After the eviction moratorium expired on July 31 according to the extended terms set out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court, the far-left progressives in Congress moved quickly to condemn the Biden administration’s failure to secure an extension.
On Monday, August 2, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki admitted that the administration could not find a legal basis to extend the moratorium without legislation from Congress. She advised that CDC Director Rochelle Walensky had informed the White House that the agency could not find grounds to act.
At that time, Psaki said the president had no power to extend the moratorium as a result. The administration asked state and local governments to take steps to assist renters if possible.
Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) camped with a group of staffers and supporters on the steps of the Capitol Building over the weekend in protest of the expiration of the moratorium.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) called out the White House for delaying action on getting an extension passed through Congress.
Both Bush and Ocasio-Cortez urged Congress to come back from its August recess early to address the moratorium.
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) took to Twitter demanding that the CDC act despite court rulings to extend the moratorium.
On Tuesday, the CDC conceded to the pressure and extended the moratorium despite acknowledging that there was no legal authority for the agency to act. The suspension was extended by administrative order through October 3 in counties with “substantial and high levels” of transmission. Under the CDC’s definition, about 90 percent of renters will be covered by the extension.
On Wednesday, Ocasio-Cortez stated at a press conference that the CDC extension is a “huge victory” for the vulnerable and “not taking no for an answer.”