Tag: Government Overreach

Daines Leads Colleagues in Push to Biden to Reverse Vaccine Mandate for Truckers Crossing the Northern Border

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senators Steve Daines (Mont.), John Thune (S.D.), Kevin Cramer (N.D.), John Hoeven (N.D.), Mike Crapo (Idaho), Jim Risch (Idaho), Cynthia Lummis (Wyo.), Mike Braun (Ind.), Roger Wicker (Miss.), Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.), Susan Collins (Maine), Roger Marshall (Kan.), Jerry Moran (Kan.) and Pat Toomey (Penn.) are pushing back against President Biden’s vaccine mandates that will impact truckers and other essential travelers trying to cross the U.S.-Canada border. The senators stressed the impact of the vaccine mandate in further exacerbating the ongoing supply chain crisis and forcing American workers out of their jobs. “Trucking is the largest mode of surface trade with Canada; every

Daines Pushes Back Against Biden’s Vaccine Mandate for Montana Head Start Workers

U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines is urging U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra to rescind the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for Montana Head Start employees and volunteers that could force them out of their jobs and threaten access to childcare for families in need.   “As you know, the rule requires universal masking for those two years and older attending Head Start and mandates all staffers, contractors working directly with children, and volunteers be vaccinated against the coronavirus by January 31, 2022. More than 3,000 children attend Head Start in the state of Montana. Now, this vaccine mandate

Daines Effort to Strike Down Biden’s Vaccine Mandate for MT Small Businesses Passes U.S. Senate

U.S. SENATE — Today, U.S. Senator Steve Daines’ legislative effort to rescind President Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate against private businesses passed the U.S. Senate. Daines has been fighting back against Biden’s business vaccine mandate that would impact Montana small businesses and could force nearly 130,000 Montanans out of work. Daines has also been working to push back against Biden’s other vaccine mandates like the ones impacting healthcare workers and federal contractors. Click HERE to download a video statement. “While I’m pro-vaccine, I’m strongly anti-mandate. President Biden’s overreaching COVID-19 vaccine mandates are a threat to Montana small businesses and workers,” Daines said. “Today, the Senate passed my effort to strike down Biden’s vaccine

Senate Democrats Vote Against Daines’ Effort to Help Kill Vaccine Mandate for Montanans

U.S. SENATE — Senate Democrats today voted against U.S. Senator Steve Daines’ effort to stop President Biden’s vaccine mandates that will hurt Montana small businesses, federal employees, federal contractors, healthcare workers and service members.  “President Biden’s overreaching vaccine mandate will hurt Montana small businesses and force hardworking Montanans out of their jobs. Tonight, the Senate had a chance to help kill the mandate, yet every Senate Democrat, including the senior senator from Montana, chose to stand with Biden and voted against it. I won’t stop fighting until Biden’s mandates are no longer a reality,” Daines said.  It’s estimated that about 130,000 Montanans will be

Daines to Biden: Vaccine Mandate Threatens to Cripple Hospitals, Hurt Montanans Seeking Health Care

U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines is calling on President Biden to reverse the vaccine mandate for health care workers, which could cripple and even shut down some of Montana’s hospitals as nurses and other health care workers will be forced to leave their jobs. The most painful consequence will be the harm to Montana patients not able to receive care.  “While I am pro-vaccine and encourage all Montanans to discuss getting the vaccine with their doctor, I do not believe top-down federal mandates are the right approach, especially as our nation continues to face labor shortages. … Unfortunately, your Administration’s

Daines Moves to Strike Down Biden Vaccine Mandate Impacting Montana Businesses, Workers

U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines is continuing his work to block President Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate on Montana small businesses. Following this morning’s release of Biden’s vaccine mandate rule and requirements for private businesses, Daines and Senate Republicans are moving to pass a measure that would strike it down.  “President Biden’s vaccine mandate will hurt Montana small businesses and workers. While I will keep urging Montanans to talk to their doctor and get a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine, I will continue to fight back against these mandates,” Daines said. “For over a year, we’ve done everything we can to help Montana small businesses

Daines to Biden: Vaccine Mandates Could Impact MT Wildland Firefighters, Wildfire Response

U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines is calling on Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to reassess the vaccine mandate for Montana firefighters that could inhibit effective forest management and wildfire response in the state. “In their roles, these federal wildland firefighters also coordinate emergency responses with state, local, and tribal partners, and are the tip of the spear to combat ongoing wildfire threats. As President Joe Biden stated earlier this year, ‘we’ve got to be prepared and have every resource available to make sure we’re there for the American people.’ The full availability of these

Daines to Biden: COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates will Make Labor Shortage Worse, Hurt Montana Businesses

U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines is urging President Biden to rescind COVID-19 vaccine mandates which will hurt Montana businesses and threaten the livelihoods of Montana workers. “While the Supreme Court has upheld the ability of states to mandate vaccines during a pandemic, there is no precedent for the federal government to mandate vaccines for contractors, private employers, or individual Americans. Vaccines are important in slowing the spread of the coronavirus and we have all received vaccines and have encouraged others to do so after consulting with their doctors,” the letter states. “However, the decision on whether or not to get vaccinated is a personal

Daines Cosponsors Bill to Protect Montana Workers, Small Businesses from Biden’s COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines today cosponsored a bill that would prevent the federal government from imposing fines, fees or taxes on Montana small businesses that do not adhere to President Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. “While I’m pro-vaccine, I’m anti-mandate,” Daines said. “President Biden’s overreaching vaccine mandates will hurt Montana small businesses and workers. As Montana small businesses across the state are still struggling to fill job openings, the last thing they need is the federal government forcing Montanans to quit their jobs because of top-down mandates. While I will continue to encourage Montanans to talk with their doctor and get the

Daines Slams Biden for Top-Down Vaccine Mandate, Questions Constitutionality

U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines today issued the following statement on President Biden’s vaccine mandates. “I’m strongly opposed to mandating COVID-19 vaccines, including for federal workers and private businesses in Montana. President Biden’s mandate is Washington at its worst and I have serious concerns with the constitutionality and lawfulness of this big government overreach. Top-down government mandates are simply not the way to get more people vaccinated,” Daines said. #### Contact: Katherine McKeogh, Katie Schoettler