Montana Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines agree to disagree on which group of workers should be subject to a mandatory COVID 19 vaccination mandate.

Senator Daines has said he supports vaccination, but strongly opposes any kind of mandate.

“Since the start of the pandemic, I have been a strong supporter of getting the vaccine,” said Senator Daines. “I have encouraged the Montanians to discuss the possibility of getting vaccinated with their doctor, and I will continue to do so. But while I am pro vaccine, I am strongly anti mandate. President Biden’s over-ambitious COVID-19 vaccine mandates are a threat. They are a threat to Montana small businesses and their workers. Montanais are very concerned about the impacts of Biden’s mandates on their small businesses and jobs. “

Daines was exuberant Thursday morning when Congress agreed to oppose mandatory vaccination of federal and contract workers.

“Today the US Senate passed my efforts to overturn Biden’s vaccine mandate on private companies, which is good news,” he said. “I am happy that Senator Tester has joined me in my efforts to repeal only one of Biden’s terms. However, there is a lot more work to be done. He must join me in fighting all of Biden’s vaccine mandates, not just for private companies, but for healthcare workers, our federal contractors, and our federal employees. “

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Senator Tester, appearing on the Neil Cavuto show on Fox News, agreed that vaccinations are essential to bring the pandemic under control.

“I have been vaccinated,” Senator Tester said. “My family has been vaccinated. All of my staff have been vaccinated. I believe people need to go out and get vaccinated. But at the end of the day, I heard a lot about my businesses in the state of Montana, and they told me that was putting them in a bind, and so I think they should have some relief.

The disagreement between the two senators centers on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid mandate requiring all healthcare workers in facilities that receive reimbursement from Medicare and Medicaid be vaccinated or lose their funding.

“On the other side, there are health professionals who need to be vaccinated,” he said. “I’m not at all against it. In fact, I think it’s the right thing to do. We have a shortage of nurses right now and a shortage of doctors in Montana and across the country, and so if we’re going to end up potentially getting these people sick or worse, it’s important that they get vaccinated. On top of that, they are dealing with a high risk population in many cases who cannot afford to catch this virus. “

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri and the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana have issued preliminary injunctions against the implementation and enforcement of the Interim Final Rule against Medicare and Medicaid certified providers and providers.

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