The White House recently fired back at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after she tried to reinstitute the ban on evictions, which was started at the beginning of the pandemic. She called on the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, asking why they won’t extend the eviction moratorium as they double down on masks in light of the Delta Variant. Renters have gotten used to not paying rent over the last year, but Dems cannot continue to put the burden on property owners.
“Action is needed, and it must come from the Administration. That is why House leadership is calling on the Administration to immediately extend the moratorium,” Pelosi and her leadership team stated.
While the eviction moratorium to ban landlords from removing people behind on their rent was extended multiple times, Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh said Saturday night that Congress would have to extend the moratorium for it to continue. Just the week before, the Biden Administration requested that Congress extend it. President Biden does not have a final say in the moratorium but called on Congress to extend it and protect “such vulnerable renters and their families without delay.”
Pelosi also emphasized that it was a “moral imperative” to keep people from being put out in the street but said that the virus is still a threat and that Congress should still assist renters and landlords during the COVID-19 pandemic.
But the votes didn’t take in the House or the Senate and the eviction ban expired. They found the CDC moratorium unconstitutional and gave Congress until July 31st to fix the problem through legislation. Pelosi, however, said she only found out about the problem on Friday and that she was unable to garner enough votes, even among Democrats, to pass an extension. 20 moderates objected to extending the ban and took a break for recess on Friday without even taking a vote.
Squad members Cori Bush and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, along with many others, camped out on the steps of the Capitol after protesting against Pelosi and the Democrat’s leadership. They insisted on reconvening the House and voting to reinstate the eviction moratorium. There were even a few dramatic tweets to cover the radical left’s most recent political performance.
“5 AM. This morning felt cold like the wind was blowing straight through my sleeping bag. Since Friday—when some colleagues chose early vacation over voting to prevent evictions—we’ve been at the Capitol. It’s an eviction emergency. Our people need an eviction moratorium. Now,” Bush tweeted.
Bush went on to claim that people are being forcibly removed from their homes right now and that there are “thousands of evictions” on the first day after the moratorium was lifted. She said there is even the potential for “millions to come.”
AOC even blamed her own party, adding that Democratic leadership could’ve extended the moratorium if they wanted to. She said everybody knew this was coming and that they tried to sound the alarm on the issue.
While the White House can’t take any further steps in a now-lapsed moratorium, they released plans to assist renters with money from Congress. They announced an additional $21.5 billion for Emergency Rental Assistance on top of the $25 billion allocated under the Consolidated Appropriations Act.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki also criticized Pelosi’s claims and emphasized that the CDC has no way of extending the moratorium. She said they have been unable to find “legal authority” for a new eviction moratorium and that there is unlikely to be another emergency extension.
Demanding an eviction extension is just another thing the Democrats have done that doesn’t make any sense. The nation is experiencing a labor shortage and businesses can’t find employees to cover their operations. The last thing property managers need is another year of letting renters off the hook. But leave it to Pelosi to try and make that happen.