Rep. Jim Walsh calls for end of COVID-19 state of emergency

Anthony Fauci, MD, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Director, has recently stated publicly that the COVID pandemic is over. Dr. Fauci has echoed the opinion expressed by other public health experts that the disease has entered an endemic or chronic phase. Though Dr. Fauci later qualified his statement, he hasn't withdrawn it.

Rep. Jim Walsh, R-Aberdeen, who noted that Washington state has been under more than two years of governance via emergency orders, bypassing the normal legislative process, issued the following statement after Dr. Fauci's comments this week:

“Governor Jay Inslee needs to end his COVID emergency declaration immediately and surrender all related emergency powers granted to him by the people of Washington.

“Over the past several years, the governor has repeatedly cited Dr. Anthony Fauci — the long-serving federal government expert on infectious diseases, as a key information resource for our state government's COVID response.

“While many Washingtonians have questioned Dr. Fauci's sometimes contradictory statements, the governor never has. The governor has hewn close to the doctor's words. Now, Dr. Fauci says that COVID has passed out of the pandemic phase. The governor should heed the doctor's advice now.

“Washingtonians have been suffering under the current governor's state of emergency for nearly 800 days. They have endured hardships, both economic and constitutional. Family members trying to visit loved ones in hospitals have suffered. State employees have suffered. Nurses, firefighters, and other first responders have suffered. Meanwhile, the rest of the United States has returned to normal government. And to everyday life.

“It's time for Gov. Inslee to stop inflicting hardship on the people of this state. It's time for him to stop governing by emergency proclamation, mandate, and edict. It's time for him to end his COVID emergency declaration.”

The 2022 legislative session concluded March 10.


Washington State House Republican Communications