“We can continue to hope that our leaders will recognize that this is an easy problem to solve. I mean, just take your ego out of it,” Carson said.

When asked for clarification, a HUD spokesperson said Carson is referring to Congressional leaders, which would include Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, along with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

“They need to send the President an acceptable bill so that important government functions can continue,” the spokesperson said in a written statement to NPR.