The Senate Appropriations Committee is one of the most influential committees in Congress. It ultimately decides where the government spends taxpayer money, and how much it spends. Senator Tester brings the Montana values of accountability, responsibility and transparency to his work on the committee, balancing smart investments in our nation with the need to cut wasteful spending.
-Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agenices (Vice-Chair)
-Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
-Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
-Energy and Water Development
Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
Senator Tester works on legislation related to financial institutions, public and private housing, urban development and mass transit, and related matters on the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee. Senator Tester brings a rural perspective to this committee to make sure that laws and policies work for small banks, credit unions, small businesses and consumers in rural America.
-Housing, Transportation, and Community Development
-Securities, Insurance, and Investment
Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Stretching 545 miles across the 49th parallel, Montana's border with Canada is of great importance in discussions about Homeland Security. On the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Senator Tester is actively involved in responsibly securing the nation's borders and protecting Americans from terrorism and illegal drugs while standing up for civil liberties.
-Efficiency and Effectiveness of Federal Programs and the Federal Workforce (Chairman)
-Emergency Management, Intergovernmental Relations, and the District of Columbia
-Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations
Senator Tester vice-chairs the Senate Indian Affairs Committee where he works on legislation to solve problems facing American Indian, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native peoples. These issues include challenges facing Montana's seven Indian reservations such as education, land management, health care, and economic development.
Living up to the promises made to the heroes who served our nation in the military is Senator Tester's first priority in his work on the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee. In addition to securing better physical and mental health care for veterans and their families, this committee considers policy related to pensions, vocational training, education, and other matters.