North Carolina Dem governor vetoes bill that would strip his emergency COVID powers

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, just proved once again why a vast majority of the American public place little to no trust in elected politicians.

According to the Epoch Times, the governor generated headlines this week as he made the astonishing decision to veto a measure that would have restored checks and balances to the emergency powers granted to him last year to manage the COVID-19 pandemic in his state. 

The bill, known as the Emergency Powers Accountability Act (EPAA), would have acted as a stepping stone to restore normal levels of power to the govenorship.

Cooper went on the record in defense of his decision to hold onto his extended powers, though it was nothing more than a cookie-cutter statement in which he attempted to convince his constituents that such powers are still needed in the face of the pandemic or “any other emergency” that may occur.

“North Carolina is emerging from a global pandemic with lives saved and a strong economy because of effective statewide measures to protect public health under the Emergency Management Act,” Cooper said.

He added: “Critical decisions about stopping deadly diseases, or responding to any other emergency, should stay with experts in public health and safety, not a committee of partisan politicians.”

Unsurprisingly, Cooper’s decision to hold onto the extended powers that he essentially granted himself in March 2020 was widely panned by the state’s Republicans, including by state Sen. Bill Rabon (R).

“Eighteen months into this pandemic, nobody can argue with a straight face that it’s a time-limited ‘emergency’ where the General Assembly does not have time to act. The governor needs to accept that this state must return to its normal system of government,” Rabon said.

Cooper’s power-play only further proves that Democrats have enjoyed the pandemic for the increased level of powers granted to them. Prying that power away will undoubtedly prove to be a new battle in the state’s legislature.