Warren, Bush offer bill to give HHS power to impose eviction moratorium

Two influential progressives, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and Rep. Cori Bush (Mo.), on Tuesday introduced a bill that would give the Department of Health and Human Services the unilateral power to impose a federal eviction moratorium in the interest of public health.

“Housing is a human right, not a bargaining chip to let fall between bureaucratic cracks,” Bush, said in a statement.

Warren added: “This pandemic isn’t over, and we have to do everything we can to protect renters from the harm and trauma of needless eviction, which upends the lives of those struggling to get back on their feet.

“Pushing hundreds of thousands of people out of their homes will only exacerbate this public health crisis, and cause economic harm to families, their communities, and our overall recovery,” she added.

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