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Jan 19, 2021

Tester Meets with Interior Nominee Haaland, Seeks Strong Commitment to Jobs, Public Lands, and Tribes

Senator: “If Congresswoman Haaland is confirmed, I will work closely with her to tackle the many challenges we face”

U.S. Senator Jon Tester today met with Congresswoman Deb Haaland, President-elect Joe Biden's nominee to run the U.S. Department of Interior, to congratulate her on her historic nomination and discuss her upcoming confirmation hearing.

Tester and Haaland talked about the importance of protecting Montana's public lands for future generations, supporting jobs that rely on healthy forests and public access, and upholding trust and treaty responsibilities to Tribal nations.

"Congresswoman Haaland and I had a productive conversation today about her commitment to protecting Montana's public lands and the jobs they create, and meeting federal responsibilities to Tribal nations," Tester said. "If Congresswoman Haaland is confirmed, I will work closely with her to tackle the many challenges we face, including improving how we prepare for and fight wildfires, ensuring that Tribes, folks on the ground, and local governments have a say in land management, and making sure the Land and Water Conservation Fund works for Montana."

During the meeting Tester asked Haaland about her positions on key public lands issues, and if confirmed, asked Haaland to work with him to roll back former Interior Secretary David Bernhardt's efforts to cripple implementation of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. They also discussed Tester's ongoing effort to pass and implement Tribal water compacts, and swiftly implementing Savanna's Act and the Not Invisible Act to address the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons (MMIP) crisis.

If confirmed, Haaland would be the first Native American cabinet secretary in U.S. history.


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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