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I’m proud of Sen. Jon Tester for leading the fight to protect community health centers from losing their funding. His courage has paid off, and I was thrilled to see the news that a deal was reached and Montana’s community health centers can count on continuing to serve their more than 100,000 patients.

For four months, the government has been passing short-term patch after short-term patch in order to keep the government afloat for a few more weeks. Although this is a terrible way to budget, it has more sinister implications than just being an irresponsible way to manage a country’s finances. Community health centers, which rely on government resources to be able to provide services to folks in rural parts of our state, had been left week to week without any certainty that they will be able to keep their doors open.

Luckily, even when the going got tough, Jon continued to fight for Montana’s best interests, and we should be grateful that he did. Now, community health centers will have another two years of funding guaranteed. Thank you, Senator, for standing up for what is right for our state despite the pressure of outside forces.

Candi Spencer

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