Senate Votes to End COVID Emergency Declaration

Bill has slim chance of passing in the House. 

Legislation to terminate the national emergency declaration for the COVID-19 pandemic passed in the Senate by a 48 to 47 vote. While the bill has a slim chance of passing the House of Representatives, President Biden has stated his intention to veto the bill. 

Senator Roger Marshall of Kansas said, “The robust powers this emergency declaration provides the federal government are no longer necessary and Congress must debate, and ultimately repeal them, in order to begin the process of unwinding the powers the government took hold of during the peak of the crisis.” 

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York said, “The best way to ensure that we keep schools open and cases low is by staying at the ready, and that is what these emergency powers enable us to do. By prematurely terminating the national emergency declaration on COVID, it will be harder to ensure we have enough supplies, enough support for health care workers, and it risks throwing tens of millions of student loan borrowers into needless uncertainty and anxiety.” 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For representatives of the House as they consider the legislation to end the national state of emergency.
  • For members of the Senate as they debate and vote on legislation.
  • For the president and his administration as they continue to assess coronavirus mitigation.

Sources: Politico, CBS News


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