Congress Puts Federal Cop on the Beat to Stop Unwanted and Predatory Robocalls

Bipartisan legislation championed by Peter to provide relief from unwanted robocalls has been signed into law. “Vermonters are fed up with intrusive robocalls that are annoying at best and predatory at worst,” said Peter. “These calls often originate from scam artists intent on ripping off unsuspecting consumers, particularly seniors. This is a bipartisan win for Vermonters that gives the FCC the tools it needs to be the cop on the beat to go after these bad actors.”

Welch Bill Cracking Down on Big Pharma Signed into Law

Peter’s bipartisan legislation to stop Big Pharma from blocking the development of more affordable generic drugs has been signed into law. Brand name drug companies have been withholding samples needed by generic manufacturers to develop more affordable and equally effective drugs. “This bill outlaws one of Big Pharma’s most egregious anti-competitive practices and will lower drug prices for consumers,” said Peter.

Bill Boosting International Tourism Signed into Law

Bipartisan legislation introduced by Peter to promote Vermont and other states as a destination for international tourists has been signed into law. His bill reauthorizes Brand USA, a successful public-private partnership funded at no cost to taxpayers. “The travel and tourism industry is a key driver of Vermont’s economy,” said Peter. “Promoting Vermont as a four-season destination for international visitors will create jobs and boost the economy in every corner of our beautiful state.”

Protecting Vermont Businesses and Consumers

At a press conference in Winooski, Peter was joined by representatives of Vermont’s food and beverage industry to highlight the devastating impacts that proposed 100% tariffs on European wine imports would have on their businesses and customers. “Congress should reassert its authority over tariffs and not allow it, in my view, to be abused as a negotiating tactic on unrelated matters,” said Peter.   

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Home in Vermont

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Winooski’s got talent! Peter visited Winooski High School and met with pop stars, Papa Rashid and Bonne-Idee who performed for him their song “Twende Shuleni.”

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Peter joined Senator Patrick Leahy at a State House ceremony to celebrate 22 young Vermonters nominated to United States Service Academies.

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Peter visited Bee’s Wrap, a Middlebury business crafting sustainable food storage solutions that reduce plastic waste. They’re the bee’s knees! 

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Peter re-convened a roundtable discussion in Newport with local leaders tackling the opioid epidemic and other substance use disorders. He first met with the group in May 2018 to learn about the challenges they face and how he can support their efforts.

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During a tour of Brandon, Peter stopped by Red Clover Ale Co.

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Peter toured the new food shelf in South Burlington and met with staff and volunteers.

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Peter visited with Dawn and Greg Tatro at the future home of Jenna’s Promise Café, named for their daughter who they lost to an overdose. The café will provide housing and employment to Vermonters in recovery.