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Jul 19, 2019

Taxpayers Have a Right to Know How Their Money is Spent by Federal Government, Argues Tester

Taxpayer’s Right to Know Act would make public the details, costs, and performance metrics of every federal

(U.S. Senate) - As part of his continuing effort to promote transparency and hold government accountable to Montanans, U.S. Senator Jon Tester is backing legislation giving taxpayers better insight into exactly how their money is being spent.

The Taxpayer's Right to Know Act would expand the availability of online data by requiring the federal government to publish specific details on the cost and performance of federal programs.

"Montana taxpayers deserve to know exactly how their hard-earned money is being spent, and what it's being spent on," Tester said. "I don't think it's too much to ask that the government give folks basic insight into its spending and hold agencies accountable to cut down on waste along the way-so I'll continue pushing Mitch McConnell to bring this commonsense, bipartisan bill up for a vote."

Tester has sponsored the Taxpayer's Right to Know Act in previous Congresses-and the bill unanimously passed the U.S. House of Representatives in 2017, but Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has refused to allow the Senate to vote on it.

A founding member of the Senate Transparency Caucus, Tester has been a steadfast supporter of accountability and good government practices throughout his time in the Senate. He has fought to make all public records from the Executive Branch permanently available on the internet, is the only member of Montana's Congressional delegation to post his public schedule online, and has called on President Trump to make good faith efforts with Republicans and Democrats to increase transparency in our democratic process.

Tester has also worked to make campaigns more transparent. His Senate Campaign Disclosure Parity Act was signed into law last fall, requiring candidates to electronically file financial disclosure reports with the Federal Election Commission, making them immediately available to the public and saving taxpayers money, and he recently sponsored the DISCLOSE Act, which boosts transparency in elections by forcing political organizations to disclose the names of their biggest donors. He also received the 2017 James Madison Award for his work to increase the public's ability to access government information, bring more transparency to elections, and disclose the details of secret government contracts.

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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