In an afternoon press conference that was given from the Rose Garden, President Trump has declared a national emergency and laid out how his administration will fight to limit the Wuhan Virus pandemic.
“To unleash the full power of the federal government, I am officially declaring a national emergency,” remarked the President. “The actions I am taking will open up access to fifty billion dollars, a very big and important amount of money for states and territories and localities in our shared fight against this disease.”
“In furtherance of the order, I am urging every State to set up emergency operation centers effective immediately…I am asking every hospital in this national to active its emergency preparedness plan so that they can meet the needs of Americans everywhere. The emergency orders I am issuing today will also confirm broad new authority to the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The Secretary of HHS will immediately wave provisions of applicable laws and regulations that will help doctors, hospitals, and healthcare provides flexibility to respond to the virus and care for patients. This includes the following critical authorities, the ability to wave laws to enable tele-health, it gives remote doctors visits and hospitals check-ins the power to wave certain federal license requirements so that doctors from other states can provide services in states with the greatest needs.”
Alongside of the declared national emergency, the CEOs of Walmart, Walgress, CVS, and Target announced that they will be partnering together and using their store parking lots for nationwide coronavirus testing.
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) March 13, 2020
Target spox, re Walgreen and Walmart: we're not competitors.
"We look forward to defeating the coronavirus…..rapidly stocking up on household essentials…"https://t.co/wudQeOLdzT
— Armine Yalnizyan (@ArmineYalnizyan) March 13, 2020
To the surprise of many President Trump announced that thru an executive action all interest on federal student loans will be waived until further notice.
The President finished his remarks by revealing that he has instructed the Secretary of Energy to purchase ‘large quantities of crude oil’ for strategic reserves. The news of this purchase sent oil stocks soaring.
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Greg Abbott Signs Executive Order Keeping Violent Criminals from Going Back on the Streets During the Wuhan Crisis
After the Wuhan Virus was confirmed in several Texas jails in the last week, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order on March 29, 2020 that makes it more difficult for several inmates to be let out on “no-cost, personal recognizance bonds.”
Abbott tweeted, “Today I issued an Executive Order preventing [email protected] of dangerous criminals from prisons & jails. We want to prevent the spread of #COVID19 among prison staff & inmates. But, releasing dangerous criminals in the streets is not the solution. #txlege #coronavirus”
Today I issued an Executive Order preventing [email protected] of dangerous criminals from prisons & jails.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) March 30, 2020
Several cases of the Wuhan Virus were discovered in the Dallas County Jail and Harris County Jail last week, two of the state’s largest jails. In addition, a handful of cases were confirmed in state prisons. According to NBC DFW, the virus’ outbreak was “followed by demands to reduce the inmate populations by releasing, immediately and without bond or judicial delay, those held on misdemeanor crimes or awaiting trial on misdemeanor crimes. Some also called for non-violent felons to also be released on no-cost bonds.”
Abbott said Sunday that “releasing dangerous criminals makes the state even less safe” and issued a proclamation to prevent judges, and others, from releasing some inmates without a paid, cash bond.
In his executive order, Abbott declared that a person convicted of a crime that involved or threatened physical violence, or a person arrested for such a crime backed by probable cause, or a person with a criminal history of violent crime, cannot get out of jail on a no-cost personal recognizance bond.
With a PR bond, a defendant is released without having to post any money for his or her bond on the promise they’ll show up to their next court date.
Instead of virtue signaling and buying into the criminal justice reform movement’s desire to foment anarcho-tyranny, Abbott has held his ground by promoting public order.
A crisis like the Wuhan Virus pandemic does not need to be exacerbated by opening up the prison floodgates.
This is one case where American policymakers should use logic not emotion to craft prison policies in times of a pandemic.
Failure to do so will put the U.S. on the road to institutional failure.
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