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The federal emergency over COVID-19 will end on May 11 and with it, one of President Joe Biden’s most potent political issues.
The pandemic helped Biden get elected, remained one of his best-polling issues in office, helped him pass the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, and even provided a legal pretext for pausing and then canceling $400 billion in student loans.
“With the economy reeling and families hurting from COVID, I signed the American Rescue Plan as soon as I took office,” Biden said to applause at a Women’s History Month event this week. “Well, it powered the strongest, more equitable job creation at any point in any administration’s history and created more jobs, 12 million, in the first two years than any administration did in four years. And a majority of those people are women hired.”
But with the official emergency ending and the response team disbanding, Biden loses some of his powers, and with the pandemic itself fading into memory, the president will now be tasked with handling its aftermath.
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