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 CarsonCarson calls for local leaders to 'condemn vandalization of statues,' 'dismantle autonomous zones' Ben Carson to read stories for children at home amid the coronavirus pandemic Melania Trump reads 'All Different Now' by Angela Johnson to mark Juneteenth 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 Hill's Campaign Report: Colorado, Utah primary results bring upsets, intrigue Progressives zero in on another House chairman in primary Ocasio-Cortez pitches interns to work for her instead of McConnell 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.

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“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 WatersOn The Money: Mnuchin, Powell differ over how soon economy will recover | Millions fear eviction without more aid from Congress | IRS chief pledges to work on tax code's role in racial wealth disparities Millions fear eviction without more aid from Congress House approves statehood for DC in 232-180 vote MORE (D-Calif.) chimed in, affirming that “the time belongs to the gentlelady.”