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The White House fired back at a claim, made by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) could reinstitute its ban on evictions, placed into effect at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. After taking a barrage of criticism from House progressives, who even camped out on the steps of the United States Capitol after the House had left for its summer recess, Pelosi, who failed to marshal enough votes to extend the eviction moratorium through legislation last Friday, called on the CDC to extend the ban. “The CDC has the power to extend the eviction moratorium. As they double down on masks, why wouldn’t they extend the moratorium in light of delta variant?” Pelosi tweeted Sunday. “It is a moral imperative to keep people from being put out in the street which also contributes to the public health emergency. The virus is still a threat, the moratorium must be extended and the funds Congress allocated to assist renters and landlords must be spent,” she said. But the Supreme Court decided in June that the CDC moratorium was unconstitutional and gave Congress until July 31st to remedy the problem through legislation.

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