Joe Biden should have thought more carefully before he attacked America’s justice system.
His authoritarian power grab has gone too far.
Even Joe Biden’s allies can’t support this illegal action that he took.
Back in June, the Supreme Court said that further extensions of the eviction moratorium would need to be approved by Congress.
The eviction moratorium meant that landlords were unable to evict tenants who weren’t paying rent.
Landlords have lost billions and evicted renters will have to deal both with bad credit and potential lawsuits.
Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote that “clear and specific congressional authorization (via new legislation) would be necessary for the CDC to extend the moratorium.”
Despite the fact that Democrats have control of both the House and the Senate, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was unable to find the votes needed to pass an extension.
At least 14 moderate Democrats signaled that they would be unwilling to vote for a measure that extended the eviction moratorium to the end of the year.
Since Democrats couldn’t get the vote, Biden ignored the Supreme Court and had the CDC extend the eviction moratorium in areas with high COVID spread, without congressional approval.
He openly flouted the court’s opinion in a way that undermines the court’s authority.
Even Biden himself admitted to reporters that he “can’t guarantee” that the move is constitutional.
In fact, Biden admitted that the “bulk” of scholars believe it is “not likely to pass constitutional muster.”
Biden also told reporters that, even if the moratorium ends up being unconstitutional, a lengthy appeals process could “keep this going for a while.”
Even The Washington Post, a highly liberal newspaper, didn’t agree with the Biden administration’s actions.
“The administration also may succeed in giving many Americans a short reprieve from eviction,” the Post said. “But perhaps not as long as advertised — because courts may strike it down before October — and at the expense of the rule of law.”
The Post also noted the difficult position that landlords have found themselves in.
“Many landlords are themselves desperate, on the hook to keep up their properties, pay taxes and service loans whether their tenants pay their rent,” the Post editorial board wrote. “Justice Kavanaugh in June clearly signaled willingness to disregard their plight — and the law’s limitations — for another few weeks, not months.”
The Washington Post was even forced to admit that former President Donald Trump had far more respect for the Constitution than Biden.
“If the Trump administration had ignored a direct warning from the Supreme Court, Democrats would rightfully line up to condemn the president,” the op-ed continued. “Mr. Biden does not get a pass on the rule of law because his heart is in the right place.”
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