LATEST SENATOR TESTER
(U.S. Senate)-U.S. Senator Jon Tester is defending Montana from any attempt to sell public lands in the upcoming federal budget.
Tester is demanding Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Lisa Murkowski not use the 2018 federal budget to sell public lands in Montana or anywhere else.
The Senate last week narrowly passed a budget resolution requiring Murkowski's committee to raise $1 billion, which could come from selling off public lands in addition to drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. Tester did not support the controversial measure.
"We strongly believe we must tackle our debt but are concerned this partisan, fast track process could be used by those in Congress who support selling off our public lands," Tester and other Western senators wrote in a letter to McConnell and Murkowski. "We strongly oppose these efforts and respectfully urge you not to allow any such legislation to move forward."
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