Cardoza Hits Housing Secretary Over Foreclosure Crisis

Posted July 27, 2010 at 7:18pm

Rep. Dennis Cardoza (D-Calif.) has had it with the administration’s handling of the home foreclosure crisis, so much so that on Tuesday he filed amendments aimed at keeping Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan’s “ass in Washington” to address the issue.

Cardoza submitted two amendments to the fiscal 2011 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development spending bill by the 5 p.m. deadline set by the Rules Committee. The first amendment would eliminate the housing department’s $21 million travel budget. The second, revised amendment clarifies that no funds allocated for administration, operation and management services may be used for travel expenses.

Cardoza said that he and Reps. Jim Costa (D-Calif.) and Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) are offering the amendments because “we think [Donovan] should keep his ass in Washington and deal with the housing crisis.”

He complained that the Obama administration is “absolutely not talking about” how the housing crisis is still devastating districts such as his, where foreclosures have gone up since last year and unemployment is at 20 percent. He said administration officials have stopped talking about it because they “don’t have anything good to say.”

President Barack Obama should be “kicking butt in those departments that can’t seem to get it right,” Cardoza said. “I’m tired of the happy talk. The American people are tired of the happy talk. They want to see action.”