Joe Biden signs bill that officially ends the Covid-19 national emergency
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The national emergency in the United States related to the coronavirus pandemic is officially over.
President Joe Biden has signed a bill that ends the powers that have been in place for three years.
Ex-Commander in Chief Donald Trump made the national emergency proclamation back in March 2020 just as Covid-19 started to spread across the world.
The declaration gave national bodies power and funds to combat the rising threat of the virus.
The White House confirmed the move in a simple and short email to the press.
It read: "On Monday, April 10, 2023, the President signed into law: H.J.Res. 7, which terminates the national emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The legislation was drafted by Arizona Republican Paul Gosar and passed the House of Representatives back in February, despite strong opposition from Democrats.
It then went to the Senate in March and was overwhelmingly approved 68-23.
President Biden confirmed earlier this year that the deadline to end the national emergency declaration would be May 11, according to The New York Post.
He said he wouldn't veto the Republican-led bill, despite his administration being worried about the effect it could have.
“An abrupt end to the emergency declarations would create wide-ranging chaos and uncertainty throughout the health care system — for states, for hospitals and doctors’ offices, and, most importantly, for tens of millions of Americans,” the administration said earlier this year.
However, President Biden's tune must have changed and he said he wouldn't stand in the way of it.