AOC blames Dems for eviction moratorium, saying ‘we cannot in good faith blame the Republican Party’


By Jenny Goldsberry

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) appeared on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday to talk about the eviction moratorium expiring. She put the blame on the Democrat party for letting the COVID-19 relief policy go by the wayside.

“The House and House leadership had the opportunity to vote to extend the moratorium, and there was frankly a handful of conservative Democrats in the House who threatened to get on planes rather than hold this vote,” AOC said. “We have to really just call a spade a spade. We cannot, in good faith, blame the Republican Party when House Democrats have the majority.”

In June, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to allow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to keep its eviction moratorium in place until July 31. But only Congress could authorize a further extension. Then, the White House waited until the day before the House adjourned, about a month later, to release a statement asking Congress to extend the moratorium.

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) tried to rush a bill to extend the moratorium through to the end of 2021. Waters is the chairwoman of the Financial Services Committee. AOC is her fellow committee member. However the bill did not pass.

 “We have all left town with plans to come back within 24 hours if necessary,” AOC said. “And I believe the expiration of the eviction moratorium and having 11 million Americans – one out of every six renters – at risk of being kicked out of their homes is worth coming back and triggering that 24-hour notice,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “We cannot leave town without doing our job.” In a tweet, she said “housing is a human right.”

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