Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., who represents Vermont, has posted an online page to collect stories from Vermonters who have been affected by the partial government shutdown.

In a press release, Welch promised he would share those stories with President Donald Trump and members of Congress as Welch works to reopen the federal government.

“Sharing your experience during this difficult time will help me do my job in Congress and reopen the federal government,” Welch said.

The statement said he posted the page Friday, on the day that about 800,000 federal employees would miss a scheduled paycheck because of the ongoing partial government shutdown.

Welch pledged to assist affected Vermont employees where possible.

More than 1,300 Vermont federal employees and contractors are working without pay or furloughed without pay. In addition, Vermonters do not have access to some government services including IRS Taxpayer Assistance and new loans from Federal Housing Authority and Small Business Administration.

“My highest priority is reopening federal government and getting federal employees and contractors back to work for the American people,” Welch said.

Vermonters in need of assistance can call Welch’s office at 802-652-2450 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Vermonters wishing to share their stories can submit them online at bit.ly/0112Shutdown.

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