By Nick Arama
August 1, 2021
The government has created a huge problem with their lockdown restrictions that killed many people’s jobs, so then the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) imposed an eviction moratorium in March 2020, which was questionable constitutionally. That moratorium had the further effect of kneecapping landlords, who could still had to pay all their mortgages and property taxes without the rent.
But now, the eviction moratorium expired yesterday, and that’s going to create a huge mess with all the folks who weren’t paying (despite still contractually being obligated to pay).
Progressive members of Congress had been protesting on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to get House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to extend the moratorium. The Biden team said they couldn’t do anything because of a recent Supreme Court decision, so they booted the issue to Congress. Then Congress adjourned for vacation yesterday, leaving the coming problems unaddressed and infuriating the progressives.
Rep. Cori Bush blasted other Democrats for leaving. “We could have extended it yesterday, but some Democrats went on vacation instead,” she tweeted. She was joined at the protest by other members of the Squad, including Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).
Many of my Democratic colleagues chose to go on vacation early today rather than staying to vote to keep people in their homes.
I’ll be sleeping outside the Capitol tonight. We’ve still got work to do. pic.twitter.com/9l52lWBM73
— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) July 31, 2021
Eviction moratorium expires at midnight. Our movement is growing. Tag your Rep. The House must reconvene and #ExtendTheMoratorium or @POTUS @CDCgov could extend it tonight.
We need all hands on deck.@AOC@AyannaPressley pic.twitter.com/LcQ8YanPP5
— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) July 31, 2021
But even while that was happening, there was inter-leftist fighting over demanding even more.
An intense argument broke out last nite @ the Capitol between an activist & members of the Squad on their refusal to directly confront Pelosi.
I asked Rep @CoriBush about the exchange & why the Squad didn’t use its leverage to force a #M4A vote.
Her staff shut me down ASAP. pic.twitter.com/vWkugNcMrP
— Max Blumenthal (@MaxBlumenthal) August 1, 2021
That’s one of the reasons the left has always failed in the past. They can never get their act together.
While that was happening in D.C., housing activists in San Francisco went to Pelosi’s home to protest her there.
About 40 people showed up and taped an eviction notice to her door, to remind her that people are facing eviction.
Protesters put an eviction notice on Pelosi’s door today. I love when Dems dislike Dems 😁 pic.twitter.com/iVTzJqWkLQ
— 🇺🇸ProudArmyBrat (@leslibless) August 1, 2021
We delivered an eviction notice to Pelosi today in solidarity with you and the millions who are facing eviction right now! Thank you for fighting for tenants! pic.twitter.com/WTaXxqFw9W
— yüng timmy (@osnapitstim) July 31, 2021
“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],” Christin Evans, one of the activists outside of Pelosi’s home, told Fox News.
Evans says the housing and homeless crisis was already bad in San Francisco but coronavirus made it worse with people losing their jobs and facing medical emergencies.
“We wanted to essentially send her a message that we want her to reconvene Congress to take a vote [to extend] the eviction moratorium,” Evans told Fox News.
The COVID bills that passed in December and March have only provided relief to a small number of the 1.2 million households that have reported being “very likely to face eviction in the next two months,” according to the Treasury Department.
Leftists are right that Pelosi deserves eviction, but she deserves eviction from her job as House speaker. They haven’t seemed to have any interest in resolving this problem; they just made it worse. They knew it was coming and, like everything else, they now have left it a mess.