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Listening to Vermonters

At a time of increased civic engagement nationwide, Peter has held Congress in Your Community and town hall events across the state to listen to the concerns of Vermonters, including in Burlington, White River Junction, Manchester, Bennington, Hardwick, Brattleboro, Rutland, South Royalton, and Lyndonville. Follow his Facebook and Twitter accounts for the latest updates on his next town hall events.

Rep. Welch hearing from Vermonters at a town hall event at the Briggs Opera House in White River Junction.

A Trojan Horse for Cutting Taxes for Wealthiest Americans

After fighting the so-called "repeal and replace" healthcare bill tooth and nail, Peter was relieved to see it scrapped. “It failed because it was unmasked for what it really was: a massive tax cut for the wealthiest Americans disguised as health care reform,” Peter said. Click the photo below to view his speech on the failed "repeal and replace" effort.

Peter Pushes President to Cut Prescription Drug Prices

In early March, Peter, along with Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), met with President Trump at the White House to urge his support for their legislation that requires the federal government to use its bulk purchasing power to cut the price of prescription drugs for seniors and taxpayers. Peter shared with the President a Burlington Free Press story about skyrocketing drug costs and explained how Vermont reduced its Medicaid drug costs by negotiating lower prescription prices with manufacturers. “I left this meeting encouraged that we've got some real prospects of getting lower prescription drug prices for the American people,” Peter said.

FCC and Congress Kill Internet Privacy Protections

Peter strongly opposed the FCC’s effort to repeal a regulation that requires internet service providers to obtain consent from consumers before sharing their Web browsing and app usage history with marketers. Peter believes the action violates the consumer’s right to privacy on the internet. Net neutrality appears to be next up on the chopping block. Peter will fight any attempt to roll back rules ensuring net neutrality.

Taking on Climate Change Skeptics

Peter took to the House floor to slam President Trump’s decision to roll back the Clean Power Plan, a major component of President Obama’s plan to combat climate change: “A confident nation faces its problems – it doesn’t deny them.” 

36th Congressional Art Competition

Every year, the Congressional Institute sponsors a spring visual art competition for high school students across the country. Judges in each congressional district choose a winning piece to be displayed in the tunnel connecting the Cannon House Office Building to the U.S. Capitol Building. This year, 162 talented young artists from 35 Vermont high schools are competing for the honor of having their work displayed in the Capitol.  Their entries will be on display at the Vermont College of Fine Arts May 2-5. Peter invites you to stop by to check them out!