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White House calls for 'urgent' action to prevent evictions after Supreme Court decision

EconomyAug 27, 2021 04:35AM ET
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The White House said it regretted the Supreme Court's decision on Thursday to end the Biden administration's pandemic-related federal moratorium on evictions, and urged states, cities, landlords and others to do what they could to help.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the eviction moratoriums issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had saved lives by preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus throughout the pandemic.

The court, which has a 6-3 conservative majority, granted a request by the challengers to lift the CDC moratorium that was to have run until Oct. 3.

"The Biden Administration is disappointed that the Supreme Court has blocked the most recent CDC eviction moratorium while confirmed cases of the Delta variant are significant across the country," she said, warning the decision would harm families and put communities at greater risk of exposure to COVID-19.

Given the ruling, President Joe Biden was "once again calling on all entities that can prevent evictions - from cities and states to local courts, landlords, Cabinet agencies - to urgently act to prevent evictions," Psaki said.

The White House on Wednesday announced new steps to help renters and landlords hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, including moves by the Treasury Department to reduce documentation requirements to get emergency rental assistance flowing to hundreds of thousands of applicants stuck in administrative processing bottlenecks.

Treasury also warned state and local governments that have failed to provide relief payments to at-risk renters and landlords that they could lose funding to jurisdictions that were doing better a better job disbursing those funds.

The White House said the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Veterans Affairs would also increase support for at-risk tenant and landlords to stave off evictions.

White House calls for 'urgent' action to prevent evictions after Supreme Court decision
 

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Me comment Aug 27, 2021 10:38AM ET
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Take all fed money away from republican states and give it to the democratic states that actually distribute it.
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CatholicMan Aug 27, 2021 9:20AM ET
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government wanting more money to fix the problem it created
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James Andrews Aug 27, 2021 5:41AM ET
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Anything but free market reality for these sc um bags
Klaus Weyers
Klaus Weyers Aug 27, 2021 5:33AM ET
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about time to stop this ridiculous moratorium .. what a shame to punish those who saved and invested in real estate .. always thought it was unconstitutional
David JC
David JC Aug 27, 2021 5:25AM ET
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End this illegal seizure of private property.
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jason xx Aug 27, 2021 5:25AM ET
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Did you not read the article?
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Louis Lipps Aug 27, 2021 4:53AM ET
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This is exactly why the Dems will never allow this virus to die.  Because it's such a convenient excuse for anything and everything.  That or Trump.  The CDC saved lives by extending the eviction moratoriam.    The CDC people!  Center for disease control is now in charge of government policy and they wonder why the Supreme Court struck it down.  Jesus.  How about this.  Get vaccinated, put on a mask and go to work like the rest of us.
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The vaccine doesn't work either.
 
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