Sen. Sanders was invited to tour the King Arthur Flour company in Norwich, Vermont. Below he is pictured with CEO Steve Voight. The Senator then drove to Plymouth Notch to receive the Calvin Coolidge Award in recognition of his service to the state and the Nation, for his "unstinting support of the foundation and historic preservation, and as champion of public education."
Senator Sanders travelled to Waterbury to meet with Richard Moffi and the employees of the Vermont Fuel Assistance Program. He also visited Lyndon Institute to talk to the students about current affairs and the recent activity in Washington.
Vermont’s congressional delegation held a press conference in Burlington regarding home heating assistance. Congress doubled funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program to $5.1 billion. Vermont will have some $35 million in federal funding for the winter of 2008-2009, up from $17 million the previous winter. The provision signed into law was based on a bill introduced in June by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and cosponsored by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) sponsored companion legislation in the House. In addition to the extra funding, the measure also makes more families eligible for assistance.
Senator Bernie Sanders met with James McNichol, a 76-year-old Essex Junction resident who was recently honored as "Vermont's Outstanding Older Worker.” The award was sponsored by Experience Works, a national, non-profit organization which helps low-income seniors get the training they need to find good jobs in their local communities. McNichol has worked in the fields of engineering and computer technologies for more than 50 years and currently serves as a Learning Partner at Vermont Technical College.