Congressman Keith Ellison

Representing the 5th District of Minnesota


Reps. Ellison and Waters Call For Hearing With Secretary Ben Carson On Housing Discrimination

Mar 16, 2018
Press Release

Letter follows Secretary Carson’s proposed changes to HUD’s mission statement and reports of mortgage discrimination in 61 American cities 

WASHINGTON — Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Ranking Member Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) today sent a letter to Financial Services Committee Chairman Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) to request a hearing with Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) Secretary Ben Carson regarding discrimination in the housing market. Their letter follows recent reports of mortgage discrimination in 61 American cities.

 “As members of the committee it is our duty to examine the findings of this new study, determine whether our federal regulators, including Secretary Carson, have fallen down on the job, and, if so, hold them accountable,“ the representatives said. “Given recent reports that Secretary Carson has proposed removing the clause “build…communities free from discrimination” from HUD’s mission statement, the Committee should also assess whether Secretary Carson disagrees with the HUD Secretary’s statutory obligations under the Fair Housing Act.”

  • Today’s letter follows Rep. Ellison’s letter authored with Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) in February and signed by thirty-eight Democrats asking Secretary Carson to provide more information on HUD’s decision to effectively suspend the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule.
  • Rep. Ellison also questioned Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell [VIDEO] on the implications of Reveal’s analysis of 31 million mortgages that found minorities are more likely to be turned down by mortgage lenders in 61 cities. 
  • In January, Rep. Ellison spoke on the U.S. House floor [VIDEO] against H.R. 2954, which would weaken the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act by exempting banks from reporting pivotal data to track mortgage lending discrimination.