down prescription drug prices.
January 6, 2016 In The News
Congressman Peter Welch, D-Vermont, wants to pay Medicare patients who complete an advance directive. Welch announced he's proposing new legislation called the "Medicare Choices Empowerment and Protection Act."
December 14, 2015 In The News

Peter Welch is one of several lawmakers behind bipartisan and bicameral legislation that would authorize the use of American military force against the Islamic State.

As sponsors of identical bills, Welch, a Democrat, was joined by Rep. Scott Rigell, a Republican from Virginia, and Sens. Tim Kaine, a Virginia Democrat, and Jeff Flake, a Republican from Arizona.

December 5, 2015 In The News
New regulations from the Food and Drug Administration could make it difficult for artisan cheesemakers to stay in business, according to the state’s congressional delegation. U.S. Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, all Democrats, sent a letter to FDA Deputy Commissioner Michael Taylor on Thursday opposing the regulations, which dramatically lower the amount of non-pathogenic E. coli bacteria allowed in cheese made from raw milk.

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