WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention extended a federal moratorium on evictions affecting 90 percent of the country for 60 days, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said on Tuesday.

a sign in front of a building: FILE PHOTO: U.S. Supreme Court is asked to preserve CDC's residential eviction moratorium © Reuters/WILL DUNHAM FILE PHOTO: U.S. Supreme Court is asked to preserve CDC's residential eviction moratorium

Video: Federal eviction moratorium set to expire at the end of the month (MSNBC)

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"I applaud the CDC for imposing an eviction moratorium for the vast majority of the population," the Democratic leader said in a statement. "For anyone to lose their home through no fault of their own is devastating, and it's shameful that Republicans in Congress aren’t lifting a finger to help prevent it from happening."

(Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

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