AOC: Democratic Leaders And Biden White House Failed To Extend Eviction Moratorium, Can't Blame Republicans For This | Video | RealClearPolitics

AOC: Democratic Leaders And Biden White House Failed To Extend Eviction Moratorium, Can't Blame Republicans For This

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New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blamed Democratic leadership, "conservative Democrats," and the Biden White House for failing to extend the COVID eviction moratorium past July.

"We can not in good faith blame the Republican Party when House Democrats have the majority," she said. "We have to really just call a spade a spade."


First of all, you are absolutely correct, in that the House and House leadership had the opportunity to vote to extend the moratorium. And there were many and there was, frankly, a handful of conservative Democrats in the House that threatened to get on planes, rather than hold this vote.

And we have to really just call a spade a spade. We cannot in good faith blame the Republican Party when House Democrats have a majority.

Now, there is something to be said for the fact that this court order came down on the White House a month ago, and the White House waited until the day before the House adjourned to release a statement asking on Congress to extend the moratorium.

This came after weeks. I sit on the Financial Services Committee, which has jurisdiction in over housing. We had the housing secretary there, asking about the administration stance. We asked the Biden administration about their stance. And they were not being really forthright about that advocacy and that request until the day before the House adjourned.

And so the House was put into a -- I believe a needlessly difficult situation. And it's not just me saying that. Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters has made that very clear as well.

And so there's a couple of contributing factors here. We have governors who are also not getting this emergency rental assistance out in time, which is forcing this extension, what we would like, an extension of the moratorium.

The fact of the matter is, is that the problem is here. The House should reconvene and call this vote and extend the moratorium. There's about 11 million people that are behind on their rent, at risk of eviction. That's one out of every six renters in the United States.
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