Trump Judge Rules Against Moratorium On Evictions

CNN reports:

A federal judge in Texas on Thursday ruled that the federal moratorium on evictions is unconstitutional, according to court documents. US District Judge John Barker, who was appointed by then-President Donald Trump to the court in the Eastern District of Texas, stopped short of issuing a preliminary injunction, but said he expected the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to respect his ruling and withdraw the moratorium.

“The CDC attempted to use COVID-19 as an opportunity to grab power and the court rightfully corrected this egregious overreach,” Robert Henneke, one of the lawyers in the case and general counsel for the Texas Public Policy Foundation. The Department of Justice declined to comment when reached by CNN. It is not clear if the agency plans to appeal the case. An estimated 10 million renters were behind on their rent and at risk of eviction in the middle of January, according to a Census Bureau survey.

Read the full article. The Texas Public Policy Foundation is largely funded by the fossil fuels industry and devotes much of its time to discounting climate change.