‘Slap in the face’: Lobbyists fume at Biden eviction reversal
President Joe Biden’s move to reinstate a federal eviction moratorium Tuesday after letting it lapse days earlier marked a huge political loss for the National Association of Realtors and its housing industry allies.
President Joe Biden’s stunning decision to revive the eviction ban in response to intense pressure from progressives has left one of Washington’s most influential business coalitions feeling angry and betrayed on the sidelines of power.
Biden’s move to reinstate a federal eviction moratorium Tuesday after letting it lapse days earlier marked a huge political loss for the National Association of Realtors and its housing industry allies, who each year shower candidates in both parties with millions of dollars in contributions and often get their way in big policy fights.
This time, housing lobbyists said they were frozen out of discussions with the White House on the fate of the ban, which cost property owners billions of dollars a month in losses. More than a dozen industry trade groups found themselves outgunned by an improvised resistance campaign led by Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) and other recently elected progressive lawmakers protesting the ban’s expiration on the steps of the Capitol. House Financial Services Chair Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), who has received tens of thousands of dollars in contributions from the Realtors as one of the top lawmakers on housing issues, dismissed their concerns as she also pushed to revive the eviction prohibition.