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On Monday night, the House of Representatives passed a bill authored by Democratic Congressman Peter Welch of Vermont that would measure the economic impact of outdoor recreation.

Vermont Congressman Peter Welch handily won re-election last week, taking 82 percent to the 9 percent his Liberty Union opponent Erica Clawson received.  The Democrat returns to a House of Representatives preparing for a Trump presidency and Republican control.  Vermont’s sole representative says he was very disappointed and surprised by the results of the presidential election.

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U.S. Rep. Peter Welch of Vermont has coasted to re-election.

 The Democratic primary has fewer candidates than the Republican side, but just as much intrigue.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont representative Peter Welch tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that his fellow Vermonter Bernie Sanders would not run a third-party campaign.

Vermont Congressman Peter Welch has written a letter to the head of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission demanding more public participation in the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant decommissioning process.

 Who will be the next Speaker of the House?

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont representative Peter Welch tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the Republicans have some hard questions to answer.

Vermont Congressman Peter Welch announced Friday that he will run for re-election, rather than seek the state’s open governor’s seat in 2016.

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Vermont Congressman Peter Welch has just returned from an official trip with fellow House representatives to Tunisia, Ukraine and Europe.
The Democrat spoke with WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley earlier today.

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College financial aid application deadlines are quickly approaching. As parents and students weigh their options, Vermont Democratic Congressman Peter Welch is working to make higher education more affordable. He was at the Community College of Vermont’s Winooski campus earlier this week to discuss his efforts and resources that could help ease the financial burden of a college education.

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Democrat Peter Welch has easily won a fifth term as Vermont's lone representative in the U.S. House, turning aside the second challenge in as many elections from Republican Mark Donka.

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As the nation’s Highway Trust Fund teeters on the brink of insolvency, Vermont Congressman Peter Welch is joining calls for reauthorization and a long-term funding solution.

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The Vermont Agency of Transportation has released a list of more than 50 road, bridge and rail projects that could be delayed because the federal money relied on for those projects might not be available.

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Vermont's lone representative in the U.S. House wants to make it easier for people to buy electric vehicles.

Vermont Congressman Peter Welch joined with 186 of his Democratic colleagues in the House this week to send a letter he authored to the president urging support for passage of a clean debt limit. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley spoke with the Democrat about his efforts to keep the country from defaulting.

Vt. Rep. Welch Plans Series Of Appearances

Aug 5, 2013
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Vermont Congressman Peter Welch is planning a series of appearances in Brattleboro today.

At 10:30 a.m., Welch is to participate in a small business roundtable at the Brattleboro Development Credit Corp.

At 11:45, Welch will be holding one of his Congress in Your Community sessions at the River Garden with any member of the public who wishes to share concerns with the congressman or inquire about assistance from federal agencies.

Vermont Democratic Congressman Peter Welch is a co-founder and co-chair of the No-Labels Congressional Problem Solvers Coalition. There are now 80 members of the non-partisan group that works to bypass historic gridlock and pass legislation. 

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Vermont Congressman Peter Welch and ACLU Vermont Executive Director Alan Gilbert used the Chittenden County Courthouse as the backdrop to express their concerns about the increasing domestic use of drones. Welch, a Democrat, said he will introduce legislation to assure privacy rights are not infringed as more and more law enforcement, businesses and private entities use the technology.

  In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont representative Peter Welch discusses the Farm Bill with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

  The IRS scandal has invited criticism from both sides of the aisle.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont representative Peter Welch tells Alan Chartock that the public trust has been violated.

  Student loan debt is close to crisis levels for many people.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont representative Peter Welch tells Alan Chartock that interest rates must not increase.

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Vermont Representative Peter Welch and Attorney General William Sorrell are warning about scams to defraud the elderly.

Vermont U.S. Representative Peter Welch says he hopes the farm bill will help stabilize milk prices for dairy farmers, include disaster insurance for vegetable growers and promote the use of local fruits and vegetables in school lunches.

An invitation to a peace conference from a Catholic group is what prompted the scare at Congressman Peter Welch's office in Burlington after a worker thought the letter looked suspicious.

Burlington police say a letter addressed to Vermont's lone congressman was "peculiar," but not dangerous and workers are back on the job.

Welch, Owens to offer dairy farmworker protections

Apr 9, 2013
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Congressmen Peter Welch of Vermont and Bill Owens of New York plan to announce legislation that they say will help ensure a stable workforce for Vermont and New York dairy farmers.

Dairy farmers are ineligible for a federal agriculture visa program so many rely on immigrant farm workers who are in the country illegally.

Welch says with Congress set to start debating comprehensive immigrant reform, he and Owens will fight to get their bill or similar protections in any final reform package.

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Last year students at colleges across the region, and across the country, became concerned that interest rates on Stafford loans were set to double. Congress blocked the increase - but it was not a permanent measure. Vermont Congressman Peter Welch is renewing his efforts to stop the rate hike.

Vermont Congressman-at-large Peter Welch, a Democrat who endorsed then-Senator Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential primary, says he would like to see outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lead a ticket with Vice President Joe Biden in the 2016 race. Welch spoke on WAMC’s Congressional Corner.

Vermont U.S. Representative Peter Welch says he wants to use the federal health care reform law to help control health care costs.


Welch, a Democrat, outlined his plans Tuesday during a visit to a Montpelier doctor's office.

Congressman Peter Welch says providing rebates to homeowners who retrofit their homes is one of the energy efficiency priorities he will pursue in Congress as a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Welch to Host VT Phone Meeting on Student Loans

May 30, 2012

Vermont Congressman Peter Welch says he wants to hear from residents about their struggles with student loans.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

Congress is at loggerheads over how to avoid a July 1st doubling of interest rates on some Stafford Student Loans, and Welch and the head of the Vermont Student Assistance Corp. will be holding a telephone conference call Wednesday evening with people concerned about the issue.

Welch will be joined on the 7:30 call by VSAC's Don Vickers.

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