For two years I’ve been writing about President Obama’s steadily unfolding plans to transform the way Americans live. Now there’s something you can do stop him.
Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar is planning to offer an amendment to the THUD Bill (Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill), currently being considered by the House of Representatives. Gosar’s amendment would bar the use of funding to implement, administer, or enforce the Obama administration’s proposed rule on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH).
Furthermore, by redefining “fair housing” to mean housing near transportation hubs and dense downtown districts where many jobs are available, AFFH can be used to change the way Americans live, urbanizing suburbs and Manhattanizing cities. The rule can also be used to press suburbs into regional housing consortia designed to strip local governments of their independence.
I wrote about the history, philosophy, and strategy of the Obama administration’s anti-suburban policies in Spreading the Wealth: How Obama is Robbing the Suburbs to Pay for the Cities. You can read more about AFFH here.
When I asked Rep. Gosar’s office what led him to offer this amendment, I was given the following statement by the congressman: “American citizens should be free to choose where they would like to live and not be subject to neighborhood engineering and gerrymandering at the behest of an overreaching federal government. Local zoning decisions should be made by local communities, not bureaucrats in Washington, DC.”
A recorded vote on Rep. Gosar’s amendment to H.R. 475 will likely take place this Wednesday, June 11.