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Jun 19, 2019

Tester Statement on Administration’s Job Corps Reversal

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(U.S. Senate) – U.S. Senator Jon Tester issued the following statement applauding USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue’s announcement that—after significant pushback from Tester and other members of Congress—the Administration is reversing its reckless, short-sighted decision to close or privatize all 25 Forest Service-run Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers. These job training centers operate in 17 national forests and grasslands across 16 states—including Montana—and train over 4,000 young adults a year, many of whom are at-risk youth from low-income, rural communities. Tester was the first member of Montana’s Congressional delegation to come out against the closures and call on the Administration to reverse its decision.

“Suddenly, without any real reason or justification, the President pulled the plug on one of the most successful initiatives in rural America and my office was flooded with stories and objections from Montanans. That’s why I fought so hard to reverse this decision and today I’m extremely proud to have helped make their voices heard. But too often this Administration acts without regard for the real-world consequences of their decisions—consequences overwhelmingly suffered by folks in rural America. I’ll continue to fight for the hardworking Montanans and businesses that rely on Job Corps centers like Trapper Creek and Anaconda, so we can make sure they’re around for future generations.”

Tester has been the most vocal critic of the Administration’s proposal, which would have closed nine of these Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers—including one in Anaconda—while transferring and likely privatize the other 16—including Trapper Creek in Darby.

  • Hours after the Administration’s announcement on May 24, Tester sent a letter to both USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue and Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta condemning the decision.
  • On May 30, Tester held a press call with Mike Robbins, a Butte native and co-owner of Montana Precision Products, and Zoe Hough, a 2018 Anaconda Job Corps graduate, who gave personal accounts about the importance of these programs.
  • Tester also created a portal on his website where Montana employers and workers could submit their personal Job Corps stories.
  • On June 4, Tester took to the Senate Floor to demand action and introduce legislation to stop the proposal and provide much needed certainty to these critical job training programs.
  • Earlier this week, Tester filed his Job Corps bill as an amendment to a larger legislative package—the National Defense Authorization Act—that the Senate plans to vote on later this week.

 

Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.

Billings

Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768

Bozeman

Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647

Butte

Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586

Helena

Capital One Center
208 N Montana Avenue, Suite 202
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462

Kalispell

8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974

Missoula

130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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