Dear Liberty Activist,
Last week, the House adopted an amendment by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) to the Transportation and Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) appropriations bill defunding implementation of the "Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing" rule.
A close vote, the measure passed narrowly 219 to 207. The legislation now sits in the U.S. Senate for consideration.
Now, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) plans to offer the same amendment to the Transportation and HUD appropriations bill defunding the regulation.
Under the rulemaking, in October HUD will be empowered to condition eligibility for community development block grants on redrawing zoning maps to create evenly distributed neighborhoods based on racial composition and income.
"Now is the time for the Senate to act," Americans for Limited Government President Nathan Mehrens declared, calling the rule "a threat to the freedom of local communities to make decisions for themselves."
Mehrens questioned the legality of the rule, saying, "Under enumerated powers, there is zero constitutional basis for the federal government to step in and condition aid on localities ceding their zoning authority. That is the nature of federalism. Zoning decisions are best left up to local administrations."
This has nothing to do with housing discrimination. It is about using a perceived utopian vision of eliminating racial and income disparities as a pretext to essentially redistrict communities. Racial housing quotas will not do a thing to stop real housing discrimination based on race, which has already been illegal since the 1960s.
That is why the Senate must act, post haste, to defund HUD's radical agenda. Even if it is not successful, a strong Senate fight on this issue will embolden House Republicans to hold firm when reconciliation on the HUD appropriations bill occurs.
"This attempt to nationalize our most basic living decisions must be stopped, and we thank Sen. Lee for championing this issue. Americans for Limited Government strongly supports the Lee amendment to defund racial quotas in local zoning decisions," Mehrens concluded.
Let's keep fighting!
Americans for Limited Government