President Biden signed a GOP-led measure on Monday to end the coronavirus induced national emergency declared by former President Trump in March 2020.
The White House of Biden planned to end the national emergency on May 11th. However, the House Republicans introduced legislation to remove the national emergency by May.
The GOP-led plan, proposed by Arizona Representative Paul Gosar (R), cleared the House by a vote of 229-197 in February. Despite over 200 Democratic votes against the bill in the House, it had broad bipartisan backing in the Senate, this approved it 68-23.
Despite warning that terminating the national emergency too soon would “create widespread uncertainty and disarray all through the healthcare sector — for states, hospitals, and physician’s offices, and, most significantly, for hundreds of millions of Americans,” Biden chose not to veto the Republican-led measure.
According to the Hill, “the bill will cancel a number of the waivers for federal healthcare programs, such as Medicare, Medicaid, as well as CHIP, but most of the modifications to regulations governing healthcare have become insignificant as precautions related to COVID-19 have been relaxed.”
Representative Gregory Murphy (R-NC) declared the end of the national emergency a “major victory for Americans.”
“Under the pretense of COVID, Biden, and the Dems. were able to take advantage of emergency powers and embark on a spending spree, preventing Americans from being able to return back to normal,” Murphy stated in a statement. “After bipartisan majorities in both chambers of Congress were cast to finally end this act of declaration, President Biden was finally forced to end it. Medicine must be based on rigorous, objective science rather than politics.”
“First and foremost, the @HouseGOP reversed Washington, D.C.’s pro-criminal, and anti-police agenda. President Biden has now signed our resolution for the ENDING of the COVID-19 emergency into law,” Rep. Randy Feenstra (R-IA) wrote. “The House GOP are achieving real outcomes for American families under @SpeakerMcCarthy.”