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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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April 6, 2018 In The News

A visit here Wednesday served as a reminder to U.S. Rep. Peter Welch of the countryside communities that need a hand in order to prosper. 

"We should be reinvesting in rural America," the Vermont Democrat told members of the Old School Enrichment Council at the former Twin Valley High School, which they are turning into a community center. "That should be the priority." 

Welch recalled coming to Wilmington after Tropical Storm Irene devastated the downtown in August 2011. 

March 22, 2018 Press Release

Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) issued the following statement following his vote in favor of the fiscal year 2018 omnibus appropriations bill, which passed the House on a vote of 256-167:

“I voted for this bill because, on balance, it is good for Vermont and good for the country.

February 27, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Late yesterday, President Trump signed into law bipartisan legislation introduced by Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) that will improve landline telephone service in rural areas plagued by phone calls being dropped or not getting through at all.

February 14, 2018 Press Release

(WEDNESDAY, February 14, 2018) — Sen. Patrick Leahy (D), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I) and Rep. Peter Welch (D) Wednesday announced that Vermont Rural Ventures will receive $60 million in federal tax credits to spur economic development projects throughout the state.

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.