Biden signs resolution ending coronavirus national emergency
WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden signed a resolution Monday formally ending the coronavirus national emergency President Donald Trump enacted in March 2020.
Despite Biden telling Congress in January that he would end the health emergency in May, House Republicans passed the measure ending the national emergency under the Congressional Review Act, which allows Congress to overturn rules by federal agencies via a simple majority vote. House Democrats voted overwhelmingly against it.
Ahead of the Senate vote in March, Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., told colleagues that Biden would not veto the measure, according to a senior Democratic Senate source who spoke on the condition of anonymity to detail private conversations. It passed that chamber 68-23 in a largely symbolic vote.
The coronavirus has killed more than a million people in the United States and it upended global economies.
As the pandemic emergencies end, millions are poised to lose their Medicaid coverage. Five states started removing people from the expanded Medicaid rolls on April 1 - the first date allowed under a recent federal law - to cut off beneficiaries who no longer qualify for Medicaid or have not provided proof they still deserve the coverage. Nearly all other states will begin to remove people between May and July.
The White House signaled last month the fight against the virus was moving into a new and less-disruptive chapter. A senior administration official told The Washington Post in March that "transitioning out of the emergency phase is the natural evolution of the COVID response." Several members of the White House COVID response team, including its COVID-19 response coordinator, Ashish Jha, are expected to leave the administration, according to sources.