Hoeven Urges Biden Administration to Reverse Vaccine Mandate for Truckers Crossing Northern Border

WASHINGTON — Senator John Hoeven today joined Senators Steve Daines (Mont.), John Thune (S.D.), Kevin Cramer (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.) in sending a letter to President Biden urging the administration to reverse the vaccine mandate for truck drivers and essential travelers crossing the U.S.-Canada border. Today’s effort comes as the administration’s restrictions on essential travel across the Canadian border are scheduled to begin in January 2022.

“Trucking is the largest mode of surface trade with Canada; every day, there are approximately 14,000 total truck entries along the U.S.-Canada border hauling more than $846 million of goods. Any disruptions to the continuity of U.S.-Canada trade would likely have far-reaching consequences that extend beyond our shared border,” the senators write. “…we fear that the imposition of vaccination mandates as a requirement to cross the land border will exacerbate the existing challenges facing our freight networks and supply chain, and could further fuel inflation and rising prices on top of what Americans are already seeing. Our nation’s truck drivers worked diligently during the pandemic to facilitate critical cross-border freight movements that helped to feed and clothe American communities. Now, implementing these policies could cost them their jobs.” 

Click here to read the full letter.