Politics Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Calls Out Democrats for Letting Eviction Moratorium Expire
Congress fails to extend eviction moratorium, despite last-minute effort
The bill would have extended the eviction freeze until Oct. 18, which is when the public health emergency declaration for COVID-19 is set to expire. The CDC placed a pause on evictions last September amid economic hardships experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite an emergency appeal from real estate agent associations, landlords and other groups that argued that the CDC had exceeded its authority by imposing a moratorium, the Supreme Court allowed the eviction freeze to remain intact until the end of July.
Representativecriticized the Biden administration and moderate House on Sunday for letting the moratorium on evictions expire.
The New York Democrat said she could not "in good faith blame the Republican Party when House Democrats have the majority."
"I think there's a couple of issues here," she toldhost Jake Tapper during the appearance on State of the Union. "First of all, you are absolutely correct in that the House and House leadership had the opportunity to vote to extend the moratorium."
Protesters Tape 'Eviction Notice' on Nancy Pelosi's Home as Moratorium Ends
Dozens of activists called on Nancy Pelosi to "immediately call Congress to session to vote to extend the eviction moratorium."About 40 activists arrived outside Pelosi's San Francisco home on Saturday, just hours before the moratorium's last extension expired leaving more than 10 million Americans facing the prospect of being told to leave their homes.
CNN's @jaketapper: "Who's to blame" for the failure to extend the eviction moratorium?
Rep. @AOC gives a very honest answer about conservative House Democrats threatening to get on planes and Biden WH waiting 'til the day before. pic.twitter.com/3zVncWDpb7— The Recount (@therecount) August 1, 2021
She criticized some moderate House Democrats, who she said chose to leave Washington D.C., rather than vote on the extension.
"There was frankly a handful of conservative Democrats in the House that threatened to get on planes rather than hold this vote," Ocasio-Cortez said.
The congresswoman also believes the Biden administration shares in the blame. She told Tapper "there is something to be said" in that, after receiving an order from thethat would have to on the moratorium in June, that the administration "waited until the day before the House adjourned to release a statement asking on Congress to extend the moratorium."
Protesters stick 'eviction notice' on Nancy Pelosi's California home as moratorium expires
Around 40 activists protested outside Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco home and called on her to push for an extension to the federal eviction moratorium. The moratorium, which expired at the end of July, protected some tenants from being kicked out of their homes. See more stories on Insider's business page. Activists stuck a fake eviction notice on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's California home on Saturday in protest of the federal eviction moratorium coming to an end, according to Newsweek.
Ocasio-Cortez, who sits on the Financial Services Committee, which has jurisdiction over housing, said the White House "was not being forthright" about their stance until "the day before the house was adjourned."
"The House was put into a needlessly difficult situation," she said.
She called on the House to reconvene and extend the moratorium.
"There's about 11 million people that are behind on their rent and at risk of eviction," Ocasio-Cortez said. "That's one out of every six renters."
She previously criticized some Democrats over the issue on. "For some on Capitol Hill, it's not about what we can do for our country, but what the country can do for their vacation," she wrote.
For some on Capitol Hill, it's not about what we can do for our country, but what the country can do for their vacation.
Call your member of Congress and tell them to stay at work until we finish the job.
AOC blames Democrats for letting eviction moratorium expire, says Biden wasn't 'forthright'
'We cannot in good faith blame House Republicans when Democrats have the majority,' New York Rep. Ocasio-Cortez said Sunday.The Democratic-controlled House adjourned Friday without extending the moratorium that was put in place to help renters amid the coronavirus pandemic. It expired Sunday, leaving progressive Democrats like Ocasio-Cortez outraged and demanding that the House return from its August recess.
States haven't released rent relief. We need to extend the moratorium. https://t.co/UtIbeaPKkM— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 30, 2021
Newsweek reached out to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and the White House for further comment but did not hear back before publication time.
Her comments echo those of other progressive House Democrats, who have been pushing for action to extend the moratorium.
Representativesof Missouri, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and of Minnesota to protest the end of the moratorium. Bush had set up for a second night. She told reporters: "I don't plan to leave before some type of change happens."
Bush has alsofor letting it expire. She tweeted Saturday: "The eviction moratorium expires tonight at midnight. We could have extended it yesterday, but some Democrats went on vacation instead. We slept at the Capitol last night to ask them to come back and do their jobs."
Representative Maxine Waters, the California Democrat who chairs the Financial Services Committee, also criticized leadership for trying to getto give unanimous consent to extend the moratorium. "Of course that failed," she told CNN Sunday. "Now we're left without a resolution to this tremendous problem."
'Squad' members spend nights outside Capitol to protest end of eviction freeze
Three members of the progressive "Squad" have been staying outside the Capitol in protest of the end of the freeze on evictions implemented amid the COVID-19 pandemic. © Provided by Washington Examiner Reps. Cori Bush, Ilhan Omar, and Ayanna Pressley have remained outside the Capitol to protest the end of the eviction moratorium, which expired at midnight Saturday night. "It's 2 AM on Sunday. We haven't slept since Thursday night. The eviction moratorium expired, so we're now in an eviction emergency.
"No matter where the fault lies, this is an emergency," Waters added. "All we can do now is get back as fast as we can and work as hard as we can to try to get my bill passed."
On Friday, the White House released a statement calling on state and local governments to "take all possible steps to immediately disburse" Emergency Rental Assistance funding.
"There can be no excuse for any state or locality not accelerating funds to landlords and tenants that have been hurt during this pandemic," the statement said. "Every state and local government must get these funds out to ensure we prevent every eviction we can."
Revealed: Dems took millions from real estate developers before allowing eviction moratorium to end .
"Real estate developer money unites the Democratic Party" A sign calling for an extension to a federal eviction moratorium sits near Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) as she spends the night outside the U.S. Capitol on July 31, 2021.