The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked the moratorium on evictions that President Joe Biden’s administration extended last August.
In an unsigned decision, the six conservative justices indicated that if the moratorium is to continue it must be “specifically” authorized by Congress.
On August 3, Biden extended for two more months the moratorium on evictions that has been in place since the beginning of the pandemic and expired at the end of July, under pressure from the progressive wing of the Democratic Party.
The measure was implemented last year during the administration of now former President Donald Trump (2017-2021) and was extended by Biden.
This is the second setback suffered this week by the Biden administration in the Supreme Court, which on Tuesday rejected a request by the White House to suspend the application of a federal judge’s order that reinstated the “Remain in Mexico” program, which forces asylum seekers to wait in that country while their case is resolved in U.S. territory.