Infrastructure & Technology
Connecting the Last Best Place to the rest of the country and the world requires strong, reliable, and up-to-date infrastructure and technology. Investments in roads, bridges, and airports ensure that Montana’s communities remain safely linked. Access to reliable internet and television broadcasts ensures Montana businesses can succeed in a modern economy, and gives folks the opportunity to connect across the state and beyond. As a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Technology, Jon is leading the charge in providing rural America with access to the same technology and resources given to urban areas.
Jon is backing the Broadband DATA Act, which expands rural broadband coverage by directing the Federal Communications Commission to build more accurate broadband coverage maps. In order to reinstate Net Neutrality, Jon is a cosponsor of the Save the Internet Act of 2019, ensuring rural communities remain competitive when selling products online. And to make sure rural America isn’t left behind, Jon is fighting to make sure Montana and other rural communities are at the forefront of consideration in the race to develop a nationwide 5G wireless network.
July 8, 2020| View More
Following Tester Push, Bureau of Reclamation Agrees to More Affordable Cost Share on Milk River Infrastructure
Following a sustained push by U.S. Senator Jon Tester, the Bureau of Reclamation has agreed to use its emergency maintenance authority to do replacement work on Drops 2 and 5 of the Milk River Project, with 35 percent of the costs to be covered by the federal government, rather than …
July 7, 2020| View More
Tester, Colleagues Demand Update on Roll-Out of New VA Electronic Health Record Modernization Program
As the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) moves to re-open facilities and services to serve veterans nationwide, U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) are demanding an update on the roll-out of the new Electronic Health Record Modernization (EHRM) program.
July 2, 2020| View More
As the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) faces severe declines in mail volume, U.S. Senator Jon Tester today introduced bipartisan legislation to provide $25 billion in emergency assistance to help the agency recoup pandemic related losses and other operational expenses.
July 1, 2020| View More
U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced $369,210 in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding for the Ekalaka Airport to reimburse costs of constructing an 8,120 square foot hangar building to assist the airport to be as self-sustaining as possible by generating revenue.
July 1, 2020| View More
U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced $1,005,483 in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding for the Bert Mooney Airport in Butte to help reimburse the construction of a 39,903 square foot terminal building to allow the efficient movement of passengers and baggage.