Tester Announces Defense Hearing on Chinese Spy Balloon

U.S. Senator Jon Tester, Chairman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced that his committee will hold a hearing to demand answers from Biden Administration officials on the suspected Chinese spy balloon that was in U.S. airspace above Billings, Montana.

“Montanans value their freedom and privacy and I’ll always fight to defend both,” Tester said. “China’s actions are a clear threat to those values and to America’s national security, and I’m demanding answers from the Biden Administration. I will be pulling people before my committee to get real answers on how this happened, and how we can prevent it from ever happening again.”

Tester released a statement earlier today calling for answers on what happened and what steps the Administration is taking to protect American national security. He will also receive a classified briefing in a secure facility upon his return to Washington.