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HUD Secretary Carson clashes with Dem rep over withheld Puerto Rico funds: 'Nothing to hide'


Added 10-22-19 01:29:01pm EST - “Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson clashed Tuesday with Rep.? Nydia Velazquez, D-N.Y., as a hearing on? the Trump administration's housing plans turned to the subject of disaster relief funds for Puerto Rico.?” - Foxnews.com

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HUD Secretary Ben Carson is pressed by New York Democrat Rep. Nydia Velazquez on withholding money appropriated by Congress for Puerto Rico at a House Financial Services hearing.

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson clashed Tuesday with Rep. Nydia Velazquez, D-N.Y., as a hearing on the Trump administration's housing plans turned to the subject of disaster relief funds for Puerto Rico.

The dispute centered on HUD missing a deadline to give Puerto Rico instructions on how to apply for $8.3 billion in aid to prevent damage from future natural disasters. A bill signed by President Trump in June gave HUD a 90-day deadline to provide those rules, Newsweek reported. Ten jurisdictions included in the bill got the directions they needed, with Puerto Rico being the only one left out.

Carson was grilled by the congresswoman on the apparent decision to withhold funding over concerns about the government's management.

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