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Mar 16, 2017

Tester Launches Senate Transparency Caucus to Shed More Light on Federal Government

To Celebrate Sunshine Week, Senator Invites All 99 Colleagues to Make Government More Transparent and Accountable

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(Big Sandy, Mont.) - U.S. Senator Jon Tester today is launching the Senate Transparency Caucus to shed more light on federal agencies and hold the federal government more accountable to taxpayers.

Tester has invited all 99 U.S. Senators to join the Transparency Caucus, which will focus on identifying policies to increase public access to information, reduce bureaucratic hurdles to accessing public documents, and strengthen disclosure requirements for public officials.

"By bringing Democrats, Republicans, and Independents together on the Senate Transparency Caucus, we can give members of the public greater access to their government,"
Tester said. "This caucus will work to identify even more ways to shed light into the dark corners of our federal government, and hold each federal agency more accountable to taxpayers."

To celebrate Sunshine Week, Tester has been introducing legislation to increase transparency across the federal government, and was recognized as one of the most transparent members of the U.S. Senate by the American Library Association.

Tester introduced the Public Online Information Act, which will make all public records from the Executive Branch permanently available on the Internet in a searchable database at no cost to constituents.

Tester also sent a letter to President Trump earlier this week encouraging him to work with Republicans and Democrats to increase transparency in our democratic process.

Tester is also sponsoring multiple bills to increase transparency in political campaigns. He was the first Senator in history to post his daily public schedule online.

Tester's letter to all 99 U.S. Senators inviting them to join the Senate Transparency Caucus is available HERE.

Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.

Billings

Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768

Bozeman

Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647

Butte

Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586

Helena

Capital One Center
208 N Montana Avenue, Suite 202
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462

Kalispell

8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974

Missoula

130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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