Rashida Tlaib Supports Legislation Canceling Rent. She Also Made Up to $50,000 as Landlord Last Year.
By day, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D–Mich.) is co-sponsoring bills that would cancel rent payments well into next year. Also presumably by day, the progressive congresswoman and “squad” member is collecting rental income from a property she owns.
Tlaib’s 2020 financial disclosure report filed this past Friday show that she made between $15,001 and $50,000 off of a property in Detroit worth between $150,000 and $200,000. Fox News was the first to report the news.
Tlaib has also twice now co-sponsored a bill authored by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D–Minn.) that suspend the obligation of tenants to pay rent during the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest version of that bill, introduced in March 2021, would have canceled rent from March 2020 to April 2022.
“It’s really important that we understand that moratoriums are good, but they’re going to end and without payment and debt cancelation we are kicking the crisis down the road,” said Tlaib at a press conference announcing the bill in March.
Tlaib is not the only landlord to co-sponsor Omar’s rent cancelation bill. Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D–Mass.) also signed onto the legislation despite earning between $5,000 and $15,000 in income in 2020 from a rental unit adjoining her primary residence.
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