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Tester secures $3.9 million to improve key infrastructure for the Blackfeet tribe

Funding will come from the Senator's bipartisan infrastructure bill

As a direct result of his bipartisan infrastructure bill, U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced that he has secured a $3,906,652 grant for the Blackfeet Tribe from the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) program. The grant will improve the safety and accessibility of the Tribe's transportation system and create opportunities for future economic and tourism development.

Tester worked with five Republicans and four Democrats to IIJA¸ that will fund this project, and was the only member of Montana's congressional delegation to vote for the bill.

“Safe and reliable infrastructure is critical to the health of any community, which is why I was proud to work with Blackfeet community members and leaders to make these much-needed safety improvements to the tribe’s transportation system,” said Tester. “With this announcement, this project now has the funding to begin implementing important safety and accessibility improvements by ensuring that infrastructure in the community meets current road, pedestrian and stormwater standards. I am proud to have secured these funds from my bipartisan infrastructure bill, and I will continue to work to get this project underway quickly.”

Tester secured Montana significant victories in the IIJAincluding $2.82 billion for Montana's roads, highways and bridges; $2.5 billion to complete all approved settlements on Indian water rights; $1 billion to complete all approved rural water projects through the Bureau of Reclamation; $65 billion to provide broadband to areas of the country that lack internet access and to make online connections more affordable; and $3.37 billion to reduce wildfire risk nationwide, to name a few. Tester also pushed for a requirement that all iron, steel and building materials used in these projects be made in America.

For a full list of Montana provisions in Tester's bipartisan infrastructure bill, see HERE.

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