He got the CDC to end the protection as of July….
There was howl from Progressive Democrats ….
While Real Estate and Landlords where happy….
Those Democrats where NOT….
The CDC has revised itself and left the moratorium in place….
Progressives are dancing….
They feel they finally won one….
We have absolutely no idea whether the White House’s effort to halt evictions in Covid danger zones will work. We have no idea if a court will strike it down. We have no idea whether Congress will eventually be forced to pass a new law preventing landlords from booting their tenants during a pandemic.
But what we do know is that progressives in Congress feel emboldened in standing up to the White House, and that should help give new shape to the administration’s relationship with the left on Capitol Hill.
Democratic Reps. Cori Bush (Mo.), Mondaire Jones (N.Y.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Jimmy Gomez (Calif.) and Al Green (Texas) took a victory lap, of sorts, just now outside the Capitol after the White House announced the new eviction moratorium just days after they said they didn’t believe it was possible.
But the undertone of their comments was that they feel as if they now know how to force their leadership and the administration’s hands on critical legislative issues.
We asked AOC after the news conference what she learned about power from this episode:
“I think really what this is about is that we work together, collaborate on our shared values, common interests as much as possible. We’re not here … every time there’s a disagreement that it comes to this and I think we saw that with the negotiation of the American Rescue Plan. When stimulus checks were imperiled during those negotiations, we worked really hard internally to apply that pressure to get it done but frankly, you know, when we’re issuing these warnings, this, this was not new, we have been on the record for weeks and months, sounding the alarm about this, and frankly when we are given no recourse, I think it shows that the power of everyday people and and the political power that everyday people have. When it is absolutely necessary and when it, when it is just, we will do everything that we can.”
After we pressed AOC a bit more, she said this with a smile: “When you have to play hardball, you have to play hardball. And we’re not afraid to do that.”
With tons of must-pass bills and other critical legislation in the next four months, this is an important point for Democrats to absorb.
Bush, who led the protest, put it this way: “Activists are in Congress. So expect things to be different than what maybe people are used to.”…