Flathead Beacon: Tester Sees Hope for Outdoors and Forestry Bills

Sen. Jon Tester hasn’t given up hope on two of his signature bills from his first term: the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act and the Sportsmen’s Act. In particular, he sounds invigorated about the forest bill’s chance of revival.

But Tester’s enthusiasm, while cautious, comes with a major caveat: He knows nothing will get done on those bills, or many others, until the federal government figures out its financial situation.

During a visit with the Beacon last week, the Democrat said Congress will be wholly consumed with budget talks in the coming weeks and perhaps months as it tries to hammer out a deficit-reduction deal and solve the debt-ceiling crisis.

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