In an exclusive interview on Tuesday with Alex Marlow of Breitbart News, Dr. Ben Carson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, said he dreams of the day when the Senate will confirm the remainder of the official roles in his department.
Currently, Carson said, he is the “only Senate-confirmed person in the HUD building.”
“I fantasize about the whole concept of having some assistant secretaries and a deputy secretary,” Carson said. “I’m sure they’ll come someday. In the meantime, we’re not letting that stop us. We’ll continue to focus on what needs to be done to eliminate homelessness and to put people on the pathway to success in life.”
When Marlow expressed surprise that Carson hasn’t been given the executive assistants he needs for his department, Carson admitted in the interview that some people are holding up the confirmations on purpose.
“I know for certain that there are certain people who don’t want things to get accomplished and who have actually admitted that to some,” he said.
“That’s neither here nor there. They can’t hold us up forever,” Carson declared. “The various secretaries, we’re working together. Our chiefs of staff are working together. The people here at HUD are doing a yeoman’s job. People told me, ‘You’d have difficulty working with them.’ That’s not the case. You get them involved in helping to resolve these problems. You benefit from their 10, 20, 30, 40 years here.
“Ultimately, housing and community development, developing our 330 million people, it’s not a Democrat or a Republican issue. It’s a matter of whether we survive as a nation.”
Carson said there was “plenty of blame to go around” for the delay in the confirmations.
Regarding the current situation with healthcare reform, he said it should be returned to the hands of the patient and the healthcare provider, but what is also needed is tort reform. Carson said he feels the bill will never get through the Senate because “there are some senators who are in the pocket of the lawyers. They won’t allow it to go through. They’ll filibuster. They’ll do whatever they want because they make so much money that way.”
Listen to the complete interview with Dr. Carson below:
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