The Trump administration announced an eviction moratorium on Tuesday using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's quarantine authority.
The CDC said in an order released Tuesday evening that it would temporarily stop renters from being evicted until the end of 2020.
"CDC does not have the authority to do this. It's dangerous precedent and bad policy," said Paul, a Republican from Kentucky who has supported President Trump.
Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky, also a Republican, said that rental contracts are governed by state law and that there is no room for federal authority to overturn them.
"The CDC order is an affront to the rule of law, and an emasculation of every legislator in this country — state and federal," Massie said on Twitter. He also complained that there was almost no pushback against the order from Democrats or Republicans.