Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released the following statement today in response to the news that U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson will propose a plan to force low-income families to meet a work requirement and pay more for federal housing:
“Secretary Ben Carson is trying to play Reverse Robin Hood in his role as the leader of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The proposal he plans to introduce could triple the rent burden on low-income, working families, the disabled, and older Americans living in federally subsidized housing.
“In the richest country on earth, we believe in providing ladders of opportunity and roofs over the heads for the most vulnerable among us. Instead of wasting time and taxpayer money shopping for expensive furniture, Secretary Carson should get to work finding real solutions to the nationwide affordable housing crisis and stop trying to make it harder for 4.5 million families to get on their feet. He and the rest of the Trump administration need to find a different way to pay for their exorbitant tax giveaways for corporations and the top 1%.”