Lawmakers Lambast HUD Boss for Proposal to Cut CDBG

Vadum, Matthew
March 2005
Bond Buyer;3/3/2005, Vol. 351 Issue 32082, p4
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The article reports that lawmakers from both parties yesterday strongly criticized the U.S. President George W. Bush administration's proposal to eliminate the $4.7 billion Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and replace it and 17 other programs with a new $3.7 billion block grant program. Some members of the U.S. House Financial Services Committee infect lashed out at the president's top housing official for not pressing hard enough to stop the plan. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Alphonso Jackson underwent aggressive questioning at a hearing held by the panel as he defended the administration's proposed $28.5 billion budget for the department for fiscal 2006 and the plan that would consolidate HUD's CDBG program with other programs that would be administered by a yet-to-be-created agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce.


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