SEVERE WX : High Wind Warning - Wind Advisory - Flash Flood Watch - Flood Watch View Alerts

Evictions are looming as the Delta variant spreads

The federal eviction moratorium, put in place by the CDC last September, will not be extended leaving those who have relied on it at risk of losing their homes. CNN's Nick Watt reports.

Posted: Jul 30, 2021 12:41 PM


Capitol Hill is scrambling Friday to put together a deal to extend the eviction moratorium for renters from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before it expires Saturday night, though Democrats in the House have struggled to find a proposal that has enough support to advance.

The Supreme Court last month allowed the CDC order to stay in place until July 31 but said congressional action would be needed to extend it past that date. President Joe Biden called on Congress on Thursday to extend the moratorium to December 31, but both chambers have yet to move through the legislative process to extend the directive and the moratorium appears on track to expire barring some sort of last-minute action.

House Democratic leadership was also shopping around Friday afternoon whether the conference would support extending the eviction moratorium to just October 18 instead of to the end of the year. It is unclear if that change will garner enough support from members.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters Friday morning "we will see" when asked if she thought a vote could happen Friday. The House is just hours away from the start of its scheduled seven-week August recess, though congressional leader can delay or cancel that recess and bring the chamber back into session.

But in a sign that she does not have the votes to move forward on an extension, Pelosi said at a news conference Friday that it should be the CDC to extend the moratorium and use the money that had previously been allocated to this issue because she says much of it has not been spent.

"We would like the CDC to expand the moratorium, that's where it can be done," Pelosi told reporters.

But the White House's legal team doesn't see that extension as an option. The message sent in Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's opinion allowing the last extension, which explicitly stated the moratorium was only being upheld because it would expire on July 31, led the White House legal team to settle on the position that there was no way to win if they sought another extension.

"There was no chance of winning or it even having a temporary positive impact and some chance that it could provoke a harmful ruling," the White House official said.

It's also unclear why, if the deadline has been known for weeks, Democratic leaders are scrambling to get the extension passed with little more than a day before the deadline. At her news conference Friday, Pelosi said she did not want to criticize the Executive Branch for waiting until Thursday to urge Congress to act.

"I don't want to be critical of what they have because they just made the statement yesterday," Pelosi said. "But we are not going away from this issue whether it's now or shortly thereafter."

A separate White House official noted Kavanaugh's opinion was public for all lawmakers to see, and that the White House clearly stated its intent in June that the one-month extension to July 31 would be the last.

Even if the extension passes the House, it's unlikely the Senate would be able to quickly pass the bill any time soon. The upper chamber has tied up the floor for the foreseeable future as it tries to advance a bipartisan infrastructure bill, and any quick passage would require unanimous consent from all present senators. The Senate is also slated to start its recess at the end of next week, though that too could change if leadership changes the schedule.

Put in place by the CDC last fall to help in stopping the spread of Covid-19, the order banned the eviction of renters for nonpayment of rent. The end of the moratorium could affect the estimated 11.4 million adult renters are behind on rent, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Republicans have pushed back that Democrats are trying to get this done too last minute.

"The CDC order was to expire at the end of this month. They knew that in February. Democrats had the opportunity to change that. They didn't," GOP Rep. Patrick McHenry of North Carolina said Friday. "We've heard the priority. We've heard the emergency. But this is not an emergency. On this day it's a tragedy that it's this level of incompetency that we didn't take action in February, March, April, May, June. Even July."

As House Democratic leadership continues to hold members in session Friday afternoon when many were planning to start the August recess, a senior aide close to the moderate wing of the Democratic Party told CNN that moderates are threatening to leave and not vote proxy because it's clear the party doesn't have the votes.

"They don't have the votes and leadership is playing hard ball and trying to force members to stay," the staffer told CNN. "Moderates are now threatening to get on planes and not vote proxy."

But other Democrats have pressed that regardless of how down to the wire it is, this extension cannot be ignored.

"We have got to put a pause on this for the sake of public health," Democratic Rep. Deborah Ross of North Carolina said Friday. "For the sake of people's economic well-being, and to give people time to make this transition. I too wish that we had planned for this more in advance, but I can say that people are making some progress. We need to help people right now."

The White House is also pressing to ramp up the awareness and disbursement of the tens of billions of dollars available in rental assistance and grantees from the Covid relief laws enacted late last year and in March. The pace of that aid going out the door has been a concern for lawmakers and administration officials alike, as they've sought to press local officials to disburse the money more rapidly widely.

This story has been updated with additional developments Friday.

The-CNN-Wire
™ & © 2021 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 357526

Reported Deaths: 4284
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah55810707
Washington38782324
Marion36837455
Clackamas29779309
Lane27744302
Jackson23059310
Deschutes20336125
Umatilla14492150
Linn12911131
Douglas12118243
Josephine9384196
Yamhill8715113
Klamath8020119
Polk737381
Malheur563677
Benton549431
Coos503794
Columbia382644
Jefferson376052
Lincoln319939
Union319549
Crook291846
Wasco288841
Clatsop244328
Baker203529
Tillamook196932
Hood River192837
Morrow185023
Curry180625
Harney113927
Grant100013
Lake93912
Wallowa68612
Gilliam1544
Sherman1523
Wheeler1121
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 4848946

Reported Deaths: 71328
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles148303126527
Riverside3716705041
San Diego3666614183
San Bernardino3586775692
Orange3242885562
Sacramento1596362309
Kern1463481648
Fresno1463182094
Santa Clara1455431897
Alameda1206921400
San Joaquin1027761721
Ventura1010381167
Contra Costa1000181008
Stanislaus862991335
Tulare80375978
San Francisco54440649
San Mateo54168623
Monterey50911586
Solano46063341
Santa Barbara45223523
Merced42422581
Sonoma40997404
Placer39435429
Imperial36071766
Kings32938325
San Luis Obispo29973333
Madera23955285
Shasta23924352
Butte23818273
Santa Cruz21034221
Yolo20397248
Marin17706244
El Dorado17207149
Sutter13937175
Napa12898100
Yuba1011582
Tehama9534110
Humboldt9269109
Nevada916790
Mendocino766787
Lassen754347
San Benito744972
Tuolumne691790
Lake6631105
Amador547364
Siskiyou451246
Glenn438433
Calaveras391481
Del Norte358742
Colusa307618
Inyo214241
Mono16723
Plumas16607
Mariposa133916
Trinity88011
Modoc6895
Sierra1880
Unassigned1460
Alpine1050
Out of CA00
Medford
Cloudy
56° wxIcon
Hi: 58° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 56°
Brookings
Cloudy
52° wxIcon
Hi: 52° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 52°
Crater Lake
Cloudy
56° wxIcon
Hi: 35° Lo: 27°
Feels Like: 56°
Grants Pass
Cloudy
56° wxIcon
Hi: 57° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 56°
Klamath Falls
Cloudy
44° wxIcon
Hi: 44° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 38°
Wet and very windy weekend in progress
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events