Millions of American renters are now in danger of being evicted from their homes after the lower House failed to pass a bill extending the federal eviction moratorium which officially expired at midnight on Saturday.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and his party mates earlier vowed to do their best to vote on Friday to extend the eviction moratorium.
However, despite their efforts, no law was passed on Friday as the Democratic caucus was also unable to agree on how to proceed, with Pelosi arguing they had not been given enough time to reach a consensus.
Pelosi for her part also blamed Republicans for their failure to pass the federal eviction moratorium.
With the failure to extend the eviction moratorium, President Joe Biden appealed to local governments to use federal funds to prevent evictions.
“Every state and local government must get these funds out to ensure we prevent every eviction we can,” Biden said.
“State and local governments can and should use both the Emergency Rental Assistance and their American Rescue Plan state and local funds to support policies with courts, community groups, and legal aid to ensure no one seeks an eviction when they have not sought out Emergency Rental Assistance funds,” Biden added.
The moratorium was passed last September by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Based on the data released by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, some 6.4 million American households were behind on their rent by the end of March.