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U.S. Senator Marco Rubio Introduces Bill To Codify CDC title 42 until February 1, 2025

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)
April 7, 2022

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced Senate Bill 4022, to “codify” the CDC’s title 42 order until February 1, 2025. Nine Republicans have Co-Sponsored the Legislation. The full text of the bill can be read here.

The current CDC title 42 order was introduced by the CDC during the Trump administration to prevent those who could bring COVID-19 into the United States, from entering the Country. The initial order was issued on March 20th, 2020, with extensions issued on April 22nd, 2020 and May 19th, 2020. A new order was issued on October 16th, 2020 and again on August 2nd, 2021. When a new order was issued for title 42, it would supercede the previous order. The current order will end on May 23, 2022.

The original purpose of the initial order was to prevent those who potentially had COVID-19 from entering the United States at the beginning of the pandemic’s start in the United States. Senator Rubio’s bill would modify the existing CDC order to prevent those who are not legally permitted to enter the United States, from entering the Country. The only people in the bill that would be allowed to enter are U.S. citizens, non-citizen perminant residents, members of the U.S. Armed Forces, or those with valid travel documents. The Department of Homeland Security would be tasked with enforcing the order.

Senator Rubio said in a recent press release regarding President Biden rescinding the CDC title 42 order “rescinding Title 42 may be Biden’s biggest mistake thus far, and that is a really long list. With this action,” President Joe Biden “is opening our borders and inviting a massive surge of illegal immigration – likely the biggest in U.S. history – that will inflict a lasting and avoidable crisis onto our nation. Ending Title 42 enforcement is reckless, dangerous, and puts our communities in harm’s way.”

Senator Rubio plans to use Senate Rule 14, Paragraph 4 to bring the bill to directly to the Senate Floor, preventing the need for hearing in Committees on the bill.

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