Thank You, Cori Bush.
The eviction moratorium has been extended, and it’s thanks to the congresswoman from Missouri.
Well the eviction moratorium has been extended for the next 60 days, in a targeted approach tied to coronavirus outbreaks in counties that would cover the overwhelming majority of Americans. Hundreds of thousands of families, millions of people will be able keep their roofs over their heads, and it’s thanks to none other than Congresswoman Cori Bush.
In a fierce protest against the actions of the leadership of her own party ranging from Nancy Pelosi to Joe Biden, Cori slept outside sitting up in a chair on the Capitol steps, refusing to leave until the eviction moratorium was extended. Lo and behold, the Biden administration who had been insisting there was nothing they could do, was suddenly humiliated into extending the moratorium.
Though of course, the White House would have us believe otherwise.
Sam Sacks with The D.C. Sentinel writes on Twitter:
“WH Press Sec. Jen Psaki said Cori Bush’s protest was “moving,” but that phone calls with Pelosi over the weekend were “impactful and influential” in CDC’s decision on eviction moratorium. Psaki praised Pelosi’s “advocacy” and “commitment to see what was possible.”’
Needless to say, the lengths they’re willing to go in order to deny Cori Bush this incredible victory and the credit she deserves is as gross as it is embarrassing.
The extension of the eviction moratorium would not have happened if it weren’t for Cori Bush. It’s just that simple, and the Biden administration knows it. Biden would not have magically found something he could do if a sitting congressperson from his own party wasn’t sleeping on the steps of the Capitol building. If Cori Bush had not done what she did, we know Biden would have been perfectly comfortable letting the moratorium expire, because he was going to let it, and so was Nancy Pelosi. He was humiliated, and the passive aggressive statement from the White House Press Secretary trying to minimize the significance seems to make that…