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Jan 20, 2022

Tester Urges Biden Administration to Stop Upcoming DHS Mandate & Coordinate with Canada on Vaccine Requirements for Truck Drivers, Other Essential Workers

Cites vaccine rules as potential disruptor of free and fair trade across the U.S.-Canadian border

As a part of his continued effort to strengthen Montana’s economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Senator Jon Tester this week urged President Biden to halt the implementation of the upcoming Department of Homeland Security vaccine mandate for truck drivers entering the U.S. and to coordinate with Canadian officials in loosening vaccine requirements for truck drivers and other essential workers that frequently cross the U.S.-Canadian border.

“Over the last few weeks, I have heard from Montana farmers and ranchers who are concerned that these new requirements will make it more difficult for them to get fertilizer and other supplies,” said Tester. “Montana producers faced extraordinarily difficult drought conditions over the past year and cannot afford further disruptions as they work to plant this year’s crop… The Administration must work to protect and increase trade and essential travel across the northern border, not put additional road blocks in the way.”

Tester’s letter was prompted by the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to require all foreign travelers entering the United States to be vaccinated starting on January 22, 2022 – including Canadian and other non-citizen truck drivers. Prior to the decision, these essential workers have been able to bring supplies to the U.S. and freely cross the border for the first two years of the pandemic. Canada also began requiring proof of vaccination for all essential travelers, including truck drivers, on January 15, 2022.

After hearing from businesses across Montana about the catastrophic effects of potential vaccine mandates, Tester recently voted in favor of a Congressional Review Act resolution opposing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration rule mandating coronavirus vaccinations for private businesses with more than 100 employees. Tester also led a months-long push to reopen the U.S.-Canadian border to vaccinated Canadian travelers, boosting commerce and business along Montana’s Northern front.

As a part of his effort to strengthen Montana businesses and families, Tester has been a steadfast advocate for vaccination in Montana and across the nation, and was the only member of the Montana delegation to support the American Rescue Plan Act, which ensured that every eligible Montanan could receive a vaccine.

Tester’s full letter to President Biden can be read HERE.

Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.

Billings

Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768

Bozeman

Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647

Butte

Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586

Helena

208 North Montana Avenue
Suite 104
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462

Kalispell

8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974

Missoula

130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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