Joe Biden reinstated the ban on renter evictions after Congress failed to pass legislation to do so, while the president said that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo should resign, and Obama scales down birthday celebration and more top stories in Democratic politics.
As the Delta variant searches, the Biden administration under new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will ban evictions in counties with high rates of virus transmission, aligning with areas where the CDC recommends even vaccinated residents wear masks while indoors, The Hill reported.
On Monday the White House said that the CDC lacked the authority to extend the emergency mandate, then reversed itself on Tuesday with President Joe Biden reinstating the ban, the Daily Wire reported.
The new order drafted by the CDC states the following:
“A person violating this Order may be subject to a fine of no more than $100,000 or one year in jail, or both, if the violation does not result in a death, or a fine of no more than $250,000 or one year in jail, or both if the violation results in a death or s otherwise provided by law.”
“An organization violating this Order may be subject to a fine of no more than $200,000 per event if the violation does not result in a death or $500,000 per event if the violation results in a death or as otherwise provided by law,” The order adds, “The U.S. Department of Justice may initiate criminal proceedings as appropriate seeking imposition of these criminal penalties.”
A few hours after findings were announced, President Joe Biden called on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign following a report from an independent panel established by New York’s Attorney General which found that he sexually harassed 11 women, the New York Post reported.
“Look, I’m not going to flyspeck this,” Biden responded to a question by a reporter. “I’m sure there are some embraces that were totally innocent. But apparently the attorney general decided there were things that weren’t.”
Biden gave no comment on whether the New York State legislature should impeach, and/or whether he should face criminal charges.
Democratic governors call on Cuomo to resign
A number of Democratic governors issued a joint statement calling on Cuomo to resign, including the governors of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, as well as the Republican governor of Massachusetts, The Hill reported.
Higher standard required for criminal prosecution
According to legal experts, the standard for criminal prosecution is greater than state Attorney General Letitia James’ civil investigation, according to a report by NBC.
Cuomo to issue his own report
Former President Barack Obama announced that he will significantly scale back what was previously reported as a 500-person celebrity-studded 60th birthday bash that was set to take place in Martha’s Vineyard on Saturday. The change of plans comes after widespread criticism over the large event amid the increasing spread of the Delta variant, the Washington Post reported. A number of former Obama administration officials, Democratic donors, and celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, and George Clooney were reportedly attending.
“The outdoor event was planned months ago in accordance with all public guidelines and…safeguards in place,” Hannah Hankins, a spokeswoman for the former president, said in a statement. “Due to the new spread of the Delta variant over the past week, the President and Mrs. Obama have decided to significantly scale back the event to include only family and close friends.”
U.S. Treasury secretary Janet Yellen said that the critical key to maintaining America’s economic dominance is following Joe Biden’s economic agenda, which includes supporting his trillion-dollar bipartisan infrastructure bill, as well as the Democrats’ even larger $3.5 trillion spending plan, CNBC reported.
“We’ve grown used to America as the world’s pre-eminent economic power. We aren’t destined to stay that way, but with these investments, I believe we will,” Yellen will say according to the text of an address she will deliver in Atlanta on Wednesday. “We have a chance now to repair the broken foundations of our economy, and on top of it, to build something fairer and stronger than what came before.”
In terms of a number of long-term national issues, as well as climate change, Yellen believes Biden’s agenda can influence outcomes.
“Fiscal policy can help unwind them,” Yellen said, “or the lack thereof can intensify them.”