GOP senators introduce TRUCKERS Act to eliminate proof of vaccination for non-citizen drivers

The Biden administration's vaccine mandate on cross-border truckers 'makes zero sense,' Rubio said

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A group of Republican senators introduced legislation Wednesday that would eliminate the proof of vaccination requirement for commercial truck drivers who are seeking to temporarily enter the United States for business through a land port of entry from Canada or Mexico.

The Terminating Reckless and Unnecessary Checks Known to Erode Regular Shipping (TRUCKERS) Act was introduced by Sens. Marco Rubio of Flordia, Rick Scott of Florida, Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, Mike Braun of Indiana, Kevin Cramer of North Dakota, Josh Hawley of Missouri, John Hoeven of North Dakota, Mike Lee of Utah and Roger Marshall of Kansas.

The proposed legislation comes as a convoy of American truckers is slated to make its way toward Washington, D.C., in time for President Biden's State of the Union address in March.

"The Biden administration’s decision to impose a vaccine mandate on cross-border truckers transporting goods to and from Americans makes zero sense," said Rubio. "Our bill will put an end to this craziness, help relieve the ongoing supply chain crisis, and restore freedom for North American truckers."

 In this Jan. 8, 2014, file photo, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

 In this Jan. 8, 2014, file photo, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. ( (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File))

Recounting that his own father was a truck driver, Scott echoed Rubio by asserting that "truck drivers are the backbone of America's economy."

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"President Biden’s inflation and supply chain crises are devastating so many Americans, especially our poorest families like mine growing up," Scott continued. "By pushing these ridiculous mandates, he is only making things worse."

Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., speaks during a television interview at the Russell Senate Office building in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020.

Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., speaks during a television interview at the Russell Senate Office building in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. (Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

"Joe Biden would be wise to take note of what’s happening in Canada and see that the top-down, ‘government controls all’ approach doesn’t work. I also urge Canada’s government to drop its ridiculous mandates on foreign drivers. I hope all of my colleagues will work with us to quickly pass this good and urgently needed bill," Scott added.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Wednesday that he is lifting the Emergencies Act by which his government quelled the Freedom Convoy and froze the bank accounts of those who contributed to them.

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Hawley excoriated the Biden administration for the trucker vaccine mandate, saying, "We’re in the middle of a supply chain crisis and skyrocketing inflation, and Joe Biden’s priority is to shut down truckers bringing much needed goods and groceries unless they get a vaccine shot. The people that decision will hurt most are American families. This mandate and others like them [sic] must be junked. Quit hurting working people."

Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing to examine Texas's abortion law on Capitol Hill on Sept. 29, 2021 in Washington, D.C.

Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing to examine Texas's abortion law on Capitol Hill on Sept. 29, 2021 in Washington, D.C. ( (Photo by Tom Williams-Pool/Getty Images))

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Rep. Carlos Giménez, R-Fla., who described Biden's decision as "catastrophic," will introduce similar legislation in the House of Representatives later this week, the senators said in a press release.