Tester Secures Emergency Funding to Help Montana Producers Devastated by Wildfires

 U.S. Senator Jon Tester announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture granted his request for additional assistance for Montana producers ravaged by recent wildfires.  Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is releasing up to 3 million for a special two-week signup period for Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) funds that help Montana farmers and ranchers. The […]

Amid Tainted Beef Scandal, Tester Renews Call for Brazilian Beef Ban

Senator Turns up the Heat on USDA to Protect Montana Producers, Consumers, and Barbeques Following the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s removal of five Brazilian meat packing plants from its approved exporter list due to safety concerns, U.S. Senator Jon Tester is once again calling on Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to ban imports of Brazilian […]

Tester Demands Transparency and Accountability During Health Care Debate

Senator Introduces Resolution as 13 Senators Draft Secret Health Care Bill Behind Closed Doors Saying democracy “requires full transparency in the legislative process,” U.S. Senator Jon Tester is fighting to shine more light on the secret Senate health care bill. Tester today introduced a Senate Resolution demanding a transparent, bipartisan debate from the 13 Senators […]

Tester Introduces Bill to Address Chronic VA Workforce Shortages

Senator Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Delivery of Care for Veterans  U.S. Senator Jon Tester introduced a bipartisan bill to address the crippling workforce shortages at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and improve health care delivery for the nation’s veterans. There are currently 45,000 staff vacancies at the VA. Approximately 38,000 of those positions […]

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders to Speak at the Truman Dinner

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders to Speak at the Truman Dinner

Billings, Mont. – The Yellowstone County Democrats will hear U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I) of Vermont speak at their annual fundraiser known as the Truman Dinner. Since late April, it has been known that Sanders would be traveling to Montana to assist Democrat Rob Quist in Quist’s election for Montana’s lone congressional seat. Sanders will […]

Tester Introduces Major Bipartisan Reform Bill to Hold VA Accountable

Senator Jon Tester today introduced bipartisan legislation to allow for faster firing of bad employees and strengthen protections for whistleblowers at the VA. Tester’s bill, cosponsored by Republican Senators Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), streamlines the VA’s process for reviewing and firing employees who engage in misconduct or perform poorly without sacrificing their […]

Tester: Eliminate Unfair Canadian Trade Practices

Senator Introduces Resolution to Fix Canadian Wheat Grading, Give Farmers a Fair Price  U.S. Senator Jon Tester is fighting to eliminate unfair Canadian trade practices that artificially downgrade the value of Montana wheat and hurt farmers’ bottom lines. Under current Canadian law, wheat grown in the U.S. is automatically downgraded to the lowest quality designation […]

Tester Launches Senate Transparency Caucus to Shed More Light on Federal Government

U.S. Senator Jon Tester today is launching the Senate Transparency Caucus to shed more light on federal agencies and hold the federal government more accountable to taxpayers.  Tester has invited all 99 U.S. Senators to join the Transparency Caucus, which will focus on identifying policies to increase public access to information, reduce bureaucratic hurdles to […]

Tester: Russia ‘sought to undermine our privacy and our democracy’

Senator Holds Putin Accountable for Cyberattacks Senator Jon Tester today called for greater sanctions to be placed on Russian officials following their hacking efforts to undermine America’s democracy. Tester’s call for greater oversight comes on the heels of news that the U.S. is indicting two Russian Intelligence officers for hacking the Yahoo accounts of millions of Americans. […]

Tester Slams Bill That Increases Premiums, Kicks Millions off Insurance

Non-Partisan Report: Legislation Will Cause Premiums to Rise up to 20% and Force 24 Million to Lose Health Insurance  Senator Jon Tester released the following statement after the independent, non-partisan Congressional Budget Office revealed that the House of Representatives’ replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would force 24 million Americans to lose health insurance […]