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After Biden Declared Pandemic Is ‘Over,’ Senate GOP Will Force Vote to End His COVID Emergency Declaration

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Kansas Sen. Roger Marshall (R) is leading Senate Republicans in a resolution to end the COVID national emergency declaration now that Joe Biden has declared the pandemic to be “over.”

Biden said during a 60 Minutes interview that aired last Sunday night the COVID pandemic is “over” in the United States.

“The pandemic is over,” he said. “We still have a problem with COVID. We’re still doing a lotta work on it. … But the pandemic is over.”

“Since President Biden used his appearance on 60 Minutes to declare COVID is over, he must immediately terminate the COVID-19 national emergency declaration and wind down other emergency authorities that his Administration continues to force us to live under,” Marshall said in a statement released by his office, adding:

In March the U.S. Senate voted for my Resolution to repeal this emergency declaration and delivered a symbolic victory that limited government and our constitutional rights still reign supreme. It’s high time for Joe Biden and his Administration to stop using COVID to implement their partisan political agenda and focus on the surge in crime and the fentanyl epidemic that is wreaking havoc across this nation and killing Americans at record rates.

While boasting about the success of his administration during his Wisconsin Labor Day speech – in which he assailed Americans who voted for Trump – Biden also announced, “Today, COVID no longer controls our lives.”

In February, however, Biden quietly informed the House Speaker and Senate President that he would be extending the national COVID emergency pandemic indefinitely.

“There remains a need to continue this national emergency,” Biden wrote, stating:

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause significant risk to the public health and safety of the Nation. More than 900,000 people in this Nation have perished from the disease, and it is essential to continue to combat and respond to COVID-19 with the full capacity and capability of the Federal Government.

Marshall told the Wall Street Journal Biden’s statement on 60 Minutes declaring the pandemic is “over” was “jaw-dropping.”

“Here’s Joe Biden talking out of both sides of his mouth saying that the COVID pandemic is over with and yet he wants to continue these emergencies,” the senator observed.

Meanwhile, U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty in Louisiana struck down Biden’s mandate that required vaccines and masks for employees at federal Head Start facilities.

The COVID national emergency is still in effect under the National Emergencies Act (NEA).

Former President Donald Trump invoked the NEA in March 2020, and Biden extended it in February 2021 and then in February 2022.

Marshall’s office noted, however, that the NEA grants Congress the power to review the termination of national emergencies every six months after the emergency is continued.

The Kansas senator introduced a resolution to end the COVID emergency declaration in March, which the Senate passed, 48-47.

Biden, however, issued a veto threat, asserting the resolution would “unnecessarily and abruptly curtail the ability of the Administration to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“Strengthened by the ongoing declaration of national emergency, the federal response to COVID saves lives, improves health outcomes, prevents economic and educational shutdowns, and supports the American economy,” Biden wrote. “Actions by Congress to end these authorities abruptly and prematurely would be a reckless and costly mistake.”

But Marshall asserted Americans “are fatigued and yearning to operate outside of the confines of supersized government.”

“They long for their God-given freedoms, and for leaders to take their side,” he said.

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