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Congressman Guest calls for end to COVID national emergency declaration following President Biden’s declaration

By: Anne Summerhays - September 20, 2022

“The pandemic is behind us — it’s time we move forward by ending the emergency declaration,” Guest said.

President Joe Biden declared that the “pandemic is over” in a CBS News 60 Minutes interview on Sunday.

“The pandemic is over. We still have a problem with COVID. We’re still doing a lot work on it. But the pandemic is over,” President Biden said. “If you notice, no one’s wearing masks. Everybody seems to be in pretty good shape and so I think it’s changing, and I think this is a perfect example of it.


Following the President’s announcement, Mississippi Congressman Michael Guest joined Congressman Tim Burchett of Tennessee and 15 other Republicans in a letter to Biden requesting the termination of the COVID-19 national emergency declaration.

“In a Sept. 18, 2022, episode of ’60 Minutes’ you stated that ‘the pandemic is over.’ We firmly agree with this statement and request you terminate the national emergency concerning the COVID-19 outbreak declared in Proclamation 9994,” the lawmakers wrote.

The lawmakers state that under the emergency declaration, the federal government is estimated to have spent upwards of $10 trillion, resulting in an economic crisis, record inflation, and contributing to our nearly $31 trillion national debt.

“While Americans continue to deal with the lasting effects of COVID-19, the powers provided to the federal government by Proclamation 9994 are unnecessary,” the letter continued.

Congressman Guest said that the President made it clear that the pandemic is over in his interview on ‘60 Minutes.’

“It appears that the only reason the President would continue this national emergency declaration is to wield it as a tool to push through his own agenda,” Guest continued. “The pandemic is behind us — it’s time we move forward by ending the emergency declaration.”

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Anne Summerhays

Anne Summerhays is a recent graduate of Millsaps College where she majored in Political Science, with minors in Sociology and American Studies. In 2021, she joined Y’all Politics as a Capitol Correspondent. Prior to making that move, she interned for a congressional office in Washington, D.C. and a multi-state government relations and public affairs firm in Jackson, Mississippi. While at Millsaps, Summerhays received a Legislative Fellowship with the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi where she worked with an active member of the Mississippi Legislature for the length of session. She has quickly established trust in the Capitol as a fair, honest, and hardworking young reporter. Her background in political science helps her cut through the noise to find and explain the truth. Email Anne: