Sunday, September 25, 2022

Senate Republicans Push to Scrap COVID Emergency After Biden Said Pandemic is 'over'; Senate Republicans to Force Vote on Ending Covid-19 Emergency Declaration, and other C-Virus related stories

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Senate Republicans push to scrap COVID emergency after Biden said pandemic is 'over':
On the heels of President Joe Biden's off-the-cuff remark that the coronavirus pandemic is "over," Senate Republicans want to make it official.
Sen. Roger Marshall (R-KS) is introducing a privileged resolution calling on the Biden administration to scrap the multiyear national emergency declaration that has been the legal basis for many federal actions, such as federal student loan forgiveness and COVID-19 suppression measures.
"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 obtained by the Washington Examiner.
Over the weekend, Biden told CBS's 60 Minutes in a wide-ranging interview that the pandemic is "over." His remarks drew criticism from some members of his party, but White House officials have largely stood by his statement.
"We still have a problem with COVID. We're still doing a lot of work on it. It's — but the pandemic is over," Biden said. "If you notice, no one's wearing masks. Everybody seems to be in pretty good shape. And so I think it's changing." --->READ MORE HERE
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Senate Republicans to Force Vote on Ending Covid-19 Emergency Declaration:
A Republican senator is moving to force a vote on ending the yearslong national emergency declaration on Covid-19, pointing to recent comments by President Biden that the pandemic is over.
With just over a month to go until the midterm elections, Sen. Roger Marshall of Kansas on Thursday introduced a privileged resolution that calls for a vote to end the emergency declaration first declared in March 2020 by then-President Trump. Declaring an emergency allows the White House to use the National Emergencies Act to activate special executive powers.
Mr. Biden said in interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes” on Sunday that “the pandemic is over,” though he acknowledged that “we still have a problem with Covid.” The comments came as his administration has asked Congress for billions of dollars for more funding for testing programs, clinical trials and research and continues to keep the country under a national emergency declaration.
“It was jaw-dropping,” said Mr. Marshall, who also led the fight in March to end the emergency declaration. “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.”
Spokespeople for the White House and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) didn’t respond to a request for comment.
Republicans have criticized the Biden administration’s continued use of the emergency declaration, which the administration has used to suspend payment deadlines for student loans, close ports of entry and extend customs deadlines, among other steps. --->READ MORE HERE
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