In a move that will shock very few people, the Biden administration has decided to keep emergency COVID measures in place through the 2022 midterms.
This will of course mean that voting measures put in place during the pandemic and used for the 2020 election will remain in tact as well.
Democrats will insist that this is all about public health but that suggestion will be met with significant skepticism.
Biden administration planning to extend Covid emergency declaration
The Biden administration is expected to extend the Covid-19 public health emergency once again, ensuring that federal measures expanding access to health coverage, vaccines and treatments remain in place beyond the midterm elections, three people with knowledge of the matter told POLITICO.
The planned renewal follows extensive deliberations among Biden officials over the future of the emergency declaration, including some who questioned whether it was time to let the designation lapse.
Under the proposed extension, the Department of Health and Human Services would continue the declaration beyond the November elections and potentially into early 2023 — pushing the U.S. into its fourth calendar year under a Covid public health emergency.
“Covid is not over. The pandemic is not over,” one senior Biden official said. “It doesn’t make sense to lift this [declaration] given what we’re seeing on the ground in terms of cases.”
An HHS spokesperson declined to comment, and the people with knowledge of the matter cautioned the situation could still change ahead of an Aug. 15 deadline for deciding whether to let the declaration continue.
Here are a few Twitter reactions:
The Biden admin knows better than anyone that elections are much harder to rig when you don’t have an excuse to mail zillions of ballots to seemingly every address in the universe. https://t.co/bFSB5zC1An
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) August 6, 2022
Of course they are. Every state and fed democrat administration is playing by the same playbook. https://t.co/owseiLoMi8
— Annine Madok (@ninamadok) August 7, 2022
"November election" being the key phrase involved in the decision making here. https://t.co/nVImUp9Jyg
— Aldous Huxley's Ghost™ (@AF632) August 6, 2022
This is why people are losing faith in our institutions.