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  • Tester, Sullivan Urge VA to Explore Medicinal Cannabis as an Alternative Treatment for Veterans

    (U.S. Senate) - U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) introduced bipartisan legislation to urge the VA to explore the potential benefits of medicinal cannabis for veterans. The Senators' VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act would direct the VA to begin clinical trials to test the effects of medicinal cannabis as a treatment for chronic pain and symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress. "The VA needs to listen to the growing number of veterans who have already found success in m...

  • Tester Introduces Bill to Bolster Transparency, Accountability of VA

    (U.S. Senate) - Ranking Member Jon Tester today introduced legislation to dramatically increase transparency at the VA and bolster efforts to hold it more accountable to veterans and taxpayers. Tester introduced the VA Contract, Leadership and Ensuring Accountability and Reform (CLEAR) Act to shine more light on the VA's bookkeeping and provide additional accountability measures for the private companies that contract with the VA to provide care or services to veterans. Tester's legislation wou...

  • Tester Sets a High Bar for New Head of VA Office of Information and Technology

    (Helena, Mont.) - Ranking Member Jon Tester today laid out the challenges and opportunities for the recently-sworn in Assistant VA Secretary for Information and Technology James Gfrerer. In a letter to Gfrerer, Tester addressed his chief concerns for the VA's Office of Information and Technology, which Tester describes as being "under severe, well-deserved, scrutiny in recent years." "There is no doubt that insufficient resources, a chronic lack of transparency, and an inability to effectively...

  • Ranking Member Tester Announces Veterans’ Affairs Committee Democrats

    (U.S. Senate) - Ranking Member Jon Tester today announced the Democratic Members of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee for the 116th Congress. Tester (D-Mont.) is joined on the Committee by Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.). "It's no secret there are challenges at the VA. But there are opportunities, too," Tester said. "Our Committee will...

  • Tester Helps Usher Two VA Nominees Through Senate

    (U.S. Senate) - Ranking Member Jon Tester helped confirm two nominees to serve veterans at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Tamara Bonzanto has been confirmed as VA Assistant Secretary of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection and James Gfrerer will serve as VA Assistant Secretary of Information and Technology. "The VA needs strong leaders at the top while it implements our various bipartisan reforms," said Tester, Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee. "With go...

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