Psaki dismisses concerns over legality of Biden's renewed eviction moratorium

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White House press secretary Jen Psaki dismissed concerns that President Biden is “signaling that he doesn’t respect the rule of law” following the new moratorium on evictions. 

“I’m not sure there are Americans evaluating it to that degree, maybe there are some you’ve talked to,” Psaki told a reporter Wednesday during a press conference, when asked about Americans’ concerns about the new moratorium. “He’s gonna do everything in his power to make sure they can stay in their homes as long as possible.”

The Biden administration announced a new targeted moratorium on evictions on Tuesday, after previously saying it had no legal standing on the matter following a June Supreme Court ruling. The announcement has sparked concerns and questions about the legality of the move, including from constitutional scholar Jonathan Turley. 

“In light of the Supreme Court’s ruling, the President calls on Congress to extend the eviction moratorium to protect such vulnerable renters and their families without delay,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said last week. 

Again on Monday, Psaki said that the CDC had “been unable to find legal authority for a new, targeted eviction moratorium.”

“Our team is redoubling efforts to identify all available legal authorities to provide necessary protections. In the meantime, the President will continue to do everything in his power to help renters from eviction.”

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But on Tuesday, the administration announced a new targeted eviction ban to replace the one that expired on Saturday. The president said he spoke with constitutional scholars and even conceded that “the bulk of the constitutional scholars say it’s not likely to pass constitutional muster.”

The new CDC ban focuses on “counties experiencing substantial and high levels of community transmission levels” and will last until Oct. 3. 

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