On Monday morning, President Biden and the White House did not respond to a statement from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her leadership team calling on the executive to extend the federal moratorium on evictions, as the Democratic “squads” continued to camp on the steps of the Capitol. to protest against their party’s inaction.
“Action is needed, and it has to come from the administration. That is why the House leadership calls on the administration to immediately extend the moratorium,” said Pelosi, D-Calif., And his leadership team in a press release Sunday morning a few hours after the moratorium ended. “As the CDC doubles its mask-wearing and vaccination efforts, science and reason demand that they must also extend the moratorium in light of the delta variant.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at the start of the coronavirus pandemic put in place a moratorium on evictions that prohibited landlords from removing late renters. It was extended several times but ultimately ended on Saturday night following a June notice from Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh saying Congress – not the president – should extend the moratorium if it had to continue.
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In accordance with this, the White House has asked Congress to pass a law to uphold the ban on landlords from evicting tenants who do not pay their rent.
“In light of Supreme Court ruling, president calls on Congress to extend moratorium on evictions to protect these vulnerable tenants and their families without delay,” the White House press secretary said last week , Jen Psaki.
But the votes weren’t there in the House or Senate, so the ban on deportation expired. The White House did not respond to a Fox News request for comment on Pelosi’s statement, which essentially asked Biden to do something the Supreme Court has already ruled illegal.
Progressive Democrats in the House of Representatives, meanwhile, are furious with their party leadership for failing to take the moratorium on evictions seriously. Sunday night marked their third night to protest the lack of action by Biden and Democrats in Congress by camping out on the steps of the Capitol.
“5 am. It was cold this morning, like the wind was blowing directly into my sleeping bag,” Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo. Tweeted Monday morning. “Since Friday, when some colleagues chose an early vacation rather than voting to avoid evictions, we are on Capitol Hill. It is an emergency eviction. Our people need a moratorium on evictions. Now.”
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Bush said in a tweet Sunday night that she heard there were “thousands” of evictions on the first day after the moratorium was lifted, with “potentially millions to come.”
“People are forcibly evicted from their homes RIGHT NOW,” she said.
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., said the Democratic leadership could have extended the moratorium if they had the will.
“Everyone knew this was going to happen,” she said at the protest on Friday. “We were sounding the alarm bells on this issue. The court order was not yesterday, the court order was not Monday, the court order was about a month ago.”
“The White House says it does not have the power to extend the moratorium on evictions or cancel student debt,” Representative Jamaal Bowman, DN.Y. “But he had no problem carrying out airstrikes without Congressional permission.”
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It’s unclear what action Congress or the White House might take next on the now-expired moratorium. The House of Representatives is expected to be out of session for most of August.
The White House, meanwhile, is trying to get lower levels of government to help tenants with money that has already been allocated by Congress.
“The US bailout has allocated an additional $ 21.5 billion in Emergency Rent Assistance (ERA) that can be used by tenants to cover arrears and make homeowners harmless. billion dollars allocated under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, “said a White House press. release last month. “But state and local governments need to do better. Money is available in every state to help tenants who are behind on rent and threatened with eviction.”
Jason Donner of Fox News contributed to this report.
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