Analysis: Biden Shows He's Ready To Make Drastic Moves İn Covid-19 Fight -- Even İf He's Not Sure T

Analysis: Biden Shows He's Ready To Make Drastic Moves İn Covid-19 Fight -- Even İf He's Not Sure T

Analysis: Biden shows he's ready to make drastic moves in Covid-19 fight -- even if he's not sure they're legal

Even President Joe Biden doesn't know whether his new federal eviction moratorium for renters is legal and sustainable. But crushing humanitarian and political pressure left him no choice but to take a chance on an emergency move.

8/4/2021 1:53:00 PM

'Even Biden doesn't know whether his new federal eviction moratorium for renters is legal and sustainable,' StCollinson writes. 'But crushing humanitarian and political pressure left him no choice but to take a chance on an emergency move.' | Analysis

Even President Joe Biden doesn't know whether his new federal eviction moratorium for renters is legal and sustainable. But crushing humanitarian and political pressure left him no choice but to take a chance on an emergency move.

The new US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention scheme was announced after the White House, hampered by a Supreme Court ruling and Congress' failure to act, had repeatedly argued it had no constitutional authority to extend the moratorium. Biden himself said on Tuesday that the new moratorium may not be constitutional, and is essentially an attempt to buy time to get backlogged funding out of state coffers and into the pockets of renters and landlords alike.The conundrum threatened to force millions of Americans who lost incomes during the pandemic out of their homes in an appalling twist to what has already been an agonizing year. The problem was that the moratorium expired on July 31 at a moment when much of the more than $40 billion in funds already provided by Congress to pay landlords for back rent for tenants is still yet to be handed out by states and local authorities. To head off mass evictions, the White House came up with a classic Washington fudge -- not unfamiliar in an era of Capitol Hill gridlock -- in which presidents, especially Democrats, have improvised with executive power to shield constituencies from consequences of a malfunctioning political system. 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