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Tester Comments On Federal Issues


U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., commented on a few hot federal issues during his conference call with Montana media members on Thursday, June 23.

Tester said he supports President Biden’s plan to suspend the federal gas tax for 90 days. The proposed tax holiday would suspend a federal tax of 18.4 cents per gallon of gas and 24.4 cents for diesel as fuel prices have soared above $5 a gallon in many states.

“If you can save people 18 or 19 cents a gallon, I support it,” Tester said.

He does, however, want to make sure that consumers and not oil companies are receiving the benefit.

On Friday, June 24, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, eliminating the constitutional right to abortion nationwide. States will now determine abortion rights.

Asked about the Democrats’ response to the Supreme Court’s ruling, Tester said, that Roe v. Wade creates different responses from different people.

“There’s a ton of people in the middle,” Tester said. “It will be interesting going forward to see if this will impact elections or not.”

In a press release, Tester said, “For nearly 50 years, women have been able to make their own health care decisions without interference from the government. The Supreme Court’s ruling now means women and doctors will be put in jail when exercising this longheld right in states across the country. No judge or politician should be telling women how to live their lives or undermining their fundamental right to privacy.”

The senator is pleased that huge win for Montana’s veterans was secured by passing his Sgt. First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our PACT Act of 2022 through the Senate.

“This is comprehensive legislation to deliver all eras of toxic-exposed veterans their earned health care and benefits under the Department of Veterans Affairs for the first time in the nation’s history — and it passed the Senate with strong bipartisan support,” Tester said. “This has been a top priority of VSOs across the nation for years, and with leadership from veterans and stakeholders from all backgrounds, we’re finally going to make it happen. We’ve still got work to do to get it to the president’s desk, but I’m confident that we’ll finish the job in the coming weeks.”

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