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Cori Bush, Progressive Lawmakers and Activists Hailed for New CDC Eviction Moratorium

Reacting to news of the moratorium, Rep. Bush tweeted, "Today, our movement moved mountains."
Rep. Cori Bush in 2020. (Wikimedia Commons)

By Brett Wilkins / Common Dreams

Pressure from progressive lawmakers and grassroots activists to extend the expired federal eviction moratorium paid off Tuesday when the Biden administration took action to shield most—but not all—U.S. renters at risk of losing their homes.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the new moratorium “is intended to target specific areas of the country where cases are rapidly increasing, which likely would be exacerbated by mass evictions.”

Washington Post reporter Jeff Stein tweeted Tuesday afternoon that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) confirmed that the new CDC moratorium “will cover 90% of the country” and “last for 60 days.”

“Schumer says, ‘I particularly applaud Cori Bush,’ who he says gave ‘voice to the millions’ at risk of eviction,” Stein added.

Reacting to news of the new CDC moratorium, Bush (D-Mo.) tweeted, “Today, our movement moved mountains.”

Alexandra Rojas, executive director of Justice Democrats, said in a statement that Bush “demonstrated exactly the kind of leadership on behalf of working people that we need to see more of in the Democratic Party.”

“We saw what it’s like when one of the lowest-income Americans ever elected to national office challenged a Congress that is half made up of millionaires,” said Rojas. “With a little conflict and disruption of business as usual, she created a way out of ‘no-way.’ This isn’t the end of the battle for housing rights, but a new beginning. People deserve so much more than just basic protections from evictions during a pandemic.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said in a statement that “today’s extension of the eviction moratorium is life-changing news for millions of people.”

“I want to thank the Biden administration for finding a way to keep people in their homes while states distribute the $47 billion in assistance that Democrats in Congress provided in the American Rescue Plan,” Sanders continued. “I’m also very proud of Reps. Cori Bush, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez [D-N.Y.] and the [Congressional] Progressive Caucus for leading the effort to push the federal government to respond directly to the needs of the working class.”

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) tweeted that “this couldn’t have happened without the monthslong advocacy of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.” The Caucus chair hailed the “committed, clear-eyed activists like Bush leading the way, galvanizing attention, and calling on D.C. to govern with moral clarity,” adding that “it gets results.”

After House Democrats on Friday gave up on an eleventh-hour effort to pass a bill from Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) to extend the moratorium just before the lower chamber adjourned for August recess, the eviction ban lapsed on Saturday, putting millions of U.S. renters at risk of losing their homes amid the worsening Covid-19 pandemic.

Rather than leave Washington, D.C. like many of her congressional colleagues, Bush, along with Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), slept outside the U.S. Capitol building Friday night to demand that the House immediately reconvene to extend the moratorium.

The “Squad” members were joined over the weekend by other lawmakers and activists, who demanded that President Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Schumer, and other leaders “stop playing the blame game” and “do whatever it takes” to “end this eviction emergency.”


  1. While a Eviction Moratorium is great, SCOTUS has already ruled that the CDC, an advisory Public Health federal agency, has no constitutional authority to issue such a Moratorium.
    Public Health, by the Tenth Amendment, falls under the purview of the states. So constitutionally they should be extending Eviction Moratoriums, not the CDC. SCOTUS gave Congress a month; they did nothing.
    Will be interesting to see what happens if the rentier landlords evict anyway.

    1. Of course! And when the Court strikes down this temporary moratorium, Cracker Joe will say (as he’s already said) ” our hands are tied.” And, this is the cause of great rejoicing by the “progressives?” Where have they been? They knew this was coming for MONTHS. Everyone did.

  2. We should not be thanking politicians for providing that which is a basic human right? It’s like begging for food, and then thanking someone for keeping you from starving. It is a right, not a luxury. Necessities should never be looked at in terms of gifts from politicians. They should automatically be provided to all.

  3. Meaningless drivel. They will still owe that money that they will never be able to pay back. Their credit will be ruined and other landlords will be unwilling to rent to them in the future. At best it is a band-aid on a gaping gut wound. It is what the system does in lieu of actual change.

    You will never get Medicare for All. You will never get a living wage. You will always be asked to send your sons and daughters to kill others so America can take their shit. Because at the end of the day, to those who rule, all you are is a debt/wage slave who’s only worth is your ability to pad their bottom line.

    They will take until all you have left is your hunger. Believe it.

    1. @JustAMaverick:

      “You will always be asked to send your sons and daughters to kill others so *the Fortune 500 and Forbes 400* can take their shit.”

      Fixed that for you.

    2. All true. More theater from the Dem Party “progressives,” getting what amounts to 11th hour crumbs, and crowing about a great moral victory.

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