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Ben Carson: HUD will 'reinterpret' Obama housing discrimination rule


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Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson said Wednesday that his agency will "reinterpret" the landmark Obama housing rule meant to address housing discrimination, a regulation that conservatives have criticized as tantamount to a national zoning board.
"Do I believe in fair housing? Of course, I believe in fair housing," Carson told the Washington Examiner in a Wednesday interview. But he said he doesn't believe in "extra manipulation and cost."

"So we just have to reinterpret it, that's all," he said.
The rule in question is the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, which was finalized in 2015. It is meant to implement part of the civil rights-era Fair Housing Act by requiring local governments to spell out plans for reducing segregation or risk eventually losing out on federal bock grants.
On Monday, a group of Republican members of Congress led by Utah Sen. Mike Lee called on Carson to rescind the rule.:snip:

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Ben Carson's quiet life in a chaotic Cabinet


Surrounded by dated wood paneling and stacks of newspapers, Ben Carson lives out most of his days at the Department of Housing and Urban Development quietly.
His 10th-floor office in a nondescript government building in Southwest Washington could not feel further removed from the cable news green rooms and early-state coffee shops that turned the former neurosurgeon into a household name during the 2016 Republican primary.
But in the nearly five months since Carson took the helm of HUD, he has faded into the background of an administration otherwise defined by intrigue and outrage. One of President Trump's highest-profile Cabinet nominees, Carson has maintained one of the lowest profiles of any Cabinet secretary.
And that's the way he likes it, Carson says.:snip:

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