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Jan 19, 2018

Tester Slams Short-Term Budget That Fails Montana, Tells Congress To Do Its Job

Senator: Congress must stop governing crisis to crisis and deadline to deadline

(U.S. Senate) - U.S. Senator Jon Tester today slammed the short-term budget bill that hurts Montana and urged his colleagues to put politics aside to negotiate a long-term budget.

Tester took to the Senate floor to demand that any long-term budget agreement include critical Montana provisions, such as CHIP reauthorization, funding for Community Health Centers, and a funding boost to strengthen border security and provide certainty for America's military.

Tester is sponsoring legislation to withhold the pay for all members of Congress during a government shutdown.

Tester is also sponsoring a bill to guarantee that in the case of a government shutdown, all military personnel will receive regular paychecks and death benefits will still be provided to families of service members killed overseas.

Tester will oppose a short-term budget bill today to force both parties back to the negotiating table. Congress has failed to pass a long-term budget for 2018 for 111 days.


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.


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


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


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


208 North Montana Avenue
Suite 104
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462


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


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

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