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FIRST ON FOX: Sen. Roger MarshallR-Kan., plans to introduce legislation Monday to end the current COVID-19 declaration of national emergency.
The legislation is fueled by a provision of the National Emergencies Act (NEA), a law that, when invoked, grants presidents special powers to deal with national emergencies outside of natural disasters or war.
Marshall’s bill would revoke many of the federal government’s expanded powers to respond to the pandemic at the national level.
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“With COVID cases and hospitalizations down, 94% of Americans are immune to COVID, mask mandates are falling by the wayside, and 70% of Americans agree it’s time to accept that COVID is here. to stay’ and that ‘we just need to get on with our lives’, it’s clear we need a new approach to COVID as we learn to live with it,” Marshall told Fox News Digital in an email. email Monday.
“This new approach begins with ending the national COVID state of emergency,” the senator continued.
Presidents Trump and Biden invoked the NEA to declare and maintain a national emergency to deal with the pandemic.
The emergency declaration was extended by Biden until March 1, 2022 – a date that is fast approaching. It is likely that the president will again extend the declaration of emergency.
Congress is responsible for determining whether an emergency under the NEA should continue, but has mostly ceded the decision to the executive branch.
There have only been six termination resolutions since the NEA’s enactment, and there are currently 31 national emergencies that have been in effect since the Carter administration.
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The Kansas Republican recently wrote a opinion piece calling for a return to normal while highlighting the role of the media and health officials in stoking fear over the pandemic.
Marshall plans to drop the legislation at 3 p.m. today as the Senate floor opens for business.
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