The COVID Emergency Powers Are Over
Only 3 years too late.
President Biden did something today that I approve of: signed a bipartisan bill to end the COVID emergency that President Trump had declared a little over 3 years ago. The bill passed the U.S. Senate by a vote of 68-23.
Here’s a summary of the bill, Senate Joint Resolution 38:
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That, pursuant to section 202 of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622), the national emergency declared by the finding of the President on March 13, 2020, in Proclamation 9994 (85 Fed. Reg. 15337) is hereby terminated.
Actually, that’s not the summary. That’s the whole thing. Congratulations to Senator Roger Marshall (R-Kansas) for pushing this. It’s virtually always bad to give a President emergency powers.
Here’s how Senators voted. 21 Democratic Senators and 2 Independents (King and Sinema) joined 45 Republicans in a Yes vote. No Republicans voted against but 4 Republicans (Barasso, Blackburn, Hagerty, and McConnell) refrained from voting.