Cori Bush Sleeps On Capitol Steps In Protest As Eviction Moratorium Ends

  • A federal eviction moratorium expired after Congress failed to pass legislation extending the ban, prompting some House progressives to sleep outside the Capitol in protest.
  • “Not a single Republican would support the measure,” to extend the ban on evictions, Democratic Whip James Clyburn pointed out in a joint statement.
  • Rep. Cori Bush slept outside the U.S. Capitol overnight in protest, along with her collegues Ayanna Pressley and Ilhan Omar.

Sommer Brokaw from UPI writes:

“July 31 (UPI) — A federal eviction moratorium expired Saturday after Congress failed to pass legislation extending the ban, prompting some House progressives to sleep outside the Capitol in protest.

The moratorium to help renters who have lost their jobs and income due to COVID-19 expired after House leaders failed eleventh-hour attempt to extend it to Oct. 18 ahead of a six-week summer recess. The moratorium ended at midnight Saturday.

House Democratic leader Steny Hoyer told ABC News an “overwhelming number” of Democrats supported extension, but some were concerned about getting payments to landlords who could not enforce rent collections.

“Not a single Republican would support the measure,” a joint statement by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Hoyer and Democratic Whip James Clyburn said.

Hoyer asked for unanimous consent on the House Floor on Friday evening to bring up legislation to extend the eviction ban, but “it was objected to and blocked,” the joint statement added.

Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., who struggled with homelessness in the past, slept outside the U.S. Capitol overnight in protest, along with Reps. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., and Ilhan Omar, D-Minn…”

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