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People gather to call for a stop to evictions on Tuesday. Photo: Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a law on Thursday to extend the statewide eviction moratorium to Jan. 15, 2022.

Why it matters: The new moratorium will continue to protect tenants struggling to pay rent because of the pandemic. More than 700,000 New York households are behind on rent, per the National Equity Atlas.

  • The decision buys New York time to distribute federal emergency rental assistance. The state has spent less than 1.5% of its funds per Axios' Felix Salmon.
  • New York is the first state to pass a new eviction moratorium after the Supreme Court's ruling.

Driving the news: Last week, the Supreme Court rejected the Biden Administration's effort to extend the federal eviction moratorium.

  • In a statement last week, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said President Biden was calling on cities, states, local courts, landlords and cabinet agencies to prevent evictions.

What they're saying: "In light of the Supreme Court ruling to strike down the federal eviction moratorium, the Senate majority is taking action to adjust and extend the state’s eviction moratorium to ensure that thousands of New Yorkers are protected from losing their homes," Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D) said on Wednesday, per the New York Times.

  • "This legislation is as much health policy as it is economic policy, and we must do everything we possibly can to keep New Yorkers safe amidst a surge in the Delta variant," Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz (D) said.

Of note: Joseph Strasburg, president of the Rent Stabilization Association, which sued over the previous eviction moratorium, said the group would consider suing over the new moratorium, per the Times.

  • "Lawmakers can’t just follow the laws that they like and disregard a ruling by the highest court in the nation," the RSA said on Wednesday.

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Biden's SCOTUS commission to hold first public meeting on court reform

President Biden speaks in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C. Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden's bipartisan commission on the U.S. Supreme Court will hold a public meeting on Friday to discuss expanding the court, term limits and more, the White House announced Thursday.

Why it matters: The six-month commission will offer an analysis of the principal arguments surrounding the divisive subject. Progressives are pushing for more seats after former President Trump appointed three justices to the court.

Supreme Court says D.C. not entitled to a voting member of Congress

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The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an effort to give Washington, D.C., residents a voting member in Congress, the Washington Post reports.

The big picture: The court issued its decision without a hearing, citing a similar case from 2000 that concluded that D.C. is not constitutionally entitled to voting representation because it is not a state.

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Key clean power provision likely won't survive in Dems' spending bill

A construction worker walks along a dirt road at the Avangrid Renewables La Joya wind farm in Encino, New Mexico, on Aug. 5, 2020. Photo: Cate Dingley/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A pillar of Democrats' plans to speed deployment of zero-carbon electricity is likely to be cut from major spending and tax legislation they are struggling to move on a party-line vote, per multiple reports and a Capitol Hill aide.

Driving the news: The New York Times, citing anonymous congressional aides and lobbyists, reports that West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin (D) has told the White House he "strongly opposes" the Clean Electricity Performance Program.