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Rep. Cori Bush speaks during a rally for D.C. statehood in Washington, D.C., on June 26. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) slept outside the U.S. Capitol on Friday night to urge her Democratic colleagues to return to Washington and vote to expand the eviction moratorium, which expires Saturday at midnight.

Driving the news: "Many of my Democratic colleagues chose to go on vacation early today rather than staying to vote to keep people in their homes," Bush tweeted Friday. "I'll be sleeping outside the Capitol tonight. We've still got work to do."

  • Bush, who has been evicted three times, sent multiple letters throughout the day on Friday to push House Democrats to return from adjournment and vote on the Protecting Renters from Evictions Act.

What they're saying: "I know firsthand the trauma and devastation that comes with the violence of being evicted, and we have a responsibility to do everything we can to prevent this trauma from being inflicted on our neighbors and communities," Bush wrote.

  • "I cannot in good conscience leave Washington tonight while a Democratic-controlled government allows millions of people to go unhoused as the Delta variant is ravaging our communities," Bush wrote.
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  • Reps. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) also showed up at the Capitol on Friday night in support of Bush's push to extend the eviction moratorium.
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  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) also showed up outside the Capitol on Saturday in support of extending the eviction moratorium.
  • "I urge [Congress] to join me now in continuing this life-saving protection as states distribute assistance to keep renters housed, to keep landlords paid and most of all, to keep families safe," Warren said, speaking on the Senate floor Saturday morning.
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The big picture: House Democrats did not secure enough votes Friday to pass an extension of the eviction moratorium via unanimous consent.

  • As many as 15 million people could face evictions, per estimates from the Aspen Institute.

Go deeper: Finger pointing starts after House fails to extend federal eviction ban

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Jan. 6 panel hires former Bush administration official as top legal adviser

Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) at a press conference with the Jan. 6 select committee. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The House select committee in charge of investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection has hired John F. Wood, a former U.S. attorney and a member of the George W. Bush administration, as its top legal adviser.

Why it matters: The decision is part of a continued effort to make the committee nonpartisan and follows the elevation of Wyoming Republican Liz Cheney to serve as vice chairwoman on the panel.

Trump voices support for Saturday's pro-Capitol riots rally

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Former President Trump on Thursday expressed solidarity with people facing prosecution in connection to the Capitol insurrection.

Why it matters: The statement was issued ahead of Saturday's rally to protest the treatment of Capitol rioters. Over 600 known federal defendants face charges related to the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Sep 16, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Senate offices closing ahead of "Justice for J6" demonstration

Security fencing outside the U.S. Capitol ahead of a planned "Justice for J6" rally in Washington, D.C.. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Multiple congressional offices will be closed Friday amid security precautions ahead of Saturday's rally in support of jailed Jan. 6 rioters, aides who have been instructed to work remotely tell Axios.

Why it matters: As the U.S. Capitol faces its first large-scale security test since the deadly attack, House and Senate offices are taking precautionary measures to protect staff as well as lawmakers.