In what could easily be a first, Conservatives are agreeing with New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spent the weekend trying to find someone to blame for the lack of an extension on the eviction moratorium that expired on Saturday.
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She blamed everyone from the Republicans in Congress to the Biden-led Center for Disease Control for the expiration of the pandemic protection for evictions due to job loss and reduction in salary during COVID.
The Speaker of House tweeted on Saturday, “Ensuring every American has a roof overhead is a value that unites the Democratic Party. That’s why I led a relentless campaign to extend the CDC eviction moratorium. In an act of pure cruelty, Republicans blocked this measure — leaving children and families out on the streets.”
She wasn’t done there. In a series of tweets, she ironically called the Republicans actions “partisan obstruction.”
Unfortunately for the speaker, the Republicans in Congress were not at fault. Even far-left progressive Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stated as much.
She told CNNs Jake Tapper, “First of all, you are absolutely correct, in that the House and House leadership had the opportunity to vote to extend the moratorium. And there were many and there was, frankly, a handful of conservative Democrats in the House that threatened to get on planes rather than hold this vote. And we have to really just call a spade a spade. We cannot in good faith blame the Republican Party when House Democrats have a majority.”
With the second-term congresswoman putting out the fire that Pelosi was trying to start, the Speaker had to find someone new to blame.
So, she turned her finger-pointing to the CDC.
“The CDC has the power to extend the eviction moratorium. As they double down on masks, why wouldn’t they extend the moratorium in light of delta variant?” she tweeted on Sunday.
Another swing and miss by the 33-year Congressional veteran. As pointed out by North Dakota Congressman Kelly Armstrong, the Supreme Court rules that the CDC had overstepped its authority by issuing the moratorium in the first place. The ruling stated that it required Congressional authorization.
One would have to assume that any extension of said moratorium must meet that same expectation.
The questions now are, who does Nancy shift ownership of this failure to, and will it be strike three?