On Monday, Rep. Nancy Pelosi tried to pressure the White House to reinstate a COVID-19 pandemic-related residential eviction moratorium after Congressional lawmakers failed to extend it over the weekend.
The moratorium lapsed, and a reported 6.5 million U.S. households, currently behind on rental payments, according to a study by the Aspen Institute and the COVID-19 Eviction Defense Project are finding themselves in a pickle. To make this a little more transparent, landlords are owed an alleged $20 billion overall.
According to Reuters, Democrats made an effort tried to extend the moratorium on October 18. This moratorium was originally implemented by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to protect millions of Americans who fell behind on rent from being forced from apartments and houses.
The idea was that those behind in rent would be given money from the government to hold them over during the pandemic possibly. Many Americans would have thought to save for this particular situation, but it seems they didn’t.
Now Pelosi wants to renew the moratorium without congressional action because the optics are really terrible for her and her constituents. Pelosi wants more time and told her side of the political aisle that an extension would provide more time to speed distribution of $46.5 billion already allocated by Congress for rental relief.
“The money must flow, and the moratorium must be extended by the administration,” Pelosi wrote.
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen plans to brief lawmakers on the eviction mitigation funds on Tuesday, Pelosi said.
Last Thursday, Biden urged Congress to extend the moratorium, citing that a July Supreme Court opinion indicated that legislative approval would be required to do so.
Rep. Joyce Beatty, Congressional Black Caucus Chair, said the moratorium’s end means “thousands of Black families and children could lose the roof over their heads at a time when the deadly pandemic is surging once again, and their lives are in disorder due to the pandemic.”
Last week, The National Apartment Association sued the U.S. government seeking billions of dollars in unpaid rent due to the moratorium. The association collectively manages more than 9.7 million rental units and has over 82,000 members.
What do you think about Pelosi begging the White House for an extension of the moratorium? Does it wreak desperation? Share your comments below.
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