Cori Bush announces “I’ll be sleeping outside the Capitol tonight” in protest of the end to the eviction moratorium

Friday evening, progressive Democrat Cori Bush announced she’d be protesting the end to the eviction moratorium by sleeping outside the Capitol. The moratorium is set to expire Saturday.

“Many of my Democratic colleagues chose to go on vacation early today rather than staying to vote to keep people in their homes,” Bush wrote.

“I’ll be sleeping outside the Capitol tonight. We’ve still got work to do,” she added.

With Cori Bush earlier in the day, AOC tweeted:

We’ve known for a month that the eviction moratorium would end Sunday. But tonight, Congress adjourned for 7 weeks without doing ANYTHING about it — imperiling the homes & lives of 11 million people behind on rent.

How can we go home when so many are about to lose theirs?

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Per the NY post “Last month, the Biden administration extended the moratorium through the end of July. The Supreme Court voted 5-4 to turn aside a challenge to the latest extension from a group of landlords. However, Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who voted to deny the landlords’ petition, wrote in a concurring opinion that extending the moratorium beyond July 31 would require “clear and specific congressional authorization.”

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement Thursday that the  administration’s hands were tied by the Supreme Court ruling and called on Congress to “extend the eviction moratorium to protect such vulnerable renters and their families without delay,” the report adds.