WILL SOUTH CAROLINA SENATOR INVESTIGATE BARACK OBAMA’S “NEIGHBORHOOD ENGINEERING” SCHEME?
Last week, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in co-sponsoring legislation by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) that would prohibit the use of federal funds by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to implement the regulation known as “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing“(AFFH).
The rule conditions eligibility for community development block grants upon redrawing zoning maps to achieve racial and income integration. All that is required is a mere accusation by HUD of not being in compliance. In 2014, HUD dispersed about $3.4 billion of these grants to roughly 1,200 counties and cities, putting every one of them into the Obama administration’s crosshairs.
Cruz and Rubio are among the leading contenders for the Republican presidential nomination, so their dual support is noteworthy enough. And with the race turning south and all eyes on South Carolina, a natural question to ask might be where Sen. Tim Scott is on this issue.
After all, Scott chairs the Senate Banking Subcommittee Chairman on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development and as such should be able to outline exactly just how screwed up President Barack Obama’s vast overreach in this area has been.
According to South Carolina-based FITSNews, Scott has promised to hold a hearing on the issue:
“Last year Scott’s office indicated it was investigating the ‘neighborhood engineering’ rule — promulgated by Obama’s Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Hearings were likely, we were told.”
But so far, no hearings have been scheduled, according to the Banking Committee’s website.
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