Rep. Cori Bush: Dems 'went on vacation' as eviction moratorium set to expire

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"We could have extended it yesterday, but some Democrats went on vacation instead," Bush, a progressive representative from Missouri, said on Twitter Saturday morning. 

"We slept at the Capitol last night to ask them to come back and do their jobs. Today's their last chance. We're still here," she added, tweeting out a picture of her and several activists outside the Capitol building.  

Hours after failing to pass a bill that would have extended the eviction moratorium, the House on Friday entered a recess that'll last until August. 

The eviction moratorium, first set up in September 2020 in response to the financial devastation brought on by the coronavirus, was extended in June by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

The White House encouraged Congress to extend the moratorium past July, giving guidance to do so at the last minute. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement that the Biden administration would have "strongly supported" the CDC in a decision to renew the moratorium. But a Supreme Court ruling specified that the decision to renew required congressional approval, the White House statement said.

Democrats unanimously voted to pass the bill, but Republican House members blocked the legislation. 

After the bill failed, top Democrats expressed their disappointment in a statement.

"It is extremely disappointing that House and Senate Republicans have refused to work with us on this issue," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and House Majority whip James Clyburn after the vote failed. "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."

Bush told Insider she's prepared to spend a second day sleeping outside the Capitol building in an attempt to get House democrats to reconvene.

"This is not the first time I've occupied in front of a government building. And this is not the first time I've had to sleep outside," she said. 

"I am prepared to stand out here if need be. Do I want to? No. Is it fun? Absolutely not. Would I rather be in my bed? Absolutely," she continued, adding that she had originally been scheduled to stump for congressional candidate Nina Turner.

"But this happened and I knew I could not leave without doing whatever I could to save lives," Bush told Insider. 

During her Friday night stayover, the Missouri lawmaker said she only got an hour of sleep in the cold and had "just a chair" and "a sleeping bag that I used as a blanket." Reps. Ayanna Pressley and Ilhan Omar also spent the night outside with Bush. 

Once the moratorium expires on July 31, about 7.4 million Americans will risk eviction in the next two months. That translates to about 16% of all renters, according to Census Pulse Survey Data.

Meanwhile, landlords are poised to evict quickly, Business Insider's Alex Nicoll reported. A New York lawyer told Insider that landlords want to be ready to serve eviction notices on August 1. These evictions could escalate the national homelessness crisis.

It sends a "very disturbing message" when the House, Senate, and White House are all Democrat-run but lawmakers can't get legislation like this passed, Bush told Insider. 

So far, she hasn't heard from her House colleagues about the potential of lawmakers returning to the floor.

But multiple members of Congress — like Reps. Jamaal Bowman, Bonnie Watson Coleman, and Maxine Waters, who introduced the bill to extend the moratorium on Friday — told Bush they'd return if called back. 

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Cori Bush prepared to spend 2nd night outside Capitol as eviction moratorium expiration looms

The Week Magazine 31 July, 2021 - 10:42am

Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) is prepared to spend another night outside the Capitol building as she seeks to pressure Congress into action with the pandemic-related federal eviction moratorium set to expire on Saturday night, Business Insider reports. Bush slept outside the halls of Congress on Friday night after House Democrats, despite a last-minute scramble before a weeks-long recess, were unable to pass an extension on the moratorium via unanimous consent. Assuming the deadline remains in tact, millions of Americans will reportedly be at risk of eviction.

There's been some finger-pointing over who's to blame for the failure, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) suggesting that the Biden administration alerted her about its desire for Congress to act and extend the deadline too late. "Really, we only learned about this yesterday," Pelosi told reporters on Friday, adding that she didn't have enough time to whip votes. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) was even more straightforward in her criticism, calling it "unacceptable" for President Biden to wait until Thursday to release a statement on the issue.

Rep. AOC on expiration of eviction moratorium: “The fact that the statement came out just yesterday is unacceptable. It is unacceptable. I want to make that very clear because the excuses that we've been hearing about it. I do not accept that.” pic.twitter.com/8Bpqdige2f

Meanwhile, no House Republicans supported the extension bid.

Cori Bush prepared to spend 2nd night outside Capitol as eviction moratorium expiration looms

MSNBC 31 July, 2021 - 10:42am

Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) is prepared to spend another night outside the Capitol building as she seeks to pressure Congress into action with the pandemic-related federal eviction moratorium set to expire on Saturday night, Business Insider reports. Bush slept outside the halls of Congress on Friday night after House Democrats, despite a last-minute scramble before a weeks-long recess, were unable to pass an extension on the moratorium via unanimous consent. Assuming the deadline remains in tact, millions of Americans will reportedly be at risk of eviction.

There's been some finger-pointing over who's to blame for the failure, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) suggesting that the Biden administration alerted her about its desire for Congress to act and extend the deadline too late. "Really, we only learned about this yesterday," Pelosi told reporters on Friday, adding that she didn't have enough time to whip votes. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) was even more straightforward in her criticism, calling it "unacceptable" for President Biden to wait until Thursday to release a statement on the issue.

Rep. AOC on expiration of eviction moratorium: “The fact that the statement came out just yesterday is unacceptable. It is unacceptable. I want to make that very clear because the excuses that we've been hearing about it. I do not accept that.” pic.twitter.com/8Bpqdige2f

Meanwhile, no House Republicans supported the extension bid.

