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  • Tester: Reauthorize Violence Against Women Act

    SARAH FELDMAN, Office of Senator Tester|Feb 23, 2022

    As part of his ongoing effort to protect victims of violence in Montana, U.S. Senator Jon Tester joined his Senate colleagues in a bipartisan push to reauthorize the critical Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which expired in 2019. “The Violence Against Women Act is a lifesaving bill for crime victims in Montana and across the country, and it’s long overdue we get its essential programs back up and running,” said Tester. “This legislation provides critical resources to domestic violence shelters and Tribal justice initiatives across Montana...

  • Tester: Bill to Improve Rural Veterans' Access to Medical Disability Examinations

    SARAH FELDMAN, Office of Senator Jon Tester|Nov 17, 2021

    Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Ranking Member Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) are championing bipartisan legislation to improve rural veterans’ access to medical disability examinations. Geography or mobility issues often limit rural and housebound veterans’ access to quality and timely medical disability examinations. The Senators’ Reform and Update Rural Access to Local (RURAL) Exams Act of 2021 aims to address this inequity by increasing transparency of the medical disability examination program and authori...

  • Tester Announces Bipartisan Legislation Ensuring American Beef is Labeled 'Product of USA'

    SARAH FELDMAN, Office of Jon Tester|Sep 15, 2021

    As a part of his years-long push to improve market transparency and ensure fairer prices for Montana producers, U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced bipartisan legislation, the American Beef Labeling Act, which would ensure that beef raised in the United States is labeled as a product of the USA. The legislation is also sponsored by Senators John Thune (R-S.D.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and will be introduced next week. “Montana ranchers raise the best cattle in the world, and it’s time American families are gua...

  • Tester Announces Final Deal on Bipartisan Infrastructure Legislation

    Sarah Feldman, Office of Senator Jon Tester|Aug 4, 2021

    After weeks of negotiations with the White House and a bipartisan group of nine other Senators, U.S. Senator Jon Tester announced that he had secured a deal on historic infrastructure legislation that would create good-paying jobs and boost Montana’s economy by making urgently-needed investments in Montana’s roads, bridges, broadband, water, and more. “I’m pleased to announce that we have reached a bipartisan deal on a historic bill that will upgrade Montana’s aging infrastructure, create-good paying jobs, and help us maintain our competitive e...

  • Tester Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Combat Housing Shortage for Volunteer Firefighters and First Responders

    Sarah Feldman, Office of Senator Jon Tester|Jul 14, 2021

    Amid a dangerous start to an early fire season, U.S. Senator Jon Tester this week introduced his bipartisan Volunteer First Responder Housing Act to expand eligibility for qualified volunteer first responders to participate in certain federal housing assistance programs and provide a greater incentive for more volunteers to stay and continue to serve their communities. In Montana, more than 93% of fire departments are made up of volunteer or mostly volunteer firefighters. These fire departments rely on volunteers to provide a wide array of...

  • USDA Announces $600 Million to Increase Meat Processing Through the American Rescue Plan, Following Tester Push

    Sarah Feldman, Office of Senator Jon Tester|Jul 14, 2021

    Following his direct appeal to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack last month urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to make investments in new meat processing facilities, U.S. Senator Jon Tester celebrated the USDA announcement that it would invest $500 million in meat and poultry capacity building with the goals of increasing choice and negotiation options for producers as well as $100 million in relief through a fee waiver for inspection and overtime fees for small and medium processors. This funding is provided through the American...

  • Tester Provisions to Improve Infrastructure, Cut Red Tape

    Sarah Feldman, Office of Senator Tester|Jun 23, 2021

    As part of his ongoing work to keep Montanans connected to boost the economy, several commonsense provisions championed by U.S. Senator Jon Tester to cut red tape and improve infrastructure in the transportation industry cleared the Senate Commerce Committee this week, including a critical portion of Tester’s Haulers of Agriculture and Livestock Safety (HAULS) Act that will give ag and livestock haulers the flexibility in hours they need to safely deliver their products to market. Tester successfully attached the provisions to improve safety at...