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.
May 21, 2021| View More
Chairman Tester Tours Malmstrom & Inspects ICBMs with Top Air Force Leadership, Meets with Montana Air National Guard
U.S. Senator Jon Tester, Chairman of the powerful Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, today was joined by General Charles …
May 20, 2021| View More
U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.) announced today they are teaming up to introduce a bipartisan bill aimed at boosting critical resources to help law enforcement combat drug trafficking and increase public safety.
May 19, 2021| View More
On First Trip as Defense Chairman, Tester Meets With Troops, Inspects Military Installations After Briefings on Global Threats
On his first trip as head of the powerful Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense (SAC-D), Chairman Jon Tester …
April 13, 2021| View More
Tester Congratulates Hot Springs’ EmmaRae Rassmussen on Acceptance to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
U.S. Senator Jon Tester congratulated Hot Springs' EmmaRae Rassmussen today on her appointment to the prestigious U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
April 13, 2021| View More
Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense Chairman Jon Tester convened a hearing with Department of Defense (DoD) leaders to discuss the agency's innovation and research work and assess how the Pentagon is keeping up with the international community in military technology development. This was Tester's first hearing as Chair of the …