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Biden Extends 2-Year Old US National Emergency Order

By Betsy Barnett

February 23, 2022

President Joe Biden quietly transmitted the required declaration to both houses of Congress late on Friday afternoon stating he will be extending the two-year old National Emergency Order signed by President Donald Trump on March 13, 2020 at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The emergency declaration was scheduled to expire on March 1, 2022, but Biden says he will now extend that order, citing what he called a “risk to the public health and safety.”

The letter addressed directly to Nancy Polosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives and Chuck Schumer, President of the Senate and dated on February 18, 2022 cited the automatic termination of a national emergency unless, within 90 days prior to the anniversary date of its declaration, the President publishes in the Federal Register and transmits to Congress a notice stating the emergency is to continue in effect beyond the anniversary date, and in fact no future termination date was provided by Biden.

Biden’s reasoning for extending the national emergency states, “The COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause significant risk to the public health and safety of the Nation. More than 900,000 people in this Nation have perished from the disease, and it is essential to continue to combat and respond to COVID-19 with the full capacity and capability of the Federal Government.”

When former President Donald Trump declared the national emergency order in 2020 it was in order to deal with the pending needs of the country as it prepared for a pandemic. The declaration cleared upwards of $50 billion in federal aid. That money was designed to go to purchasing PPP, testing, vaccine development and financial support as the country went into lock down mode causing catastrophic difficulties to millions of Americans.

In addition, the National Emergency Act allows pharmaceutical companies to put into the population new testing, vaccines and therapeutics. It also allows for control of the telecommunications industry, the military and commerce. It is a far-reaching act that gives immense power to the executive branch of the government. Congress can vote to eliminate the current emergency act but has not indicated it will.

This order from Biden comes at a time when all indications are the pandemic is now the definition of an endemic and there is no need to utilize the benefits and power provided by the National Emergency Act.

In fact, Omnicron variant cases, including hospitalizations and deaths, have dropped to an all-time low. Former Microsoft CEO and founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation predicted in January 2022—nearly two months ago—that once Omicron surges through a community, the community will then see “far fewer cases,” meaning COVID could be “treated more like seasonal flu.” An Omicron surge would “create a lot of immunity at least for the next year.”

A Rutgers poll indicates that 70% of the American population now believes that COVID is here to stay and should be treated like we currently treat the seasonal flu.

Add in that the rest of the Western world, including Great Britain and Israel, have begun the process of dropping all COVID-related mandates, including requiring a vaccine passport to access certain services. And, many blue states, that enforced the most stringent COVID mandates for the past two years, began a couple of weeks ago stating they will eliminate all COVID-related mandates by March 1.

Now with the vaccine’s efficacy and safety an ongoing question, the extensive drop in COVID variant cases and a recent California Super Bowl that was sold out with more than 70,000 packing into an indoor football stadium with no masks and no social distancing, it becomes clear that the pandemic is no longer an emergency.

So, why is President Joe Biden extending the National Emergency Order that has no termination date attached?

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