Senator Sanders hosted a town hall meeting to discuss the concerns of contract employees at the Vermont Service Center/US Citizenship and Immigration Services. Over 100 employees attended the meeting and were able to communicate their concerns directly to the Acting Deputy Director of USCIS, Michael Aytes, the US Department of Treasury, and other management personnel from USCIS and Treasury contractors.
Sen. Bernie Sanders announced today that he has introduced legislation to strengthen support for the thinning ranks of volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel. Vermont’s 5,600 volunteer firefighters and the nation’s 800,000 volunteer firefighters and emergency medical service personnel “deserve our strong support,” Sanders said today at a news conference at the Shelburne Fire Department. “I want the federal government to be a partner in community efforts to keep our volunteer fire departments fully staffed and ready to respond when needed.” The tradition of emergency responder volunteerism is “in danger of weakening and possibly even dying out,” according to the Department of Homeland Security. Nationwide, the ranks of volunteer firefighters have dropped more than 10 percent from their peak in 1984.
Senator Sanders spoke about the economy to letter carriers from around the state at the annual conference of the Vermont State Chapter of the National Association of Letter Carriers this past Sunday. Here Senator Sanders is pictured with newly elected VT NALC President Kevin Donovan, John Casciano, National Business Agent, and outgoing President Jim Posig. Jim Posig stepped down as VT NALC President after 25 years of honorable service in that position.
Senator Bernie Sanders met with Connor Myers of Montpelier, Vermont, who is attending the National Young Leaders Conference. The group brings high school students from around the country to Washington, D.C. to help them gain a better understanding of the political process.