A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) overstepped its authority by enacting the policy of eviction moratorium.
The Department of Justice argued later the same day that the moratorium should not be ended, helping Americans dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The CDC’s eviction moratorium — which Congress extended last December and the CDC later extended through June 30, 2021 — protects many renters who cannot make their monthly payments due to job loss or health care expenses,” Brian Boynton, acting attorney general for the civil division, said in a statement.
“Scientific evidence shows that evictions exacerbate the spread of COVID-19, which has already killed more than half a million Americans, and the harm to the public that would result from unchecked evictions cannot be undone,” he added.
Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Beccera also publicly challenged the court ruling.
“I believe the president will want to try to correct this, or certainly continue to fight to make sure we don’t see Americans dispossessed and out on the street, not at this time,” said Beccera, according to POLITICO.
“We’re making too much success on COVID to go backwards, so I know this administration will be looking for ways to try to make sure we keep people in their homes,” he added.
The legal battle may not be finished. The policy has been extended twice already, with an appeal process expected.