Accountability & Transparency

Jon holds himself, Washington, and corporations accountable to the people of Montana. He is a staunch believer that sunlight ensures accountability, and he has fought for transparency at all levels of government.

Jon is a founding member of the Senate Transparency Caucus and has introduced legislation to increase transparency across the federal government, including a bill to make all government contracts over $150,000 public, and crack down on fraud and abuse of government travel cards.

Jon is also leading the fight to bring more transparency to our campaigns, and he is pushing to end the flow of dark money flooding our elections. He is also working to close the revolving door between Congress and special interest with legislation to ban Members of Congress from lobbying for five years after leaving office.

For his efforts, Jon was awarded the prestigious James Madison Award for fighting for greater transparency in government and public access to government information.

Jon is the only member of the Montana delegation to post his daily public schedule online.

Tester Leads Letter Calling for Investigation of Silicon Valley Bank Executives’ Stock Sales
Senators to SEC: “The magnitude and timing of stock sales at SVB raise serious questions, and we ask for your prompt examination of these sales” As part of his continued efforts to hold executives accountable for the failure of Silicon...
At Hearing, Tester Questions Why Regulators Failed to ‘Drop the Hammer’ on Silicon Valley Bank
Senator: “It looks to me like the regulators knew the problem but nobody dropped the hammer” Continuing his efforts to ensure bank executives and federal regulators are held accountable for the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank, U.S. Senator Jon Tester...
Tester Presses Forest Service Chief on Holland Lake Lodge Expansion
Senator stresses importance of soliciting public input from Missoula County residents U.S. Senator Jon Tester today pressed U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Chief Randy Moore on the agency’s decision to allow the expansion of a private resort located in the Flathead...