BREAKING NEWS: House Approves Peter’s Top Priority to Lower Prescription Drug Prices

Yesterday, the House of Representatives approved a major prescription drug price relief bill that will empower the federal government to negotiate lower drug prices with the pharmaceutical industry, saving taxpayers and consumers an estimated $500 billion. Peter has long championed price negotiation legislation in Congress. “This comprehensive bill will bring long overdue drug price relief to Vermont’s consumers struggling to afford lifesaving medicines,” said Peter. “It’s a common-sense solution that empowers the federal government to negotiate lower drug prices with Big Pharma. There is simply no reason why the federal government, the largest purchaser of drugs in the nation, should pay retail drug prices through the Medicare program. Lower drug prices will provide across-the-board relief to seniors, taxpayers, businesses and consumers.”

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YOU ARE INVITED! Join Peter Monday Night December 16th for his Statewide Telephone Town Hall Meeting on Impeachment

In advance of the upcoming House vote on impeaching President Trump, Peter will convene a statewide telephone town hall meeting to outline his reasons for supporting impeachment and to answer listener questions. This telephone town hall meeting will take place on Monday, December 16th from 7-8 p.m.  If you would like to participate, call 866-641-6916 at 7 p.m., Monday night. Feel free to pass along the call-in number to interested family members, friends and neighbors.

Making College More Affordable

At a recent press conference at SunCommon in Waterbury, Peter highlighted bipartisan legislation he cosponsored that will allow employees to receive employer contributions to their student loan balance tax free just like other employee benefits.

Boosting International Tourism Visits to Vermont

With the bustling Stowe Foliage Arts festival as a backdrop, Peter unveiled his bipartisan legislation to boost international tourism to Vermont. His legislation will renew and fully fund the Brand USA Program, a public-private partnership that promotes Vermont and other states to international tourists. “The travel and tourism industry is a key driver of Vermont’s economy,” said Peter. “Promoting Vermont as a four-season destination to international visitors will create local jobs and boost the economy in every corner of our beautiful state.”  The bill is expected to be approved by Congress and signed into law this month.

Protecting the Rights of our LGBTQ+ Community 

Peter convened a roundtable discussion at the Pride Center of Vermont to learn more about the challenges facing LGBTQ+ Vermonters. He is a champion in the House of the Equality Act which would extend protections from discrimination in employment, housing, credit, and public services to the LGBTQ+ community.  The bill was approved by the House earlier this year. 

Standing Up For Vermont’s Farmers

As co-chairs of the Congressional Dairy Farmers Caucus, Peter and Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) led the entire New England delegation in a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, pushing back on comments he made in October about the future of small dairy farms. In their letter, they highlighted the importance of family dairy farming to the history, culture, and economy of New England. “The volatility of the dairy market over the past decade has made us keenly aware of the importance for stability among New England dairies. From Farm Service Agency supports to the Rural Energy for America Program, the federal government has played a key role in helping our farms become more fiscally and environmentally efficient,” the delegation wrote. “However, what our farmers see in action from the USDA is not reflected in your sentiments about the future of small family dairy farming.”

Let Them Play Ball!

Peter joined 105 of his House colleagues in sending a letter to the commissioner of Major League Baseball demanding that he abandon a proposal that could lead to the elimination of 42 minor league baseball teams, including the Vermont Lake Monsters. “Minor league baseball teams like Vermont’s beloved Lake Monsters are part of the fabric of communities across the country,” said Peter.  “They provide affordable, family friendly entertainment and help drive local economies.  It would be a grave mistake for MLB to follow through on this proposal.  Doing so would deal a devastating blow to the livelihood of their supportive communities.”

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Welcoming Civil Rights Icon Rep. John Lewis to Vermont

Peter joined Senator Leahy in welcoming civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis to Burlington’s Flynn Theater where he was the featured speaker in the Vermont Humanities Council’s ‘Vermont Reads’ series. 

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Home in Vermont

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Peter answered questions about impeachment and other issues at a Middlebury town hall meeting hosted by the Addison Independent.

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In Montpelier, Peter helped cut the ribbon on the new and affordable Taylor Street Apartments.

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Peter convened a roundtable discussion in Berlin to learn about the barriers to the recruitment and retention of nurses in Vermont. 

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In Montpelier, Peter spoke with students in the ‘Global Social Problems’ class at Vermont Community College. 

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At the Vermont Food Bank in Barre, Peter joined Norwich University student volunteers to help sort and re-pack food.

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Just before Thanksgiving, Peter lent a hand distributing turkeys at Upper Valley Haven in White River Junction.