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“The house is on break. People go on vacation. Bush, a Democrat from Missouri, said CNN’s Jessica Dean on Saturday afternoon in the Newsroom. “There are people who have already received and received salary or leave notices that they will post tomorrow. People are already in a position where they need help, our weakest, our most marginalized people in need. ”

“How can we go on vacation? No, we have to come back here,” said Bush from the steps of the US Capitol, where she slept overnight to appeal to her colleagues to extend the moratorium.

Bush and a growing number of her supporters remained on the steps of the Capitol in just a few hours before the eviction moratorium expired.

You can’t lie down on the steps, said Bush, so they sit on chairs and are wrapped in blankets.

Throughout Friday, the Democratic leaders tried unsuccessfully to find enough votes to extend the moratorium beyond the July 31 deadline, and even tried unanimously to pass a law extending the eviction moratorium.

Bush, who was ousted and evicted prior to joining Congress, urged House leaders to come back together and pass the laws that would allow Americans to stay in their homes until the end of the year.

The congresswoman said she was in contact with the House of Representatives but had “received no assurances that this could happen. But we have hope.”

Bush called on the Senate to extend the moratorium before the Chamber is due to begin its break late next week. She also called on the CDC and White House to extend the moratorium, but the White House cited a Supreme Court opinion last month saying that Congressional action was required to extend it beyond July 31 .

On Friday, Bush invited members of her party to join her in Capitol Plaza as Rep. Jim McGovern on Saturday.

McGovern, chairman of the House Rules Committee, told CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux that he was ready to assist her if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had the votes to recall the House and re-convene an extension of the eviction moratorium.

Pelosi made it clear in a letter to her Democratic counterparts in the House of Representatives on Saturday evening that even if the House of Representatives passed laws extending the eviction moratorium, “it was obvious that the Senate would not be able to either”.

Pelosi wrote that “some in our caucus have now chosen instead how we can get the money allocated in December Omnibus and the Biden American Rescue Plan into the hands of renters and landlords.”

“Our members are overwhelmingly supportive of extending the moratorium,” the spokesman continued. “Our members are generally calling for the US $ 46.5 billion made available by Congress to be quickly distributed to tenants and landlords.”

The Senate is still in town but is working on passing the bipartisan infrastructure bill. Members of the House of Representatives left for the August recess after failing to find enough support to pass the House moratorium.

On the steps of the Capitol on Saturday, Pressley told CNN that the looming scenario was a “nightmare scenario” for desperate families. Legislators called their overnight stay outside the Capitol the “next step” in their continued “activism in the fight for the poor.”

However, Pressley made no pledge to return to sleep on the steps on Saturday night, citing pre-agreed ongoing obligations she and other lawmakers have in their home states.

“It was a moral imperative to act to disrupt and prevent this crisis, and it is a moral failure that we did not act,” Pressley told CNN’s Ryan Nobles on Saturday.

“Evictions are already violent, but evicting people in the midst of a pandemic is cruel, inhuman, unacceptable and 100% preventable,” she said.

Pressley also called for her own party to handle the impending deadline.

“We should definitely have received a message from the White House much earlier. We just run out of time,” said Pressley.

However, she added: “There is still time to correct this injustice, however.”

“I believe the White House and the CDC can act unilaterally, should they,” she continued. “And if we are challenged in the courts, that will still buy these families time, and that is what we need.”

Bush wrote in a letter to her colleagues on Friday that she “cannot leave Washington in good conscience tonight as a Democrat-controlled government allows millions of people to evacuate while the Delta variant ravages our communities.”

She vowed to continue fighting for the millions of Americans who will be affected by the expiry of the moratorium.

“I plan to be here until something happens,” she told CNN on Saturday. “Hopefully something will happen today. I have neither an end time nor a time. I didn’t know at this time yesterday that I would be here tonight. We only take one step at a time. “

Bush told CNN’s Daniella Diaz on Saturday that she knew “what it is like to wonder if I can get this eviction notice”.

“The hope that when you show up at that door, just hope that when you get a glimpse of that door, there isn’t a scrap of paper from the sheriff,” she said. “Your whole life will be turned upside down.”

This story has been updated with additional reports.

CNN’s Daniella Diaz, Annie Grayer, Phil Mattingly, Kristin Wilson, Melanie Zanona, Suzanne Malveaux, Rachel Janfaza, Ryan Nobles and Vanessa Price contributed to this report.

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