U.S. Rep. Peter Welch Receives American Keeper of the Flame from HPBA > Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA)
October 26, 2022

U.S. Rep. Peter Welch Receives American Keeper of the Flame from HPBA

The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA) announced today that U.S. Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) has been named a House of Representatives recipient of the American Keeper of the Flame award for his work in protecting the right for consumers to choose how best to heat their homes.

“Rep. Welch has a history of understanding the importance of giving all Americans the ability to make their own choices about their homes,” said Jack Goldman, President and CEO of HPBA. “He was the lead sponsor of the BTU Act in the House that became law in 2020 as well as strongly supporting the Biomass Tax Credit in the Inflation Reduction Act.”

In addition to this past support for important legislation, Rep. Welch was a primary reason that biomass products were included in the Section 25D tax credit that was enacted in 2020.

The American Keeper of the Flame Award is a recognition from HPBA designed to bring attention to the members of Congress who protect the businesses who are doing everything they can to keep Americans warm. “When the small family-owned businesses who make up our membership are under attack, so are the people who depend on their products to stay warm all winter. It’s important for the businesses and the voters to know that there are members of Congress who have their backs,” Goldman stated further.

 About the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA)

The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA), based in Arlington, Va., is the North American industry association for manufacturers, retailers, distributors, representatives, service firms and allied associates for all types of barbecue, patio and hearth appliances, fuels and accessories. The association provides professional member services and industry support in education, statistics, government relations, marketing, advertising and consumer education.

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