Pres. Biden on Monday signed a House bill immediately ending the COVID-19 national emergency, bringing it to a close after three years — weeks before it was set to expire alongside a separate public health emergency. The bill, signed behind closed doors, ended only the national emergency and it is unclear what immediate effect the bill will have on linked U.S. policies, such as the student debt forgiveness plan.

The White House initially announced plans to extend the national emergency, as well as the public health emergency, until May 11. Ending the national emergency will end the use of some waivers for federal health programs meant to help health care providers during the height of the pandemic.

Lynn Cavanaugh



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