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Some 800,000 Federal Employees to Miss Paycheck Today; Welch Offers Assistance to Affected Vermont Employees, Invites Vermonters to Share Impact Stories

January 11, 2019
Press Release

On the day that some 800,000 federal employees will miss a scheduled paycheck due to the ongoing partial government shutdown, Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) pledged to assist affected Vermont employees where possible.

Over 1,300 Vermont federal employees and contractors are working without pay or furloughed without pay. In addition, Vermonters do not have access to some government services including IRS Taxpayer Assistance and new loans from Federal Housing Authority and Small Business Administration.  

“My highest priority is reopening federal government and getting federal employees and contractors back to work for the American people,” said Welch. “In the meantime, my office is ready to assist, where possible, Vermonters affected by this unnecessary shutdown.”

Vermonters in need of assistance can call Welch’s office at 802-652-2450 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Welch also invited Vermonters to tell him how the shutdown is affecting their lives. He will share those stories with President Trump and Members of Congress as he works to reopen the federal government.

“Sharing your experience during this difficult time will help me do my job in Congress and reopen the federal government,” said Welch.

Vermonters wishing to share their stories can submit them here.