on April 20, 2017 in World News

Obama’s Neighborhood Diversification Bill May Be Near its End By Davis

Throughout his administration, President Barack Obama tried everything he could think of to fundamentally change the makeup of America, no matter how ridiculous it was.

One of Obama’s most controversial moves was the “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule,” which many Republicans viewed as nothing short of the government attempting to take control of local zoning decisions. Now, it appears that that legislation might well be defunded, The New American reported.

The bill to defund the Obama-era regulation is called the “Local Zoning Decisions Protection Act.” It was introduced in the Senate by Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee and in the House by Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar.

“To nullify certain regulations and notices of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and for other purposes,” read the description of the bill, which you can read in full here.

The bill was introduced in January, but has not yet gone very far. It is unclear whether this legislation was being actively supported by the Trump administration, but the hope among senators like Lee was that Trump will back this legislation.

Utah Policy noted that Lee issued a statement in January after introducing the bill in which he stressed that Washington should not be regulating where Americans can live.

“Every American should be free to choose where to live, and every community should be free to zone its neighborhoods and compete for new residents according to its distinct values,” Lee stated.

According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the AFFH consists of an “Assessment of Fair Housing” which would “help communities analyze challenges to fair housing choice and establish their own goals and priorities to address the fair housing barriers in their community.”

That’s a lot of fancy terms for the government saying where you can and cannot live.

Trump has made rolling back many Obama-era regulations a top priority of his administration, so it will be interesting to see if he publicly starts to back this bill.


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