Leaders said the new law limiting involvement in enforcement shouldn’t trigger federal threats to pull funding. “If there’s an objection, let’s have a conversation about it,” the state attorney general said.
The leader of the state’s largest community action agency described the Trump budget as being “like one amputation after another.”
At a Statehouse rally, speakers decried federal cutbacks and insisted the Republican governor “stand up” against the GOP plan in Congress. Scott said he has been clear in denouncing it.
Lawmakers said information provided by whistleblowers and confidential sources has been critical in exposing wrongdoing and that the proposal is designed to prevent retaliation.
The landlord for the property, Sen. Richard Mazza, said he was “devastated” by the news and the implications that he should have known more.
Leahy, Sanders and Welch lambaste Trump administration for not focusing on “removing those people who pose a threat to public safety or national security.”
He has asked senators to pencil in time in October. That would be shortly after the federal budget goes into effect, possibly with major cuts in funding for Vermont.
A key committee chair was inundated with postcards advocating that presidential candidates be forced to release the documents. But time is likely to run out for the bill this year.
She said protesters’ anger at speaker Charles Murray, while wrongly expressed, was understandable in light of the “ugly” rhetoric from President Trump and its consequences.
The activist, a scholar in residence at the college, says those who shouted down speaker Charles Murray appeared to show intolerance and “gave the bad guys a gift.”
President Donald Trump said Monday that the Community Development Block Grant program, which supports housing and other projects in Vermont, will be on the chopping block.
The proposal, which was defeated in one town, would require candidates to release returns for the past five years to get on the primary and general election ballots.
The Middlebury president promised an independent investigation. Police also will look into allegations that a protester injured a professor.
Observers say it’s early in the session, new leaders are getting their sea legs, and uncertainty hangs over legislators as they worry about potential federal spending cuts.