Former President Barack Obama’s legacy hasn’t remained untouched in recent years.
Against the wishes of most Democrats, the Donald Trump administration has either rolled back or even completely erased pieces of the Obama legacy.
From energy and oil to various economic and infrastructure rules, Trump and his team have definitely made a dent in Obama-era rules.
And this time, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson is wielding the wrecking ball.
The target is the Obama administration’s 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule — and it’ll be gone soon.
As Carson stated, via The Daily Caller:
At the request of the President, HUD will be tearing down the Obama Administration’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule.
In nearly every case, it is a fact that local governments are more adequately equipped to deal with their community’s unique needs than any unelected bureaucrat in Washington.
Carson added that Trump is keeping his promise “to preserve America’s neighborhoods.”
And furthermore, the elimination of the AFFH rule will lessen the strain on HUD. It required HUD to add 64 employees to their payroll, and those salaries cost taxpayers up to $15 million each year.
Democrats may argue this will hurt low-income residents. But in fact, the Trump administration argues the opposite:
They claim the AFFH rule forced federal funds into wealthy areas, as many local jurisdictions opted out of the program due to the high cost of producing reports.
In a tweet at the end of June, Trump revealed he was already considering this move:
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!
POTUS did indeed follow through.
However, Democrats could take solace in the fact that jurisdictions will still receive grants. The money for fair housing didn’t just disappear.
This merely removes a bit more of the federal government from local community governments, which has been a goal of the Trump administration since Day 1.
- Ben Carson is tearing down an Obama-era fair housing rule.
- Carson and President Donald Trump believe it only hurt low-income residents. And removing the rule should save taxpayers money as well.
- Jurisdictions can still receive federal grant money, but local governments will have more control.