Senator Bernie Sanders met with Lenae Quillen-Blume and Mark Blume of the Vermont Small Business Development Center to discuss the center's statewide initiatives and program funding. Senator Sanders and the Vermont delegation helped secure $300,000 for the Center to help it work with returning Vermont service members who own small businesses or are considering starting one.
Senator Sanders met with Rick Maynard, Bob Nicodemus and Aura-Lee Nicodemus of the Vermont chapter of the Disabled American Veterans. They discussed the need for competitive wages for Department of Veterans Affairs employees in Vermont, increased funding for mental health services for veterans, and the importance of securing a permanent MRI machine at the White River Junction VA Medical Center.
Senator Bernie Sanders met with Col. James Baker and Major John Filipek of the Vermont State Police to discuss the needs of the state and local law enforcement in Vermont. In particular, they discussed funding for the Byrne/JAG program, which provides grants to state and local governments to prevent and control crime and improve the criminal justice system.
As part of their annual trip to Washington, DC, a group of about 40 students and staff from Shrewsbury Sixth Form College in England met with Senator Bernie Sanders to talk about the differences between the American and British political systems and the issues confronting America today. The group was led by David Charlton, Professor of Political Science at Shrewsbury College.