The House leadership statement marked the latest escalation in tensions between Congressional Democrats and the Biden administration over the fate of the deportation moratorium, which ended on Saturday after being first implemented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in September.
Progressive lawmakers including Reps Cori Bush (D-Mo.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) And Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.) also urged Biden to uphold the ban in a letter this weekend. end and organized a demonstration at the Capitol.
The White House said Thursday it would drop the ban after the Supreme Court said in late June that legislation would be needed to extend it a fifth time.
Biden’s call for Congress to intervene sparked a two-day rush in the House. More than a dozen House Democrats opposed a proposed moratorium extension, which was challenged by homeowners who warned it was costing them billions of dollars every month.
Pelosi and his team said on Sunday night that as the CDC redoubles its efforts on mask wear and vaccinations, “science and reason demand that they also extend the moratorium in light of the Delta variant.” .
“This is a moral imperative to prevent people from being put on the streets, which also contributes to the public health emergency,” they said.
Senior Democrats have asked the Treasury Department to shed light on how state and local governments could more effectively deliver the $ 46.5 billion in rent assistance that Congress has authorized since December. By the end of June, only 6.5% of funds had been disbursed.
The expiration of the moratorium over the weekend meant millions of tenants across the country were at risk of losing their homes. About 7.4 million adult renters said they were behind on rent in the latest US Census Bureau survey, which was conducted during the last week of June and the first week of July. About 3.6 million renter households said they were “somewhat likely” or “very likely” to be evicted in the next two months.