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Congresswomen Cori BushIlhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley slept outside the U.S. Capitol on Friday night to protest the end of the federal eviction moratorium, which expired on Saturday at midnight.

“It’s not OK to just sit back and allow 7 million people, possibly upwards of 7 million people to be at risk for eviction in a little more than 24 hours,” Bush told WUSA at the Capitol overnight. “We can’t just sit back and allow that. As a sitting member of Congress, it’s our duty — it’s my duty, to make sure that I’m representing everyone in my district.”

House Democrats tried on Friday to get enough votes to pass a bill that would extend the freeze until Oct. 18, although the session was adjourned for a summer recess without success in extending the measure as Republicans objected.

The freeze on evictions was enacted by the Centers for Disease Control last year amid the pandemic to keep Americans in their homes as the unemployment rate skyrocketed. The Biden administration had previously extended the moratorium by a month.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s July 5 Household Pulse Survey, 3.6 million Americans said they could face eviction in the next two months, and 7 million people say they are behind on rent.

Bush, a Democratic Missouri representative whose district lies mostly in St. Louis, tweeted prior to the moratorium’s expiration, urging that it be extended. “Millions are at risk of being removed from their homes, and a Democratic-controlled government has the power to stop it,” she wrote, above an image of herself, Democratic Rep. Pressley of Massachusetts, and Minnesota Rep. Omar outside of the Capitol. “Extend the eviction moratorium now.”

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