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 7, 2019| View More
As part of his continuing fight to secure Montana’s northern border, U.S. Senator Jon Tester is cosponsoring a bill to reauthorize and increase funding for the critical Operation Stonegarden program.
October 17, 2019| View More
Tester on Senate’s Failure to Override Trump Emergency Declaration that Raids Billions from Military to Pay for Border Wall
U.S. Senator Jon Tester today released the following statement condemning the Senate’s failure to override President Trump’s veto of a bipartisan bill intended to terminate the “emergency declaration” he has used as justification for raiding vital military construction funds to build a wall at the southern border:
October 16, 2019| View More
Following his vote to confirm President Trump's nominee to serve as Secretary of the Air Force, U.S. Senator Jon Tester is inviting Secretary Barbara Barrett to Great Falls to discuss critical United States Air Force priorities in Montana.
September 27, 2019| View More
U.S. Senator Jon Tester is joining a bipartisan group of colleagues to call on Defense Secretary Mark Esper to ensure the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) program, which will ultimately modernize and replace the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) weapons system (including the Minuteman III, at Malmstrom Air Force Base), stays …
September 12, 2019| View More
U.S. Senator Jon Tester today secured millions for Montana’s defense installations and national security research programs, as well …