President Joe Biden has now issued a new ban on evictions, even though the previous ban was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.
Biden even admitted himself during his announcement that the move is of questionable constitutional validity.
JUST IN: Biden says he isn't sure whether the new eviction moratorium coming today will pass constitutional muster, but that pending litigation will "probably give some additional time" for rental assistance funds to flow.
— Steven Portnoy (@stevenportnoy) August 3, 2021
As The Hill reports:
President Biden is attempting to thread the needle by replacing a lapsed federal eviction ban with new protections designed to keep millions of Americans from losing their homes amid surging coronavirus cases.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Tuesday night imposed a new, narrower moratorium to replace the one that expired Sunday. But there are already questions about the legality of the order.
The CDC said it is prohibiting evictions in counties with high rates of COVID-19 transmission through Oct. 3, aligning with areas where the agency has asked Americans to wear masks in public indoor settings even if vaccinated. The ban is expected to cover 90 percent of the U.S. population and 80 percent of counties.
The move offers a reprieve to the intense political pressure Biden was under from Democrats to issue another ban as the delta variant tears through some of the most eviction-vulnerable communities in the U.S. Though some residents are protected by similar state moratoria, many more were scrambling to secure some form of shelter.
Many Conservatives expressed their outrage over the new move on social media:
The President of the United States is acting unconstitutionally and openly admitting that it's unconstitutional, and destroying middle class property owners in the process, and the Republican Party seems to have hardly noticed
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) August 4, 2021
So Biden basically admitted his rent moratorium was unconstitutional. But — again, by his own admission — he shopped for some lawyers who’d say it isn’t. This is a violation of the President’s oath of office. Constitutional norms aren’t just for the other team.
— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahDispatch) August 4, 2021