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Washington, D.C. —Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) released the statement below following the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) request to transfer operations of all USDA Forest Service Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers (Job Corps CCC) to the Department of Labor (DOL), a move that will permanently close one center in Washington state and impact students, faculty and staff at all three Washington state Job Corps CCC sites.

“The students, faculty, and staff at Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers in Washington state and across the country deserve to know why the Trump Administration is choosing to abdicate its responsibility to run this important program for at-risk youth. I am going to keep pushing for answers about how and why this decision was made, and what it means for the futures of those who rely on and power these critically important centers.”