Pressed by female lawmaker, Ben Carson urges members to think 'logically'

After a female congresswoman challenged Housing Secretary Ben Carson on his budget and housing policies, Carson responded by urging lawmakers to "think logically rather than just emotionally
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When you way too early hearings confirmation hearings in the senate side youth and I'd ask that doctor you will want to shake out that children in public housing and health of children in public policy error. This budget. Is shameful. Is immortal. If bell. American cities. Of course this think what's barring political point. So what did you happen it conversations. About these proposed rule. With this stuff out there White House. Including. In your advice ours even meter or acting White House chief of staff make Albanian. It you. We have conversations all the time about many of our policies. And did you consult with any national affordable housing origami stations. And I'm right or immigration group. We have conversations with such groups. Did you hop conversation with the largest New York City. Public housing authority in the nation New York the Euro. I think what is important. Is what are we going to do about problem that it felt that we make a lot. More sense reclaiming my time you don't does seed they ask there. And say about in national conversation we need to have a national conversation about homelessness in our nation. About the biggest repair of public housing in nine nations you know what it takes it takes money. It takes a budget you're all hot created at this crisis by that isn't best and perhaps they can place. In public housing eon nation. We have a very substantial affordable housing crisis. And keep their two ways to approach it. Continue to throw money at it which has been done for long time without solving the problem or ask yourself why do you have that problem escalating crisis. I can say more about that. I yield back the the gentleman from Florida missed a policy is recognized upon humans thank you madam chair. The secretary. They continue to ask you questions. And not allow you time man's room I mean that's you know that's pretty selfish pretty. Bad behavior so. If you always on the injury news give me a thumbs up and yields and Q I appreciate that means it does seem a little Italy have a hearing you ask some hard questions and you can't answer. Seems like more platform would that yes that might yield any rate now. You call me self I yield I fighting I have four children in a matter pension insurance. Order pleased. Order property owners have put the supposedly. Now an antenna affordable housing crisis. We have to ask yourself why. Is there affordable housing crisis in the country like Paris. They are so many regulatory. Issues and zoning restrictions that add to the cost. For new construction single family home that we're talking 25 to 27%. Or multifamily construction we're talking 32 point 1% up to 42%. And a quarter of cases. Unless we begin to tackle the things that are driving these prices which is chasing cartels by just saying we gotta throw more money. We have to analyze these things carefully to use their brains we have to think logically rather than just emotionally if we're gonna solve these problems. And they can be so if we work together rather than making everything and to a political. Platform and trying to score points.

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