CDC Makes Dangerous Ruling Despite Supreme Court Threat

( )- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has taken matters into its own hands again, despite a recent ruling from the Supreme Court.

On Tuesday, the Biden administration revealed a new federal ban on evictions that is more targeted. It’s set to replace the national eviction moratorium that expired at the end of July.

According to the CDC, the new ban applies to “counties experiencing substantial and high levels of community transmission levels” of the coronavirus. It’s set to last through October 3.

President Joe Biden alluded to the upcoming ban when he spoke with reporters earlier Tuesday. He said that “any call for a moratorium based on the Supreme Court’s recent decision is likely to face obstacles.”

It seems as though the White House caved to the pressure of Democrats in the House of Representatives. After failing to pass a bill that would’ve extended the eviction moratorium, House Democrats waged a public information campaign to try to get the White House to pass new rules.

Through the new ban, the CDC said the extension would allow local programs as well as states distribute the rent relief they were given as part of coronavirus relief bills. They also said it could help increase rates of vaccination in these communities where it’s low.

Democrats who are familiar with the ban’s details told Politico that they expect the ban will affect roughly 80% of counties throughout the country, accounting for nearly 90% of America’s total population.

Biden said earlier Tuesday that he sought the advice of constitutional scholars on what legal authority the CDC had and “what could they do that is most likely to pass muster constitutionally.”

The president said that many of those experts said action taken by the CDC wouldn’t hold up in court. However, “key scholars” said it could hold up, which ultimately convinced Biden to press forward with the new eviction ban.

It’s quite the flip-flop for the White House, who only days earlier said the CDC didn’t hold any authority to pass an eviction ban. The Biden administration had been saying that Congress would need to pass a bill for an eviction moratorium to remain in place.

Still, the president asked the CDC to explore every tool they could possibly use to help renters around the country. In the meantime, the White House said mayors and governors would have to act.

Then, later on Tuesday, Rochelle Walensky, the director of the CDC, said they changed course to pass the new ban as the Delta variant of COVID-19 continues to rage across the country.

In a statement, she said:

“The emergence of the Delta variant has led to a rapid acceleration of community transmission in the United States, putting more Americans at increased risk, especially if they are unvaccinated. This moratorium is the right thing to do to keep people in their homes and out of congregate settings where COVID-19 spreads.”