SCOTUS Allows Evictions to Continue Despite Pandemic

The USSupreme Court has overturned the Biden administration’s COVID-related eviction moratorium, which would have protected millions of Americans.

According to early August Census Bureau data, roughly 3.5 million Americans faced eviction in the next two months. 

In an unsigned opinion, the court stated that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which reimposed the moratorium on Aug. 3, lacked the legal authority to do so without explicit congressional authorization under federal law. 

The administration’s arguments in support of the CDC’s authority were rejected by the justices.

“If a federally imposed eviction moratorium is to continue, Congress must specifically authorize it,” the court wrote.

According to the Biden administration, the spike in COVID cases necessitated the moratorium.

“The trajectory of the pandemic has since changed – unexpectedly, dramatically, and for the worse,” the Biden administration said.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that the Biden administration was disappointed by the Supreme Court’s ruling.

“Families will face the painful impact of evictions, and communities across the country will face [a] greater risk of exposure to Covid-19,” she said. 

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