02.24.22

Daines Introduces Bill to Support Montana Truckers, Ban Vaccine Mandates for Essential Cross-Border Travel

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines introduced legislation to ban vaccine mandates for essential workers crossing the border.

"Biden’s overreaching vaccine mandates are wreaking havoc on our entire country. They’re hurting small businesses, burdening the labor force and worsening the supply chain crisis,” Daines said. “It’s time we put an end to Biden's big government mandates that are unnecessarily straining our truck drivers, jobs and the economy.”

The supply chain has suffered major disruptions because of the coronavirus pandemic. Overwhelmed ports and rail stations have suffered from significant labor shortages, slowing the ability to transport goods and resulting in higher prices for consumers.

The “Continuing Safe Essential Travel Across our Border Act” would prohibit the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from requiring an essential critical infrastructure worker to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition to engage in essential travel from the U.S. into Mexico or Canada or into the U.S. from those countries.

The legislation follows an earlier letter from Senator Daines urging the Biden Administration to reverse vaccine mandates for truckers crossing the northern border of the U.S.

 

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Contact: Rachel Dumke,  Katie Schoettler