Joe Biden signed a Republican-led resolution to end the COVID-19 ‘national emergency.’
Although the White House opposed the measure, Biden did not threaten to veto the legislation.
H.J.Res. 7 passed the GOP-led House and passed the Senate by a 68-23 vote.
JUST IN – Covid-19 national emergency in U.S. has officially ended pic.twitter.com/8ojP44kAaE
— Insider Paper (@TheInsiderPaper) April 10, 2023
President Biden on Monday signed a Republican-authored bill terminating the national emergency over the COVID-19 pandemic, a day before the White House had said the president would unilaterally end national emergency declarations related to the pandemic. https://t.co/l62Z7htGbV
— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 10, 2023
The Hill reported:
Experts have said the end of the emergency will have a “limited impact,” despite the White House warning earlier this year it “would create wide-ranging chaos and uncertainty throughout the health care system.”
The resolution will end a number of waivers for federal health programs Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP, however many of the changes to health care regulations have become largely irrelevant as COVID-19 precautions have been relaxed.
The COVID emergency also provided the power for former President Trump and later Biden to pause student loan repayments. However, Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan is now being challenged at the Supreme Court, and student loan repayments are set to begin either 60 days after the Supreme Court ruling or 60 days after June 30.
CBS News added:
The new law immediately ends the national emergency and public health emergency first enacted during the Trump administration and continued through the Biden administration. Former President Donald Trump first declared a national emergency over the virus on March 13, 2020, retroactive to March 1 of that year. The declarations allowed for federal funding to be freed up to cities and states for things like testing and vaccination centers.
The law would also abruptly end, the pandemic-era rule that has blocked undocumented immigrants from crossing the southern border, citing public health reasons. But the White House has said that policy is subject to a U.S. Supreme Court case, and it intends to wind down the program.
‘Two weeks to slow the spread’ took over three years.
Mark it down for the history books —
National Emergency on COVID-19: March 13, 2020-April 10, 2023 pic.twitter.com/wuI26bZqBJ
— Niall Stanage (@NiallStanage) April 10, 2023