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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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TX Federal Judge takes ‘extraordinary’ step to ‘fast track’ ruling on Biden’s student loan forgiveness, forego trial

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Just The News reported on an “extraordinary move” by one Texas judge who is prepared to cancel President Biden’s student loan debt forgiveness payments.

U.S. District Judge Mark T. Pittman, a Trump appointee, says he is ready to decide the merits of Biden’s plan and skip the preliminary injunction and customary trial.

“U.S. District Judge Mark T. Pittman had been holding a hearing on a request from the small business group Job Creators Network’s legal arm on behalf of two plaintiffs to issue a preliminary injunction blocking Biden from enacting the debt relief until the legality of his executive order was decided” Just The News reports.

However, Pittman declared “in a five-sentence, one-page order that the government and plaintiff lawyers had made all the necessary arguments and that a trial would not elicit further evidence so he is ready to move to a judgement on the merits of the case.”

“Having held a hearing on Plaintiffs’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction and reviewed the related briefing, the Court intends to consolidate as it appears that the Parties have presented their case and no evidence of significance would be forthcoming at trial,” wrote Pittman.

Pittman said he was prepared to advance the preliminary objection request “to a determination on the merits” and gave the Justice Department and plaintiff lawyers until Friday to file any objections to his plan.

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