Welch Takes on Drug Companies Over Soaring Insulin Prices

At the Community Health Centers of Burlington, Peter unveiled his legislation to provide relief to diabetes patients from skyrocketing insulin prices in Vermont and across the country. The legislation will allow patients, pharmacists, and wholesalers to import safe and lower cost insulin from Canada. “The price of insulin has gone through the roof and is hammering diabetes patients who cannot live without this life-saving medicine,” said Peter. “This commonsense legislation bypasses big Pharma’s pricing monopoly by making available safe, lower-cost insulin.”

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Peter unveiled his legislation to provide relief from skyrocketing insulin prices at a press conference in Burlington.

Cracking Down on Drug Company Abuses

Peter and Representative David McKinley (R-W.Va.) have introduced bipartisan legislation to stop the manipulation of federal regulations by drug manufacturers seeking to block the production of generic alternatives to brand name medicines. “In a time of skyrocketing prescription drug costs, generic drugs can be a cost-effective alternative to brand name drugs. Patients, in consultation with their physician, should have a choice where possible,” Peter insisted. “Our legislation will save consumers billions of dollars by ensuring timely competition in the market and ending delays for patients seeking more affordable options for their medications.”

“In Vermont, we have No-G service!”

Every Vermonter has experienced the frustration of spotty or non-existent cell service. At a hearing on the proposed merger of Sprint and T-Mobile, Peter took the companies to task for inaccurate claims of cell coverage in Vermont.  He demanded the merger be rejected unless the companies can guarantee they will provide 5G service in Vermont and across rural America. 

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Ending the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen

On the floor of the House of Representatives, Peter spoke forcefully in favor of a resolution cutting off U.S. military assistance for Saudi Arabia’s brutal war in Yemen. “We are allowing ourselves to be complicit in what is the greatest humanitarian tragedy on the face of the earth at this moment. This policy must end,” he demanded. The resolution was approved by a vote of 248-177. 

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Congress Approves Welch Trails Legislation 

This month, Congress approved Peter’s bipartisan legislation that will extend the North Country National Scenic Trail from Crowne Point, New York into Addison County, linking it to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail via Vermont’s Long Trail. “Vermont has unparalleled natural beauty that provides us with year-round opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors by trail,” Peter said. “As hosts to both the Appalachian Trail and the Long Trail, we have a rich tradition of trail hiking. Connecting the North Country Trail to the Long Trail and Appalachian Trail will provide Vermonters and tourists with even more opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors through hiking, recreation, tourism, and economic development.” President Trump will soon sign the bill into law. 

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A National Park Service map showing the location of both national trails.

Questioning Michael Cohen 

At a hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, Peter questioned attorney Michael Cohen about his knowledge of the release by WikiLeaks of hacked Democratic National Committee emails. 

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