Progressive Cori Bush says ‘some Democrats went on vacation instead’ of preventing the eviction moratorium from expiring

Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., testifies during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing.
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Rep. Cori Bush on Saturday accused Democrats of leaving for vacation before passing legislation that would have renewed the eviction moratorium.
About 7.4 million Americans risk eviction in the next two months after the moratorium ends July 31.
The House failed to pass a bill that would have extended the moratorium and members are now on recess until August.
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Rep. Cori Bush slammed Democrats, saying they decided to take a recess ahead of the upcoming eviction moratorium deadline, potentially plunging millions of renters into a state of disarray.
"We could have extended it yesterday, but some Democrats went on vacation instead," Bush, a progressive representative from Missouri, said on Twitter Saturday morning.
"We slept at the Capitol last night to ask them to come back and do their jobs. Today’s their last chance. We’re still here," she added, including a picture of her and several activists outside the Capitol building.
-Cori Bush (@CoriBush) July 31, 2021Hours after failing to pass a bill that would have extended the eviction moratorium, the House on Friday entered a recess that’ll last until August.
The eviction moratorium, set up in September 2020 in response to the financial devastation brought on by the coronavirus, was extended in June by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The White House encouraged Congress to extend the moratorium past July, giving guidance to do so at the last minute. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement that the Biden administration would have "strongly supported" the CDC in a decision to renew the moratorium. But a Supreme Court ruling specified that the decision to renew required congressional approval, the White House statement said.
Democrats unanimously voted to pass the bill, but Republican House members blocked the legislation.
After the bill failed, top Democrats expressed their disappointment in a statement.
"It is extremely disappointing that House and Senate Republicans have refused to work with us on this issue," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and House Majority whip James Clyburn after the vote failed. "We strongly urge them to reconsider their opposition to helping millions of Americans and instead join with us to help renters and landlords hit hardest by the pandemic and prevent a nationwide eviction crisis."
Once the moratorium expires on July 31, about 7.4 million Americans will risk eviction in the next two months. That translates to about 16% of all renters, according to Census Pulse Survey Data.
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