Ben Carson endures Dem grilling over minority inclusion office

Ben Carson endures Dem grilling over minority inclusion office
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Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon Carson'Housing First' approach won't solve homelessness crisis Clarence Thomas blasts his Biden-led confirmation hearings: 'The idea was to get rid of me' Affordable housing crisis demands urgent, sustained action MORE appeared confused by a Democratic lawmaker’s repeated questioning about a minority inclusion office.

Rep. Joyce BeattyJoyce Birdson BeattyProgressive group unveils first slate of 2020 congressional endorsements Action needed to protect women in the workforce Stars turn out as Chappelle receives Mark Twain Prize MORE (D-Ohio) repeatedly asked Carson during a Tuesday hearing before the House Financial Services Committee if he was familiar with the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI).


Carson appeared confused by Beatty’s line of questioning and told her he would follow up with a note identifying the director of the office. But as Rep. Lee ZeldinLee ZeldinTrump signs executive order combating anti-Semitism on campuses Lawmakers prep ahead of impeachment hearing House approves two-state resolution in implicit rebuke of Trump MORE (R-N.Y.) noted when he spoke at the hearing, Carson’s office does not contain OMWI. 

“I just want to point out the reason why you wouldn’t recognize the term OMWI in HUD is that HUD doesn’t have OMWI,” Zeldin said.

He added that under the Dodd-Frank Act several agencies were required to create an OMWI, but HUD was not one of the government agencies or departments tasked with doing so. 

HUD does, in fact, have an Office of Diversity and Inclusion that is under Carson’s watch.

OMWI was not the only acronym that tripped up Carson Tuesday during the hearing.

Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) asked Carson about real estate owned (REO) foreclosures, which Carson appeared to confuse with Oreos, the popular chocolate cookie filled with vanilla cream.

Porter responded by clarifying what she said and explaining what an REO is to Carson.