Joint Leadership Statement Calling on Biden Administration to Extend Eviction Moratorium

August 1, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Whip James E. Clyburn and Assistant Speaker Katherine Clark issued this statement calling upon the Biden Administration to extend the eviction moratorium through October 18, 2021:

“On Thursday, the President asked Congress to pass an extension of the eviction moratorium.  Sadly, it is clear that the Senate is not able to do so, and any legislation in the House, therefore, will not be sufficient to extend the moratorium.  

“Action is needed, and it must come from the Administration.  That is why House leadership is calling on the Administration to immediately extend the moratorium.  As the CDC doubles down on mask-wearing and vaccination efforts, science and reason demand that they must also extend the moratorium in light of the delta variant.  Doing so is a moral imperative to keep people from being put out on the street which also contributes to the public health emergency. 

“The virus is still a threat.  The moratorium must be extended, and the funds Congress allocated to assist renters and landlords must be spent.  An extension of the moratorium is based on public health and the delta variant.  It will also give more time to allow the money that Congress allocated to finally flow.

“We call upon the Treasury Department to indicate how the funds that it has already transferred to states and communities can be more effectively distributed to renters and landlords.”