Helping Vermonters during the holiday season

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House passes Rep. Welch’s veterans employment bill

On September 28th, the U.S. House passed legislation authored by Rep. Welch to provide jobs and job training to returning veterans.


Fighting Unfair Credit and Debit Card Fees

Rep. Peter Welch held a bipartisan press conference on May 25th calling for an end to abusive, anti-competitive fees credit card companies charge small businesses.


Creating Jobs by Investing in Efficiency

After passing the U.S. House of Representatives on May 6th, Rep. Welch’s Home Star energy efficiency jobs initiative is set to be considered in the Senate.


Important information for Vermont non-profits

Vermont non-profits are required to file new paperwork with the IRS by October 15th. Help get the word out so these organizations can keep providing necessary services across the state.

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Welch calls for full funding of LIHEAP program

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

As winter comes to Vermont, Rep. Peter Welch is leading the charge in the U.S. House to fully fund the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader John Boehner and leaders of the House Appropriations Committee, Welch and more than 40 colleagues are calling for LIHEAP to receive at least $5.1 billion in...


During visits to Vermont charitable organizations, Welch highlights holiday giving

Monday, 22 November 2010

While visiting and volunteering at Vermont charitable organizations Saturday and today, Rep. Peter Welch called on Vermonters to help neighbors in need this holiday season. Touring Upper Valley Haven in White River Junction on Saturday and the Vermont Foodbank in Barre this morning, Welch cited a new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) report showing that hunger is on the rise in Ve...


Vermont Picked for Project to Improve Patient Care

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Vermont was one of eight states selected today by the federal government for a Medicare demonstration project to improve health care by basing payments to doctors and hospitals on the quality of patient care instead of the quantity of care, the state's congressional delegation announced. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said, "Vermont's selection ensures that our state will continue to lead in fi...


Vermont Harvests 6th Largest Share Of New Rural Renewable Energy Grants And Loans

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Vermont's Congressional Delegation – Senator Patrick Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I) and Congressman Peter Welch (D) – reported Tuesday that 18 Vermont farms and rural businesses will share $3,750,930 in grants and loans to support energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy projects. The loans and grants are being made through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Energy for Am...


New Funding Bolsters St. Albans Streetscapes Project

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and U.S. Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) Tuesday announced that St. Albans has been awarded a $125,000 federal grant for its ongoing streetscapes project. The grant, awarded by the Department of Transportation, will fund continued downtown improvements. In FY2009, Welch secured $380,000 in funding for sidewalk, streetlight, signage and aesthetic upgrades to Main Street and Ta...


Vt. Digger: "Vermont selected for federal health care project"

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Vermont is one of eight states that has just been chosen to participate in a new federal health care demonstration project. The Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services has established an "innovation center," designed to encourage states to develop new ways of delivering and paying for health care under the Affordable Care Act just passed this year. The federal program will allow Me...


Burlington Free Press: "Vermont rail improvements begin"

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Construction crews started working on the railroad Tuesday, thanks to $50 million in federal stimulus money to improve tracks between St. Albans and Vernon. Railroad representatives and politicians kicked off the construction at a ceremony at the St. Albans Amtrak station, as politicians hammered a golden spike into the railroad tracks to mark the start of the work. The construction, expected to ta...


Burlington Free Press: "Border projects share $375,000 in federal aid"

Thursday, 30 September 2010

The Northern Border Regional Commission approved two Vermont projects for funding Wednesday. Northern Vermont Fiber Optic Connection will receive $234,000 and the Northern Forest Canoe Trail will receive $141,150. Vermont's federal delegation -- Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt. -- played key roles in authorization of the commission in the 2008 Farm Bill and securing $1...


Brattleboro Reformer: "Vermont receives funding for Amtrak"

Thursday, 30 September 2010

Vermont's congressional delegation and the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Wednesday the release of $50 million in federal stimulus money for upgrades to the Amtrak passenger track from St. Albans to Vernon. Recently approved by the Federal Railroad Administration, the improvements to the 190-mile stretch will allow trains to decrease travel time by roughly an hour through Vermont and Massachusetts in th...


Burlington Free Press: "Log Cabin 'natural' syrup maker relents on color"

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Under fire in maple syrup country, the maker of Log Cabin All Natural Syrup said Tuesday it's getting rid of the product's caramel coloring in response to complaints by producers of the real thing. That may not be enough. Officials in Vermont — the nation's largest producer of pure maple syrup — say the Pinnacle Foods product's label and packaging are st...


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