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Jon Tester on Corporations

Democratic Jr Senator


Prevent abuses by "too-big-to-fail" banks on Wall Street

Rehberg said, "As the government grows bigger, we lose our freedoms and our opportunities," referring to the heavy-handedness of the EPA and Dodd-Frank banking regulations that have hindered local lending and economic development.

Earlier in the debate, Tester defended the Dodd-Frank legislation as being important to prevent abuses from "too-big-to-fail" financial institutions on Wall Street. The legislation put "more cops on the beat to make sure Wall Street won't do it again."

Source: Daily Inter Lake on 2012 Montana Senate debates , Oct 14, 2012

Citizens United puts democracy at risk

Stark disagreement over the Citizens United campaign finance ruling highlighted Montana's first U.S. Senate debate on Saturday, as Republican challenger Denny Rehberg defended the Supreme Court decision as vital to free speech.

Incumbent Democrat Jon Tester responded that the widely criticized ruling puts democracy at risk by giving corporations more power than people. The Supreme Court ruling undid past restrictions on political spending by corporations and special interest groups.

Rehberg said he supported the 2010 ruling, although he added that there should be full transparency on where campaign money is coming from. "There should be nothing more free than political free speech," he said.

Tester responded that "corporations are not people. Because of Citizens United, corporations have more rights when it comes to donations than people do," he said.

Source: New England Cable News on 2012 Montana Senate debate , Jun 16, 2012

Energy plan was written by oil companies, so no renewables

TESTER: We can talk about bio-fuels and renewables and wind energy-we did a lot of things in the last session to help promote those. But what we need back in Washington is leadership, to help this industry grow. These renewables will create jobs in regions of the state that most need employment, and put more energy no the marketplace for the citizenry of this state. And from a homeland security standpoint, it helps balance our trade deficit instead if shipping it across to the Middle East. Our energy policy right now was pretty much written by multinational oil companies. Sen. Burns took more money from oil companies except for those in Texas.

BURNS: The incentives for alternative fuels & renewable fuels are just like any other incentive to increase production, & thatís exactly what is happening, because of the competition in the market. We would not have had those big windmills if not for [the recent] energy bill. It is the marketplace that will force us into conservation and renewables.

Source: 2006 Montana 3-way Senate Debate at MSU , Oct 9, 2006

Rated 71% by UFCW, indicating a mixed management/labor voting record.

Tester scores 71% by UFCW on labor-management issues

The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) is North America's Neighborhood Union--1.3 million members with UFCW locals in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Canada. Our members work in supermarkets, drug stores, retail stores, meatpacking and meat processing plants, food processing plants, and manufacturing workers who make everything from fertilizer to shoes. We number over 60,000 strong with 25,000 workers in chemical production and 20,000 who work in garment and textile industries.

    The UFCW Senate scorecard is based on these key votes:
  1. American Jobs Act (+)
  2. Balanced Budget Amendment (-)
  3. Rejecting Cut, Cap, and Balance (+)
  4. Repeal Health Care Law (-)
  5. Sen. Am. 14 Wicker Am. to S 223, excluding unionization at TSA (-)
  6. Sen. Am. 740 McCain Am. to HR 2112, defunding TAA (-)
  7. Trade Adjustment Assistance Extension Act (TAA) (+)
Source: UFCW website 12-UFCW-S on May 2, 2012

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