HUD Secretary Ben Carson to ‘reinterpret’ racial and income zoning rule

July 20, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson, for stating his department will “reinterpreting” the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule:

“HUD Secretary Ben Carson’s decision to ‘reinterpret’ the Obama era Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing regulation will hopefully take federal government bureaucrats out of the business of day to day local zoning decisions. The efforts of Senator Mike Lee and Representative Paul Gosar to keep this critical constitutional issue in front of the public over the past three years were instrumental in this important Trump Administration decision.

“It is this kind of rolling back of the Obama era administrative overreach that is the centerpiece of the Trump Administration successes.  What’s more, this proposed action by Secretary Carson demonstrates his understanding of the importance of the Fair Housing Act and the need keep it from being used as a political weapon directed at local communities. This never had anything to do with individual cases of housing discrimination, which both political parties abhor and remains illegal, but instead was an unconstitutional federal power grab over local zoning.”

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