© Reuters.U.S. Rep. Corey Bush (D-MO) held up her phone during a live broadcast from her overnight chair to emphasize that the pandemic-related federal suspension of residential evictions on the steps of the U.S. Capitol is about to expire
By Susan Conwell
Washington (Reuters)-U.S. Rep. Corey Bush was expelled three times before she entered politics and lived in her car with her two children. She spent a sleepless night on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. Night to protest the end of Saturday’s pandemic freeze. Expelled.
Bush is a progressive Democrat who won her Missouri seat last year. She slept in a camping chair for about an hour. Two other progressive lawmakers-Representatives Ilhan Omar and Aiana Presley-appeared to support her.
Bush remained outside the Capitol on Saturday afternoon, urging Instagram viewers to join her request, asking Congress, President Joe Biden, or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to prevent the ban from expiring https://www.reuters.com/legal/government /us -house-take-up-residential-eviction-moratorium-extension-2021-07-30.
“Today, by midnight, if there is no response, 7 million people will be at risk of being deported if the House, Senate, or the government does not take other actions,” said the black congresswoman. “I have been there myself.”
Because of the unpaid rent during the pandemic, people are at risk of being evicted, when many people were unemployed due to economic impact. The CDC imposed a suspension 11 months ago, partly to prevent the spread of the coronavirus through crowded shelters and the homes of people hosting others.
After Republican members of Congress blocked a motion to extend the recess to October 18, the House of Representatives adjourned on Friday, and the seven-week August recess was not extended. Due to lack of sufficient support, including some Democrats, House Democrats chose not to submit the legislation to one vote.
Biden asked Congress to extend the ban on Thursday and made it clear that his administration would not extend the ban again without Congress’s approval.
According to a study by the Aspen Institute and the COVID-19 Deportation Defense Project, there are currently more than 6.5 million American households in arrears of $20 billion in rent.
Opponents of the extension of the ban pointed out that landlords are facing increasing pressure to pay mortgages, insurance and taxes without rent.
Bush said she had expected the CDC to extend the ban. She now hopes that enough other legislators will help her persuade the Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi to reconvene the House of Representatives and take action.
“We need to buy some time so that we can talk to moderate Democrats and…see how we can work together to accomplish this,” she told reporters.
She did not hear from Pelosi. Pelosi told reporters on Friday that she believes the CDC can extend the ban.
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