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CDC’s Eviction Moratorium Is Blocked by Federal Judge in Texas

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s eviction moratorium was blocked by a Texas judge who said the federal government overstepped its authority in stopping landlords from throwing out tenants.

U.S. District Judge J. Campbell Barker, who was nominated by President Donald Trump, said that while states have the authority to regulate residential evictions and foreclosures -- and did so during the Great Depression -- the federal government’s power to regulate interstate commerce under the Constitution doesn’t give it the right to impose a moratorium.