How can not having a federal solution lead to a federal plan? President Joe Biden is giving out confusing and conflicting statements. This is indicating that the federal government remains unsure about how to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.
No Federal Solution, But There’s A Federal Plan
On Tuesday, President Biden said that there is no federal solution to the COVID-19 pandemic. The President tweeted that his administration is rallying behind all US governors fighting the pandemic.
He then said that he rolled out a federal plan to address the rising surge in Omicron cases.
“My Administration has the back of every governor fighting COVID-19 in their state,” Biden tweeted. “Last week, I rolled out a federal plan to tackle Omicron by adding vaccination and booster capacity, hospital equipment, staff, and more. We’re going to get through this by working together,” Biden added.
No Federal Plan As Of Monday
A day before, Biden admitted that the government does not have a federal solution to end the two-year-old pandemic.
This was a response to Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson’s warning not to let “federal solutions stand in the way of state solutions.”
Biden fired back at Hutchinson by saying the states should work on the problem. “There is no federal solution. This gets solved at the state level,” Biden said.
He then mentioned another Republican governor, Chris Sununu (R-NH). “I'm looking at Governor Sununu on the board here. He talks about that a lot,” Biden said.
“And it ultimately gets down to where the rubber meets the road and that's where the patient is in need of help or preventing the need for help.”
Biden’s Actions Show There Is a Federal Plan
However, Biden gave the federal government a central role in the pandemic efforts right from the start. Along the way, he also issued orders that applied at the federal level, including mask mandates and vaccine requirements.
For example, the Education Department opened civil rights investigations in several states for banning mask mandates in schools.
In addition, Biden insists on mask mandates in airports, airplanes, and other public transportation. In addition, concerned government agencies continue to ramp up fines for violators.
Also, the White House recently ran to the Supreme Court to help sustain its vaccine mandate. The order requires businesses to employ over 100 workers to ensure they complete their vaccinations or go through regular testing.
Policy Shift In Accepting COVID is Here To Stay
The Wall Street Journal suggests that Biden might actually be turning his back on a wholesale COVID solution. If this is the case, then this would give governors a wider latitude to combat the virus on their home turf.
This can also mean that the White House will now shift its rhetoric from solving the pandemic to living with the virus.
However, this would mean withdrawing its overreaching mandates that only apply to specific areas anyway. This not only bolsters his messaging that there is no federal solution.
It can also mean the White House can avoid any embarrassing losses from the Supreme Court over the constitutionality of his orders.
Watch the Fox News video reporting that US President Joe Biden admits there is no federal solution for COVID-19:
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