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Improving the Economy

"While Vermont has bounced back from the Great Recession of 2008, too many Vermonters are still struggling to make ends meet.  My top priority in Congress is to ensure that Vermonters have good jobs, affordable health care, access to higher education, and lower energy bills.”

 

Spotlight on the Economy

Rep. Welch has been a vocal advocate in the House for creating good new jobs by investing in America’s highways, bridges, water projects, airports, railways, and the internet.  He led a coalition that forced House leaders to pass a sustainable highway bill.  Working with Senator Patrick Leahy and Senator Bernie Sanders, he secured critical funding to jump start passenger rail service along Vermont’s western corridor.

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January 22, 2018 Press Release

Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) issued the following statement before voting against a three-week spending bill:

January 18, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON- Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.), Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), joined by 168 House colleagues, today sent a letter to President Trump expressing their support for keeping the federal government open while pressing for the inclusion of urgent bipartisan priorities in any funding resolution.

January 11, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – At a Capitol Hill press conference yesterday, Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) and the bipartisan House Problem Solvers Caucus released a comprehensive report outlining policy options to build a 21st century infrastructure network for America.

“America has a 21st century economy supported by a 20th century infrastructure. Potholes don’t fix themselves. Our roads and bridges are crumbling. Whole swaths of the country lack access to basic broadband,” said Welch. “America needs a long-term infrastructure bill with a sustainable funding source.”

December 19, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today on the floor of the House of Representatives, Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) railed against the GOP tax bill as it was debated by Members of Congress. Welch voted against the bill which passed the House this afternoon by a vote of 227-203. 

December 1, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC - Following four years of advocacy by Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) today provided long overdue relief to a key employer in the Northeast Kingdom. 

Columbia Forest Products, which maintains a manufacturing facility in Newport, Vermont, has been struggling to compete with illegal Chinese imports. In a unanimous ruling, the ITC voted 4-0 to impose significant tariffs on dumped and subsidized imports of Chinese hardwood plywood.

November 15, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – This afternoon, Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) spoke against the Trump-Ryan tax proposal being debated by the House of Representatives. A final vote on the bill is expected tomorrow by early afternoon.

“If you asked 435 members of Congress if they want to raise taxes on students, the answer from 435 members would be ‘no.’ This bill was written by and for the donor class. Let’s defeat this bill and stand up for the middle class.”

A full transcript of Rep. Welch’s remarks can be found here.

July 19, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Rep.  Peter Welch and House colleagues representing districts along the U.S. Canadian border have introduced the Northern Border Regional Commission Reauthorization Act of 2017, which would reauthorize the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) for five years. 

July 13, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON –Reps. Peter Welch (D-VT) and Tom Reed (R-NY) today introduced the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Act which would help small and medium-sized American manufacturers adopt smart manufacturing technologies.

May 1, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), joined by a bipartisan group of 67 House colleagues, sent a letter to President Trump advocating for swift action to ensure Canada upholds dairy trade agreements.  Last week, the President called out Canada’s dairy trade practices as unfair to U.S. dairy farmers.
 

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.