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HELENA - U.S. Sen. Jon Tester told Montana lawmakers today that the nation needs "jobs, jobs, jobs," - not big business bailouts - to recover.

Tester, the only Democrat in the U.S. Senate to vote against both the $700 billion financial sector bail-out in October along with a more recent bailout for Detroit's Big Three automakers, said he supports federal money to put people to work building roads and bridges.

Tester also said public money must be spent to enhance Montana's natural beauty, which he called "God's infrastructure," as well as spend dollars to educate workers.

"Rather than continuing to lurch from bailout to bailout, we need a plan to put people to work rebuilding the economy from the ground up," he said.

Tester also said he supports stronger regulations for the financial sector, which he compared to a football playoff game with no referees.

"Without effective regulations, unchecked greed will lead to chaos in the system," he said.

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Tester's speech brought the senator to his political roots: He first ran for the state Senate in 1998 and served four sessions there.

Click here to see video from Sen. Tester's address.

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