WASHINGTON — Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, issued the following statement in advance of the expiration of the nationwide eviction and foreclosure moratoriums, currently scheduled for July 31.

“It is absolutely imperative that we extend protections against foreclosures and evictions past the end of this month. These moratoriums were meant to conclude alongside the pandemic — but with the Delta variant on the upswing, COVID-19 case numbers rising, and the CDC once again issuing mask mandates, it is abundantly clear that we are nowhere near the end of this crisis.

“Families across this country need more time. They need time for the substantive rental assistance this government passed to reach their pockets. They need time to take precautions against the surging virus. They need time to find jobs and pay for their most basic needs — needs that cannot be met without a roof over their heads. Unless we want to exacerbate the pandemic by allowing millions of our neighbors to be evicted over the next several weeks, we need to give them that time. The Progressive Caucus urges the White House to act now and extend protections against eviction.”