“The house is on holiday. People are on holiday. How are we on vacation when we have millions of people who may start being fired from tonight?” Bush, a Missouri Democrat, told CNN’s Jessica Dean on “The Newsroom” Saturday afternoon. “There are people who are already getting and getting paid or blank notices that will put them out tomorrow. People are already in a situation where they need help, our weakest, our most vulnerable. marginalized, those in need.”
“How can we go on vacation? No, we need to get back here,” Bush said, speaking from the steps of the US Capitol, where she slept through the night in an effort to appeal to her allies to extend the moratorium.
With only a few hours left until the deadline for the eviction moratorium, Bush and a growing number of his supporters remained on the Capitol steps.
They are not allowed to lie down on the stairs, Bush said, so they are made to sit on chairs and wrapped in blankets.
All day Friday, Democratic leaders scrambled to find enough votes to extend the moratorium beyond the July 31 deadline, to no avail, even as a bill to extend the eviction moratorium passed unanimously. tried to pass.
Bush, who was disenfranchised and ousted before joining Congress, urged the House leadership to renegotiate and pass legislation that would allow Americans to stay in their homes until the end of the year.
The Congress member said he was in communication with the House leadership, but “haven’t heard any assurances that this can happen. But we are hopeful.”
On Friday, Bush invited members of his party to join him at Capitol Plaza, and during the night his progressive allies Reps. Ayana Pressley of Massachusetts and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota joined in, and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren also visited. As Representative Jim McGovern on Saturday.
McGovern, the chair of the House Rules Committee, told CNN’s Susan Malvox that she is prepared to support if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has the votes to recall the House and reconsider the eviction adjournment extension.
Pelosi clarified in a letter to her House Democratic colleagues on Saturday night that even if the House passed legislation to extend the removal moratorium, “it was clear that the Senate would not be able to do so”.
Pelosi wrote that “some in our caucus have now chosen to focus on how we can get the funds allocated in the December Omnibus and Biden American Rescue Plan into the hands of tenants and landlords.”
“Overwhelmingly, our members support an extension of the moratorium,” the Speaker continued. “Universally, our members demand that the $46.5 billion provided by Congress be quickly distributed to renters and landlords.”
The Senate is still in town but working on passing a bipartisan infrastructure bill. Members of the House went on recess for August after the House failed to garner enough support to pass the adjournment.
On the Capitol Steps on Saturday, Pressley told CNN that the impending termination is a “nightmare” for desperate families. The lawmaker referred to her overnight stay outside the Capitol as a “next step” in her ongoing “fighting for the poor activism”.
However, Pressley did not commit to sleeping on the steps again on Saturday night, citing already ongoing commitments that he and other lawmakers have made in their home states.
“It was a moral imperative to act to try and prevent this crisis, and it’s a moral failure that we didn’t act,” Pressley told CNN’s Ryan Nobles on Saturday.
“Eviction is already violent, but eviction of people in the midst of a pandemic is cruel, inhumane, unacceptable and 100% preventable,” she said.
Pressley also criticized his own party for handling the impending deadline.
“We should have gotten word from the White House much earlier than we were before. We just ran out of time,” Pressley said.
Still, she added, “However, there is still time to right this wrong.”
“I believe the White House and the CDC can act, should we act unilaterally,” she continued. “And if we are challenged by the courts, it will still buy these families time, and that’s what we need.”
He vowed to keep fighting for the millions of Americans who would be affected by the end of the moratorium.
“I plan to be here until something happens,” she told CNN on Saturday. “Hopefully something happens today. I don’t have any final moments or timing. I didn’t know that this time tomorrow I’ll be here tonight. We’re only taking it one step at a time.”
Bush told CNN’s Daniela Diaz on Saturday that she knew “it’s going to be surprising if I’m going to get that eviction notice.”
“There is no piece of paper from the sheriff when you show up at that door, just in the hope that when you get a glimpse of that door,” she said. “Your whole life is turned upside down.”
This story has been updated with additional reporting.
CNN’s Daniela Diaz, Annie Grier, Phil Mattingly, Kristin Wilson, Melanie Zanona, Susan Malvaux, Rachel Janfaza, Ryan Nobles and Vanessa Price contributed to this report.