Carson: Poor people won’t suffer from Meals on Wheels cuts

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Ben Carson, the newly installed secretary of Housing and Urban Development, said Monday that poor people would not suffer as a result of spending cuts to Meals on Wheels, as proposed in President Trump’s budget blueprint.

“We will find ways to make sure that vital programs are taken care of, that people who are truly in need are taken care of,” the former neurosurgeon said in an interview on Fox News Monday afternoon. “That will never be an issue with this administration.”

Carson added that he was not surprised that the Trump White House proposed to cut funding for his department by more than 13 percent and agreed with the premise that domestic spending programs had to be cut to spend more on the military.

By fixing or eliminating ineffective programs, his department could manage the spending reductions, Carson suggested.

He also addressed the controversy surrounding budget director Mick Mulvaney’s argument that HUD funding for Meals on Wheels, the program that provides meals to homebound seniors and disabled people, was ineffective and could be cut.

Meals on Wheels mostly gets federal funding through the Department of Health and Human Services, Carson noted, and proposed cuts to HUD wouldn’t affect it. “Maybe the emphasis is in the wrong place there,” he said.