As most of the nation focuses on watching President Joe Biden’s foreign policy disaster unfold in Afghanistan, ultra-radical lawmakers on Capitol Hill are growing increasingly frustrated with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for another issue.
According to The Washington Times, a number of those far-left lawmakers are slamming Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) for not taking action on setting up a congressional vote to extend a federal moratorium on evictions.
The timing for the growing rift between Pelosi and the radical wing of her party couldn’t possibly come at a worse time, as Democrats are already facing a potentially large-scale defeat in the 2022 midterms.
What’s the beef?
At issue is the ongoing battle waged by radical Democrats to keep in place a federal moratorium that prevented landlords across the country from evicting tenants that can’t — or won’t — pay their rent due to a change in their financial situation because of COVID-19.
The Supreme Court, in late June, allowed the moratorium to continue for another two months, with the caveat that it’s up to Congress to pass a law keeping the moratorium in effect, which stripped the power of the Biden administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to continue to extend the program.
The problem? Pelosi, nor Schumer, managed to make that happen, which has sent activist groups and a large list of congressional Democrats into rage mode, demanding that both Democratic leaders take immediate action.
Most recently, a group of 60 Democratic lawmakers penned a letter to Pelosi and Schumer in which they demanded that the language to extend the eviction moratorium be included in upcoming spending bills, warning that not doing so will place millions at risk of losing their residences.
“Millions of people who are currently at risk for eviction, housing insecurity, or face becoming unhoused desperately look to their elected representatives to implement legislation that will put their health and safety first and save lives,” the group wrote. “We implore you to act with the highest levels of urgency to advance a permanent legislative solution.”
Landlords fight back
While landlords across the country were presumably willing to help their tenants during the early stages of COVID-19, the eviction moratorium lasted much longer than expected. According to Yahoo Finance, research from Goldman Sachs indicates that at the current time, some $17 billion in back rent is owed to thousands of landlords.
While Congress, early on, authorized nearly $50 billion in rental assistance to cover back rent and keep landlords — many of whom are struggling small business owners — afloat, still to this day only about 11% of that allotted money has been used for such purposes.
According to the New York Post, New York’s largest landlord group has threatened to sue if Pelosi and Schumer do, in fact, extend the eviction moratorium, setting the stage for a potentially massive, nationwide fight.
While many were forgiving early on in the pandemic, with the number of jobs now available to the masses, many now believe that renters are taking advantage of the situation, and progressive Democrats are capitalizing on those emotions by pushing for a continued moratorium. Only time will tell, but this fight is bound to end in disaster, one way or another.