Pat Toomey on CDC Eviction Moratorium: ‘The Legal Authority Is a Real Stretch’
The Trump administration’s new nationwide moratorium on evictions is attracting heated opposition from some Republicans in Congress, who say it is legally shaky and sets a dangerous precedent for future administrations.
“I think the legal authority is a real stretch,” says Sen. Pat Toomey (R–Penn.). “I don’t know what the limiting principle is.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which issued the moratorium on Tuesday, cites its authority under the Public Health Services Act to issue regulations to stop the interstate spread of disease. That argument doesn’t impress Toomey.
“If the CDC has the authority to force landlords to effectively give away their product for free, I don’t know where that ends,” Toomey tells Reason. “Can General Motors be forced to give people cars unless they otherwise crowd into subways?”
Other congressional Republicans have raised similar concerns. Sen. Rand Paul (R–Ky.) said on Twitter that the “CDC does not have the authority to do this. It’s dangerous precedent and bad policy.”
“Rental contracts are governed by state law. There is no federal authority to overturn them,” tweeted Rep. Thomas Massie (R–Ky.). “The CDC order is an affront to the rule of law, and an emasculation of every legislator in this country—state and federal.”
In addition to the legal issues it
Article from Latest – Reason.com