Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY) on Tuesday wrote a letter to President Biden, urging him to end the coronavirus public health emergency following his recent admission that the Chinese coronavirus pandemic is now “over.”
After months of efforts to keep mask mandates in place and force vaccinations on American workers, Biden stated during a weekend appearance on 60 Minutes that “the pandemic is over.”
“We still have a problem with Covid. We’re still doing a lot of work on it. It’s — but the pandemic is over,” Biden said.
“If you notice, no one’s wearing masks. Everybody seems to be in pretty good shape. And so I think it’s changing. And I think this is a perfect example of it,” he added.
His remarks drew fierce criticism, as Biden has long used the pandemic to expand the power of the federal government, begrudgingly accepting defeat after a Florida judge ruled the mask mandate unconstitutional earlier this year. His administration accepted an even greater defeat months prior after the Supreme Court struck down the massive vaccine mandate on employers, which would have affected tens of millions of U.S. workers via the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
As a result of Biden’s recent declaration, Tenney wrote a letter to Biden, reminding the president that his admission — that the pandemic is over — has already been widely recognized by the vast majority of Americans, who have been carrying on with their normal lives for well over a year.
“Now, as the United States winds down its third calendar year under a COVID public health emergency (PHE), I write to you today urging you to act on your words: end the state of emergency,” Tenney wrote, explaining that the need for the PHE “no longer exists”:
Former Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar first issued a determination that a PHE exists on January 31, 2020, pursuant to section 319 of the Public Health Service Act. At the time, COVID-19 presented a clear threat to the American people, justifying the PHE. Doing so permitted the Trump administration to ensure the widespread availability of free COVID tests and vaccines and to take other actions as needed so that our country could meet the challenges of the moment.
However, with the end of the pandemic, the need for the PHE no longer exists. Even the White House’s top medical advisor, Dr. Anthony Fauci, has said that the virus likely will never be eradicated. Of course, the appropriate response, then, is to learn to live with and manage the virus, not to perpetuate a constant state of emergency and government control that allows our rights to be infringed upon. Instead of renewing the PHE, you should terminate it consistent with your assessment that the pandemic is over. The American people are returning to normal life. The Federal government must as well.
Tenney requested Biden provide an explanation as to why he would choose to renew the PHE if he goes that route, particularly in light of the fact that he himself declared the pandemic “over.”
Others have made similar calls:
Agree, Mr President – the emergency is over. As the person who coordinated the COVID Public Health Emergency…it should be immediately rescinded, and my old agency (HHS) must immediately end their vax mandate. Leaving them proves you care more about control than public health. pic.twitter.com/vGZIjyQath
— Brian Harrison (@brianeharrison) September 19, 2022
If the administration is declaring the pandemic over, then the Public Health Emergency will end, and along with it numerous administrative waivers provided by CMS. Here’s a list of the waivers that will terminate.
— Jonathan Reiner (@JReinerMD) September 20, 2022
Now will the Biden administration provide its plan to end the public health emergency? We’ve been asking for it for months.
— CathyMcMorrisRodgers (@cathymcmorris) September 19, 2022
Biden admitted last night that the COVID pandemic is over.
In other words, there is no ‘ongoing emergency’ to justify his proposal for student loan handouts.
— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) September 19, 2022
Last night, Biden admitted “the pandemic is over.”
The ongoing “public health emergency” was the entire basis for Biden’s unconstitutional student loan forgiveness plan.
Emergency powers, vaccine mandates, and COVID funding requests should be voided TODAY!
— Jim Banks (@RepJimBanks) September 19, 2022