Carson: Bud­get cuts will im­prove HUD

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Sally Per­sons

Sec­re­tary of Hous­ing and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment Ben Carson said cuts to his depart­ment are part of his ef­fort to help the agency work bet­ter.

“You’ve seen the bud­get cuts that say, ‘Oh, this pro­gram’s go­ing to be elim­i­nated, that pro­gram’s go­ing to be elim­i­nated,’” Mr. Carson said on Thurs­day’s “Hugh He­witt Show.” “What we’re ac­tu­ally do­ing is ex­am­in­ing all the pro­grams, look­ing at du­pli­ca­tion, look­ing at in­ef­fi­cien­cies … and we’re go­ing to pre­serve those things that are work­ing well.”

The 2016 Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date said that the depart­ment is work­ing to im­prove ac­cess to all of those in need of hous­ing, which in­cludes elim­i­nat­ing reg­u­la­tion.

Mr. Carson also added that he has ac­cess to Pres­i­dent Trump “any time,” say­ing, “We’re quite well aligned. We’ve talked about the goals of em­pow­er­ing peo­ple, not main­tain­ing peo­ple.”

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