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Tester Calls on Senate to Pass Toxic Exposure Legislation

Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester is urging his colleagues to pass the PACT Act of 2022 which would provide healthcare benefits to toxic-exposed veterans. The bill cleared the Senate’s first procedural vote 86 to 12 with a final vote expected soon. Tester says they have an opportunity to make history that’s too close ...

Montana Senators Split On Abortion Act Vote

A vote on the “Women’s Health Protection Act” which would codify legal abortion protections is expected to take place in the Senate today. Tuesday, Senator Steve Daines, founder and chair of the Pro-Life Caucus, spoke on the floor voicing his support for a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion which would overturn Roe v. Wade. Also Tuesday, du...

Sen. Tester Urges Congress To Address Agriculture Consolidation

Senator Jon Tester took to the Senate Floor Thursday to urge his Senate colleagues to bring his Meat Packing Special Investigator Act and the Cattle Price Discovery and Transparency Act up for a vote. He argued both bills would defend farmers ranchers and consumers from rigged prices as a result of anti-competitive practices by corporate agric...

Senator Daines Defends No-Vote On Omnibus Spending Bill

An omnibus spending bill to fund the federal government must pass by midnight tonight by the U.S. Senate to keep the federal government from shutting down. Senator Steve Daines issued the following statement after voting against the spending package Thursday.

Tester Blasts Senate Minority For Delaying Military Funding & Ukraine Aid

A $1.5 trillion omnibus spending bill to fund the federal government must pass by midnight tonight to keep the federal government from shutting down. Thursday the U.S. Senate erupted into a shouting match over how to pass funding for Ukraine as a few Republicans, including Montana Senator Steve Daines, attempted to carve out $13.5 billion of a...

Postal Reform Act Passes U.S. Senate

The U.S. Senate passed the Postal Reform Act Tuesday which will ensure long-term reliable mail service and put the U.S. Postal Service on sound financial footing. The legislation passed the House earlier this week and will now go to President Joe Biden’s desk for his signature. Among other things it permanently requires the Postal Servic...

Senator Daines Voices Opposition To Federal Abortion Bill

Monday evening the U.S. Senate failed to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act which would make the right to access and perform an abortion federal law while superseding laws of states like Montana that restrict its access. Senator Steve Daines opposed the bill.

Legislation Addressing Postal Service Issues Advances In U.S. Senate

Senator Jon Tester’s bipartisan Postal Reform Act passed a key Senate procedural hurdle Monday and moves forward to a final Floor vote. It was passed by the House of Representatives in February. It is expected to put the U.S. Postal Service on sound financial footing and ensure long-term reliable mail service.

Martha Williams Confirmed As Fish & Wildlife Director

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Martha Williams to be Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She served as Director of Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks from 2017-2021 and was agency legal counsel for Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks from 1988-2011. Williams served as the Principal Deputy Director of Fish Wildlife and Parks essentially ser...