Pandemic is Over Act

Floor Speech

Date: Jan. 31, 2023
Location: Washington, DC


Mr. BALDERSON. Mr. Speaker, I thank Mr. Guthrie for yielding.

Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of H.R. 382, the Pandemic is Over Act. As Representatives of the American people, we owe it to them to assess our country's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and look to better prepare for future pandemics. Most importantly, the American people deserve honesty and normalcy.

The pandemic is over. Even President Biden said as much last September. That level of honesty from the President is a step in the right direction, but after the President publicly declared the pandemic over, he extended the public health emergency not just once, but two more times. Today marks 3 years since the original public health emergency declaration.

Our country has been through a lot in the last 3 years but it is time to get back to normal. It is time to give power back to the people.

Mr. Speaker, I urge passage of H.R. 382.