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House bill would require Amtrak, air passengers to show proof of vaccination or negative test result

By | September 10, 2021

Legislation introduced by Rep. Don Beyer would also create vaccine or testing requirement for workers

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Trains Washington Watch logoWASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) has introduced a bill that would require airline and Amtrak passengers to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result in order to travel.

The Washington Post reports that the Safe Travel Act introduced by Beyer, chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology subcommittee on space and aeronautics, would also require all Amtrak, airline, and airport employees and contractors to be vaccinated or submit to weekly testing.

Unvaccinated travelers would need to show a negative test result completed within 72 hours before the trip.

Beyer said in a press release that the requirement was just “common sense.

“These are easy steps we can take to make travel safer,” he said, “as companies like United have already demonstrated with responsible policy changes.”

Amtrak declined to comment to the Post on the legislation. The passenger railroad has already announced a vaccination or weekly testing requirement for workers [see “Amtrak to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for employees,” Trains News Wire, Aug. 11, 2021].

Beyer’s bill was introduced on the same day that President Joe Biden introduced new vaccination plans, but the only travel element was increased fines for those violating mask mandates [see “TSA doubles penalties …,” News Wire, Sept. 10, 2021].

23 thoughts on “House bill would require Amtrak, air passengers to show proof of vaccination or negative test result

  1. Is he serious? He’s a Democrat–reads like a proposal to limit moving around in the US. Some years ago the SCOTUS addressed that same issue voided residency requirements on welfare–the Last Gasp of the Warren Court. This could really cause Amtrak to lose passengers!

    1. Yes, he’s serious. The rest of us are sick and tired of the nonsense that the anti-vaccine crowd is putting us through. Wear a mask, get the vaccine, and stop whining.

      Gotta say if some stupid yahoo gives my 83 year old Dad Covid, I’m gonna be incredibly upset. He’s in good health (for 83) but he’s still an old man.

      1. Exactly Mr. Friedman! And once we’ve dealt with all of these pesky non-vaxxers, maybe we can finally go after these pesky Jews. – Adolph Hitler

        1. We are not going after anyone to EXTERMINATE them, We want them to be vaccinated to keep them from getting sick and from them infecting others. BIG difference. Enough of this nonsense.

  2. Good, if that’s another way to get pass this pandemic and return to some normalcy then get it passed. If passengers don’t like it then walk.

  3. “These are easy steps we can take to make travel safer,” ~ Politician Beyer

    Traveling – Air, Amtrak, bus + driving – are all already incredibly safe.

    The easiest problem to solve is the one that someone else has already solved. Classic political move.

    1. Just as one must show a ID and boarding pass for security, one should also show a proof of vac or negative test to board Amtrak or airlines. For the protection of all. Not a trick to stop movement around the country Mr. Engel.

  4. Good. This all reminds me of the old saying “the right to swing your fist ends when it hits someones face” The anti vaxxers and the people pandering to them are “swing fists” and endangering people.

  5. Good idea. If you do not want to be vaccinated then you can drive or walk to where you need to go. Hopefully this will encourage more people to get the vaccines and eventually reduce the spread.

  6. People who like trains are supposed to be smart. In Wayne’s World, Garth stepped aside to wonder why those people were so anxious to give them $5000 when they had so little talent.

  7. For those who have read a little history and wondered how did the Jews allow themselves to be led to the gas chambers,,,,,just open your eyes and look around.

  8. Vaccines do not prevent you from getting covid or carrying and spreading the virus. All it does is possibly make your symptoms milder. The vaccines are not long term, thus the discussion of the need for boosters in the future. All one has to do is look at Israel. One of the highest vaccination rates on the planet. Majority of new covid cases is amongst the vaccinated. Studies in Israel of over 700,000 people and those who have previously had covid have immunity 7x greater than vaccination. Cleveland Clinic study of 57,000 of its own employees. None of those previously infected with covid have had a second helping of covid. Why no exceptions for people who have already had covid? More and more studies are showing natural immunity far superior and longer lasting than vaccines. I’m not an anti vaxer. If you want to get the vaccine get it. But no one knows the long term outcome of these experimental jabs.

    1. You are the voice of reason, Mr. Shoemaker. Everything that you’ve stated here is true. Like you, I’m not an anti-vaxer. I’ve had every vaccine that I can think of and have absolutely NO problem taking any vaccine that has gone through the appropriate long term test protocols, where the long term health effects of taking a particular vaccine are known and documented. That is definitely NOT the case, with any of the Covid vaccines. I’ve had Covid at the age of 73 and survived it just fine. One might legitimately ask why that was. Perhaps it’s due to the fact that I’m not diabetic, or morbidly obese, or afflicted with some other co-morbidity factor. Who knows? I certainly don’t. What I do know, is that I now have natural immunity that as you say is “far superior and longer lasting than vaccines”. I’ll not be taking any of these Covid vaccines. Woe to anyone who tries to make me.

    2. You are wrong. The vaccines greatly reduce the risk of getting Covid and transmitting it. If you do get it, it greatly reduces the chance of serious symptoms and death. You should read up on it before making false statements. And getting Covid so you have some level of immunity is not wise. There are long haul symptoms you could get if you do not die. You will also be likely spreading the virus to others. BTW you can no longer claim the Pfizer vax is even remotely experimental.

      1. You’re so full of crap fella, that it’s absolutely pathetic! The Cleveland Clinic says you’re dead wrong! Johns Hopkins University says you’re dead wrong! The Israeli medical community says you’re dead wrong! What data have you got that says you’re right??? Tell us, won’t you? The “sainted” Dr. Fauci, the “medical experts” at CNN, MSNBC? Let’s here it, moron! I am, sick and tired of people like you, who haven’t got the ability or brains to do the research or come to any rational conclusions about anything. You and the rest of your ilk on here are nothing more than todays version of the Nazi “Brownshirts”. Keep spouting your “sky is falling” BS pal. And you and your ilk damn well better stop telling the rest of us how we’re supposed to live because of your complete and utter ignorance!

        1. CDC. Maybe you should turn off Fox and Newsmax and come back to reality. People like you who willfully live in lala land are harming the rest of the country.

          1. Maybe you should drop dead, fella. It’s you and your kind that are nothing more than bullies, fascists’ really, demanding that those of us with the ability to think and reason for ourselves, bend to your irrational demands. Last time I checked, this was still a free country. It’s going to take more than the likes of you and your kind, to make me take a drug, that I know that I don’t need, and put it into my body. Gee, I thought you libtards were all about “My body, my choice.” Guess not, huh? Hypocrite, thy name is Christopher Williams!! I would love to see you show up at my door and demand that I take this unneeded vaccine. You and your kind don’t have the guts to do that, do you? If you chose to do that, I guarantee you that you’d be biting off more than you could chew and you definitely wouldn’t like the taste. So take your BS and stick it where the sun don’t shine, you Nazi, fascist SOB!

        2. Robert, From what you have posted, I can see you have no facts to support your position. Your conclusions are based on personal feelings and wishes. It’s this type of non-fact-based, uneducated ranting that is hurting America. I already proved you wrong on Johns Hopkins. This proves you wrong on Cleveland Clinic scroll down to where it say “Is the COVID-19 Vaccine Safe?
          Yes, we strongly encourage you to get it.”

          When you have some facts I’ll be willing to listen. Tucker Carlson’s and Laura Ingraham’s opinions are not facts. Neither are the rantings of the 6 anti-vax radio hosts who died of coronavirus.

  9. Vaccines are not 100 percent effective and probably never will be. Not for the flu, Covid or any other variant. Sadly viruses mutate.

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