Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) released the following statement Thursday, reminding Republican leaders that the upcoming government funding bill is the last opportunity conservatives have to stop the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s new “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Final Rule.”
“Every American should be free to choose where to live,” Lee said, “and too often federal regulations intended to promote affordable housing and diversity only end up creating the opposite: higher housing prices and fewer choices for everyone.”
“Americans are indeed suffering from high housing prices,” Lee continued. “But the answer is not a top-down National Zoning Board in Washington.”
HUD’s new Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Final Rule would leverage the federal government’s fraud-ridden Community Development Block Grant program to force local governments to enact new zoning restrictions on residential housing. Zoning restrictions are a proven cause of rising housing costs for all Americans.