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Congressman Tom O´Halleran

Representing the 1st District of Arizona

O'Halleran Calls for Investigation into Abuse of Taxpayer Money at HUD

February 28, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) called for an investigation into whether the Department of Housing and Urban Development misused nearly $200,000 in taxpayer funds to redecorate the office of HUD Secretary Ben Carson.

“Arizonans should not be on the hook to redecorate government offices with outrageously priced dining sets and lounge furniture. If current reports are true, HUD blatantly ignored the safeguards in place for preventing this type of egregious abuse of tax dollars. No government official, Republican or Democrat or Independent, should act so flippantly with the American people’s hard-earned money.

“Congress must perform its oversight duty and look into the potential misuse of government funds. We have an obligation to bring transparency and accountability to every branch of government. Those who serve the American people must be held to the highest ethical standard.

“While Secretary Carson’s family and staff pushed for this terrible purchase, Congressional leaders and government officials proposed massive cuts to HUD programs that help Arizona veterans, elderly, and low-income families. The American people are rightfully outraged to see this continued misuse of their tax dollars. It has to end."

Earlier this week, it was reported that Secretary Carson spent more than $30,000 on a dining set and $165,000 on lounge furniture for the Department of Housing and Urban Development offices in Washington, D.C. President Trump’s budget proposal included a $6.8 billion budget cut for HUD.