Government shutdown protest in Rutland todayOctober 10,2013Members of a federal employee union are forming a picket line in downtown Rutland today to protest the ongoing government shutdown.
Ten days into a shutdown brought about by a failure in Washington to agree on a new budget, members of the American Federation of Government Employees local plan to gather at 11:45 a.m. in front of the Social Security Administration office located in the Asa Bloomer Building on Merchants Row.
Protest organizers say the event is designed to urge Congress to pass a continuing resolution that will allow vital government programs and services to restart.
“We need Congress to do what they were elected to do and pass a budget that allows the federal government to function. Debates over increasing the debt ceiling and implementing the Affordable Care Act should not jeopardize federal programs and services upon which millions of Americans depend,” wrote Gail Earley-Renaud, vice president of the union chapter which represents federal employees in Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire.MORE IN This Just InBy George V. Nostrand Full Story
- Most Popular
- Most Emailed
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: Julius Caesar dedicates a temple to his mythical ancestor, Venus Genetrix; on this day in 1933, FBI agents in Memphis, Tennessee, arrest Machine Gun Kelly; Yves Rossi flies the English Channel with home-made jet-pack.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1852, Henri Giffard demonstrates the first steam-powered airship, sailing 17 miles from Paris to Trappes; on this day in 1877, Japanese imperial troops crush the Satsuma Rebellion, Saigo Takamori dies in Kagoshima.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: U.S. Rep. Peter Welch meets with Killington business owners, governor candidates debate, Gov. Shumlin discusses progress in anti-opiate campaign, Spanos trial venue moves to White River Junction.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1776, as Nathan Hale is hanged by British military authorities for spying, he utters his famous last words — or does he? In 1975, Sara Jane Moore attempts to kill President Gerald R. Ford in San Francisco.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Patrick McArdle reports and the theft of an $89,000 shotgun, police release a video of the Monday Castleton robbery, O'Gorman reports a lawsuit by a local man claiming his vehicle unlawfully seized, police leave him in cold.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: Giles Corey of Salem, Mass., is pressed to death during the Salem witch trials; on this day in 1952, film comedian Charlie Chaplin, while traveling to England, is denied re-entry into the United States by U.S. attorney general.