Rep. Peter Welch late last week
voted against legislation that would subject Vermont family farmers,
small businesses and artisan food producers to unreasonable fees.
The Food Safety Enhancement Act (H.R. 2749) would prevent food-borne illnesses by increasing the number and scope of food inspections – but would do so at the expense of small food producers. The bill unfairly subjects Vermont farmers, maple syrup producers and cheese-makers to the same $500 annual registration fee as large, multi-state agri-businesses.
Peter Welch supported and the House Committee on Energy and Commerce
passed historic health care reform legislation Friday night by a vote
of 31 to 28.
Affordable Health Choices Act (H.R. 3200) will expand health insurance
access to 37 million Americans, rein in unsustainably escalating health
care costs and ensure long-overdue insurance reforms. The bill
increases patient choice by creating a public health insurance option,
which will reduce costs through competition with private insurers.
amendment offered by Rep. Peter Welch requiring the Secretary of Health
and Human Services (HHS) to negotiate prescription drug prices for
seniors passed the Energy and Commerce Committee Friday evening. The vote was 32 to 23.
measure amends America's Affordable Health Choices Act (H.R. 3200),
comprehensive health care reform legislation that could be passed by
the committee later Friday. The amendment will cut prescription drug
prices for Medicare Part D participants by requiring HHS to negotiate
directly with pharmaceutical companies.
Delegation Nets Quick Results In All-Out Push
For Boost In Dairy Price Supports
U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Bernie Sanders
(I-Vt.), and Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vt.) Friday welcomed a U.S. Department
of Agriculture decision to lift the floor price for dairy products.
decision was announced two days after the Vermont senators and a coalition of more
than two dozen senators from other dairy states met with Agriculture Secretary
Tom Vilsack. The meeting and the multi-region coalition of senators were
organized by Leahy, the senior-most member of the Agriculture Committee, to
seek a short-term hike in the price the federal government pays for milk and
dairy products in the marketplace. Leahy and the coalition also followed
through with an appeal to White House Budget Director Peter Orszag.