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Protecting a Vital Nutrition Lifeline for Millions of Americans

Peter took to the House floor to condemn proposed draconian cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that will eliminate a lifeline of nutrition assistance to millions of Americans. “We passed a tax cut that wasn’t paid for,” he admonished. “The bill has come due and we have a proposal here to come up with $23 billion to pay for it by taking meals off the tables of disabled people.” See his full remarks below.



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The Cost of War Must Include Caring for the Warrior


Peter testified before the House Veterans Affairs Committee urging approval of his legislation to help veterans exposed to burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan. At the hearing, he shared the story of Sgt. Major Michael Cram, a respected Winooski Police Department policeman and Vermont Army National Guard solider of 30 years who died of prostate cancer just weeks after receiving a Purple Heart. Sgt. Major Cram and several Guard soldiers from his unit were exposed to toxic fumes from military burn pits while serving overseas. See his full remarks below.

 

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Standing Up for Pure Vermont Maple

Peter joined Senator Leahy and local sugar makers for a press conference in Montpelier to call out a potential federal mandate that would require labels on pure maple syrup to list the amount of ‘added sugar' it contains. “This would be misleading for consumers and undermine decades of education efforts to distinguish pure natural maple from industrially produced sweeteners and artificial flavors,” Peter charged. 

Expanding Access to Affordable Housing in Vermont


At the request of Congressman Welch and Senators Leahy and Sanders, federal officials approved more than $2.5 million in federal grants to six Vermont housing authorities to preserve, improve, and develop public housing across Vermont. “It is critically important to improve and expand the stock of decent, safe and affordable housing in our state,” Peter insisted. “These grants are an important federal investment to help ensure that Vermont housing authorities have the resources they need to meet the demand for affordable housing across the state.”

We Have a Winner! 37th Annual Congressional Art Competition


Congratulations to Aidan Bundock of Champlain Valley Union High School, winner of the 37th Annual Congressional Art Competition! His brilliant work, “Midnight Snacks,” was selected from 169 student entries representing 39 Vermont high schools and will be displayed in the halls of Congress for one year.