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Tester on defense bills, FBIC compact, border security in press call

In his last rural press call of the year Thursday, Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., discussed the recent passage of the National Defense Authorization Act, recent negotiations over Ukraine aid and border security and the ongoing effort to pass the Fort Belknap Indian Community Water Compact and Settlement Act.

Tester said the defense bill was passed Wednesday evening and it will ensure U.S. safety is maintained broadly, but will also provide a number of direct benefits to Montana.

He said the bill included $10.3 million for Malmstrom Air Force Base for construction and land acquisition, and $30...


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