The moratorium expired on July 31.
A member of the House of Representatives of the US Congress, Cori Bush (Democrat, from Missouri), spent the night on the steps in front of the Capitol building, thus protesting against the termination of the moratorium on the eviction of citizens who found themselves without funds to pay for housing due to the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The Reuters news agency reported this.
“By midnight, if nothing happens, if the House of Representatives, the Senate or the administration do not take some action, 7 million people will be at risk of eviction,” said Bush, who, as the agency explains, before starting her political career, she herself was homeless three times and was forced to spend the night in the car with her children. Her Democratic colleagues Ayanna Pressley (from Massachusetts) and Ilhan Omar (from Minnesota) also expressed solidarity with the woman.
The effect of the moratorium on evictions imposed at the federal level by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Almost a year ago expired on July 31. On Friday, the House of Representatives of the Congress went on vacation, which will last seven weeks. On the last day of the meetings, the legislators could not agree on the extension of the moratorium until October 18: the Republicans blocked this initiative. In addition, not everyone supported this proposal among the Democrats. As a result, it was never put to the vote. To extend the moratorium, the corresponding initiative must also be approved by the upper house of Congress. Opponents of the extension refer to the situation of homeowners who have to pay mortgages, insurance, and taxes in the absence of payment from some tenants.
Earlier this week, US President Joe Biden called on Congress to extend the moratorium. As noted in a written statement by White House press secretary Jen Psaki, the head of state would “strongly support” the ban on the eviction. Still, the regulator will not be able to do this due to the recent decision of the Supreme Court, which ruled that “the Central Committee will need a clear and specific permission from Congress <…> to extend the moratorium after July 31.”