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NASHVILLEBelieve in Service, a political action committee founded by Iraq war combat veteran James Mackler to support federal candidates who will protect and expand vital national service programs, today endorsed U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) in his reelection campaign. Senator Tester has been a relentless advocate for public service and has always believed in the power of giving back. He is a strong supporter of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program and has fought to ensure programs like AmeriCorps have the services they need to be successful.

“Senator Jon Tester believes in service and has spent his career advocating for Montanans,” said James Mackler. “While the majority in Washington prioritizes serving special interest donors over service to our nation, we need Senator Tester’s voice in the U.S. Senate to protect and expand our vital national service programs like AmeriCorps that provide so many opportunities for service here and abroad. We’re proud to support his reelection.”

“Communities around the country are strengthened by the tireless work of folks trying to make them better places to live each and every day,” said Sen. Jon Tester. “Montana wouldn’t be the Last Best Place without our public servants and AmeriCorps volunteers who spend their lives fighting to protect our way of life. I’m proud to have received the endorsement of Believe in Service, and I will continue to make these vital programs a priority in my work in the Senate.”

Voters do not view national service as a partisan issue. A survey conducted by Republican polling firm TargetPoint found that 83% of voters want Congress to maintain or increase federal spending on national service programs. The strong bipartisan consensus includes support from 78% of Republicans, 84% of Independents and 90% of Democrats. Economists have found that each dollar invested in national service generates $3.95 in terms of higher earnings, increased output and other community benefits.

Learn more about Believe in Service at www.BelieveInService.com.