UN Arms Treaty, Obamacare top topics of Tester conference call

By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor

A United Nations Arms Treaty, Obamacare and the Jobs Act were the hot topics for Senator Jon Tester during his monthly media conference call.

On the UN bill, the senator said it raises second amendment concerns and rights of law-abiding American.

Tester, himself, is a long-time champion of gun rights, informed the President “the Arms Treaty creates too much ambiguity in how Treaty provisions can and will be enforced.” He told the Havre Daily News that, “the treaty covers small arms, light weapons and ammunitions and their inclusion makes the agreement too broad. He also says language in the treaty might force the U.S. to take certain actions even if it withdrew from the treaty in the future.

His most recent letter to President Obama is co-signed by the senior Senator from Montana Max Baucus.

Wednesday, the senator used his clout as chairman on the banking Subcommittee to get federal regulators to move quickly to implement a law he wrote to help small businesses raise needed capital to grow, innovate and create more jobs.

Known as Regulation A, it was part of the Jobs Act that passed the Senate in 2012. On the call-in, Tester told the media, “Capital allows business to grow, take calculated risks and create more jobs.” He went on to add, “Without it, that next great idea may not become a reality.”

The Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) is in charge of implementing the law, but has yet to release final rules to help small business and entrepreneurs to get access to dollars.

Asked about the recent “shut down,” Tester said, “it was irresponsible and the 16-day shut down cost taxpayers $24 billion, that’s with a ‘b’ and our office is still getting calls about it and how it affected Montana.”

He noted the Farm Bill is in conference. “It’s a good deal and I hope it gets to the president’s desk soon.”

Speaking about the Obamacare health bill, the senator noted that for low and middle income class there are tax deductable credits available to help pay for the high cost of health insurance premiums.

He urged people to check into the program a little more to see what it had to offer.