'People will die': Congress blasted for failing on eviction moratorium — then going on 7-week vacation
The Democratic-led Congress was blasted on Friday for going on vacation after failing to protect renters before a Saturday deadline.
"House Democrats on Friday failed to push through a last-minute extension of the federal eviction moratorium that expires Saturday, leaving town for a seven-week recess without holding a vote," NBC News reported. "About a dozen House Democrats opposed the measure and were unwilling to budge, two senior Democratic aides told NBC News."
The sponsor of the renter protection legislation, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) reportedly disagreed about holding a public vote.
"Waters wanted a vote, which would have allowed progressive activists to blame specific Democratic lawmakers for its failure, while Pelosi didn't want to expose some of her caucus members to the wrath of the base, according to the second aide," NBC News reported. "Ultimately, the effort died when Majority Leader Steny Hoyer tried to pass the measure by unanimous consent — a process that doesn't require a vote — and a Republican member objected."
The House of Representatives is not scheduled to be in session until September 20th.
Here's some of what people were saying:
I'm sorry... What? They adjourned before extending the eviction moratorium???
Are you fricken kidding me??? Why are these people even getting paid?
— Kitty • 🍎🦉🥣♿ 🏳️⚧️ (@district12kitty) July 30, 2021
Damn. Almost as if they don't care.
— Dr. Bad Take, PhD (@thesoidaddie) July 30, 2021
If Democrats don’t want to extend the eviction moratorium they should at least give back all the money they took in… https://t.co/090xeDc2dD— Jordan Zakarin (@Jordan Zakarin) 1627685895.0
Friend just asked if he can grab my couch Sunday because might get locked out when eviction moratorium ends. Shit is getting real— Max Lockie (@Max Lockie) 1627686531.0
Housing agencies prepare to help people when eviction moratorium ends https://t.co/0AL1ioy6mT— Shawn Cabbagestalk (@Shawn Cabbagestalk) 1627685945.0
Check on your friends who may be struggling. It's about to get rough for some. #EvictionMoratorium @CBS46 https://t.co/eHjKK4Woom— shon gables cbs46 (@shon gables cbs46) 1627685977.0
Worry over possible 'tsunami of evictions' in Michigan as nationwide eviction moratorium ends https://t.co/xxyGPyxWpz— WXYZ Detroit (@WXYZ Detroit) 1627685318.0
We want names. We want primary challengers. And we want those responsible to know that we will not forget this betrayal. There will be voters who stay home next November BECAUSE of this--you know, those of us who still HAVE homes.
— Daily Planet for Democracy #LetTransKidsLIVE (@LoisLanesLaptop) July 30, 2021
GOP just blocked our efforts to extend the eviction moratorium! Local housing agencies have piles of applications f… https://t.co/msTOxsD6rK— Rick Larsen (@Rick Larsen) 1627684624.0
Call everyone back, call the vote, get everyone on the record and extend the moratorium. This is disgusting. https://t.co/Wp87fxoCQp— Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (@Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman) 1627684986.0
This is a travesty. Biden is allowing the eviction moratorium to expire instead forcing its opponents to relitigat… https://t.co/3baHQdepCr— Rep. Omari Hardy (@Rep. Omari Hardy) 1627686821.0
Congress shouldn’t go on recess while millions are risk of eviction. Congress shouldn’t go on recess while voting… https://t.co/6Jmy9eJRJr— Sawyer Hackett (@Sawyer Hackett) 1627685795.0
🚨BREAKING: I’m a formerly unhoused Congresswoman, and I know that people will die if we let the eviction moratorium… https://t.co/dfvxEAVCZQ— Congresswoman Cori Bush (@Congresswoman Cori Bush) 1627676257.0
COVID numbers are rising and millions face eviction across the country. This isn’t a sudden crisis, this was a long… https://t.co/DvrsaxDB60— Congressman Chuy García (@Congressman Chuy García) 1627684518.0
Please bring a vote on this tonight @SpeakerPelosi. Let’s have a roll call. Force Dems to go on record if they oppo… https://t.co/cUZDFX6bxk— Ro Khanna (@Ro Khanna) 1627683875.0
The CDC said it would not extend the eviction moratorium — justified on public health grounds — but is also this mo… https://t.co/HxsKWhy20L— Jeff Stein (@Jeff Stein) 1627686826.0
I see waiting until the very last minute didnt work.
— Special Agent Fox Mulder (@FoxMulder010) July 30, 2021
On Friday, The Daily Beast
reported that new audio showed Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) tried to bring his Glock onto an airplane in February — an event that his campaign chalks up to an accident.
"The incident was first revealed in audio obtained by FireMadison.com, a group trying to drive the far-right Cawthorn from the halls of Congress," reported Justin Rohrlich. "But according to the 25-year-old legislator's spokesman, the entire dustup was just a simple mistake. 'Five months ago, while boarding a flight, Rep. Cawthorn erroneously stowed a firearm in his carry-on (that often doubles as a range bag) instead of his checked bag,' Cawthorn spokesman Micah Bock said in a statement.
Bock added that the Glock was "secured and unchambered," and stressed that "Rep. Cawthorn endeavors to always follow TSA guidelines, and quickly rectified this situation before boarding his flight."
Cawthorn, one of the youngest people ever elected to Congress and known for a history of incendiary racial remarks, has invited controversy repeatedly since taking office, including with a claim that President Joe Biden could use door-to-door vaccination drives to "take your Bibles."
Former President Donald Trump's efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election are "worse" than Watergate, according a longtime political journalist.
MSNBC's Ari Melber on Friday described the notes as "absolutely bombshell revelations" about Trump's attempts "to make the Justice Department not only back the 'Big Lie,' but overthrow the election and the government — all of this enabled by Republican lawmakers."
For analysis, Melber interviewed David Corn, the DC bureau chief for Mother Jones magazine.
"We've said the is a lot in the last 30, 40 years, Ari, but this literally is worse than Watergate," Corn explained. "In that instance, Richard Nixon was trying to cover up the investigation that would go into what his campaign did, a break in. And he asked the CIA to tell the FBI it was national security and they should not investigate, the FBI should call off the investigation. That's what he tried to do."
Corn then explained why Trump's scandals went to a whole different level.
"This is about overturning and subverting an election," he said. "It is quite clear what he's trying to get them to do, when they don't have the power to do it. these notes are not audio or video, they're bigger in a smoking gun tape in Watergate that ended Nixon's presidency."
David Corn www.youtube.com
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