Biden administration fires back at Pelosi eviction moratorium claims

In what has turned into a bitter blame game over federal protections for renters, the White House shot back at a claim levied last week by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in which she suggested that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had the power to reimpose its prior pandemic-related eviction ban, contrary to administration claims, as the Daily Wire reports.

Last week, Democrats in Congress failed to marshal sufficient support to extend the CDC’s previous moratorium on evictions, put into place during the height of the coronavirus crisis, as The Hill noted, and that led to a barrage of criticism and finger-pointing between progressive legislators, House leadership, and the White House.

The Biden administration claimed that a recent Supreme Court decision tied its hands in terms of initiating an extension and urged Congress to take swift action to prolong the protections, but the speaker shot back that the eleventh-hour nature of the request made it virtually impossible for her to succeed before an adjournment for a planned summer recess.

“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.

Indeed, despite the efforts of Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), an extension of the ban on evictions was not accomplished, and their far-left colleagues joined in voicing their outrage, with some even camping out at the Capitol in solidarity with those they argued could soon be homeless due to legislative inaction.

In expressing her rage at the situation on Saturday, Rep. Cori 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.”

Apparently frustrated over having to absorb those types of critiques, Pelosi tweeted defiantly on Sunday, “The CDC has the power to extend the eviction moratorium. As they double down on masks, why wouldn’t they extend the moratorium in light of delta variant?” The speaker added, “It is a moral imperative to keep people from being put out in the street which also contributes to the public health emergency.”

On Monday, however, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki took issue with Pelosi’s claims, saying that due to the Supreme Court ruling issued in June, the CDC simply has no legal authority to prolong the moratorium, and though the White House can utilize its influence to get something done, it is unable to take unilateral action on the issue, adding that an “emergency extension” on the ban is unlikely.

Given that the Supreme Court indeed declared this type of eviction ban to be a legislative issue rather than something under the executive’s purview, it seems that Pelosi is simply trying to shift blame for her own party’s failure to heed the moratorium’s known expiration date and to coalesce around their desired solution in a timely manner.

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Katydid (@guest_385188)
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1 month ago

The dems have just torn up our constitution and are making their own rules.

Newa (@guest_385159)
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1 month ago

Impeach Pelosi. She is hell bent on destroying America. She is power hungry and money hungry. What is she doing in politics at 80 yrs. Old? Except to destroy our United States of America. People hate her doesn’t she realize this yet? She is anti American . Impeach now. Remove her out!!!

THOMAS (@guest_385213)
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Reply to  Newa
1 month ago

She could be arrested for insider trading !

Philip Raneri (@guest_385157)
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1 month ago

Pelosi has gone pass her powers to try and get the CDC to stop the end of the rents bullshit! We have had eniught of Pelosi and the rest of Congress that thinks we owe people who refuse to pay their rent and now expect us to pay it out in Federal funds which really means in our tax monies! When Congress starts to make more monies from their paycheck available we may allow them to pay people’s rent but until that happens it’s over!

cozycalico (@guest_385144)
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1 month ago

Who on this earth cares what Piglosy thinks on anything. She is a pig and only cares bout herself.

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Reply to  cozycalico
1 month ago

Let Pelosi
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THOMAS (@guest_385215)
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Reply to  cozycalico
1 month ago

if she fell over dead I along with Millions of USA Citizens would dance in the Streets !

Marjorie C. Solomon (@guest_385138)
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1 month ago

They are all incompetent.

Jack Retter (@guest_385137)
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1 month ago

Those people that chose to buy new cell phones and tv’s and other non-essiental items with their stimulus checks instead of paying rent and paying bills deserve what they get!!! It’s time to stop living off the taxpayers and get back to work and take care of yourselves and families…there are plenty of jobs out there so put down your protest signs and Xbox controller and get a job!!! Pelosi,Creepy Joe and the hoe can’t save you now!!!

Cheryl Neu (@guest_385133)
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1 month ago

Although I do feel for those that may get evicted, it’s time for those that are sitting at home to get off their butts and start taking card of themselves. There are a lot of semi high paying jobs out there. Let the business owners start making some of the money instead of carrying the burden of the lazy.

Christine Getter (@guest_385129)
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1 month ago

The socialist agenda, let the landlord suffer even go bankrupt so that people can live rent free where ever they want. And the property owner be damned. The longer they don’t pay the harder it will be to get them out. Something that was supposed to be a brief assistance during early COVID has now turned into an agenda item for the squad.

Cheryl Neu (@guest_385134)
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Reply to  Christine Getter
1 month ago

I agree! With all the money they received while sitting at home, they should have been paying their bills or saving and get off their butts

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1 month ago

Anything goes with cheats.

Jim Robbins (@guest_385124)
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1 month ago

PELOSI is an IDIOT and needs a kick in the Ass!!!

Connie (@guest_385121)
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1 month ago

Ever notice how Fancy Nancy never takes responsibility for anything unless it benefits her personally?

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Reply to  Connie
1 month ago

Yes nancy blames everyone else that goes on but GLORIFIES NANCY PELOSI.

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1 month ago

The democrats have been on vacation for years now so what makes this any different? Marine Bob

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1 month ago

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