As the disputed eviction moratorium ended on Sunday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi received an unexpected civics lesson. According to Reuters, the moratorium’s expiration puts more than 15 million Americans and 6.5 million households at risk of losing their homes. However, the restriction kills small property owners who have most rental units in the United States. The government allowing renters to stay in residences despite paying and going behind on monthly rent payments has left landowners out of the debate.
Nevertheless, Pelosi claims that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are authorized to extend the restriction on evictions to other parts of the country. The California Democrat charged that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had allowed it to become inactive. As a result, a moral obligation could also exist to ensure that persons are not forced to live on the streets, contributing to the current public health problem.
Pelosi stated that she had no jurisdiction to extend the CDC’s July 31 eviction ban. In June, the Supreme Court ruled that the CDC’s restriction exceeded its legislative authority at the time. However, Republicans and Democrats were eager to point out that Congress, not the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, had the power to prolong the ban. In addition to this, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stated on Sunday that the moratorium’s expiration is the fault of conservative Democrats. However, the New York Democrat also highlighted that the moderate Democrats were more concerned with enjoying their summer vacation than assisting tenants.