USSA: How Does Admin Stop Evictions? Use More Taxpayer Cash To Pay Landlords

Written By BlabberBuzz | Tuesday, 03 August 2021 14:30

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen will brief House Democrats on Tuesday on the attempts to distribute $46.5 billion in rental aid to millions of Americans who are suffering eviction.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced the briefing in a Monday letter to House Democrats describing the current status of rental aid since the federal ban on evictions ended over the weekend.

President Biden last week prompted Congress to take action to prolong the eviction moratorium, which has been in effect since last year, given a recent Supreme Court ruling that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) passed its authority in enacting it.

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Though, top House Democrats are urging the Biden administration to take action on its own to extend the moratorium. House Democrats were powerless to round up the votes in their own caucus last Friday to pass legislation that would lengthen the ban amid opposition from some moderates skeptical of restoring the moratorium while most federal pandemic assistance to help renters remains unspent.

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And even if the House passed such a bill, it would probably stall in the Senate given broad GOP opposition to renewing the eviction moratorium.

"It is unfathomable that we would not act to prevent people from being evicted. Overwhelmingly, our members agreed to extend the moratorium and universally, to distribute the funds. But the House passing the eviction moratorium without the Senate acting does not extend the moratorium. Instead, the money must flow, and the moratorium must be extended by the Administration," Pelosi announced in Monday's letter.

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The House adjourned on Friday for its August recess, with many members now back in their districts for the break. Pelosi stated that the House is "on 24-hour notice" in the event they want to return to Washington for any urgent legislative action.

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Congress earmarked $46.5 billion worth of rental assistance through pandemic relief measures, but thus far just about $3 billion of that funding has been spent.

Pelosi prompted Democrats to "please use this time in your communities to urge the immediate disbursement of funds to tenants and landlords."

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House Democratic leaders and the Biden administration are facing immense pressure from progressives to take urgent action to prevent mass evictions that could harm millions of Americans.

Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.), who has been evicted three times and lived out of her car for a period before becoming a member of Congress, has been sleeping on the Capitol steps since Friday night to protest the lapse of the eviction moratorium.

"It’s an eviction emergency. Our people need an eviction moratorium. Now," Bush tweeted Monday morning.

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