Peter Welch

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.


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.

Vermont's U.S. Representative Peter Welch is compiling stories about student debt.  WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports... 

Welch was at the University of Vermont on Monday where he met with students, some of whom are working multiple jobs and studying full time as they accumulate student loan debt.

Vermont's U.S. Representative Peter Welch is going to be compiling stories about student debt.

Welch is going to be at the University of Vermont on Monday where he will launch an initiative to compile stories from Vermont students and families about the burden of student loan debt.

In Vermont, almost 70 percent of college graduates have an average of $30,000 in debt.

Student debt is topping $1 trillion dollars, exceeding credit card debt.