Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Fifty years ago today, August 31, 1965, the House of Representatives, following the lead of the Senate, passed the Housing and Urban Development Act. The bill would be signed into law on September 9, 1965 by President Lyndon B. Johnson as part of his "Great Society" program.
LBJ appointed the first Secretary of HUD, Robert C. Weaver, who is the namesake of the federal building in which the department's headquarters is located today.
HUD, now headed by Secretary Julian Castro, has an annual budget of $326 billion, but according to the Des Moines Register, the agency "is (a) poster child for waste (and) abuse."
The Register says that more than 25,000 families receive subsidies from HUD "even though these families earn more than the maximum income allowed..."
In addition, the Register points out that HUD has paid out $448 million per year to public housing tenants who "failed to take part in the required community service and self-sufficiency programs." Even more abuses are identified in the editorial cited below.
"Editorial: HUD is poster child for waste, abuse," The Des Moines Register, August 30, 2015, www.desmoinesregister.com/
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Neutrality Act of 1935 eighty years ago today, August 31, 1935, at the White House here in the Nation's Capital.
The act called for an "expression of the desire to avoid any action which might involve the United States in war."
The Neutrality Act required American ships to be licensed to carry arms, restricted American citizens from sailing on ships of nations at war and
imposed an embargo on the sale of arms to those nations.