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H.R. 659: Repeal the Faircloth Amendment Act of 2021

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Is the bill “fair,” or should it be cut from a different “cloth”?


In 1998, when public housing’s reputation was low, Congress passed the Faircloth Amendment to prevent any net increase in public housing. Since then, public housing has still been created but other public housing units were torn down as a result, since there couldn’t be a net increase.

With the late-’90s providing one of the best economies in U.S. history, public housing was increasingly considered an expensive waste as most Americans were increasingly able to afford their own housing anyway. Named for Sen. Lauch Faircloth (R-NC), the amendment — an alteration to the Housing Act of 1937 — was hardly considered controversial at the time, passing as part of a larger appropriations bill by 409–19 …

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Sponsor. Representative for New York's 14th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Feb 1, 2021
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Feb 1, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Feb 1, 2021

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Feb 1, 2021

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