Biden Declares National Emergency
While President Biden has not declared a new national emergency, he has decided to extend an executive order that already had declared a national emergency in the United States over the yearlong war between Russia and Ukraine which puts the U.S. in a major risk.
According to Fox, in 2014 President Barack Obama signed Executive Order 13660 after Russian President Vladimir Putin decided on the annexation of Crimea from Ukraine. The order was expanded repeatedly with more executive orders until Russia did the inevitable and invaded Ukraine.
The orders re-implemented by President Biden places heavy sanctions on Russia for their invasion of Ukraine.
The White House said in a statement, “The actions and policies addressed in these Executive Orders continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.”
Then President Biden doubled down on the White House’s comments and wrote, “For this reason, the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13660, which was expanded in scope in Executive Order 13661, Executive Order 13662, and Executive Order 14065, and under which additional steps were taken in Executive Order 13685 and Executive Order 13849, must continue in effect beyond March 6, 2023.”
“Therefore, in accordance with section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)), I am continuing for 1 year the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13660,” Biden added.
President Biden has essentially extended the national emergency for another full year and will likely do it again unless an agreement is reached between the U.S., Russia and Ukraine.