The Democrats are in disarray over a variety of issues. They're in disarray over the reconciliation bill, with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) indicating they wouldn't be supporting it in its present form. Among their issues with it: it's too expensive. But the Democrats are also in disarray over the eviction moratorium which expired last night.
As we reported earlier, some of the progressives, like Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) have camped out in protest on the steps of the Capitol trying to get action from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). Leftists even posted an eviction notice on the door of Speaker Pelosi's home in San Francisco.
While Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) doesn't appear to have camped out with other members of the Squad there (figures), she did visit. She also appeared on CNN's “State of the Union” to push the cause.
CNN's @jaketapper: "Who's to blame" for the failure to extend the eviction moratorium?
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AOC said that they had to “call a spade a spade,” that they couldn't blame the Republicans when the Democrats were in the majority. She ripped her fellow Democrats in the House for not voting for an extension and hit out at the White House for not saying anything about it until the day before — when they've known for a month about the Supreme Court decision that would inhibit their action. She claimed the White House was “not being really forthright.”
She's both right and wrong, in regard to action on this. Yes, the Biden White House seems to be very slow and ineffective at everything, so they didn't fess up until the day before. But if the House, with Pelosi in charge, really wanted to do something about it, they've known for more than a month themselves. They could have done something before. The bottom line was they voted against it.
Biden's plea came as House Democratic leaders tried to corral support among their caucus to push the eviction moratorium deadline until October, an effort that turned into a herculean task as the leadership tried to whip support at the 11th hour before the House started its nearly two-month recess. The effort ultimately failed.
About 20 moderate Democrats opposed the extension because of concerns that the period was too long for the federal moratorium to continue without oversight of how efficiently money previously approved to stem the evictions was being distributed to tenants, several Democratic aides said on the condition of anonymity to discuss ongoing internal negotiations.
So government — and specifically, the CDC — created this problem to begin with when they issued this moratorium, which is likely unconstitutional because they have no right to simply declare a moratorium on rents. Right now, there's actually a lawsuit underway from landlords calling this an uncompensated taking of their property violating the Fifth Amendment Takings Clause.
But now, with money distributed out to the states and local governments through the COVID bills in December and March, a lot of that money is not getting to renters or landlords. So, what they have is a big mess, completely created by the government.