REP. THEIS STATEMENT ON DFL HOUSING NEWS CONFERENCE
ST. PAUL — Rep. Tama Theis, R-St. Cloud, Republican Lead on the House Housing Finance and Policy Committee, and member of the Housing Conference Committee/Working Group, issued the following statement ahead of an expected 10:30AM news conference by the House DFL to discuss the need for an eviction moratorium off-ramp bill.
"House Democrats and the Walz administration continue to be roadblocks to bipartisan compromise for a moratorium off-ramp bill," Theis said. "They have threatened to keep the peacetime emergency in place as leverage to secure additional policy demands in negotiations, an outrageous abuse of our emergency power laws. Emergency powers are meant to allow the government to act quickly when there are urgent emergency situations, not as a tool to change state policy.
"We started this process with a bipartisan Senate bill that passed with veto proof support — a stark contrast to the partisan House bill that failed to secure a single Republican vote. While we feel strongly that the compromise is the original Senate bill, Republicans have made good faith moves to try to reach a compromise. It's time for Democrats to drop their partisan demands and start working in good faith to pass the compromise legislation that's sitting right in front of us."
In April, Senate Republicans passed their eviction moratorium off-ramp bill on a veto-proof vote. The House proposal secured zero Republican support off the House floor. The eviction moratorium remains one of the only remaining executive orders still in place as part of the Governor's emergency powers.