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Congress and the Nation is the most authoritative reference on congressional trends, actions, and political and policy controversies. This award-winning series documents the most fiercely debated issues in recent American politics, providing a unique retrospective analysis of the policies the U.S. Congress. Organized by policy area, each chapter contains summaries of legislative activity, including bills passed, defeated, or postponed. No other authoritative source guides readers seamlessly through the policy output of the national legislature with the breadth, depth, and authority of Congress and the Nation.

Congress and the Nation is the most authoritative reference on congressional trends, actions, and political and policy controversies. This award-winning series documents the most fiercely debated issues in recent American politics, providing a unique retrospective analysis of the policies the U.S. Congress. Organized by policy area, each chapter contains summaries of legislative activity, including bills passed, defeated, or postponed. No other authoritative source guides readers seamlessly through the policy output of the national legislature with the breadth, depth, and authority of Congress and the Nation.

Congress and the Nation is the most authoritative reference on congressional trends, actions, and political and policy controversies. This award-winning series documents the most fiercely debated issues in recent American politics, providing a unique retrospective analysis of the policies the U.S. Congress. Organized by policy area, each chapter contains summaries of legislative activity, including bills passed, defeated, or postponed. No other authoritative source guides readers seamlessly through the policy output of the national legislature with the breadth, depth, and authority of Congress and the Nation.

Housing and Urban Aid
Housing and urban aid
Introduction

During Ronald Reagan's second term in office, the plight of the nation's homeless attracted increasing attention, provoking congressional reaction, while Congress and the president continued their battle over the fundamental course of federal housing policy.

The administration sought to expand on its first-term success of largely removing the government from the business of subsidizing the construction of housing. During his second term, Reagan sought to make widespread use of vouchers, which tenants used like cash to find housing on their own in the private market.

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Samuel R. Pierce Jr. — the only member of the Cabinet to serve for Reagan's entire eight-year tenure — said, “The primary housing problem of low-income families nationwide is affordability, ...

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