Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) has kept up to $100,000 in rental income during the coronavirus pandemic despite congressional calls to waive rent, according to her latest financial disclosures.
Tlaib’s financial disclosure report, released Thursday, showed she received between $15,001 and $50,000 in rental income in 2021, Fox News reported. Tlaib received this rental income from a Detroit property she owns.
Her 2021 rental income is in addition to the $15,001 to $50,000 she has already reported for 2020, bringing her total rental income throughout the pandemic to between $30,000 and $100,000.
However, as the Michigan congresswoman collected a steady stream of rent checks, she was at the forefront of a progressive movement in Congress to cancel rent and mortgage payments during the pandemic.
Tlaib, along with fellow “Squad” members Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-NY) and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), co-sponsored Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) bill. ) aimed at “instituting nationwide cancellation of residential rent and mortgage payments for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic” at the onset of the pandemic in early 2020.
The “Squad” then reintroduced the bill to cancel rents and mortgages in March 2021.
“I join Rep. @IlhanOmar and his colleagues for a press conference on the Rent and Mortgage Cancellation Act,” Tlaib tweeted at the time. “Our residents need help during this ongoing pandemic and this legislation aims to provide that help to ensure our neighbors have the housing they need.”
HAPPENS NOW: I join Rep. @Ilhan Omar and his colleagues for a press conference on the Rent and Mortgage Cancellation Act. Our residents need help during this ongoing pandemic and this legislation aims to provide that help to ensure our neighbors have the housing they need. https://t.co/RABr5VBpG4
— Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (@RepRashida) March 11, 2021
Tlaib joins fellow “Squad” member Pressley in collecting monthly rent checks despite pressure for a nationwide pause on rent payments.
Pressley and her husband brought in between $5,000 and $15,000 in rental income throughout 2020, according to Fox News. Pressley has yet to file its 2021 financial disclosure report, which is due by Saturday.