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Happy August! Here are some of things Congressman Welch has been working on in Congress over the last few weeks. If you want to check out what he is up to on a daily basis, be sure to follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

President Obama Signs into Law Three Welch Initiatives

On July 22nd, President Obama signed into law two initiatives authored by Peter to fight the opioid epidemic plaguing New England and the nation. The provisions will help states and communities increase their capacity to treat patients in recovery and provide additional tools to prevent addiction and overdoses. A week later, the President signed into law Peter’s initiative to expand assistance to low income mobile homeowners. Read more here.

Summer Meals for Kids In Need

Peter visited Lyman C. Hunt Middle School in Burlington to serve lunch and to announce his support of two bills that would make summer meals more available to kids in need. “For too many kids in need, the meals they eat at school are the only nutritious meals available to them. The importance of eating nutritious meals does not end during the summer break,” he said. Read more here.

Peter served meals to kids at Hunt Middle School. The Summer Meals Program serves over 8,000 kids every day around the state.

In Spite of Setback in Congress, Vermont Advances GMO Labeling Nationwide

Make no mistake about it: the GMO bill passed by Congress last month is a win for Monsanto and big food producers. Rather than requiring plain English labeling on all GMO products, as mandated under Vermont’s now-preempted law, it allows producers to make shoppers call a toll free number while shopping or look up a website on their smartphones if they want to figure out what’s in the product they’re buying. Peter strongly opposed the legislation in remarks he made during the House debate on the bill. “Make it simple, keep it simple, let people know clearly what it is they’re buying so they can make the decision,” he said. Despite the setback, the new national standard, while flawed, acknowledges for the first time that consumers across the country have the right to know if GMOs are in the food they eat. 

A More Mom-Friendly Capitol Hill

Following a report that the U.S. Capitol Complex does not meet federal standards to accommodate breast feeding mothers, the House passed Peter’s bipartisan amendment to increase the number of nursing stations in the Capitol and House office buildings. Peter also sent a letter to the Architect of the Capitol urging him to partner with Burlington-based Mamava, which manufactures free-standing lactation stations for mothers nursing a child in public areas. A Mamava station is located in the waiting area of Burlington International Airport.

Time for Congress to Act on Common Sense Gun Violence Legislation

After the horrific massacre at an Orlando nightclub earlier this summer, Peter participated in an unprecedented sit-in on the House floor led by civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis to protest inaction by Congress in the face of an epidemic of gun violence in America. Click here to view his remarks made during the sit in.

Peter joined dozens of colleagues in a 24-hour sit-in on the House floor demanding action on common sense gun measures.

Fourth of July Wrap-Up

Peter had a great time at the Independence Day celebrations in Brandon and Montpelier. Check out scenes from the parades here.