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 12, 2022| View More
Senator is only member of the Montana delegation on the conference committee tasked with negotiating the final legislation
May 5, 2022| View More
Tester Pushes Homeland Security Secretary on Border Patrol Agent Retention, Northern Border Security & Ports of Entry Hours
Senator calls on Secretary to increase staffing, secure the Northern border, and fully reopen Northern ports of entry to pre-pandemic hours
May 4, 2022| View More
Hearing focused on maintaining military leadership over China, assistance for Ukraine
April 29, 2022| View More
Tester Works to Strengthen Borders with Two Bipartisan Bills: Securing America’s Ports of Entry Act & Border Patrol Pay Security Act
Senator’s legislation to recruit and retain additional CBP Officers and Border Patrol Agents
March 31, 2022| View More
Tester Pushes Defense Department on Military Suicide: ‘we have an obligation to the folks who serve in the military’
Report found that Department did not consistently screen transitioning servicemembers for suicide risk