AMES PROTEST: Furloughed Workers Call To End Shutdown

Workers in Ames who were furloughed as a result of the government shutdown are hoping they send a message to Congress.

“There are so many federal workers in Ames, you can’t walk anywhere without running into one as we did just walking down here and people are impacted by it in many way,” said Torey Looft.

Furloughed federal USDA worker Heather Allen organized the march. She said Ames is home to about 500 federal employees who conduct congressionally mandated scientific research.

Allen and others impacted by the shutdown met at 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning and went down Main Street to the Bandshell.

Allen’s husband, Ian also took part in the march to support his wife.

“She earns the majority income in our family so the shutdown is something that is really affecting us.  It will begin affect us a lot more if it does not end very soon,” said Ian Allen.

One of the things the Allens said they are most frustrated with is their congressional representatives are not returning their phone calls or e-mails.