Jon Tester on Homeland Security

Last Updated : May 28, 2011

The Justice Act

In September of 2009, Senator Tester released a press statement noting legislation that he was supporting to reform the PATRIOT Act. 

 

2012 Campaign Website Statements

Voting Record

Arrest and Detention of US Citizens - Final Passage

In November of 2011, the Senate voted on the conference report for the Defense appropriations act for 2012 - HR 1540. This final version of the legislation passed 86-13. Jon Tester voted in favor of the legislation.

Jon Tester voted in favor of the legislation.

Arrest and Detention of US Citizens - Senate Passage

In November of 2011, the Senate voted on the Defense appropriations act for 2012 - S 1867. Part of that legislation was a provision to express the authorization of the military to arrest and indefinitely detain US citizens. The only requirement for this was that the person be suspected of allying with al-Qaida. The legislation passed 93-7. Jon Tester voted in favor of the legislation.

Jon Tester voted in favor of the legislation.

Arrest and Detention of US Citizens - Cloture

In November of 2011, the Senate voted on the Defense appropriations act for 2012 - S 1867. Part of that legislation was a provision to express the authorization of the military to arrest and indefinitely detain US citizens. The only requirement for this was that the person be suspected of allying with al-Qaida. The cloture motion passed 88-12. Jon Tester voted in favor of cloture to allow the bill to be considered.

Jon Tester voted in favor of cloture to allow the bill to be considered.

Arrest and Detention of US Citizens - Udall Amendment to Repeal Provision

In November of 2011, the Senate voted on the Defense appropriations bill. This legislation contained provisions to allow for the arrest and indefinite detention of US citizens if they were merely suspected of allying with al-Qaida. Senator Udall offered an amendment to remove this specific section. The attempt failed 38-60. Jon Tester voted in favor of the Udall amendment to repeal the authorization for the arrest and indefinate detention of US citizens.

Jon Tester voted in favor of the Udall amendment to repeal the authorization for the arrest and indefinate detention of US citizens.

FISA Amendment Acts of 2007

In February of 2008, the Senate voted on the FISA Amendment Acts of 2007. The legislation passed the Senate with bipartisan support 68-29, but was never raised in the House. The legislation primarily contained provisions to allow for the monitoring of terrorists overseas that were a continuation of expired provisions in the Protect America Act. It also granted immunity to telecommunications companies against their customers for giving information to the government without a warrant. Jon Tester voted against the FISA Amendment Acts of 2007.

Jon Tester voted against the FISA Amendment Acts of 2007.

Restore Habeas Corpus

In September of 2009, the Senate voted on an amendment to restore habeas corpus rights to the prisoners a Guantanamo Bay. The measure received a majority of the votes, but not enough to pass. Jon Tester voted in favor of the measure to restore habeas corpus rights to the prisoners.

Jon Tester voted in favor of the measure to restore habeas corpus rights to the prisoners.

Protect America Act of 2007

The Protect America Act of 2007 dealt with certain aspects of electronic surveillance and the overall war on terror. In the vote to pass the legislation, most Republicans supported the bill and only about 1/3 of the Democrats supported the legislation. Jon Tester voted against the Protect America Act of 2007.

Jon Tester voted against the Protect America Act of 2007.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-110; Bill Number-S 2088; National Security Letter Reform Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

A bill to place reasonable limitations on the use of National Security Letters, and for other purposes.

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