Since last year’s presidential election, Democrats have repeatedly accused Republicans of attempting to undermine the rule of law.
But in a bizarre reversal, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) herself is now calling on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to defy the Supreme Court.
“The money is there”
As the Daily Wire reported Friday, Pelosi wants the CDC to unilaterally extend its moratorium on evictions, which is scheduled to expire this weekend.
“I think this is something that we’ll work out,” the House speaker said Friday of efforts to extend the eviction ban via legislation, according to The Hill.
“It isn’t about any more money — the money is there, resting in localities and governors’ offices across the country,” she added. “So we would like the CDC to expand the moratorium. That’s where it can be done.”
However, Pelosi’s urging runs up against a ruling by the nation’s highest court in June blocking the moratorium from continuing past July 31. Justice Brett Kavanaugh argued in his opinion on the matter that the CDC had “exceeded its existing statutory authority by issuing a nationwide eviction moratorium.”
“Because the CDC plans to end the moratorium in only a few weeks, on July 31, and because those few weeks will allow for additional and more orderly distribution of the congressionally appropriated rental assistance funds, I vote at this time to deny the application to vacate the District Court’s stay of its order,” Kavanaugh wrote, according to the Daily Wire.
The justice went on to declare that a “clear and specific congressional authorization (via new legislation) would be necessary for the CDC to extend the moratorium past July 31.”
The Daily Wire noted that while a legislative proposal to extend the moratorium has been drawn up, it faces resistance from moderate members of Pelosi’s own party.
Landlords facing “financial hardship”
Resistance is also coming from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), which put out a statement this week voicing opposition to the proposal.
“NAR is prepared to oppose vigorously any unreasonable effort by Congress to extend the ban without assistance for small housing providers,” the group’s chief advocacy officer Shannon McGahn announced on Thursday.
“We have argued all along that the best solution for all parties is rental assistance for tenants in need paid directly to housing providers,” McGahn said. “Nearly half of all rental housing in America is a mom-and-pop operation, and these providers cannot continue to live in a state of financial hardship.”