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.
November 18, 2021| View More
On Senate Floor, Tester Blasts Partisan Block of Critical Resources to Support Military and Veterans
Chairman: “Let’s not play irresponsible political games with our military and with our veterans and with everybody else that lives in this country.”
November 2, 2021| View More
Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester issued the following statement today after the Biden Administration unveiled a new plan aimed at ending veteran and military suicide nationwide:
October 22, 2021| View More
Senators reintroduce bipartisan, bicameral bill to strengthen MST survivors’ care and benefits
October 18, 2021| View More
Chairman Tester Secures Billions for Key Montana, National Security Priorities in Defense Funding Legislation
Senator fought for critical investments in Ground Based Strategic Deterrent, Grey Wolf helicopters for Malmstrom
October 13, 2021| View More
JAG grants will be used to purchase critical equipment, keep law enforcement officers on the job