In Washington, D.C., President Biden and Democratic leaders faced backlash Monday from progressives who blasted them for allowing a federal moratorium on evictions to expire. At the White House, presidential adviser Gene Sperling said a June Supreme Court ruling prevented the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from taking steps to extend the moratorium without congressional action — despite the worsening pandemic.
Gene Sperling: “To date, the CDC director and her team have been unable to find legal authority even for a more targeted eviction moratorium that would focus just on counties with higher rates of COVID spread.”
Missouri Congressmember Cori Bush — who has been camped out on the steps of the Capitol since Friday in protest — spoke briefly with Vice President Kamala Harris Monday and reportedly came away disappointed. Joining the protest Monday were New York Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Vermont independent Senator Bernie Sanders, who tweeted, “It’s outrageous that in the middle of a deadly pandemic the eviction moratorium has ended. … We cannot allow people to be thrown onto the streets.”