National Security & Military
As a member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, Jon's top priority is keeping Montanans safe. That's why he works hard to ensure our country's military, law enforcement officers, and first responders have the resources they need to keep our families secure.
Jon has voted for pay raises for America's troops, protected the flying mission at the Montana Air National Guard, and passed legislation to better secure Montana's 540-mile northern border with Canada.
In response to a growing number of hacks and security breaches, Jon has also led the effort to close security loopholes and prevent future insider threats by reforming the security clearance and background check processes to ensure that America's most sensitive information doesn't end up in the wrong hands.
Jon also believes the Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) fleet at Malmstrom Air Force Base is the most cost-effective deterrent to ensure the nation's safety. That's why Jon has worked so hard to help modernize Malmstrom's ICBM fleet, ensuring that the base remains safe and active for many years to come.
As Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, Jon crafts the Homeland Security budget which includes U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, the Transportation Security Administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. This makes him acutely aware that while we must keep America safe, the cost of war is profound and will be felt by returning service members and American taxpayers for decades to come.
June 18, 2019| View More
To Protect Montana’s National Security Assets, Tester Amendment Limits Efforts by President to Raid Defense Budget for Border Wall
In response to President Donald Trump's decision to raid existing military budgets in order to pay for a wall on the southern border, U.S. Senator Jon Tester has introduced an amendment to hold the President accountable, limit his power to redirect critical national security dollars at the expense of military …
June 5, 2019| View More
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Department is getting two new police cruisers, thanks to efforts by U.S. Senator Jon Tester.
May 23, 2019| View More
After a relentless effort, U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced that the Port of Raymond in northeast Montana will remain open 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
May 22, 2019| View More
(U.S. Senate) - With foreign interference in U.S. elections at an all-time high, U.S. Senator Jon Tester is backing legislation to help states protect voting systems and bolster election security.
May 10, 2019| View More
Tester Slams Defense Department Transfer of $1.5 Billion to Pay for Border Wall at Expense of Armed Forces Readiness
(U.S. Senate) - U.S. Senator Jon Tester today slammed the Trump Administration's plan to transfer $1.5 billion from the Department of Defense funds used for disaster relief and other readiness functions to pay for a wall on the southwest border