"Government works best when it operates transparently and is subject to strict oversight. Following an era during which these principles were abandoned, it has become more important than ever for Congress to ensure that the federal government is operating effectively, efficiently and accountably. My work on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee has focused on ensuring that there is a cop on the beat and that taxpayer dollars are being spent as intended – a role that has grown all the more important in the wake of the financial collapse of 2008. As we rebuild our economy, I am working to ensure that recovery efforts are carried out in a transparent manner – free from fraud and wasteful spending."
Rep. Welch's Recent Work on Oversight
Welch Reintroduces Bill To Protect Taxpayers After Afghan Inspector General Report
May 14, 2013
On Tuesday, Rep. Peter Welch reintroduced legislation that would block all U.S. taxpayer assistance to Afghanistan until the President reaches a bilateral agreement with the Afghan government that would exempt American contractors from Afghan taxation. The legislation, first introduced in the last Congress, is being introduced on the heels of a Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) report which revealed that the Afgh...
WCAX: 'Welch pushes social media privacy bill'
February 22, 2013
Most people check Facebook religiously -- looking for the latest gossip, photos and friend requests. But what if your boss or prospective employer also wanted a peek -- or even worse -- your password?
"I wouldn't consider working for a company that would be that invasive," said Ryan Humke, one of those concerned about online privacy.
But Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vt.) said companies acros...
WCAX: 'Welch bill to target scammers'
January 28, 2013
Congressman Peter Welch is introducing legislation to combat what he calls a growing epidemic of scams.
Right now the Congressman said there is little law enforcement can do to stop what has grown to be a $40 billion a year crime that mainly targets seniors. Last year alone Vermonters lost hundreds of thousands of dollars to scammers. Many of the schemes originate in Jamaica.
"The nature a...
Fox 44: 'Rep. Welch Wants Federal Help To Stop Foreign Scams'
January 28, 2013
Vermont's congressman wants the federal government to help Vermonters who were scammed out of thousands of dollars last year.
Democrat Peter Welch spoke about the bill at the Champlain Senior Center Monday.
The measure would create an office within the Federal Trade Commission to educate the public, especially seniors, about the dangers of foreign phone scams.
Rutland Herald: 'Welch bill aims to claw back Amgen giveaway'
January 24, 2013
If Rep. Peter Welch has his way biotechnology giant Amgen will have to make do without a $500 million gift awarded by Congress as part of the fiscal cliff bill that passed last month.
Welch on Wednesday introduced legislation to repeal a $500 million benefit to Amgen that he said is the type of backroom deal that has given Congress a black eye.
"The fact that it was done at the midnight ho...