Biden likes to give away money to losers. President Biden on Friday urged states to pump out $46.5 billion in federal rental relief to prevent a wave of evictions as Democrats on Capitol Hill struggle to find enough votes to extend a national moratorium amid a resurgence of COVID-19 cases. Biden has not attempted a legally creative new federal moratorium — as President Donald Trump did in August 2020 to get around congressional gridlock. The Supreme Court recently said the Trump-era CDC moratorium must expire July 31.
In an attempt at damage control, the White House has emphasized that funds are available for renters at risk of eviction. “As the eviction moratorium deadline approaches tomorrow, I call on all state and local governments to take all possible steps to immediately disburse these funds given the imminent ending of the CDC eviction moratorium,” Biden said in a statement.
“State and local governments began receiving Emergency Rental Assistance funding in February and were eligible for an additional $21.5 billion passed in the American Rescue Plan. Five months later, with localities across the nation showing that they can deliver funds effectively – there can be no excuse for any state or locality not accelerating funds to landlords and tenants that have been hurt during this pandemic,” he said.