So nice of these overpaid bums in Congress to finally get around to this…
The “19” in COVID-19 stands for 2019.
Which is the year the virus originated.
Sure, it went “mainstream” in 2020, but it was actually from 2019.
And here we are in 2023 still under a “Declaration of Emergency”.
Because the Federal Government has extreme excess powers when there is an “Emergency”.
So of course they milked this one for all it was worth!
Still, all good grifts of the American public must eventually come to an end (don’t worry, a new one will arise soon) and the Senate FINALLY just voted to end this nonsense.
BREAKING: The United States Senate just voted 68-23 to END the COVID-19 “national emergency” that’s been in place since 2020.
All 23 votes against were Democrats.
— Proud Elephant 🇺🇸🦅 (@ProudElephantUS) March 30, 2023
JUST IN – U.S. Senate votes 68-23 to end COVID-19 “national emergency” that’s been in place since 2020.
— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) March 29, 2023
From the Washington Times:
The Senate passed legislation Wednesday to scrap the federal government’s three-year-old COVID-19 national emergency.
In a bipartisan 69-23 vote, the Senate voted to immediately terminate the emergency. Overall, more than a dozen Senate Democrats voted with nearly every Republican to pass the measure.
“Emergency powers are given to the executive branch so the commander in chief has the flexibility to quickly act in the event of a crisis,” said Sen. Roger Marshall, the Kansas Republican who authored the measure. “That declaration was appropriate in 2020, but now it’s time for the proper Constitutional checks and balances to be restored.”
Democratic support was aided by a last-minute announcement that President Biden would not veto the bill. The White House said that while it opposed an immediate termination of the national emergency, Mr. Biden would sign the bill nonetheless.
“The administration will continue working with agencies to wind down the national emergency with as much notice as possible to Americans who could potentially be impacted,” the White House said in a statement.
Here’s who voted against ending the Crisis (all DemonRats, errrr…..sorry, “Democrats”):
US Senators that, after 3 years, voted against ending the COVID-19 emergency: pic.twitter.com/dnEj6RitgV
— Jeremy Redfern (@JeremyRedfernFL) March 30, 2023
From the NY Post:
The Senate voted on Wednesday to immediately end the COVID-19 national emergency declared by former President Donald Trump in March 2020, and the White House has indicated that President Biden will sign the bill into law.
The resolution passed the upper chamber in a 68-23 vote, with 21 Democrats joining Republicans in support of the bill.
In February, the measure passed the GOP-controlled House in a 229-197 vote.
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) reportedly told Democrats before the vote that President Biden, who plans to end the emergency declaration on May 11, would not veto the legislation if it reaches his desk – which it now will.
“The President strongly opposes HJ Res 7, and the administration is planning to wind down the COVID national emergency and public health emergency on May 11,” a White House official said Wednesday, according to the Hill.
“If this bill comes to his desk, however, he will sign it, and the administration will continue working with agencies to wind down the national emergency with as much notice as possible to Americans who could potentially be impacted,” the official added.
In January, the White House quietly revealed that it planned to officially end the two emergency declarations related to the pandemic on May 11, nearly three years after they were first declared.
Despite COVID-19 remaining to be a Biden administration priority, the White House plans to disband its COVID-19 response team in May.
The announcement came in a statement of administration policy from the Office of Management and Budget opposing Republican efforts in Congress to immediately terminate the two national emergencies.
The White House warned at the time that ending the public health emergency and the COVID-19 national emergency immediately would lead to “chaos.”
“An abrupt end to the emergency declarations would create wide-ranging chaos and uncertainty throughout the health care system — for states, for hospitals and doctors’ offices, and, most importantly, for tens of millions of Americans,” the Office of Management and Budget wrote.
Biden, 80, has used the national emergency declaration as the foundation for his student loan forgiveness plan, which is still being litigated in the courts.