WASHINGTON - House Financial Services Committee members blasted Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson yesterday over the Bush administration's plans to reduce funding for the Community Development Block Grant program and kill the HOPE VI program for fiscal 2009, arguing that the cuts do not make sense for a country rife with housing troubles.

Jackson faced harsh words from committee members at the hearing as he testified on President Bush's proposed $38.5 billion HUD budget request for fiscal 2009, which would start Oct. 1.

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