CDC Director Rochelle Walensky
The CDC on Tuesday announced a new 60-day moratorium on evictions.
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky acted independently and signed the order on Tuesday.
‘This moratorium is the right thing to do to keep people in their homes and out of congregate settings where COVID-19 spreads,’ Walensky said. ‘Such mass evictions and the attendant public health consequences would be very difficult to reverse.’
“This order will expire on October 3, 2021 and applies in United States counties experiencing substantial and high levels of community transmission levels of SARS-CoV-2,” according to a statement, which adds that the moratorium “allows additional time for rent relief to reach renters and to further increase vaccination rates.”
Six million Americans are facing eviction after Democrats went on break for six weeks without extending the eviction moratorium.
** 2 million homeowners are behind on their mortgages
** 6 million renters are behind on their rent payments
The moratorium expired on Saturday.
On Monday, Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters urged the CDC to ignore the Supreme Court ruling and unilaterally extend the eviction moratorium.
I don’t buy that the CDC can’t extend the eviction moratorium – something it has already done in the past! Who is going to stop them? Who is going to penalize them? There is no official ruling saying that they cannot extend this moratorium. C’mon CDC – have a heart! Just do it!
— Maxine Waters (@RepMaxineWaters) August 2, 2021
Fox News reported:
Despite what Waters posted, there was an official ruling on this in May from U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich, who said the CDC acted outside the scope of its authority when it previously issued the moratorium. That order was put on hold pending an appeal of the decision, and while the Supreme Court denied a request to vacate the stay on the ruling, it was only because it was already set to expire on July 31.
Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote in a concurring opinion that he agrees that the CDC exceeded their power with the moratorium, and made clear that he was only allowing it to continue because it was about to end. Had Kavanaugh voted the other way, it would have been a 5-4 ruling to vacate the stay and Judge Friedrich’s ruling against the moratorium would have taken effect.
24 hours later, the CDC complied and extended the eviction moratorium until October 3rd.
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