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The Big Picture
President Joe Biden can’t seem to decide what his administration’s policy is regarding COVID-19. On the one hand, he is eager to declare victory and roll back pandemic era policies; on the other, he is drawn in by the most radical voices within his own party to keep policies the left finds preferential.
This is no surprise as Biden has a well-documented history of caving in to the most radical voices within his party when it most suits him. Look no further than the Biden Administration’s decision to unilaterally extend the eviction moratorium–despite its blatant unconstitutionality– due to pressure from the socialist squad.
Amid a border crisis of his own making, Biden is now choosing to scrap policies that secure our borders and protect public health. Simultaneously, Biden is extending policies similarly enacted to combat COVID-19 but are preferred by the left.
It is precisely for this reason that Yvette Herrell (R-N.M.) introduced H.R. 471, the Protecting Americans from Unnecessary Spread upon Entry from COVID–19 (PAUSE) Act. If enacted, this bill would prevent the Secretary of Health and Human Services from taking actions that remove, or lessen the stringency of, the COVID–19 border health provisions until federal and state governments formally end the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Why it Matters
As Biden uses COVID-19 as an excuse to extend mask mandates on airplanes and the moratorium on student loan payments, the CDC is lifting its order to allow for the expedited removal of illegal immigrants coming into the country. It is precisely this inconsistency that continues to sow distrust in our public health institutions.
It’s fantastic to see the left finally move on from COVID hysteria, but they can’t pick and choose what policies to end based on the desires of their radical base. Currently, the PAUSE Act has 94 cosponsors. Hopefully, more lawmakers will recognize the importance of calling out the hypocrisy of the Biden administration.