In Today's Issue: Pelosi Demands White House Renew Evictions Ban

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With more than 7 million Americans late on paying rent, Democratic lawmakers intensified pressure on the White House to renew the nation’s expired evictions moratorium. They want to keep renters from losing their homes. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said it’s “ unfathomable ” that Americans could end up on the streets. She called the eviction crisis “an enormous challenge to the conscience of our country.” 

The coronavirus pandemic has dramatically increased the number of Americans at risk of eviction. Pelosi and the Democratic leadership renewed their call for the Biden administration to extend the evictions ban until October 18. They say that would enable the government to distribute some $47 billion in approved housing aid to renters and landlords. That would help avoid evictions.  

The White House, however, says only Congress can extend the evictions moratorium. That’s because the Supreme Court ruled in June that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention could not extend it beyond the end of July. The White House said Monday that Biden “will continue to do everything in his power” to prevent evictions. The president asked lawmakers last week to extend the CDC ban.

Pelosi is facing growing pressure from the progressives in the Democratic Party. They want her to call the House back into session during its August recess. The Democratic-controlled House adjourned for its August vacation last week. It did not take action on a bill that would have renewed the ban.

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Biden Executive Orders Will Reverse Trump Policies

President-elect Joe Biden plans to sign a flurry of executive orders soon after his inauguration tomorrow. He plans to address what he’s calling the four crises facing the country. They are COVID-19, the economic downturn, racial injustice, and climate change.

An executive order is a written directive from the president carrying powers similar to a federal law. Presidents have historically used these orders to push policies forward quickly because they do not require approval from Congress. The downside of executive orders is that they are easily overturned by any new president. That is not true for federal laws.

Among other moves overturning Trump administration policies, Biden’s orders will return the US to the Paris Climate Accord and to the Iran nuclear deal.

Related to the pandemic, Biden will require face masks on federal properties and during interstate travel. Other orders will be aimed at safely reopening schools and businesses.

On immigration, Biden will order agencies to determine how to reunite children separated from their families after crossing the US-Mexico border. Another order will end travel restrictions targeting majority-Muslim countries.

Other orders will address “equity and support communities of color,” criminal justice reform, and access to healthcare.

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