House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday, July 23, slammed President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Obama-era housing regulation, calling it “a betrayal of our nation’s founding values of equality and opportunity for all.”
The White House announced earlier in the day that it is revoking the Obama administration’s 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson said the rule was “unworkable and ultimately a waste of time for localities to comply with.”
“The Trump Administration’s elimination of the fair housing rule is a betrayal of our nation’s founding values of equality and opportunity for all. It is a shameful abdication of our government’s responsibility to end discriminatory housing practices and to lift up our nation’s most vulnerable communities,” Pelosi said in a statement.
Carson and senior HUD officials said that the decision to repeal AFFH dated back to President Trump’s first days in office. The Trump administration argued that the rule wasted American taxpayers’ money and hurt low income Americans by forcing federal funds into wealthy areas, according to Daily Caller.
At the request of many great Americans who live in the Suburbs, and others, I am studying the AFFH housing regulation that is having a devastating impact on these once thriving Suburban areas. Corrupt Joe Biden wants to make them MUCH WORSE. Not fair to homeowners, I may END!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2020
Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) praised the Trump administration’s action, “Secretary Carson and President Trump have rightfully recognized the importance of rolling back Obama’s AFFH rule, which sought to extort localities for utopian demographic design. For years I have fought this effort by Democrats to socially engineer local neighborhoods for political power,” Gosar told the Daily Caller. “I fully support this Trump Administration rule that empowers local communities.”
Pelosi claimed that 50 years after the Fair Housing Act, there is still a fight for civil rights and to eliminate “our county’s legacies of redlining and racial segregation.” She vowed to continue to work with fellow Democrats to “expand housing protections” as part of efforts to “build a more just and equal future for all.”