Senate passes resolution to terminate federal government’s COVID emergency declaration

The Senate voted 48-47 Thursday to end the federal government’s COVID-19 emergency declaration.

While Republicans and Democrats each control 50 seats in the Senate, several Democrats were absent from the chamber Thursday, allowing the resolution from Kansas Republican Sen. Roger Marshall to pass.

Then-President Donald Trump declared the emergency back in 2020. As The Wall Street Journal reported, the declaration permits the president’s administration “to use the National Emergencies Act to activate special executive powers.”

It’s not likely that the resolution to repeal the emergency declaration will even be voted on in the House.

And the Biden administration said in a statement that even if the bill passed the House, the president would veto it, arguing that the measure would “abruptly curtail the ability of the Administration to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Marshall disagrees. Terminating the emergency declaration would “deliver a symbolic victory to our citizens that normalcy is around the corner and that limited government and our constitutional rights still reign supreme,” he said.

Speaking from the Senate floor, Marshall said it’s time for the federal government to relinquish many of the powers it took on during the pandemic.

“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,” he said, according to Politico.

Marshall said the American people are yearning for freedom.

“After nearly two years of living under this state of emergency, the American people are worn out and yearning to breathe free; they long for their God-given freedoms, and for leaders to take their side,” he said, WIBW reported.

“There is no doubt, it’s time for our nation to learn to live with COVID.”

“I am proud my colleagues came together to repeal this emergency declaration and delivered a symbolic victory to our citizens that normalcy is around the corner and that limited government and our constitutional rights still reign supreme,” Marshall added.

“It’s high time to stop talking about restrictions and the unknown. We must chart a new course to victory today that respects the virus and our freedoms.”