MISSOULA, Mont. -- After the most expensive U.S. Senate race in Montana history, you might think you know all there is to know about Sen. Jon Tester. We planned this trip to Washington, D.C., before the government shutdown, and much of our formal conversation with Tester focused on that.
"Let's get together, let's compromise, let's move forward. You know, Richard Shelby, who's the Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, was in the gym this morning, and I was down there, and Richard said to me, 'You and I? We could get this fixed pretty quick.' And I said, 'We could have it done before lunch.'"
On Tuesday, many of the headlines focused on the William Barr hearings, President Donald Trump's nominee for Attorney General. Tester's had a packed schedule, so he relies on a team of support staff to stay up to date on happenings like this on a daily basis.
"I've got a staff member up here tracking that hearing, making sure we know what questions are asked, making sure we know what the answers are so that if the questions aren't asked that I want, I can ask those questions and get the answers to them."
On Wednesday we have interviews scheduled with Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte. We'll also be taking you along to the delegation's weekly Montana Coffee they hold for constituents in town.