Service saved in Montana, Amtrak revisits vaccine mandate

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Earlier this week, people who appreciate Amtrak in Montana feared the service would derail if a vaccine warrant continued to roll on track. Fortunately, Amtrak is now backing down on a vaccine mandate.

Office of Montana Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) announced the news Tuesday afternoon.

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Amtrak will cut services and passengers will experience slowdowns starting this winter, in part because of the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for federal contractors, the company’s president told members of Congress on Thursday.

Last week, Daines spoke out against Biden’s vaccine mandate and the impacts it could have on Amtrak employees and services in Montana:

Senator Steve Daines: Biden’s mandates have a serious impact on Montana businesses and workers across the state. After suffering from prolonged shutdowns linked to the pandemic, our communities and Hi-Line workers may now face another reduction in service from Empire Builder, this time as a direct result of Biden’s mandates. These mandates are terrible for our state and our workforce.

Daines criticized several of Biden’s federal vaccine mandates. Earlier this fall, he introduced legislation to repeal Biden’s executive order targeting federal contractors. This order has since been stayed by a federal judge.

Daines also signed a law restoring Amtrak service and reinstating employees laid off due to COVID-19.

Vaccination mandates are against Montana state law thanks to Representative Jennifer Carlson (R-Manhattan) Bill 702 which was enacted by Governor Greg Gianforte.

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