North Country New York Democratic Congressman Bill Owens, in a conference call with reporters hours after the federal government shut down over a budget impasse, said Congress has forgotten the importance of civilian workers.
It’s not just the government that shut down today. Congress has failed to act on the Farm Bill extension, which expired at midnight, and some are concerned that will add to economic uncertainty, especially in the dairy sector.
Left to right: Jason E. Lane, Deputy Director for Research, Rockefeller Institute of Government; Lee Ann Pray, Director of Human Resources, Swarovski Lighting; John Ettling, President, SUNY Plattsburgh; John Jablonski, President, Clinton Community College; Garry Douglas, President/CEO, Plattsburgh North Country Chamber of Commerce and Co-Chair North Country Regional Economic Development Council; Paul Grasso, President/CEO, The Development Corporation
Vermont Congressman Peter Welch joined with 186 of his Democratic colleagues in the House this week to send a letter he authored to the president urging support for passage of a clean debt limit. North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley spoke with the Democrat about his efforts to keep the country from defaulting.