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

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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.”

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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VIDEO: Thousands of packages looted as thieves rob L.A. bound trains

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The lawlessness of California continues to manifest itself in very visible ways. Videos are emerging on social media showing huge amounts of trash, and in particular, UPS boxes and amazon packages that were en route to residential addresses.

The trash is piling up jut next to the train tracks, where CBS Los Angeles reports train burglaries are on the rise. “There’s loot3ed packages as far as the eye can see. Amazon packages, @UPS boxes, unused Covid tests, fishing lures, epi pens. Cargo containers left busted open on trains” tweeted John Schreiber.

Schreiber added, “I’m told by law enforcement these @UPS bags are especially sought after by thieves opening cargo containers…they are often full of boxes with merchandise bound for residential addresses. More valuable than say, a cargo container full of low value bulky items like toilet paper.”

Schreiber’s multiple videos posted to Twitter show the absolute disgust resulting from the thievery. “As you can see, trains frequently slow or stop in this area as they get worked into the @UnionPacific Intermodal facility near Downtown LA. The thieves use this opportunity to break open containers and take what’s inside, I’d say every 4th or 5th rail car had opened containers.

In another tweet with more photos of damaged property, Schreiber writes, “missing a package? Shipment delayed? Maybe your package is among the thousands we found discarded among the tracks. This is but one area thieves have targeted trains. We were told this area was just cleaned up 30 days ago so what you see is all within the last month. @CBSLA.”

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