Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT) today issued the following statement following the election of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as Speaker of the House. Upon his election, Welch congratulated Speaker Ryan with a gift of cheese from Cabot Creamery and maple syrup from Maverick Sugarbush.
"Today the House of Representatives elected a new Speaker of the House -- Paul Ryan from Wisconsin. I know Paul well. We worked closely together to help Vermont's artisan cheesemakers threated by a dumb FDA rule and then he helped me save VSAC jobs threatened by a provision in the budget. While we disagree on many policy issues, I can confirm that at least he loves Vermont cheese from Cabot and maple syrup from Maverick Sugarbush in Sharon! He is a good, decent, and honest man. Paul's election gives me hope -- hope that we can fix a broken House and hope that we will get back to work for the American people."