Committee Assignments

Appropriations Committee

The Senate Appropriations Committee is one of the most influential committees in Congress. It ultimately decides where the government spends taxpayer money, and how much it spends. Senator Tester brings the Montana values of accountability, responsibility and transparency to his work on the committee, balancing smart investments in our nation with the need to cut wasteful spending.


  • Defense (Chairman)
  • Homeland Security
  • Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
  • Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
  • Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
  • Energy and Water Development

Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee

Senator Tester works on legislation related to financial institutions, public and private housing, urban development and mass transit, and related matters on the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee. Senator Tester brings a rural perspective to this committee to make sure that laws and policies work for small banks, credit unions, small businesses and consumers in rural America.


  • Housing, Transportation, and Community Development
  • National Security and International Trade and Finance
  • Securities, Insurance, and Investment

Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee

On the Senate Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, Senator Tester puts Montana’s economy front and center as he works across the aisle to strengthen our transportation infrastructure, boost broadband and broadcasting, and fight for higher paying jobs.


  • Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security
  • Communications, Media, and Broadband

Indian Affairs Committee

On the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, Senator Tester works on legislation to solve problems facing American Indian, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native peoples. These issues include challenges facing Montana’s seven Indian reservations such as education, land management, health care, and economic development.

Veterans' Affairs Committee

Living up to the promises made to the heroes who served our nation in the military is Senator Tester’s first priority as Chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. In addition to securing better physical and mental health care for veterans and their families, this committee considers policy related to pensions, vocational training, education, and other matters.