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The U.S. Senate approved a new, two-year Highway Bill with 74 Republicans and Democrats voting in favor.

Montana Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester voted in the bipartisan majority to continue funding the surface transportation program that is vital to Montana and the entire nation. Wyoming Sens. John Barrasso and Mike Enzi were among the 22 Republicans voting no. Four other senators didn’t vote.

The Senate bill would direct $400 million a year in federal funds to Montana, according to Baucus, who helped steer the legislation through the Senate.

Senators Jon Tester and Max Baucus are reminding the U.S. Defense Department that Montana is the “ideal fit” for the new C-130 aircraft mission.

Tester and Baucus secured the C-130 mission for the Montana Air National Guard in February and the cargo planes are expected to provide hundreds of jobs for Montana airmen and members of the Great Falls community.

Sen. Jon Tester was instrumental in adding $30 million dollars to the Bureau of Reclamation’s FY 2012 rural water program, which allowed substantive funding for the above projects, as determined by the Bureau of Reclamation. Tester’s commitment to provide high quality water to rural Montanans is greatly appreciated.