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Sen. Jon Tester takes questions from the audience at a town hall meeting in Missoula June 21, 2019.
Kevin Trevellyan / Montana Public Radio

Montana’s senior U.S. Senator Jon Tester met with constituents at a town hall event Friday in Missoula. About 150 people packed into one of the meeting rooms in Missoula’s Holiday Inn Parkside Friday to interact with Tester.

The town hall was an open door event with no invite needed. It was his second in person town hall of the year and his ninth since President Trump took office.

Elvin Dog Taking Gun, 22, at the Trapper Creek Job Corps in Darby, June 20, 2019.
Nick Mott / Montana Public Radio

The Trump administration Wednesday reversed course on its May announcement that it would close or privatize a lot of Job Corps centers across the country, including two in Montana. The program focuses on trade skills, wildfire response and education. Nick Mott reports from the Trapper Creek Job Corps in Darby.

Trump Administration Reverses Job Corps Closures

Jun 19, 2019
Anaconda Job Corps students pose for a picture. L to R: Dylan Allen, Cole Solymossy, Hawk McLeod, Matt Bowen, Casey Saunders.
Nick Mott / Montana Public Radio

Plans to close 25 Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers across the country were reversed today by the Trump administration.

POLITICO reported today that the reversal comes after significant pushback from lawmakers of both parties, including Montana’s delegation.

Greeting on the road into the Anaconda Job Corps
Nick Mott / Montana Public Radio

Congressional action on the closure and transfer of 25 Forest Service Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers across the country, including two in Montana, could come by the end of the week. 

Democratic Senator Jon Tester announced today that he filed a bill that would stop the Job Corps rollbacks as an amendment to a larger national defense act Senate members will begin debating as soon as Wednesday and vote on by Friday.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly connected an appropriations bill procedural delay to the Job Corps amendment. The two are unrelated. Also, the original story correctly noted Gianforte did not vote on the Job Corps amendment, but failed to mention that was because he was flying to Montana with Vice President Pence to participate in a meth roundtable. Edward O'Brien is responsible for the mistakes, not reporter Nick Mott. O'Brien regrets the errors.  

An amendment that would stop the Trump Administration from closing or transferring 25 job training facilities for at-risk youth — including two in Montana — passed the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday.

Backlash is broadening in Congress against a plan to close or transfer management of Forest Service Civilian Conservation Centers, including two in Montana. 

Senator Jon Tester.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

One day after Montana’s Republican Sen. Steve Daines announced a reversal of the decision to close a Job Corps facility in Anaconda, Democratic Sen. Jon Tester introduced legislation that would stop closures of similar sites across the country.

In a speech on the Senate Floor Tuesday, Tester said, "It is my hope that this administration will open their eyes and see what’s really going on in this country." 

Greeting on the road into the Anaconda Job Corps
Nick Mott / Montana Public Radio

UPDATE: This story has been updated, adding comments from Senator Jon Tester and Governor Steve Bullock.

Republican Senator Steve Daines says President Trump will overturn the closure of the Anaconda Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center.

"There were literally some tears shed and cheering. This is some great news for Anaconda and Anaconda needs good news," Daines said on a press call Monday.

Kim Schaub, a graduate of the Anaconda Job Corps, welds at Anaconda's Intercontinental Truck Body.
Nick Mott / Montana Public Radio

The Trump Administration last week announced it’s closing the Anaconda Job Corps, along with eight others across the country. MTPR's Nick Mott reports on what this means for the local community.