September 22, 2021

USA Today: Cori Bush, Elizabeth Warren will introduce bill to give HHS power to impose eviction moratoriums

Liberal lawmakers will introduce legislation this week that would give the Department of Health and Human Services the authority to create federal eviction moratoriums – pushing back against a ruling by the Supreme Court that the agency does not have the authority to do so. 

The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., comes weeks after the high court blocked the Biden administration's eviction moratorium, ruling the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did not have authority to impose the freeze. The CDC is one of the arms of HHS. 

The legislation – dubbed the Keeping Renters Safe Act of 2021 – aims to protect renters from eviction by amending Section 361 of the Public Health Service Act to grant the HHS and CDC permanent authority to implement federal eviction moratoriums to address public health crises.


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By:  Savannah Behrmann
Source: USA Today