President ‘No Plan Joe’ Biden says there is no federal solution to Covid
President Biden said during a press conference Monday that there is no federal solution to Covid-19, despite promising during his campaign to end Covid-19, and instituting federal mandates related to the pandemic during his presidency thus far.
“Look, there is no federal solution. This gets solved at a state level,” the President said Monday, just before meeting with some of the nation’s governors.
“Biden says there’s no federal solution to COVID and that this gets solved at a state level. He should immediately end his unconstitutional federal mandates. The Texas solution is no mandates and personal responsibility,” tweeted Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
President Biden promised aid to state governors struggling in the fight with Covid-19, specifically with the wave of the new Omicron variant. Acknowledging that the states will be at the forefront of the fight against Covid, rather than the federal government, is a marked departure from Biden’s normal rhetoric, both while on the campaign trail and during his presidency.
Following his remarks, Biden took a question regarding the announcement that the CDC is lowering the quarantine recommendation for persons exposed to Covid from 14 days to 10 days.
Biden had no comment on the science behind the decision or on the CDC’s sudden departure from its previous recommendation for quarantine after exposure, saying only, “I rely on my medical team. I get a recommendation, I follow it.”
“My message to the governors is simple: if you need something, say something,” Biden said. “We’re going to have your back any way we can.”
Biden said his administration will be purchasing 500 million rapid coronavirus tests, and will continue to support and promote testing and vaccination. The administration will also be sending 1,000 military medical personnel into civilian hospitals to help cope with staff shortages across the country.
Biden’s declaration that the fight against Covid now rests primarily in the hands of each individual state comes as a federal appeals panel reinstated the federal mandate requiring companies nationwide to issue vaccine mandates on their employees or submit to weekly testing.
A federal appeals panel on Friday reinstated a Biden administration rule requiring larger companies to mandate that their workers get vaccinated against the coronavirus or submit to weekly testing. This OSHA mandate will take effect in early January.