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  • Tester, Cassidy Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Veteran-Owned Small Businesses

    (U.S. Senate) - U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) introduced the Protecting Business Opportunities for Veterans Act of 2020 to protect Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned and Veteran-Owned Small Businesses from bad actors looking to exploit the Vets First Program under the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). "We have an obligation to make sure our uniformed men and women have the resources to provide for themselves and their families when they return home from service...

  • Tester, Blackburn Introduce Bill to Provide GI Benefits to National Guard and Reserve Servicemembers

    (U.S. Senate) - U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation this week to provide parity in G.I. Bill benefits for members of the National Guard and Reserves who increasingly conduct similar training and missions as active duty troops, but do not receive equal benefits. Since 9/11, the Reserve Component has become an integral part of U.S. defense plans as an operational reserve, a change from its traditional role as a strategic r...

  • Tester, Schumer Lead Dems in Blasting Administration for Stonewalling Veterans Suffering from Agent Orange

    Senators: "These heroes deserve more than inaction and indecision from their own government - they deserve justice" (U.S. Senate) - U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) led 41 Democratic Senators in condemning the Trump Administration for stonewalling critical benefits to veterans suffering from health conditions associated with their exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. In their letter, the Senators specifically called on the Admi...

  • Tester Statement on Electronic Health Record Modernization Delay

    (U.S. Senate) - U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, released the following statement today after the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced plans to delay the "go-live" date for the new Electronic Health Record (EHR) in Spokane, Washington. "I've said all along that this electronic health record system is far too important to our veterans for VA to get wrong. Moving forward, VA must establish stable leadership to provide suffi...

  • Tester, Colleagues Urge Comprehensive Response to Protect Veterans & VA Staff Against Coronavirus

    (U.S. Senate) - In response to the rapid spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, Ranking Member Jon Tester is leading six colleagues on the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee to ensure the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is taking a comprehensive approach to protect the nation's veterans and staff who provide their care. In a letter to VA today, the Senators wrote: "Given the emergent nature of the virus, we want to ensure that veterans and staff can count on VA health care facilities to be f...

  • Tester Calls on VA to ‘do better’ at Implementing Robust Community Care Network for Veterans

    (U.S. Senate) - During a Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing today, U.S. Senator Jon Tester called on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to "do better" in rolling-out the new Veterans Community Care Program, which is aimed at providing efficient, timely, and quality care to veterans who can't get the care and services they need at VA. During the hearing, Tester questioned Dr. Richard Stone, the Executive in Charge of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), over the Departmen...

  • Tester Successfully Shepherds Top Legislative Priority for Veterans Through Key Committee Hurdle

    (U.S. Senate) - The Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee today considered, and unanimously passed, bipartisan bills authored by Ranking Member Jon Tester (D-Mont.) to address the Committee's top legislative priority-combating veteran suicide. It is estimated that more than 20 veterans die by suicide every day. Of those, 14 have received no treatment or care from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). During today's markup, Tester's bipartisan Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health C...

  • Trump Signs Tester, Rounds Memorializing Veterans Act into Law

    (U.S. Senate) - A bipartisan bill introduced by U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) establishing a grant program to help honor the lives of our nation's veterans was signed into law by President Trump. The Veterans Legacy Program is an educational initiative from the National Cemetery Administration (NCA) under U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) which commemorates veterans interred in NCA cemeteries through partnerships with institutions of higher learning. Previou...

  • Bipartisan Tester, Young, Murphy Bill to Curb Veteran Homelessness Clears Key Hurdle

    (U.S. Senate) - A bipartisan bill introduced by U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) to curb veteran homelessness is one step closer to becoming law after passing the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday 362-31. Studies show that veterans with Other-Than-Honorable (OTH) discharges are significantly more likely to experience homelessness than other veterans; even though only about five percent of separating service members receive an OTH discharg...

  • Tester, Lankford Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Oversight for Veterans at VA

    (U.S. Senate) - U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) are kicking off the new year with bipartisan legislation to strengthen oversight for veterans at the nation's second largest federal agency. Under current law, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) does not have testimonial subpoena authority to compel former VA employees who have left federal service, former contractor personnel who performed work for the Department, or other po...

