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Tester Urges Senate To Work Together After Orlando Incident


U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., said that after nearly 50 people were killed by a shooter in Orlando, Fla., this month that the government must stop talking and start acting.

“It’s time we work together to try to prevent actions of hate and intolerance,” Tester told state reporters during a conference call last week.

Tester said national security must be improved. The country needs to also keep guns out of the hands of terrorists and strengthen its border security.

The senator noted a bill that the Senate recently passed strengthens the military with additional spending for equipment and resources as well as pay raises.

Tester said he was disappointed in the comments made by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

“The rhetoric is in appropriate at this time and is quite frankly beneath someone who is running for commander in chief of this country,” Tester said.

During the phone conference, Tester mentioned his first rural health summit that was held in Ennis. “Health care in the Big Apple is a heck of a lot different than in Big Sandy,” he said.

When asked about the upcoming public meetings concerning the Lower Yellowstone Irrigation Project, Tester said he has spoken recently with Bureau of Reclamation officials. “I will continue to push for stakeholders and the Bureau of Reclamation to work for a solution,” Tester said.

The senator’s legislation that would allow tribal law officials to arrest non-tribal members for drug charges on reservations is still in committee.

“It’s a piece of legislation that allows Indian Country to deal with people dealing drugs,” Tester noted.


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