Housing chief taking off gloves on budget cuts
Washington — President Reagan's only black Cabinet officer came out fighting against Budget Director David Stockman Monday, saying he'll take his fight for housing funds to the President if he has to, and ''we'll see who wins.''
A news conference called earlier this week by Secretary Samuel R. Pierce Jr. of Housing and Urban Development seemed to mark a new and more combative Pierce, who has been called ''silent Sam'' by some detractors. He is scheduled to meet with the President Thursday (Dec. 17).
Mr. Stockman has proposed deep cuts in HUD's budget, including phasing out the Community Development Block Grant program and the Urban Development Action Grant program, and halting subsidized housing units for the poor.
A panel of mayors from across the country have once again sharply criticized President Reagan's proposed new round of budget cuts for urban programs as too much, too soon.