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Tester: Infrastructure bill in Senate, no response on reopening of border

During a press call Thursday morning, Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., said a bipartisan deal has been reached on a "historic bill that will upgrade Montana's aging infrastructure, create... — Updated 7/30/2021

 
 By Patrick Johnston    Local

St. Mary working group discusses funding, drought conditions and water infrastructure

Editor’s note: This version adds comments from the office of Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont. Members of the St. Mary Rehabilitation Working Group met Wednesday to discuss possible funding sources for improvements and repairs to the... — Updated 7/30/2021

 
 By Tim Leeds    Local

Senate advances infrastructure bill to floor for debate

After weeks of negotiations, the Senate Wednesday advanced a bill to increase investment in U.S. infrastructure on a 67-32 vote with one senator not voting. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., voted for advancing the bill to the floor along... — Updated 7/29/2021

 
 By Dane McGuire    Local

Daines, Tester urge U.S. to follow Canada's lead on border opening

Following an announcement by the Canadian government an ease in border restrictions would allow fully vaccinated American citizens and permanent residents to enter the country for... — Updated 7/21/2021

 

Biden and Tester plan to rein in the corporate ag monopolies

President Joe Biden signed 72 directives in a series of executive orders to try to rein in corporate abuse and to create a more competitive marketplace. These directives are instructing agencies to investigate anticompetitive... — Updated 7/16/2021

 

Letter to the Editor - Reminder for Jon Tester!

Sen. Jon. Tester, If you vote yes for the confirmation of David Chipman,  that’s a no vote for you, in your up coming election. Responsible gun owners will not forget to vote no for you. Roy Johnson Heron... — Updated 7/15/2021

 
 By Tim Leeds    Local

St. Mary Diversion funding passes out of committee

Montana’s U.S. senators announced today that funding to rehabilitate the source of most of the water in the Milk River passed out of committee. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., said in a release that up to $100 million in dedicated... — Updated 7/14/2021

 

More action on ag issues coming up in Washington

Staff and wire report More direct and indirect action is happening in Washington, D.C., on issues related to agricultural production. President Joe Biden has issued an executive order that includes directing government agencies to... — Updated 7/14/2021

 

Letter to the Editor - Support Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act

Editor, In 2017, Montana’s outdoor recreation economy generated $7.1 billion. Two years later, Montana Sen. Jon Tester introduced the Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act — BCSA — a piece of federal legislation to bolster Mo... — Updated 7/13/2021

 

Tester secures $55.2 million to expand state meat processing

NOTE: This information was provided by the office of Sen. Jon Tester U.S. Sen Jon Tester, D-Mont., announced Friday that he secured $55.2 million in competitive grant funding that will provide critical resources for currently... — Updated 6/30/2021

 
 By Patrick Johnston    Local

Tester praises compromise infrastructure bill

In a monthly press call Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., provided details regarding a recently agreed-upon framework for a massive $579 billion increase in infrastructure spending that... — Updated 6/25/2021

 
 By Tim Leeds    Local

Calls again go out for inquiry, action on meatpacking industry

Montana political leaders are again joining others around the country asking the U.S. Department of Justice to take action on allegations that the “stranglehold” large meatpackers have over the beef processing market violate... — Updated 6/3/2021

 
 By Patrick Johnston    Local

Tester provides update to Hi-Line on bills

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont. held a rural press call Thursday where he talked about the return of full Amtrak Service to the Hi-Line, a bill to provide benefits to veterans... — Updated 5/29/2021

 

Tester: return of full, daily Amtrak service a win for Montana's Hi-Line

This past week brought some much-needed good news for the folks who live and work in Havre and across the Hi-Line. On May 24th, full, daily Amtrak service returned to the Northern tier of our state after painful, short-sighted... — Updated 5/28/2021

 
 By Patrick Johnston    Local

Local ARPA planning on hold for lack of federal guidance

In the wake of announcements about the dispersal of over $28 million in American Rescue Plan funds to counties and cities across north-central Montana little guidance has been issued by the federal government about how these funds... — Updated 5/26/2021

 
 By Tim Leeds    Local

Empire Builder back to seven days a week

After seven months of running only three days a week, the Hi-Line is again seeing the Empire Builder run twice a day across the railroad tracks. Amtrak — which had its 50th anniversary this month — had cut long-distance servic... — Updated 5/25/2021

 
 By Dane McGuire    Local

Tester introduces ANTI Drugs Act to Senate

Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., held a press call Thursday to discuss the introduction of his bipartisan Assisting Narcotics and Trafficking Officers in Interdicting - ANTI - Drugs Act.... — Updated 5/21/2021

 
 By Dane McGuire    Local

Farmers Union to host Havre food resiliency workshop May 18

Montana Farmers Union will be hosting a free event in Havre May 18, “Rebuilding Food Resiliency,” as part of the union’s spring workshop series. “The American Rescue Plan,... — Updated 5/6/2021

 

Bear Paw Development receives $1.7M in CARES Act money to help COVID-impacted businesses

Staff and wire report Havre-based Bear Paw Development Corp. is getting some help from the federal government to help businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. Department of Commerce announced Thursday its Economic... — Updated 4/9/2021

 

Tester praises USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers program that will open up billions for Montana ag producers

Note: This was provided by the office of Sen. Jon Teter WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jon Tester released the following statement after the United States Department of Agriculture announced that billions of dollars in coronavirus... — Updated 3/31/2021

 

Senators introduce bipartisan bill to increase transparency in cattle market

Press release WASHINGTON — Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Jon Tester, D-Mont., along with their colleagues Sens. Steve Daines, R-Mont., Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, John Hoeven, R-N.D., Tina Smith, D-Minn., Mike Rounds, R-S.D., Ron... — Updated 3/31/2021

 

Tester's bipartisan bill provides ag and livestock haulers critical relief from burdensome red tape

Note: This was provided by the office of Sen. Jon Tester U.S. Sen. Jon Tester is fighting to ensure Montana ag and livestock haulers have the flexibility they need to safely deliver their products to market with the reintroduction... — Updated 3/31/2021

 
 By Patrick Johnston    Local

Tester talks about local effects of the American Rescue Plan

Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., held a press call Thursday with Glendive Mayor Jerry Jimison, Bear Paw Development Corp. Executive Director Paul Tuss, Montana Farmers Union President... — Updated 3/26/2021

 

Targeted COVID package will reopen our economy

One year into this pandemic, Montanans are finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Our vaccines are safe and effective, COVID-19 cases are falling thanks to the tireless efforts of our front line health care... — Updated 3/26/2021

 

Legislative Efforts Coming in Waves to Support Milk River Project Rehabilitation

As we approach the one-year anniversary of the collapse of Drop Structure #5 of the St. Mary’s Diversion, the spotlight remains on the unaffordability of critical repairs to the Milk River Project’s aged infrastructure. From... — Updated 3/17/2021

 

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