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Cori Bush, Elizabeth Warren want to reinstate ban


Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., left, hugs Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., outside of the Capitol on Tuesday, August 3, 2021. While waiting to hear from Biden about a renewal of the eviction moratorium, Rep. Bush prepared for a television interview.

Getty Images A group of Democrats on Tuesday that would reinstate a federal eviction moratorium as the delta coronavirus variant fuels outbreaks nationwide.| CQ-Roll Call, Inc. | Getty Images

A group of Democrats on Tuesday introduced a bill that would reinstate a federal eviction moratorium as the delta coronavirus variant fuels outbreaks nationwide.

Rep. Cori Bush of Missouri and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts authored the bill. They would have permanent authority for the Department of Health and Human Services, to implement an eviction ban when there is a public health emergency. A moratorium imposed by the Biden administration was struck down last month by the Supreme Court. The majority opinion held that the agency did not have the necessary power to put it into effect.

Bush and Warren stated that the ban would help Americans who are unable to pay rent due to pandemic-related job loss, as well as reduce coronavirus risk by keeping them in their own homes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the U.S. had reported an average seven-day count of 146,182 deaths and 1,448 cases of illness. However, there has been an increase in vaccines.

Bush stated Tuesday to reporters that we must defend the lives and homes of millions who face serious danger.

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The bill may not go far in Congress, even in the House, where a simple Democratic majority can pass legislation. The White House moratorium — which was more vulnerable to legal scrutiny than a law passed by Congress would be — came about last month after congressional leaders decided legislation was unlikely to get to President Joe Biden’s desk.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimates that 10.7 millions renters are currently behind on their monthly payments.

Several states including New York and California still have eviction bans in place.

Under the proposed bill, nationwide protections from eviction would take effect automatically without an application process. The moratorium would remain in force until 60 days following the declaration of an emergency public health situation.

More than thirty-six of their colleagues signed onto the legislation, according to legislators. These include Democratic Senators. There are two Democratic Senators: Ed Markey in Massachusetts and Alex Padilla from California. Also included were Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, AyannaPressley, Ilhan Omar, Mondaire Jones, New York and Jimmy Gomez, California.

Bush was able to help bring about the Biden administration’s eviction moratorium. She had slept this summer on the U.S. Capitol Steps. At the beginning of July, an earlier ban had been set to expire.

The pandemic has prompted Congress to approve $46.5 billion for emergency rental aid. Late last month, $5.1 million in emergency rental assistance had already been disbursed.

— CNBC’s Annie Nova contributed to this report

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