(HorizonPost.com) – The CDC put a directive in place prohibiting landlords from evicting renters for nonpayment of rent during the pandemic. However, Judge Dabney Friedrich of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued a decision on May 5 that vacated its directive.
Through appeals, the case finally landed before the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) and Justice Brett Kavanaugh, in his concurring opinion, wrote, the CDC would require “clear and specific congressional authorization (via new legislation)” to extend the moratorium beyond July 31.
Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) inserted herself into the matter and waded into dangerous waters (pun intended), belittling the judicial branch and urging the CDC (of the executive branch) to extend the moratorium. She asked in a tweet, “Who is going to stop them? Who is going to penalize them?”
I don't buy that the CDC can't extend the eviction moratorium – something it has already done in the past! Who is going to stop them? Who is going to penalize them? There is no official ruling saying that they cannot extend this moratorium. C'mon CDC – have a heart! Just do it!
— Maxine Waters (@RepMaxineWaters) August 2, 2021
President Joe Biden initially agreed with the courts and asked Congress for legislation to sign, but when House Democrats couldn’t deliver, he decided to reinstate the potentially illegal edict for counties with the highest levels of COVID-19 transmission. In doing so, the president may have done something utterly unprecedented in the country’s history by unilaterally implementing a directive the judiciary has already ruled against.
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