Sportsmen's Act

Kudos to Tester: Compromise is the way to go

2012-10-21T09:08:00Z Kudos to Tester: Compromise is the way to goStandard View Montana Standard
October 21, 2012 9:08 am  • 

In the wild world of politics, especially when closing in on an election, it’s nice to hand out praise for getting something done.

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester was able to keep the senate in session long enough to pass the first procedural hurdle on the way to passing the “once-in-a-generation” sportsmen’s act with 84 ayes.

The act represents more than 20 bills that ensure hunting and fishing access along with protections for species and land.

The bill is supported by 56 groups ranging from the National Rifle Association to The Nature Conservancy.

One in three Montanan’s hunt big game and about half of us enjoy fishing. Ensuring access for hunters and anglers while improving protection for land and species is a win-win solution that we should all celebrate in Montana.

And anytime we can get eighty-four senators to agree on something, we’ll take it! Congratulations Senator Tester on your leadership and collaborative effort in getting this positive outcome.

And here’s why we think this vote with 84 ayes is so important. We can all agree that we’ve been living with partisan politics long enough. Collaboration and compromise are critical factors in moving things forward for the next several years. We need to choose our representatives based on that as much as anything else.

After the election we are going to be dealing with what U.S. Sen. Max Baucus called “the perfect storm” of financial issues including sequestration, extending or eliminating tax cuts and an ever-growing deficit.

Collaboration and compromise is the best path for success; maybe the only path. Politicians that continue to dig in and refuse to compromise need a new line of work because they are messing with our future, our kids’ future and our grandkids’ future.

In this election and over the next several years, it’s at least as important to vote for a proven deal-maker as it is to vote for someone that thinks like us.

We all complain about partisan politics and now is our chance to make an individual effort to end it.

We hope you will consider demonstrated deal-making skills along with everything else when casting your vote.

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  1. jhburton
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    jhburton - October 22, 2012 12:19 pm
    Great comments!
  2. GetItStraight
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    GetItStraight - October 22, 2012 1:35 am
    I don't agree with your position on politicians who compromise. I will never vote for anyone who compromises away my freedoms and Tester has done just that on several occasions, particularly Obamacare, which will force me to spend money I don't have on health care that I don't use and can never be paid for the healthcare that I do use. Natural and homeopathic medicine has never been covered by any health care companies here in the USA.
  3. logger
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    logger - October 21, 2012 9:16 pm
    This is laughable. The Helena IR used the exact same endorsment. Too plagarize the writer of a comment on the IR endorsement, to hold up a "feel good " law that would have passed even if Osama bin laden had introduced a ridiculous "example" of bi-partisanship. The Billings Gazzette endorsed Tester today, and actually held up the "Stimulous" program as an example. An example that even Tester is loath to bring up. No one brought up his support of Obamacare. Obamacare was hardly an example of the "bi-partisanship" the Standard crows about. Tester is a good man, and his "Beaverhead Partnership" was stifled by Mr. Rehberg, but it was also stifled by well known liberal environmentalist Sen. Bingaman, who runs the Senate committee on Natural Resources. Tester's bill didn't get out of Bingaman's commitee becasue he was "uncomfortable" with the timber provision. If Montana wants the legislation that it wants...then a Republican Senate would be much more
    willing to be "bi-partisan" on Western issues.

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