Green pressed Carson for an itemization of the cuts, starting with cuts to public housing. After tossing around the numbers in his head, Carson said public housing cuts would be “in the neighborhood of” $2 billion to $3 billion.
Sparks began to fly when Carson declined to reveal how much his department plans to cut from housing vouchers and community development block grants.
“If you don’t know, I will accept that as an answer,” Green told Carson, who eventually said he knows but doesn’t “want to open the books and look at the numbers.”
The congressman informed the secretary that he has constituents who use housing vouchers, and he needs to be able to alert them to what’s coming.
Carson remained silent as Green told him that there’s a belief in Carson’s circle that “the rich need more” and poor people “could do more with less.”
Green reminded Carson, who grew up in poverty, that “poor people are not poor because they choose to be poor,” noting the secretary’s state of mind comments earlier this year.
Carson infamously said in a radio interview that with the “right mind set” individuals could pull themselves up if everything was taken away from them.
Green told Carson that there are many factors contributing to poverty, including discrimination which still exists.
Good 'Ol Days: Barack Obama Was Nominated For President By The DNC 11 Years Ago
1. Barack Gives Daughter Malia a KissSource:Getty 1 of 14
2. Michelle and Barack tell the kids a storySource:Getty 2 of 14
3. Michelle and Barack KissSource:Getty 3 of 14
4. Michelle and BarackSource:Getty 4 of 14
5. Two TermsSource:Getty 5 of 14
6. Michelle and Barack Host a State DinnerSource:Getty 6 of 14
7. Barack Obama and Michelle ObamaSource:Getty 7 of 14
8. Flashback To The Old DaysSource:Pete Souza 8 of 14
9. Candidly AwesomeSource:Pete Souza 9 of 14
10. TV TimeSource:Pete Souza 10 of 14
11. Reading TimeSource:Pete Souza 11 of 14
12. Supporting MomSource:Pete Souza 12 of 14
13. 50th Anniversary Of March On SelmaSource:Pete Souza 13 of 14
14 of 14
"The future rewards those who press on. I don't have time to feel sorry for myself. I don't have time to complain. I'm going to press on."— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) February 18, 2019
-- President Barack Obama
Happy #PresidentsDay, Mr. President! We ❤️ you!@BarackObama pic.twitter.com/xhQEb4OG1U
Watch: Rep. Al Green Schools Ben Carson On How Public Housing Cuts Impact The Poor was originally published on newsone.com