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VT. Representative Welsh Pushes Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act

With efforts to avoid across-the-board cuts scheduled for March 1 at a standstill, Rep. Peter Welch is pushing a bill that could save nearly $160 billion while lowering prescription drug prices for seniors and strengthening the Medicare program. Welch outlined

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VT and NH Senators Oppose Post Master General

Vt and NH Senators, Bernie Sanders and Jeanne Shaheen, join twenty-two senators, led by Tom Udall of New Mexico, challenging the Postmaster General’s authority to discontinue Saturday mail delivery later this year without congressional approval. In a letter to Postmaster

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Gov. Hassan Commends Senators for the Charlie Morgan Act

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen and New York U.S.Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), introduced the Charlie Morgan Act to make additional benefits available to all military spouses and families, regardless of sexual orientation: “Honoring Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan’s legacy with the

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Leahy Names Witnesses for Immigration Reform Hearing

On Friday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy released a list of witnesses to appear on Wednesday, Feb. 13 for a hearing on comprehensive immigration reform. Testifying at the hearing is Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano; Pulitzer prize-winning

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VT State Police Colonel Attends White House Meeting

Vermont State Police Colonel Thomas L’Esperance joined senior law enforcement officials from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and former New York, Los Angeles, and Boston Police Chief Bill Bratton Wednesday at the White House, where they discussed

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Leahy Backs and Approves Surplus Funds Go To Embassy Security

On Monday night the U.S. Senate approved legislation authored by Senator Patrick Leahy to transfer surplus funds for Iraq to U.S. embassy security needs in several locations that have been identified in the post-Benghazi review. The bipartisan bill would authorize

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Ayotte Continues Fight Against Internet Sales Tax

U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) continues the fight against any federal legislation that would force online retailers to collect sales taxes for other jurisdictions in which they do not have a physical presence. Ayottee is working across party lines with

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Senator Patrick Leahy Aims to Stop Illegal Firearm Trafficking

U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) introduced legislation Tuesday that aims to combat the practice of straw purchasing and illegal trafficking in firearms. The Stop Illegal Trafficking in Firearms Act of 2013 provides law enforcement officials with the

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Gephardt Rule Urged by VT Congressman Welch

As Congress embarks another round of political wrangling over the nation’s debt ceiling, Congressman Peter.Welch (VT-D) is fighting to put an end to it. Welch is pushing to reinstate the Gephardt Rule, which sets the debt ceiling at the amount

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Shaheen Leads Bipartisan in Support of Provision to Protect Servicewomen

U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Scott Brown (R-MA) on Wednesday led a bipartisan group of members from both chambers of Congress in support of the Shaheen Amendment that allow the Department of Defense to cover the cost of abortions

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