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Heller-Backed HUD Secretary Ben Carson Spends Thousands in Taxpayer Dollars on Lavish Furniture and Decor

Heller in 2016: “Serving in the federal government as a political appointee is an honorable public service… it does not mean you have a blank check to waste taxpayer dollars on lavish renovations and luxuries.”

Republican Sen. Dean Heller claims to care about stopping wasteful government spending… but he still hasn’t said one word about the bombshell report that the Department of Housing and Urban Development may have violated federal law to spend $31,000 on a lavish new dining room set for Secretary Ben Carson’s office. In addition to the dining room set, the Department spent $165,000 on “lounge furniture” for its Washington headquarters. At the same time as Carson’s splurge, Republicans in Washington are advocating for billions of dollars in cuts to HUD programs that serve the homeless, seniors and low-income families.

Heller voted to confirm Carson as HUD Secretary last year, even though he was unqualified for the job and ill-equipped to run the department.

In the past, Heller has vocally denounced this kind of behavior. In 2016, Heller said being a political appointee in the federal government “does not mean you have a blank check to waste taxpayer dollars on lavish renovations and luxuries.” But now it’s 2018, President Trump is in the White House, and Heller’s response has been – well, nothing at all.

The Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson Sarah Abel released the following statement:

“Serving in the federal government as a political appointee is an honorable public service. Contrary to the behavior of some at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, it does not mean you have a blank check to waste taxpayer dollars on lavish renovations and luxuries. If Sen. Heller doesn’t come down just as hard on Secretary Carson as he did on officials in the previous administration, he will confirm yet again that he is nothing but a weak and spineless partisan politician.”