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Jon Tester's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)



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Jon Tester has failed to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2018 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart and voters like you.

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Issue Positions

For Presidential and Congressional candidates who refuse to provide voters with their positions, Vote Smart has researched their public records to determine their likely responses. These issue positions are from 2018.

  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood (
  • "I want to thank the MT Planned Parenthood Teen Council for working hard to protect critical access to health care!" (
  • "U.S. Senator Jon Tester today voted against a secret tax giveaway to the wealthy that increases the national debt by adding nearly $1.5 trillion to the deficit." (
  • "U.S. Senator Jon Tester sent critical national security legislation to the President's desk today. The bill includes key Tester-authored provisions that will give U.S. troops a pay raise, strengthen the nation's ICBM fleet, and help veterans get the care and benefits they have earned." (
  • "U.S. Senator Jon Tester, a longtime champion of campaign finance reform, announced three pieces of legislation to increase transparency and accountability, and to shine light on the dark money in U.S. elections" (
  • "U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced he is sponsoring a bill to shine light on digital advertising as part of his #SunshineWeek initiative to create more transparency and accountability in government and elections." (
  • "Jon believes that strong infrastructure can help businesses create jobs, allow students to reach their full potential, and spur growth among local economies across Montana. Jon understands that for Montana businesses to succeed in the modern economy, they need access to the latest technology so they can sell their world-class products across the globe. Using his seat on the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, Jon has successfully secured grant funding for Montana airports, transportation projects, broadband, and water systems." (
  • "Tester also slammed Congress for passing a tax bill that favors large multi-national corporations over Montana families. The bill creates permanent tax cuts for corporations, but all individual income tax cuts are set to expire by 2025." (
  • "Jon believes that a critical step toward keeping jobs in Montana is keeping jobs here in America, which is why Jon has voted to end tax incentives that make it easier for corporations to send jobs overseas." (
  • Rated 100% by the National Education Association (
  • "Jon believes public education is the foundation of America's democracy. As a former public school student, teacher, and school board member, Jon knows how important access to a quality public education is to Montana's rural way of life. That's why Jon is committed to ensuring schools in Montana and across rural America can recruit and retain top-notch teachers. He is also working with teachers, parents, school board members, and administrators to ensure that policies coming out of Washington D.C. don't stifle creativity in the classroom." (
  • "Montana is home to vast amounts of wind, solar, coal, geothermal, hydro, and natural gas resources. Jon believes in a robust energy portfolio that taps into all of Montana’s energy resources to create good-paying jobs and generate critical tax revenue for schools and infrastructure projects, while powering homes and businesses across this country." (
  • Rated 88% by Environment America (
  • "Jon also knows the climate is changing. He sees it firsthand on his farm, where planting and harvesting seasons are beginning earlier each year. Jon envisions an energy economy that supports high-paying jobs and addresses the threat of climate change—an energy economy powered by Montana commonsense. That’s why Jon has worked across the aisle to introduce legislation that will help burn coal cleaner and capture the carbon emissions from coal-powered plants." (
  • Rated 10% by Gun Owners of America (
  • "Jon believes strongly in protecting Montanans' right to bear arms and right to privacy. He has voted to protect Americans against all forms of federal government overreach that violate these precious Constitutional freedoms. As a gun owner, Jon has voted against legislation that would violate Montanans' Second Amendment rights and hinder the ability of law-abiding citizens to purchase and own a gun." (
  • "I support closing the background check loophole but this amendment went a step too far by making it illegal for family members to sell each other guns without a background check. In Montana, this practice is a strong part of our hunting heritage and western way of life. I will continue to support Senator Manchin's common-sense approach to closing the loophole, and I urge the Senate to take up that bipartisan legislation quickly." (
  • "Responsible gun ownership and the privacy of law-abiding citizens is fundamental to our Montana way of life," Tester said. "As a gun owner and as Montana's Senator, it is my responsibility to protect the Constitutional rights of law-abiding Montanans. This rule violates freedom and privacy and simply doesn't belong on the books." (
  • "The current health care system is not perfect, but it has helped rural hospitals and community health centers stay afloat. It has provided working families with coverage for the first time. And it has stopped big insurance companies from denying folks coverage because of a pre-existing condition like diabetes, high blood pressure, or asthma. Jon knows that Montana families are facing rising premiums and he is willing to work with anyone to lower the cost of health care." (
  • "U.S. Senator Jon Tester today told Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly that a comprehensive approach is needed to strengthen border security and issued a warning about violating private property rights as the White House pursues building a wall between the United States and Mexico." (
  • Rated 0% by the Federation for Immigration Reform (
  • "Congress must work together, Democrats and Republicans, to secure our borders, crack down on folks illegally entering our country, and provide a way forward for innocent kids." (
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