The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s eviction moratorium expired on Sunday, August 1, after the House failed to extend it and left for their August recess.
The CDC had put a moratorium on evictions in place since September 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The agency signed an extension to the eviction moratorium to July 31, seeking to prevent the eviction of tenants who are unable to make rental payments. However, the Supreme Court ruled in June that any extension would have to be approved by Congress.
Last week, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif) introduced an extension bill called the Protecting Renters from Evictions Act of 2021.
On Friday, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer brought up the extension bill for a unanimous consent vote, and Republican members blocked it, Business Insider reported.
After the bill failed, Rep. Waters said that she was not satisfied with the approach taken by the House Democrat leaders.
“Unfortunately, we were not able to get my bill up on the floor to be voted on, and that’s the approach that I took. The leadership decided they were going to try to get the Republicans to give you unanimous consent to take the bill up. And of course, that failed,” Waters told CNN.
But the Democratic leaders shifted the blame to the Republican members. Hoyer, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and House Majority whip Rep. James Clyburn wrote a statement expressing their disappointment.
“It is extremely disappointing that House and Senate Republicans have refused to work with us on this issue,” they wrote after the vote. “We strongly urge them to reconsider their opposition to helping millions of Americans and instead join with us to help renters and landlords hit hardest by the pandemic and prevent a nationwide eviction crisis.”
The House has now entered its August recess and is scheduled to reconvene in September.