(LR) Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Republican Corey Bush (D-MO), Republican Ayana Presley (D-MA) and Republican. The law would empower the Department of Health and Human Services to impose a federal eviction moratorium on Capitol Hill in Washington DC on September 21, 2021 in the interests of public health.
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A group of Democrats introduced a bill Tuesday that would restore a federal eviction moratorium on the nationwide coronavirus outbreak delta.
The law, led by Missouri Rep. Corey Bush and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, would give the Department of Health and Human Services permanent powers to impose eviction bans during public health crises. When the Supreme Court suspended the Biden administration’s stay order last month, a majority opinion claimed the agency lacked the capacity to implement it.
Bush and Warren said the ban would not only help Americans struggle to pay rent because of the loss of epidemic-related jobs, but would also reduce potential coronavirus exposure by keeping people in their homes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, public health restrictions on vaccination have been further relaxed across the country, with the U.S. still reporting an average of about 146,182 cases and 1,448 deaths in seven days as of Wednesday.
“We need to protect the millions of people who are at risk of losing their homes, their stability and even their lives,” Bush told reporters Tuesday.
The bill cannot go to Congress, not even the House, where a simple democratic majority can pass legislation. The White House moratorium – which was more risky than legal scrutiny – than legislation passed by Congress – led congressional leaders last month to decide that the bill is unlikely to go to President Joe Biden’s desk.
According to the Budget and Policy Priority Center, about 10.7 million tenants are behind in their payments.
Several states, including New York and California, still have eviction bans.
Under the proposed bill, nationwide protection from eviction would be effective automatically without an application process. The declared public health emergency will be suspended for 60 days.
Lawmakers say more than three dozen of their colleagues have signed the law. They include Democratic Sense.
The Biden administration helped bring about a moratorium on evictions after Bush slept on the steps of the U.S. Capitol this summer. It was protested at the end of July that the previous ban was due to expire.
In response to the epidemic, Congress approved ভ 46.5 billion in emergency rent assistance. At the end of last month, only ১ 5.1 billion in aid had gone.
– CNBC’s Annie Nova contributed to this report
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