President Joe Biden will announce a new eviction moratorium on Tuesday to replace the one that has expired, targeting counties with increased rates of coronavirus infections to bail out tenants.
White House officials and officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention worked out details. The proposal could include another freeze that would last for up to 60 days and cover about 90 percent of the country’s tenants, The New York Times reported.
The CDC will announce the extension, which will run until October 3.
“The CDC will announce something to you in the next two hours,” Biden said at the White House on Tuesday.
The announcement came as the feud among Democrats over what to do about the eviction moratorium escalated Tuesday when Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to bring Congress back to vote on the issue.
Pelosi ruled out that option, despite President Biden calling on Congress to extend the moratorium and Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called her fellow lawmakers “cowards” for refusing to vote on the issue.
President Joe Biden will announce a new eviction moratorium on Tuesday to replace the expiring moratorium
During a meeting with House Democrats Tuesday, where Treasury Secretary Janet Yellin spoke to lawmakers, Pelosi made her position clear.
She said the House should not backtrack from its recess and lawmakers should focus on urging the Biden administration to unilaterally extend the moratorium, The Washington Post reported.
Ocasio-Cortez told Politico that her fellow Democrats in the House are “cowards” who had to come back to town and “put their names next to a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ vote or the White House would have to be damned.” put something on [eviction moratoriums]. … At the end of the day, the emergency is here. And so we have to take advantage of all the possibilities.’
Other liberal lawmakers have joined the pressure campaign on the White House. Democratic Representative Cori Bush has led a sleep on the steps of the Capitol to protest the case.
Bush praised the decision and praised the protest.
“Friday night I came to the Capitol with my chair. I refused to accept that Congress could go on vacation while 11 million people were evicted. We have been here for 5 days, demanding that our government act to save lives. Today our movement has moved mountains,” she wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.
Any legislation passed in the House would likely fail in the Senate. Democrats would need 10 Republicans to vote with them and GOP lawmakers oppose extending the moratorium.
President Biden on Monday begged landlords to delay evictions for the next 30 days as his administration sought ways to extend a moratorium after Congress failed to do so and the White House admitted they have no legal grounds to act.
“You can be sure of one thing, whatever is in this president’s power to prevent him from making evictions,” Gene Sperling, US bailout coordinator, said during the daily news conference on Monday. “This is a president who really understands the heartache of expulsion.”
In a lengthy statement about the crisis, where thousands will lose their homes if rent is paid on the first of the month, White House press secretary Jen Psaki noted that the president had asked his administration to take executive action. to extend the moratorium.
But, she admitted, they weren’t able to do that.
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky and her team have been unable to find legal authority for a new, targeted moratorium on eviction. Our team is doubling down on efforts to identify all available legal authorities to provide the necessary protection,” she said.
The federal moratorium on eviction was instituted in November by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A Supreme Court ruling in June led government officials to admit the agency couldn’t do it again.
In Monday’s statement, Biden called on states and municipalities to extend or introduce eviction moratoriums for at least the next two months and give landlords a 30-day break. He ordered federal agencies to extend whatever moratorium they were allowed to do.
The government also called on states to accelerate the issuance of housing funds allocated through the US bailout.
The distribution of rent assistance granted by Congress in December and March has been painfully slow. The $47 billion Emergency Rental Assistance program has paid out just $3 billion to date.
The White House defended his actions.
President Biden “has double, triple, quadruple control. He has asked the CDC to see if you can even implement a targeted moratorium on evictions that has only gone to counties that have higher evictions. [COVID] rates, and they too have not been able to find legal authority for even new targeted eviction moratoriums,” Sperling said.
Rep. Cori Bush, second from left, has led a protest on the steps of the Capitol for four days
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez protests the expiration of the expulsion moratorium on the steps of the Capitol
Speaker Nancy Pelosi ruled out bringing Congress back to do something about the expulsion moratorium and urged the Biden administration to use its executive power
Pelosi said she welcomed the news from the White House.
“The statement from the government that they will take action to find legal authority with the CDC or other authorities to extend the moratorium is welcome. For the benefit of families facing eviction, my Democratic House colleagues and I hope this initiative to extend the moratorium will succeed as soon as possible,” she said in a statement on Monday.
Anger is growing among Democrats as the government and leadership struggle to find a solution to the eviction crisis.
Democratic Representative Cori Bush led a protest on the steps of the Capitol for the fourth night in a row to protest the lack of action on the issue.
“We’ve been in the Capitol since Friday—when some colleagues chose early vacation over voting to avoid evictions. It’s an eviction emergency. Our people need an eviction moratorium. Now,” Bush wrote on Twitter early Monday morning after sleeping outside her third night.
Ocasio-Cortez joined Bush and the others in protesting the lack of aid for those facing deportation.
Bush also met with Vice President Kamala Harris on Monday.
“Just had a conversation with @VP Kamala Harris. I wanted her to look into my eyes and I wanted to look into hers when I asked for help to keep our people from being evicted. Madam Vice President, let’s work together to make this happen. We need a federal moratorium on deportation,” she tweeted.
Harris was on Capitol Hill in case she had to break the Senate votes.
Activists have slept on the steps of the Capitol to protest the expiry of the expulsion moratorium
Democratic Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York (center) and Cori Bush of Missouri (right) are among those protesting
More than 15 million people live in households that owe as much as $20 billion to their landlords, according to the Aspen Institute. According to the US Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey, on July 5, about 3.6 million people in the US said they would face eviction in the next two months.
The speaker puts responsibility back on President Joe Biden’s administration after the House failed to approve an extension. Biden asked Congress to extend moratorium after officials decided the June Supreme Court ruling meant the CDC could not unilaterally renew it.
“The purpose of the extension is to provide more time to accelerate the distribution of the $46.5 billion allocated by Congress that has long been handed over by the government to the states and localities,” Pelosi said on Monday. a letter to the Democrats.
She noted that Treasury Secretary Janet Yellin would brief Democrats on the matter on Tuesday during a phone call.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday again urged the White House to extend the moratorium on eviction after lawmakers failed to act
Democratic Representative Cori Bush of Missouri slept on the steps of the Capitol three nights in a row
Some Democrats expressed frustration that Biden had asked Congress to extend the moratorium two days before it was due to expire — even though the Supreme Court ruling had fallen a month earlier in June.
Sperling just played that.
“The wording in the Supreme Court opinion was pretty clear, you know, that they said the CDC had not granted such an extension, without citation, clear and specific consent from Congress,” he said.
On Friday, House Republicans unanimously blocked an extension. Democrats, who have a three-seat majority in the House, also didn’t have the votes in their own caucus to approve it.
Now, government officials are mandating states to distribute aid from COVID aid approved earlier this year more quickly and completely.
“We just need the states and municipalities to act quickly and effectively,” Brian Deese, director of the White House’s National Economic Council, told Fox News Sunday.