Congress Must Prevent Executive Branch From Abusing ‘National Emergency’ Status

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In the early days of the Obama Administration, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel mused, “Never allow a good crisis [to] go to waste. It’s an opportunity to do the things you once thought were impossible.” In March 2020, Emanuel resurrected the famous Winston Churchill quip he had repurposed more than a decade prior, writing in a Washington Post column that COVID-19 presented a real possibility for leaders to address “how the United States can come out stronger on the other side.”

For many Democratic lawmakers and liberal influencers, national strength hinges upon maximizing dependency for the average American. Then-Vice President Joe Biden clearly learned that lesson from Emanuel and his predecessor in the Oval Office. Since taking office more than a year ago, President Biden has used pandemic policies as a vehicle to fundamentally restructure the relationship between Americans and their government — in perpetuity.