Sending Office: Honorable Peter A. DeFazio
Support Job Corps’ Civilian Conservation Center Program – Vote YES on DeFazio floor amendment #13
Cosponsors: DeFazio, Newhouse, Gianforte, Schrader, Sanford Bishop, Blumenauer, Bonamici,
Guthrie, Larsen, McMorris Rodgers, O’Halleran, Peterson, David Price,
Hal Rogers, Schrier, Sewell, Trone
As you may know, the
Trump administration recently announced plans to close nearly forty percent of all Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center (CCC) program facilities and end the program in its current form, jeopardizing safety and economic opportunity in rural communities
across the country. These plans were announced without the consultation or approval of Congress.
CCCs have a unique mandate within the Job Corps program to help conserve, develop, and manage public natural resources and public recreation areas and respond to natural disasters, including wildfires and hurricanes. The 25 Civilian Conservation Centers
operate in 17 national forests and grasslands across 16 states and train over 4,000 young adults, many of whom are at-risk youth originating from low-income, rural communities. These centers not only help support these young adults with invaluable job training,
but they also provide economic opportunities in rural areas as well as essential capacity for the U.S. Forest Service to fulfill its mission.
According to the Forest Service, 1,200 CCC students provided the equivalent of 450,000 hours of wildfire support during the height of the 2017 fire season. Students also contributed 14,000 hours to improve the health of forests by treating 35,000 acres of
forest with prescribed fire, and completing 10,000 hours of forest restoration work. After Hurricane Harvey hurled into the Gulf Coast, CCC students provided 5,000 hours of support to impacted communities.
While Congress has already taken
strong bipartisan, bicameral action to declare our opposition to this plan, more must be done to ensure this plan never goes into effect.
floor amendment #13, would prohibit any funds from being used to close any of the currently operating 25 CCCs and would prohibit the administration from altering or terminating the interagency agreement between the Deparmtment of Agriculture and the Department
of Labor that governs the Job Corps CCC program.
I strongly urge to support this amendment in order to reject the administration’s wrong-headed plan that will hurt our nation’s rural communities as well as our disaster response efforts. If you have any questions, please contact James Huddleston in my office
Peter A. DeFazio
Member of Congress
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