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Tester thanks Pence for Billings visit, calls for more than “lip service” to fight meth problem

Posted at 6:56 PM, Jun 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-17 14:48:51-04

WASHINGTON, D.C.- U.S. Sen. Jon Tester said the Trump administration needs to do more than talk tough to fight the meth problem in Montana communitiies.

In a statement, the Montana Democrat noted the president’s proposed budget included $36 million in cuts to High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) units, including the one in eastern Montana.

“We’ve got to keep our communities safe and support the work our brave law enforcement officers do to combat drug trafficking using the HIDTA grant program,” Tester said in a statement. “That’s why I’m fighting to fully fund HIDTA and oppose the President’s proposal to cut valuable resources from the program. Montanans expect more than lip service, and these cuts would undermine our fight against drug abuse and the devastation it has had on communities across rural states like Montana.”

Tester released the statement in response to Pence’s Billings visitto discuss the meth problem.

See also: Watch Live: Vice President Pence speaks in Billings