HUD chief Carson leaves Dem lawmaker exasperated with answer on LGBT protections

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonHillicon Valley — Presented by CTIA and America’s wireless industry — Google to require full benefits for temporary workers | House Intel to hold hearing on deepfakes | DOJ warns Academy over rule changes affecting Netflix Trump officials challenge tech over housing discrimination Trump says Linda McMahon will step down as Small Business administrator MORE left Rep. Mike QuigleyMichael (Mike) Bruce QuigleySchiff angrily pushes back against GOP calls for him to step down Dems fear Trump is looking at presidential pardons Dems introduce bill requiring disclosure of guest logs from White House, Trump properties MORE (D-Ill.) frustrated on Wednesday after the two went back and forth over whether Carson should replace an LGBT nondiscrimination guidance that was taken down after he took over the department.

Quigley questioned Carson about his agency’s removal of guidelines outlining nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people at a House Appropriations Committee hearing, saying removing the guidelines hurts the LGBT community.

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“So if it says you can’t have a discriminatory atmosphere, why don’t you have guidance that posts that and instructs them not to discriminate?” Quigley asked Carson. 

“The rules already say that,” Carson responded.

Quigley pressed Carson on where the guidance is that forbids that specific discrimination. Carson responded, “If you have a rule that tells you what to do, you don’t need more guidance on that.”

“We are all now more stupid than we were when we came in the room today sir, thank you,” Quigley quipped, later tweeting the exchange:

thehill.com/homenews/administration/437239-ben-carson-leaves-dem-lawmaker-exasperated-with-answer-on-lgbtq

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