Freshman Dem lawmaker cuts off Ben Carson after he tries to reclaim time in hearing

Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonMellman: Are primary debates different? The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump targets Iran with new sanctions Gillibrand introduces bill blocking HUD rule on undocumented public housing residents MORE got into a spat with a Democratic lawmaker after Carson tried to reclaim his time during a hearing.

Appearing before the House Financial Services Committee on Tuesday, Carson was asked by freshman Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyThe four House Democrats who voted against the border funding bill Wayfair employees plan walkout over sales to migrant detention centers Progressive group endorses three House freshmen MORE (D-Mass.) if he believed substandard public housing conditions pose a risk to tenants’ physical, mental and emotional health if left unaddressed.

“Yes or no, can you ask me some questions yourself and stop reading this silly stuff?" Carson replied.


“You don’t get to dictate what my line of questioning is. Reclaiming my time,” Pressley said. “You’re a very smart man. You understand the question. Please answer it.”

Carson continued to avoid saying yes or no, restating to Pressley that “you already know the answer.”

“I know the answer,” Pressley said. “Do you know the answer?”

“Reclaiming my time,” Carson said.

“You don’t get to do that,” Pressley told him.

“Oh,” Carson laughed.

Committee Chairwoman Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersHillicon Valley: Senate bill would force companies to disclose value of user data | Waters to hold hearing on Facebook cryptocurrency | GOP divided on election security bills | US tracking Russian, Iranian social media campaigns House panel to hold hearing on Facebook cryptocurrency project On The Money: S&P hits record as stocks rally on Fed cut hopes | Facebook's new cryptocurrency raises red flags for critics | Internal IRS watchdog rips agency's taxpayer service | Apple seeks tariff relief MORE (D-Calif.) chimed in, affirming that “the time belongs to the gentlelady.”