Pelosi Statement on Supreme Court Ruling on Eviction Moratorium

August 27, 2021
Press Release

San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement after the Supreme Court issued a ruling blocking the Biden Administration from enforcing the CDC’s temporary moratorium on evictions, putting hundreds of thousands of families at risk of eviction during the pandemic:

“Earlier this month, thanks to the leadership of President Biden and Congressional Democrats, the imminent fear of eviction and being put out on the street was lifted for countless families across America with the issuing of a new CDC eviction moratorium.  Last night, the Supreme Court immorally ripped away that relief in a ruling that is arbitrary and cruel.

“Eviction is a horror that no family should ever have to experience – with cribs and personal belongings on the street, children in fear and distress and parents struggling to find basic shelter.  Putting people out of their homes and forcing them to crowd in with others is also a public health risk as the delta variant accelerates, which is why the new CDC moratorium was based squarely on public health.  Coronavirus cases are rising across the nation, and we must do everything to combat the virus, as, in the words of the CDC, ‘the war has changed.’

“Congressional Democrats have not and will not ever accept a situation of mass evictions.  We will continue our work to ensure that families suffering hardship during the pandemic can have the safety of home, as we also work with communities to ensure the immediate disbursement by states and localities of the over $45 billion allocated by Congress for rental assistance.”