Biden to end pandemic emergencies, WH to release budget proposal


Biden will end the pandemic national and public health emergencies on May 11, WH to release budget proposal on March 9, Biden claps back to McCarthy’s budget criticism, Dems name new members to combat GOP investigations, and more in Democratic politics.

Biden will end the pandemic national and public health emergencies on May 11

President Biden will end the COVID national and public health emergencies on May 11, which means many Americans will have to pay for testing and treatment after these declarations cease, CNN reported.

The White House said the national emergency and public health emergency authorities declared in response to the pandemic will each be extended one final time to May 11.

“This wind down would align with the Administration’s previous commitments to give at least 60 days’ notice prior to termination of the (public health emergency),” the White House statement said.

WH to release budget proposal on March 9

The White House announced that President Biden will release its budget proposal for the next fiscal year on March 9, officials announced on Tuesday. At the same time, the officials are pressuring House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to release a detailed budget of his own outlining spending plans by house Republicans, The Hill reported.

National Economic Council Director Brian Deese and Office of Management and Budget Director Shalanda Young wrote in a memo: “It is essential that Speaker McCarthy likewise commit to releasing a budget, so that the American people can see how House Republicans plan to reduce the deficit”

Biden claps back to McCarthy’s budget criticism

President Joe Biden clapped back at criticism from House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) statements that reductions to Medicare and Social Security are not on the table in exchange for a debt ceiling increase, CNN reported.

President Biden responded by saying his message to McCarthy that the negotiating scenes will be “show me your budget and I’ll show you mine.”

McCarthy and Biden are scheduled to meet on Wednesday.

Democrats name new members to combat GOP investigations

House Democrats approved a full roster of lawmakers named to the Oversight and Judiciary Committees, which will make up the front lines of probes into the Biden administration. Among the high-profile members named are Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), fresh from being booted by speaker McCarthy from another panel, Politico reported.

The new members come to shore up defenses as Republicans on the Oversight Committee have vowed to investigate dozens of areas within the Biden administration.

Biden Admin blocks controversial mine to protect major fishery

The Biden administration has blocked a controversial copper and gold mine in Alaska in order to protect the world’s largest fishery of sockeye salmon, The Hill reported. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) blocked construction for the Pebble Mine, citing the potential impact it could have on Bristol Bay — a watershed in southwestern Alaska home to numerous animal species, including sockeye salmon.