House Votes To End COVID Emergency Over White House Opposition

  • The House on Tuesday ignored opposition from President Joe Biden and voted to end the public health emergency related to COVID-19, winning some support from House Democrats on a second bill that would end the government’s requirement that federal health care workers must be vaccinated against COVID.
  • The two bills – the Pandemic is Over Act and the Freedom for Health Care Workers Act – were planned by Republicans last week; and late Monday, the White House announced that it will terminate the national COVID emergency on May 11. The White House opposed both bills.
  • But Republicans pressed ahead anyway and easily passed both measures despite the GOP’s narrow majority in the House.