Cori Bush prepared to spend 2nd night outside Capitol as eviction moratorium expiration looms

CNBC Television 31 July, 2021 - 10:42am

Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) is prepared to spend another night outside the Capitol building as she seeks to pressure Congress into action with the pandemic-related federal eviction moratorium set to expire on Saturday night, Business Insider reports. Bush slept outside the halls of Congress on Friday night after House Democrats, despite a last-minute scramble before a weeks-long recess, were unable to pass an extension on the moratorium via unanimous consent. Assuming the deadline remains in tact, millions of Americans will reportedly be at risk of eviction.

There's been some finger-pointing over who's to blame for the failure, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) suggesting that the Biden administration alerted her about its desire for Congress to act and extend the deadline too late. "Really, we only learned about this yesterday," Pelosi told reporters on Friday, adding that she didn't have enough time to whip votes. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) was even more straightforward in her criticism, calling it "unacceptable" for President Biden to wait until Thursday to release a statement on the issue.

Rep. AOC on expiration of eviction moratorium: “The fact that the statement came out just yesterday is unacceptable. It is unacceptable. I want to make that very clear because the excuses that we've been hearing about it. I do not accept that.” pic.twitter.com/8Bpqdige2f

Meanwhile, no House Republicans supported the extension bid.

Cori Bush spends night protesting outside US Capitol, gets support from Squad allies Omar, Pressley

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U.S. Rep. Cori Bush said late Friday she planned to spend the night on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to protest the impending end of the coronavirus eviction moratorium

"Millions are at risk of being removed from their homes, and a Democratic-controlled government has the power to stop it," Bush tweeted around 1 a.m. ET Saturday. "Extend the eviction moratorium now." 

She posted a photo of herself with fellow progressive Democratic Reps. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. She said she had written to other Democratic lawmakers, inviting them to join her on the stairs and claimed more people were showing up in Saturday’s predawn hours. 

Pressley and Omar both posted supportive tweets, saying "We are here!" and "We've got you, Sis."

Earlier she tweeted, "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."

The moratorium expires Saturday, meaning millions of renters could be forced out of their homes in the coming weeks as state and local officials struggle to distribute $46 billion in rental assistance to tenants and landlords across the country.

Democrats failed to get enough votes to extend the moratorium on Friday and left for a seven-week recess without voting, according to the Huffington Post. 

In her letter to Democrats, she told her colleagues she has been evicted three times in her life and had previously been homeless, living with her two children in her car. 

She also wrote, "We have a deeply rooted misconception in our country that unhoused people have done something to deserve their conditions – when the reality is that unhoused people are living the consequences of our government’s failure to secure the basic necessities people need to survive."

"If Congress does not act now, the fallout of the eviction crisis will undoubtedly set us backwards as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravish our communities - needlessly contributing to more death and suffering," she added. 

On Wednesday, Bush introduced the Unhoused Bill of Rights resolution, which would require the government to declare homelessness and public health emergency and make more investments in affordable housing, the Post reported. 

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Progressive Cori Bush says 'some Democrats went on vacation instead' of preventing the eviction moratorium from expiring

New York Post 31 July, 2021 - 12:00am

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"We could have extended it yesterday, but some Democrats went on vacation instead," Bush, a progressive representative from Missouri, said on Twitter Saturday morning. 

"We slept at the Capitol last night to ask them to come back and do their jobs. Today's their last chance. We're still here," she added, tweeting out a picture of her and several activists outside the Capitol building.  

Hours after failing to pass a bill that would have extended the eviction moratorium, the House on Friday entered a recess that'll last until August. 

The eviction moratorium, first set up in September 2020 in response to the financial devastation brought on by the coronavirus, was extended in June by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

The White House encouraged Congress to extend the moratorium past July, giving guidance to do so at the last minute. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement that the Biden administration would have "strongly supported" the CDC in a decision to renew the moratorium. But a Supreme Court ruling specified that the decision to renew required congressional approval, the White House statement said.

Democrats unanimously voted to pass the bill, but Republican House members blocked the legislation. 

After the bill failed, top Democrats expressed their disappointment in a statement.

"It is extremely disappointing that House and Senate Republicans have refused to work with us on this issue," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and House Majority whip James Clyburn after the vote failed. "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."

Bush told Insider she's prepared to spend a second day sleeping outside the Capitol building in an attempt to get House democrats to reconvene.

"This is not the first time I've occupied in front of a government building. And this is not the first time I've had to sleep outside," she said. 

"I am prepared to stand out here if need be. Do I want to? No. Is it fun? Absolutely not. Would I rather be in my bed? Absolutely," she continued, adding that she had originally been scheduled to stump for congressional candidate Nina Turner.

"But this happened and I knew I could not leave without doing whatever I could to save lives," Bush told Insider. 

During her Friday night stayover, the Missouri lawmaker said she only got an hour of sleep in the cold and had "just a chair" and "a sleeping bag that I used as a blanket." Reps. Ayanna Pressley and Ilhan Omar also spent the night outside with Bush. 

Once the moratorium expires on July 31, about 7.4 million Americans will risk eviction in the next two months. That translates to about 16% of all renters, according to Census Pulse Survey Data.

Meanwhile, landlords are poised to evict quickly, Business Insider's Alex Nicoll reported. A New York lawyer told Insider that landlords want to be ready to serve eviction notices on August 1. These evictions could escalate the national homelessness crisis.

It sends a "very disturbing message" when the House, Senate, and White House are all Democrat-run but lawmakers can't get legislation like this passed, Bush told Insider. 

So far, she hasn't heard from her House colleagues about the potential of lawmakers returning to the floor.

But multiple members of Congress — like Reps. Jamaal Bowman, Bonnie Watson Coleman, and Maxine Waters, who introduced the bill to extend the moratorium on Friday — told Bush they'd return if called back. 

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