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vt.Buzz: Websites of Vermont delegation offer information and comments on federal shutdown

October 7, 2013
In The News

Burlington Free Press

As week number two of the federal government shutdown begins, the websites for Vermont's congressional delegation all reflect this new reality.

Vermonters with questions about how the shutdown might affect some services they expecting could check the frequently-asked-questions drop-down that Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., has put up on the home page of his congressional website.

The drop-down includes information about Social Security, Medicare, veterans' benefits, home loans and federal pay and urges people to check back for updates.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., has an advisory at the top of his website  that describes some reductions in constituent services that he and his staff had to implement as a result of the shutdown. He offers four examples:

1. Postal mail sent to Senator Leahy or members of his staff will not be received or answered until the government resumes normal operations
2. New and ongoing requests for assistance with federal agencies will be limited due to the status of those agencies during the shutdown
3. Tours scheduled for periods during the shutdown are cancelled
4. New and pending flag requests are suspended until the government shutdown ends

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has been speaking widely about the shutdown and Vermonters can find links at his website to his comments and to articles in national publications he sees as providing important analysis of the crisis.