Biden Signs Legislation Ending Covid 19 National Emergency

The Covid 19 national emergency enacted by then-President Donald Trump in March 2020 was officially ended on Monday by President Joe Biden.

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April 11, 2023, 9:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

President Joe Biden signed legislation on Monday that ended the Covid 19 national emergency a few weeks before it was set to expire. President Biden signed the legislation behind closed doors after opposing the legislation but stopping short of a veto.

The legislation enables changes including the end of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s COVID-19 mortgage forbearance program. More than 1.13 million Americans have died of Covid 19 in the last three-plus years, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 1,700 Americans died of Covid 19 in the week ending on April 5.

While the legislation ends the national emergency, the public health emergency will continue until May 11, according to multiple reports.

News coverage of the legislation’s approval is available from the Associated Press, the Washington Post, CNN, Politico, and more.

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