LFC Comments: Thanks to a Geauga Lobbyist for contacting Congressman Dave Joyce and sending his response to the question on the WHO World Health Assemby event.
|Thank you for contacting me about the World Health Organization (WHO) World Health Assembly event. Your thoughts on this matter are most welcomed and appreciated. |
As you may know, the World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of the WHO. This annual meeting is attended by representatives from all WHO member nations, and focuses on a specific health agenda. If you would like to read more about the agenda for the 2022 World Health Assembly, you may do so here: https://apps.who.int/gb/e/e_wha75.html.
As your representative in the U.S. House of Representatives, I do not have jurisdiction over the decisions made by the WHO. However, I understand you have concerns regarding the President’s emergency authorities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Emergency Act allows the President to formally declare a national emergency in the event the nation is threatened by crisis, exigency, or emergency circumstances. The national emergency is issued by executive order, and gives the President temporary enhanced executive authority to impose laws without Congressional support. President Trump first declared a national emergency concerning the COVID-19 pandemic on March 13, 2020. President Biden recently extended the national emergency on February 18, 2022, citing that COVID-19 continues to cause significant risk to public health and safety. Only the President and Congress have the ability to terminate an emergency declaration.
You may be pleased to hear that on January 4, 2021, Representative Andy Biggs introduced H.R. 63, the Limiting Emergency Powers Act. The purpose of this bill is to amend the National Emergencies Act to provide that a national emergency declared by the President terminates 30 days after the declaration unless a joint resolution affirming such declaration is enacted into law. This measure has been referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and the House Rules Committee for further legislative review and action. I do not have to privilege to serve on these committees, I will keep your thoughts in mind should this bill come to the House floor for a vote.
Once again, thank you for contacting me. Should you have additional comments or questions on this or any other issue, please feel free to contact me at my Mentor, Twinsburg, or Washington, D.C. office. I also invite you to stay up to date on other important matters before Congress by signing up for my weekly email newsletter, the Weekly Wrap, which you can do by clicking the Sign Up button below.
Rep. David Joyce
Member of Congress
LFC Comments: Thanks to Lobbyist Craig for sending us this link detailing how citizens can get involved in stopping the powerful WHIO and the proposed International Health Amendments.
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