The White House has started, once again, to push Congress for an extension on the moratorium on evictions that is set to expire on Saturday.
This past month, an order sent down from the Supreme Court allowed the moratorium to stay in effect until at least the end of July. In an effort to express his opinion, Justice Brett Kavanaugh stated that “the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention exceeded its existing statutory authority by issuing a nationwide eviction moratorium.”
“Because the CDC plans to end the moratorium in only a few weeks, on July 31, and because those few weeks will allow for additional and more orderly distribution of the congressionally appropriated rental assistance funds, I vote at this time to deny the application to vacate the District Court’s stay of its order,” he continued.
He went on to bring to light that “clear and specific congressional authorization (via new legislation) would be necessary for the CDC to extend the moratorium past July 31.”
“Given the recent spread of the delta variant, including among those Americans both most likely to face evictions and lacking vaccinations, President Biden would have strongly supported a decision by the CDC to further extend this eviction moratorium to protect renters at this moment of heightened vulnerability,” stated White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki in a release, as reported by The Hill.
“Unfortunately, the Supreme Court has made clear that this option is no longer available,” she continued.
“In light of the Supreme Court’s ruling, the president calls on Congress to extend the eviction moratorium to protect such vulnerable renters and their families without delay,” stated Psaki, who went on to add that the ban on evictions is “a critical backstop to prevent hard-pressed renters and their families who lost jobs or income due to the COVID-19 pandemic from being evicted for nonpayment of rent.”
“House Democratic leaders started canvassing the chamber for votes on Thursday to determine if they had enough support to extend the moratorium until December 31, according to a senior party aide, who requested anonymity to describe the leadership’s thinking. Democrats aim to bring up the measure before departing this week,” reported The Washington Post.
Psaki went on to add that Uncle Joe has been during local regions to “urgently accelerate” their emergency rental assistance funds availability which came from a previous federal package.
“The Administration remains committed to doing everything in its power to keep people safely and securely housed, which is essential to the health, well-being and dignity of all of us,” she stated.