  • Tester Welcomes Moran Partnership on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee

    (U.S. Senate) - Ranking Member Jon Tester (D-Mont.) today released the following statement following the confirmation of Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) as the 12th Chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee: "As Chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, I'm confident Senator Moran will continue his steadfast advocacy for this country's veterans. I look forward to hitting the ground running together on a number of legislative priorities, including our bipartisan Commander John S...

  • Tester, Hawley Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Ensure VA Infrastructure Better Serves Veterans

    (U.S. Senate) - U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) introduced a bipartisan bill to ensure U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) infrastructure is better suited to provide timely and quality health care to veterans across the country. The Build, Utilize, Invest, Lease, and Deliver (BUILD) for Veterans Act of 2019 would cut red tape, expedite Congress' approval process of VA medical leases and provide the Department with more flexibility to lease unused VA property and...

  • Tester Pays Tribute to Vietnam Veteran on Senate Floor

    (U.S. Senate) - U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, took to the Senate floor yesterday to pay tribute to the life of Chief Warrant Officer Second Class William C. Ebeltoft, a decorated Vietnam veteran and Montana resident. Tester read a powerful family obituary written about Bill, which tells the compelling story of his life "before, during, and after service." "It's incredibly powerful," Tester said of the obituary. "Because quite frank...

  • Tester, Blackburn, Klobuchar Toxic Exposure Bill Heads to President’s Desk

    (U.S. Senate) - Bipartisan legislation from U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) to deliver relief to veterans exposed to toxic substances passed the Senate 86-8 as a part of this year's National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The Occupational and Environmental Transparency Health (OATH) Act now heads to the President's desk to be signed into law. The Senators introduced their legislation earlier this year, requiring the Department of D...

  • Tester, Thune, Brown, Perdue Introduce Bill to Recognize Unique Housing Needs of Veterans & Rural America

    (U.S. Senate) - U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), John Thune (R-S.D.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and David Perdue (R-Ga.) introduced bipartisan legislation to ensure that the housing needs of veterans and folks in rural America are reflected when Federal agencies are setting policies that affect homeowners. Currently, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Housing Service (RHS) are not represented on the Appraisal Subcommittee (ASC) of the Feder...

  • Tester, Rounds Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Establish Grant Program Honoring Veterans

    (U.S. Senate) - U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) introduced the Memorializing Veterans Act today, bipartisan legislation establishing a grant program to help honor the lives of our nation's veterans. The Veterans' Legacy Program (VLP) is an educational initiative from the National Cemetery Administration (NCA) under U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) which commemorates veterans interred in NCA cemeteries through partnerships with institutions of higher learning...

  • Tester, Sullivan Veteran Suicide Prevention Bill Heads to President’s Desk

    (U.S. Senate) - U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) are today celebrating the unanimous passage of the Support for Suicide Prevention Coordinators Act a bipartisan, bicameral effort to help tackle one of the nation's most pressing health concerns- veteran suicide. The Senators' legislation requires the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to report on the responsibilities, workload, training, and vacancy rates of Suicide Prevention Coordinators at the Department of V...

  • Tester Statement on Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

    (U.S. Senate) - U.S. Senator Jon Tester, Ranking Member and Montana's only member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, today released the following statement in honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day: "78 years ago, Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor thrust the United States into World War II, marking 'a date which will live in infamy.' Beginning that day, Americans made tremendous sacrifices for our freedom, earning a place in history as this nation's Greatest Generation. Many of the...

  • Tester, Collins, Casey, Daines Fight to Protect Veterans from Predatory Pension Poachers

    (U.S. Senate) - U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), and Steve Daines (R-Mont.) introduced legislation this week requiring the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to systematically track victims, scammers, and trends to proactively protect veterans and survivors across the country from predatory pension poachers. Our nation's aging veterans represent a segment of vulnerable individuals increasingly targeted by bad actors preying on the VA pension ben...

  • On Senate Floor, Ranking Member Tester Pays Tribute to Chairman Isakson’s Service to Veterans

    (U.S. Senate) - Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Jon Tester (D-Mont.) took to the Senate floor yesterday to pay tribute to Chairman Johnny Isakson's (R-Ga.) 45-year political career, legislative accomplishments, and their continued friendship. "The reason we're all here today is because Johnny Isakson is a very special guy and he's special for a number of reasons," Tester said. "He treats everybody with respect and because of that, everybody treats him with respect&helli...

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