Ben Carson, the secretary of housing and urban development, testified before a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing on Tuesday. Credit Erin Schaff for The New York Times

As reported earlier Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson was under heat for a purchase that came from his cabinet for the cost of a $31, 000 dining set.

Carson, who testified before the House Appropriations Committee, said he left decisions with his wife, Candy Carson, and was shocked to hear how much it cost.

The purchase of the expensive set has made headlines for Carson especially since the purchase was made form tax payers money.   A spokesman for HUD initially said Carson had nothing to do with the purchase of the furniture, despite emails obtained by the nonprofit watchdog American Oversight claiming Carson and his wife made the selection.

“I asked my wife also to help me with that, they showed us some catalogues, the prices were beyond what I wanted to pay, I made it clear that that just didn’t seem right to me, and I left it with my wife,” Carson said of the furniture selections. “I said, ‘Help choose something,’ but I said the money that is going to be used — ‘we need to take care of the deputy secretary’s office, and you know whatever is left over I’ll take care of the dining room furniture.’ It was very important to do that, and I realize that, but I had some many other things to do at that point. You know, I had no assistant secretary, no deputy secretary. I was running from place to place dealing with a lot of important issues, so I really wasn’t that concerned about furniture. The next thing that I quite frankly heard about it, was this $31,000 table had been bought. I said, ‘What the heck is that all about?'”

HUD has canceled the order.