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  • Washington Highlights

    Biden Terminates COVID-19 National Emergency Declaration


    Katherine Cruz, Legislative Analyst
    For Media Inquiries

    On April 10, President Joe Biden signed H.J. Res. 7 into law (P.L. 118-3), which effectively terminates the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) declaration under the National Emergencies Act a month earlier than planned. This follows the White House’s announcement that Biden would not veto the measure, despite his opposition to the resolution [refer to Washington Highlights, March 31]. 

    The national emergency declaration, which was originally declared by the Trump administration on March 13, 2020, is separate from the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) declaration issued through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) [refer to Washington Highlights, March 13, 2020]. 

    H.J. Res. 7 does not impact the COVID-19 PHE, which was renewed by HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra on Feb. 9 and is slated to expire on May 11 [refer to Washington Highlights, Feb. 3].