White House Looks for ‘Legal Authority’ to Renew Eviction Ban After Congressional Extension Fails

Headline Roundup August 2nd, 2021

The CDC “has been unable to find legal authority” to renew the national eviction moratorium that expired on July 31, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Monday, adding that the White House was “redoubling efforts to identify all available legal authorities to provide necessary protections.” The statement came after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on the Biden administration to renew and extend the eviction ban until October 18.

President Joe Biden asked lawmakers to extend the ban via legislation on Thursday, but House Democrats failed to gather enough support from moderates and Republicans by Friday. In a June 29 concurring opinion to a Supreme Court decision upholding the ban, Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote that Congress had the authority to extend the eviction ban beyond July. In lieu of a congressional extension, Biden asked landlords and local governments to hold off on evictions while the administration searched for a legal way to extend the ban. 

Coverage across the spectrum pointed out that “millions of renters” could face eviction as a result of the eviction ban ending. Coverage in left- and center-rated outlets was more likely to focus on renters themselves. Coverage in right-rated outlets was more likely to focus on Progressives’ criticisms of Democratic leaders. 

From the Center

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has turned down President Joe Biden's request for a new scaled-down pandemic-related moratorium on residential evictions, citing a lack of legal authority to take the action, the White House said on Monday.

The previous moratorium, which protected millions of Americans behind on their rent from being tossed out of houses and apartments, expired at midnight on Saturday, with Congress failing to renew it as Biden had asked. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi earlier on Monday pressed Biden to have his...

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From the Left

Anger and frustration mounted in Congress as a nationwide eviction moratorium expired at midnight Saturday — one Democratic lawmaker even camping outside the Capitol in protest as millions of Americans faced being forced from their homes.

Lawmakers said they were blindsided by President Joe Biden’s inaction as the deadline neared, some furious that he called on Congress to provide a last-minute solution to protect renters. The rare division between the president and his party carried potential lasting political ramifications.

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., the chair of the Financial Services Committee, said Saturday...

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From the Right

The White House is urging states and cities to speed up the deployment of federal aid to stave off evictions after a moratorium lapsed and Congress failed to extend it.

"State and local governments long ago received Emergency Rental Assistance— a $46.5 billion plan to protect millions of Americans facing deep rental debt and potential eviction during the pandemic," press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement Monday. "Too many states and cities have been too slow to act."

States have distributed only a fraction of the aid meant to support both...

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