The House of Representatives is fighting back against Obama administration attempts to pressure suburbia to diversify racially and economically. The House’s job was made a little tougher by the U.S. Supreme Court late last month, however.
Most Republicans in the House join critics who say the administration is engaged in a power grab by abusing bureaucratic authority to seize control of state and local zoning and environmental laws.
“We shouldn’t have to live out some utopian vision as HUD sees it,” Romano said.
In response, by a vote of 229-193, the House approved an amendment in June to quash funding for the “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” rule for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. That amendment was attached to the 2016 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. It is awaiting action in the Senate.
“As the president reaches the end of his second term, he has made it clear that his top priorities during his waning days are furthering his far-left political agenda by forcing big government programs on the American people,” Republican Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona said in a statement after the vote. “His new AFFH regulation is one of the most far-reaching attempts yet to punish communities that don’t submit to the president’s liberal ideology. American citizens and communities should be free to choose where they would like to live and not be subject to federal neighborhood engineering at the behest of an overreaching federal government.”
The AFFH rule effectively would enable HUD to force local and state governments to meet certain racial and income standards through changes in zoning and housing grant distribution.
But even private enterprises designed to equalize the housing playing field are being met with opposition. Film producer George Lucas’ plan to build low-income housing development on his own land in Marin County north of San Francisco is drawing the ire of his neighbors.
Carolyn Lenert, chairman of the North San Rafael Coalition of Residents, told the New York Times that Lucas’ plan is “inciting class warfare,” and that a terrified unnamed resident likened the new development to the Islamic killing in Syria. Read More: http://www.lifezette.com/polizette/obama-team-attacks-suburbia/ By