AMES PROTEST: Furloughed Workers Call To End Shutdown

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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.



  • Troy Hendrickson

    I have a hard time feeling sorry for people who make their living sucking off the tax payers to begin with, especially since all those federal workers are a large part of the waste and bloat, but considering they’ll be paid for the time they didn’t work, all I can think is what a bunch of whiny little children.

  • Troy Hendrickson

    No sympathy for people who are part of the federal governments bloat and systemic corruption, especially when they are in fact getting paid for not doing anything but whining currently.

  • Tracy Porter

    Fact check: The house has approved to pay the furloughed federal workers and the senate hasn’t voted. The people in this story are NOT being paid and are NOT whining. And I don’t think they were asking for your sympathy.

  • Tracy Porter

    Fact check: The house approved to back pay the furloughed federal workers and the Senate hasn’t voted. They are currently not getting paid. Does that make you feel better?

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