Tester to Continue Leadership on Veterans' Affairs Committee
Senator Vows to Hold VA Accountable, Support Service Men and Women
(U.S. Senate) – U.S. Senator Jon Tester announced today he will continue fulfilling his commitment to America’s veterans by retaining his position as Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee in the 116th Congress.
Tester has represented Montana on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee since 2007 and became Ranking Member in 2016.
“It’s no secret there are challenges at the VA. But there are opportunities too,” Tester said. “When I came to the Senate I made it my mission to make sure our nation’s service men and women are supported in every way, and I’m honored to continue this important work on behalf of the heroes who risked their lives to defend us.”
Tester has spent his time in Congress fighting relentlessly to hold the VA accountable, and has worked closely with members on both sides of the aisle to secure major victories for our nation’s veterans. During his first term as Ranking Member, Tester got 11 veterans bills signed into law, including the landmark VA MISSION Act, the VA Accountability & Whistleblower Protection Act, and the Veterans Education Assistance Act.
Tester also used his position on the committee to secure critical funding last March to construct the Southwest Montana Veterans’ Home in Butte.
You can read more about Tester’s work on behalf of veterans HERE.