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.
March 31, 2020| View More
U.S. Senator Jon Tester is urging President Trump to approve Montana's major disaster declaration request submitted by Governor Steve Bullock late last week. Approval of the request would help the state slow and mitigate the effects of the virus by opening up access to new resources for medical supplies, personal …
March 30, 2020| View More
Special Watchdog for Pandemic Recovery Will Oversee $2 Trillion COVID-19 Relief Package after Tester Efforts
After taking to the Senate floor to demand stronger accountability and transparency for the $2 trillion coronavirus relief stimulus package that was signed into law last week, U.S. Senator Jon Tester successfully ensured the package includes a special watchdog to oversee the distribution of $500 billion in taxpayer dollars to …
March 27, 2020| View More
As the President signed the Phase III Coronavirus legislative package into law, U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced further details of the $1.25 billion coronavirus relief fund now available to Montana.
March 26, 2020| View More
After 72 hours negotiating substantial, bipartisan improvements to COVID-19 stimulus legislation, U.S. Senator Jon Tester today voted to deliver $19.6 billion to strengthen U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) response to the outbreak- including key provisions to keep veterans, and the dedicated staff who serve them, safe.
March 26, 2020| View More
After 72 Hours of Negotiating Improvements, Tester Votes to Deliver Critical Relief for Montana Workers, Families, Businesses, Hospitals
After 72 hours negotiating substantial, bipartisan improvements to COVID-19 stimulus legislation that had previously fallen far short, U.S. Senator Jon Tester today voted to deliver critical, urgent relief to Montana workers, families, small businesses, hospitals and others hardest hit by the outbreak.