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Rebuilding the Economy

Spotlight on Oversight

A member of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Welch distinguished himself during his first term by writing legislation that closed a multi-billion dollar contractor fraud loophole. In recognition of these efforts, President Obama invited Welch to take part in the announcement in March 2009 of a major overhaul in government contracting procedures.

"Government works best when it operates transparently and is subject to strict oversight. Following an era during which these principles were abandoned, it has become more important than ever for Congress to ensure that the federal government is operating effectively, efficiently and accountably. My work on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee has focused on ensuring that there is a cop on the beat and that taxpayer dollars are being spent as intended – a role that has grown all the more important in the wake of the financial collapse of 2008. As we rebuild our economy, I am working to ensure that recovery efforts are carried out in a transparent manner – free from fraud and wasteful spending."







Rep. Welch's Recent Work on Oversight

Wall Street Journal: "US House Passes Bill Cracking Down On Contractor Corruption"

September 16, 2010

The U.S. House passed legislation Wednesday that would crack down on government contractors committing corruption overseas.

Under the bill, which passed 409-0, with 23 not voting, companies convicted of bribing foreign officials under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act would be barred from receiving government contracts. The bill, authored by Rep. Peter Welch (D., Vt.), was inspired by a November 2009 report in the New York Ti... Read More

House passes Welch bill cracking down on contractor corruption

September 15, 2010

Nearly three years to the day after Blackwater Worldwide contractors prompted a deadly shooting in Baghdad that left 17 Iraqi civilians dead, the U.S. House on Wednesday passed legislation cracking down on illegal activities committed by government contractors.

Authored by Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.), the Overseas Contractor Reform Act (H.R. 5366) would ban companies and individuals convicted of bribing foreign officials from co... Read More

Welch calls on FDA to investigate "natural" syrup product

September 8, 2010

Rep. Peter Welch on Wednesday called on the Food and Drug Administration to investigate a new syrup product that appears to violate FDA labeling rules.

The "All Natural Syrup" marketed by Log Cabin Syrup, a division of Pinnacle Foods LLC, appears to include ingredients the FDA does not allow in products labeled as "natural."

"Vermont's hardworking ... Read More

VPR News: "Welch Sees Need For New Policy In Afghanistan"

September 8, 2010

Welch was part of a bi-partisan Congressional delegation that traveled to Afghanistan, Pakistan and Lebanon.

While in Afghanistan, Welch met with some of the 1500 Vermont Guard troops who are serving a year long deployment in that country.

Welch says the trip highlighted several of his concerns about the war.

Bennington Banner: "Welch still has doubts about Afghan military aims"

September 7, 2010

Vermont Rep. Peter Welch says he remains skeptical of U.S. strategy in Afghanistan after spending several days in the region and meeting with American officials and troops.

Welch, a Democrat taking part in the five-person congressional trip, spent about two days in Afghanistan and a day-and-a-half in Pakistan reviewing the military and political progress in the ongoing conflict. Speaking with reporters by telephone Monday fro... Read More

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