The U.S. House on Thursday passed a “farm only” farm bill that removed the major provisions of the bill - its nutrition programs. Vermont Congressman Peter Welch says both food and farm security has been compromised.
Vermont Congressman Peter Welch and ACLU Vermont Executive Director Alan Gilbert used the Chittenden County Courthouse as the backdrop to express their concerns about the increasing domestic use of drones. Welch, a Democrat, said he will introduce legislation to assure privacy rights are not infringed as more and more law enforcement, businesses and private entities use the technology.
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin and Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross are urging farmers to document the damage their farms suffered after an unprecedented rainy period left parts of some farms underwater and saturated fields across the state.
The U.S. Air Force is in the process of deciding where it will base a new jet, the F-35. Burlington International Airport, which is the host airfield for the Vermont Air National Guard, is on the short list and a preferred site for hosting the state-of-the-art plane. But the idea is controversial, with split votes in surrounding communities over support for the aircraft. Thursday morning, Vermont National Guard officials met with the media to discuss issues relating to the F-35.