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The Biden administration announced a new three-month moratorium on federal evictions, which will protect approximately 90% of American renters following a confrontation between progressive lawmakers, Democratic congressional leadership and the White House.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday night that it will implement a new order in “U.S. counties with elevated levels of community transmission” to temporarily suspend evictions in response to recent unexpected developments in the trajectory of the Covid-19 pandemic, including the Delta change. The rise of the body”.
The CDC stated that the measure “is aimed at specific areas of the country where cases are rapidly increasing, and mass deportations may exacerbate this situation” and will continue until October 3.
The move came a few days after the CDC’s initial ban on eviction of rent arrears from tenants expired on Saturday. The original ban was introduced during the Covid-19 pandemic in September last year and has been updated several times in the past 11 months.
Last week President Joe Biden said he could do nothing Extension of the suspension period, Citing a ruling made by the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year, which stipulated that if there is no new legislation, the ban cannot be extended. But on Tuesday, the president said that after several days of repeated negotiations with members of Congress, he has asked the CDC to consider other options.
After House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was unable to win over moderate members of the party who were cautious about extending the moratorium, the Democrats’ efforts to extend the moratorium by a narrow margin failed on Friday. The National Apartment Association, a trade organization that represents homeowners and landlords, is suing the US government for a moratorium, saying it cost them billions of dollars in revenue.
At the same time, the Progressive Democrats launched a public protest to draw attention to the plight of an estimated 3.6 million Americans who stated that they would be at risk of being deported within the next two months. As part of the demonstration, the progressive congresswoman Corey Bush from Missouri began to sleep outside the U.S. Capitol. New York congresswoman Alexander Ocasio-Cortez and others also joined her.
Ocasio-Cortez said earlier on Tuesday that given the rapid spread of the Delta variant and the sharp rise in Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations in many parts of the United States, the Biden administration should argue that there is a new law Case to extend the suspension period.
After news of the new suspension of the CDC came out, Chuck Schumer, the top Democrat in the Senate, said that he “applauded” Bush. He said that Bush “transformed her enthusiasm into very effective actions.”
Pelosi called the announcement “a sigh of relief” and added: “Under President Biden’s leadership, the imminent fear of deportation and being driven to the streets of countless families in the United States has been lifted.”
Schumer and Pelosi had repeated discussions with the White House for several days in public to extend the moratorium. Congress leaders called on the Biden administration to take action, and the executive branch insisted that the best way forward is to legislate.
It is not clear whether the CDC’s new moratorium on deportations will withstand legal review. Biden told reporters at the White House on Tuesday that he has “looked for constitutional scholars” and “most constitutional scholarships say it is unlikely to pass constitutional review… Several leading scholars think this is possible and worth the effort.”
Biden added that he expects the new order to “at least” buy more time for state and local authorities to allocate $46.6 billion in federal aid to tenants, which was allocated in the pandemic relief program earlier this year. But it has not been used yet. .
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