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Mar 3, 2022

Tester Statement on Republican-Backed Bill that Led to Commission to Study Veterans’ Facilities Nationwide

U.S. Senator Tester, Chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, today released the following statement on a 2017 bill, authored by Republicans and later signed into law by former President Trump as part of the VA MISSION Act, to create a commission to study Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities in Montana and across the country:

“As Chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, fighting for Montana’s veterans is my highest priority. That’s why I expressed my concerns directly to VA Secretary McDonough today that any reduction in health care services for Montana veterans is a non-starter with me. I’ll be working to ensure this multi-year process protects Montana veterans, particularly those in rural areas, and ensures timely access to their earned health care.”

In 2017, Republicans voted for the VA Asset and Infrastructure Review Act, which required the Department to review all of its health care facilities across the country. It also required VA to make recommendations for changes to a presidentially-appointed commission known as the Asset and Infrastructure Review (AIR) Commission. These recommendations are the first step in a multi-year process—they can include remodeling, building new facilities, moving, or closing facilities. Under this process, the recommendations must be accepted by the Commission, the President, and Congress. Any approved changes would then begin no later than March 30, 2026.

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

208 North Montana Avenue
Suite 104
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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