The facts are pesky things for U.S. Sen. Jon Tester; unfortunately, they are still the facts.

Representing the hardworking citizens of our state, he voted twice to shut down the federal government. He voted no to paying our bills, funding our Children's Health Insurance Program for six years and funding our military.

After doing so, he runs to the cameras to explain that it has nothing to do with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. For him, it was all about running our government from edge of cliff to edge of cliff.

However, Tester's voting record tells a different story. During the Obama administration, an annual budget was passed only twice: 2009 and 2013. With those two exceptions, the government was run on continuing resolutions like the one he voted against. During Obama's administration, he voted for the continuing resolutions because he thought it was irresponsible to shut down the government.

Tester was supposed to be fighting for our children, our health care and our military. He voted against those three things in favor of a DACA bill that doesn't even exist.

It is time to hold this senator accountable for his misrepresentation of the facts as well as his misrepresentation of Montana citizens.

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Laurie Jones

Missoula

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