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.
July 8, 2020| View More
U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Jerry Moran (R-Kans.), and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to expand Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) home loan benefits to National Guard and Reserve members by crediting service under federal Title 32 orders. Currently, members of the National Guard and Reserve are only …
July 2, 2020| View More
Tester Secures Two of his Landmark Mental Health Provisions for Servicemembers, Farmers in Must-Pass Annual Defense Bill
U.S. Senator Jon Tester successfully secured his Care and Readiness Enhancement (CARE) for Reservists Act and Seeding Rural Resilience Act in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) – two critical mental health bills aimed at curbing the rising rate of suicide among servicemembers and farmers.
June 25, 2020| View More
U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.) introduced the Forgotten Vietnam Veterans Act to expand wartime benefits to veterans who served in the Vietnam War and have been ineligible for assistance because of differences between the war era dates at the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department …
June 15, 2020| View More
Following his vote to confirm President Trump's nominee to serve as Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, U.S. Senator Jon Tester is inviting General Charles Q. Brown to Great Falls to discuss critical defense priorities in Montana.
June 3, 2020| View More
U.S. Senator Jon Tester recently announced that he will now be accepting applications from young Montanans who are pursuing nominations to attend one of the United States Service Academies. He is also extending the deadline for applications to December 1st, 2020 to provide more time for individuals impacted by the …