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White House unlikely to call House lawmakers back to extend eviction moratorium, Psaki says

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The White House dismissed the idea of bringing lawmakers back from their summer recess to pass an extension of the federal eviction moratorium for renters affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Press secretary Jen Psaki suggested that congressional Democrats lacked the political momentum anyway to clear a measure helping keep renters in their homes, even if they lost their jobs because of the COVID-19 outbreak, through either chamber.

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"The key here is you need the votes in order to support a piece of legislation passing," Psaki told reporters Tuesday.

Liberal Democrats are frustrated with the White House for giving lawmakers only three days' notice that they needed to pass legislation after President Joe Biden and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determined they could not extend the federal eviction moratorium unilaterally. New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called the executive branch's position "ridiculous," while Missouri Rep. Cori Bush has led a sleep-in on the steps of the Capitol.

The Supreme Court ruled in June that congressional approval was required to prolong the rent assistance program. But Democrats were unable to push a last-minute bill through the House using a fast-tracked process known as unanimous consent before their seven-week August recess. An additional 10 Republicans would have been necessary for it to have overcome the Senate's filibuster before the policy expired on July 31.

Biden ordered the CDC last week to ensure it did not have the legal authority to renew the eviction moratorium amid the backlash. The White House then implored local and state governments this week to distribute the $46.5 billion already allocated for related programs more efficiently.

"We've seen some progress over the last month. Obviously, more needs to be done," Psaki said Tuesday. "We are here. We are available. We are ready to provide assistance, to provide guidance to states and localities that need that. We want to work in partnership."

Yet Psaki did not hesitate to blast Republican governors, including Florida's Ron DeSantis and Texas's Greg Abbott, for discouraging virus mitigation strategies, such as wearing masks.

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"Get out of the way, and let other people do the job," she said.

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