After the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention extended the eviction moratorium a few weeks ago, it was heavily embraced by left-leaning ‘Squad’ members and President Joe Biden himself, even though it was likely that the moratorium would not pass. Now the United States Supreme Court has decided to end it and more than a few Democrats are upset. The decision was made by Justice Stephen Breyer and joined by Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.
The Alabama Association of Realtors (AAR) first won a victory from the U.S District Court for the District of Columbia. The Supreme Court pointed out how the CDC cannot grant the orders it claims, especially against applicants that have success on the merits. They add that it is difficult to imagine the AAR losing based on the fact that the CDC exceeded its authority in the first place.
“…the CDC has imposed a nationwide moratorium on evictions in reliance on a decades-old statute that authorizes it to implement measures like fumigation and pest extermination. It strains credulity to believe that this statute grants the CDC the sweeping authority that it asserts,” the SCOTUS ruling states.
The Justices wrote that the CDC exceeded its authority with a two-month order pausing evictions in parts of the country experiencing “substantial” or “high” spread of COVID-19.
Democrats took aim at the Supreme Court’s decision, particularly New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. He tweeted out to call the Supreme Court “a group of right-wing extremists” who decided to throw families out of their homes during a global pandemic. He said this is an “attack on working people across our country” and that New York won’t stand for such a vile and unjust decision.
At least 60 House Democrats are now urging Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker Pelosi to revive the ban, adding that they must do it to protect tenants and the spread of the Delta variant.
Mind you, there are billions of dollars and resources already allocated to deal with these problems but states are just sitting on the money. Squad member Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Cori Bush, and Ayanna Pressley all argued top Democrats to advance a solution to save the moratorium for the “duration of the deadly global health crisis.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement saying that Democrats have not and will not ever accept a situation of mass evictions, but that they will continue to ensure that families aren’t suffering hardship during the pandemic. She said they would work with communities to ensure the immediate disbursement by states and localities of the over $45 billion allocated for rental assistance.
Pelosi and other Democrats have continued to pressure President Biden in taking steps to extend the moratorium, but a lack of votes within their own party has led to major disagreement. While some Democrats have insisted that the length of the extension is long overdue, others such as Rep. Cori Bush have camped out on the steps of the Capitol as a political performance to highlight homelessness.
Many GOP leaders have argued against extending the moratorium, adding that it would place “too heavy of a financial burden” on landlords who need to collect rent. It’s almost as if Democrats forgot that landlords need to collect rent in order to maintain and pay taxes on the buildings they are leasing. Not to mention, they’ve also forgotten that people sat home and collected a year’s worth of unemployment money. It’s hard to believe that none of that would’ve made it to pay rent.
Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters has even suggested extending the eviction moratorium until Dec. 21. She said they needed to address the crisis that meets the moment and take action, even if it is “without the votes to pass it.”
Rep. Patrick McHenry, the lead Republican on the Financial Services Committee, shared that the blame for the entire situation was on the Biden Administration and Congressional Democrats. He said that extending the eviction moratorium instead of fixing the flawed Emergency Rental Assistance Program is doing nothing but suppressing support to families in need.
Even as the country faces all of the horrors in Afghanistan and numerous crises, Speaker Pelosi is trying to grab more power and keep pushing moratoriums through. A Democrat never lets a crisis go to waste.