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Guthrie Statement on Biden’s COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Announcement

Washington, January 30, 2023 | S.K. Bowen (202-225-3501)

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Brett Guthrie (KY-02), who serves as the Chair of the Health Subcommittee on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, released the following statement after the White House announced President Biden will end the COVID-19 public health emergency on May 11, 2023.

“On the eve of the Pandemic is Over Act going on the House floor, President Biden finally announced he is going to end the COVID-19 emergency declarations. I’m glad that my bill finally forced President Biden to act. However, President Biden has taken too long to take action on his statement last September that the pandemic is over.

“I’m moving forward with my bill to end the COVID-19 public health emergency on the House floor. The American people have been living under a COVID-19 public health emergency for three years and should not allow President Biden four more months of emergency powers. It’s time to get our country back to normal, restore checks and balances between Congress and the Executive Branch, and rescind President Biden’s emergency powers.”

“Despite the Biden administration’s false assertion, ending the COVID-19 public health emergency does not end Title 42. These are separate authorities. President Biden also has treated them as separate authorities previously when he tried to end Title 42 while keeping the COVID-19 public health emergency in place,” said Guthrie.

Click HERE for the letter that Guthrie and his House Republican colleagues sent in February 2022 to President Joe Biden and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra to press for their plan to unwind the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Guthrie introduced the Pandemic is Over Act on January 17, 2023.