It was just last month that the Biden administration extended the eviction moratorium, which prevents landlords from removing people from their home for nonpayment of rent. However, that moratorium was not extended past the date of July 31st.
In a perversely amusing example of schadenfreude, protesters gathered outside the home of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and slammed a symbolic “eviction notice” on her door.
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It was a gathering of around 40 people who convened outside the San Francisco house, that the literal message was sent. “The reason that we’re at her house is that she has a beautiful mansion in Pacific Heights in San Francisco, and it shows how out of touch she is with the people that are facing a situation [of eviction],”, protestor Christin Evans later told Fox News.
It was a gesture demanding that Pelosi reconvene Congress and pass legislation that would extend the moratorium further. The moratorium has already been extended four times by the CDC.
Pelosi, for her part, seemed to characteristically be shifting blame to the CDC saying that it’s on the agency to extend the moratorium. However, a supreme court ruling held that the CDC cannot extend that moratorium with congressional authorization, so the ball would get kicked right back to Pelosi. If that isn’t a metaphor for political bureaucracy, one would be hard pressed to think of an example of a more fitting one.
Because even a broken clock is right twice a day, it should be noted that Pelosi did urge President Biden on Sunday to “immediately renew and extend the eviction moratorium until Oct. 18″. One should keep in mind that this was only after the House didn’t marshal the votes necessary to prevent the lapse in the first place.