Congressman Paul Gosar (R-AZ) is spearheading the termination of President Joe Biden's COVID-19 National Emergency Declaration with 35 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives. Gosar filed House Joint Resolution 7 on Jan. 11.
The bill is the first to be authored by Gosar for the 118th Congress. It reads quite simply,
“Relating to a national emergency declared by the President on March 13, 2020.
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.”
In a press release from Gosar's office, he explained, that the national emergency declared originally by President Donald Trump in 2020 should be terminated, because the situation that justified it no longer exists.
“By any measure, the pandemic in the United States has ended. Even Joe Biden agrees, stating on 60 Minutes last September, that the “pandemic is over.” So why does Joe Biden continue to demand the COVID-19 national emergency be extended? The answer is simple, to force Americans to live under extreme measures that deprive us of our freedoms.
There is no ongoing COVID-19 emergency to justify the continuation of the national emergency declaration. Cases are down and most Americans have returned to a pre-pandemic normalcy. This hardly sounds like a country under a national emergency which is why I am calling on my colleagues and Mr. Biden to reverse course and move to give the People back their say in government.”
Before Gosar's congressional move to force the issue, a group of 25 Governors penned a letter to Biden in December calling upon him to lay down his emergency powers voluntarily. The Governors wrote, “While the virus will be with us for some time, the emergency phase of the pandemic is behind us. We have come so far since the beginning of the pandemic – we now have the tools and information necessary to help protect our communities from COVID-19.”
They added, “It is time we move on from the pandemic and get back to life as normal.”
The Governors observed that the emergency measures are weighing heavily on state budgets. “The PHE is negatively affecting states, primarily by artificially growing our population covered under Medicaid (both traditional and expanded populations), regardless of whether individuals continue to be eligible under the program.”
Concluding, “This is costing states hundreds of millions of dollars.”