Tester visits Malmstrom Air Force Base to discuss budget

Posted at 6:24 PM, Feb 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-19 20:24:15-05

Senator Jon Tester met with commanders of Malmstrom Air Force Base to talk about budget priorities Tuesday.

Montana’s senior U.S. senator received an update on current and future projects that will be constructed on the base.

Tester and the commanders talked about a new weapons storage area, a new shooting range, and multiple other projects.

Some projects, however, could be in jeopardy after President Donald Trump made an emergency declaration last week. The declaration could take $3.6 billion from military construction funds.

“I think taking money from military construction is a bad mistake. We just plushed those budgets up last year for the first time in a long time because there is a lot of projects that need to be done. If they put the missile upgrades on hold, that would create another security problem I do not think we want to have,” Tester said.

Tester added he will take the needs of Malmstrom back to Washington.

-Reported by Margaret DeMarco/MTN News