Another #BatWeek sundown is here. There are 9 species of bats in #VT, and 2 are threatened and endangered species—The Indiana bat and the northern long-eared bat.
Other bats in Vermont are the little brown bat, tricolored bat, eastern small-footed bat, silver-haired bat, hoary bat, and the eastern red bat.
Bats provide important pest suppression services to Vermont farmers. A 2011 study estimates that the value of bats to Vermont’s agricultural industry is $32.1 million each year. @USFWS
White-nose syndrome, a disease that has killed millions of bats in N. America since its discovery in 2007, has been confirmed in 6 species found in #VT, including 2 threatened and endangered species. That’s why I make a priority of combating #WNS in #Appropriations bills. #Batman

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23 Oct
Vermont Women’s Economic Opportunity Conference keynoter Xusana Davis at #WEOC today:
On opportunity: “There’s always the implication there’s a transfer… that’s our first mistake. The barriers to opportunity aren’t just something we can unlock with three equal payments of $39.95.”
“Support is different from permission…It’s about removing barriers.”
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14 Oct
Today we break ground on a major project @BTVAirport. For the past three years I have worked with the FAA to ensure #BTV would be eligible for new federal investment in its terminal, and helped secure $15 million in federal funds to make this project a reality.
At its heart this project is about two things: improving the traveler experience and increasing the destinations you can reach from Burlington. Does anyone enjoy the stress of waiting in a long line to go through security? #BTV
These upgrades will make the #BTV airport run better at peak times when travelers are rushing in the morning to catch their flights. The other major benefit is that travelers won’t miss out on flight options as airlines shuffle what planes they fly and where they fly them.
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1 Sep
Our #infrastructure bill will bring the funds necessary to build a completely new @CBP port at the Highgate Springs Land Port of Entry on Interstate 89. Vermonters have been asking for improvements to this crossing for years. Image
@USGSA Administrator Carnahan knows, as Vermonters do, that Highgate currently experiences long delays at peak travel times, and the completion of the A35 highway in Canada will only increase traffic in the coming years. Image
Our #infrastructure bill will also make major upgrades to crossings at Alburg Springs, Richford, Norton & Beebe Plain, all ports that have seen little investment since they were constructed in the 1930s. Glad to visit our border today with @USGSA Administrator Carnahan.
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28 Aug
Today in Groton, CT, we celebrated the commissioning of The USS Vermont (SSN-792). COVID meant the commissioning in April 2020 was a private affair, but today anyone can see how proud we are of this fine submarine and its crew.
Brig. Gen. Hank Harder of the Vermont National Guard presents the Commander of the USS Vermont a jug of GENUINE Vermont Maple Syrup. @VTNationalGuard
Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro addresses the crew of the USS Vermont.
Read 6 tweets
22 Jun
Ensuring that every American can vote in our elections is not a partisan question. It is the core of our democracy. #ForThePeople
Republicans should not be allowed to hide behind procedure. Stand up and vote — just like our constituents should be able to do. #ForThePeople
When we set up roadblocks between citizens and the ballot box, our democracy suffers. America is better than that. #ForThePeople
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10 Jun
Yesterday I spoke with EPA Administrator @EPAMichaelRegan about the EPA’s important Geographic Programs, and how programs for Lake Champlain and the Great Lakes programs can benefit one another.
The Lake Champlain program, which the Trump administration repeatedly sought to ELIMINATE, is fundamental to EPA’s mission. #Appropriations
I also asked Administrator Regan about the PCB contamination at #BurlingtonHighSchool, which is so pervasive that the school has to be demolished.
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