The White House is expressing fresh concerns that any further challenge of a June decision by the U.S. Supreme Court requiring a federal eviction moratorium to expire absent an act of Congress could ultimately result in the justices finding that similar initiatives using emergency funds to aid renters must also fall, as the Washington Examiner notes.
“It is a consideration that I think, you know, may have affected some of us,” said Gene Sperling, a high-ranking economic adviser within the administration, in response to a question on whether a further extension of the moratorium might meet the same fate as the previous one.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki reportedly also acknowledged the danger, though she stated that the president “is keeping the option open to stop evictions,” the Examiner added, with Sperling also suggesting that the administration was “double, triple, and quadruple checking” whether it might have authority to prolong the ban, as NBC News noted.
It was last week that the administration declared its intention to permit the expiration of a nationwide eviction ban put into place during the COVID-19 pandemic, claiming that it had no authority to do otherwise due to the aforementioned SCOTUS ruling determining that any extensions would require Congressional action, according to the Associated Press.
Though the administration urged Congress to take swift steps to extend the federal ban on evictions, House Democrats were unable to muster the necessary support before adjourning for a planned August recess, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appearing to put the blame Friday on the eleventh-hour nature of the crisis.
“We only learned of this yesterday — not enough time to socialize it within our caucus as well as to build the consensus, especially in a time of COVID,” she explained, according to Reuters.
With the White House and congressional Democrats pointing accusatory fingers at one another over the lapse in renter safeguards, the Biden administration urged landlords across the nation to delay evictions for at least a month and implored state and local authorities to find solutions of their own to the problems likely to follow from the federal moratorium’s expiration, as USA Today added.
In expressing her rage at the situation on Saturday, Rep. Cory Bush (D-MO) said on Saturday, “The eviction moratorium expires tonight at midnight. We could have extended it yesterday, but some Democrats went on vacation instead.”
Considering the growing outrage from the far-left of the Democrat Party — several members of the progressive “Squad” went so far as to camp out at the Capitol Friday night in protest of their colleagues’ inaction that allowed lapse in renter protections — the specter of Supreme Court intervention against additional extensions of aid of this nature clearly poses a real threat to the Biden coalition, and the administration is justified in its concern.