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Montgomery Nomination Confirmed by Senate Committee

Published on December 10, 2019 by Glenn Gallo
Montgomery Nomination Confirmed by Senate Committee

The Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs confirmed Brian Montgomery’s nomination to become Deputy Secretary of HUD earlier today. The committee approved Montgomery, who is HUD Assistant Secretary for Housing and FHA Commissioner and currently also serving as Acting Deputy Secretary, by a voice vote of 20–5.

Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Jack Reed (D-RI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), and Tina Smith (D-MN) opposed Montgomery’s nomination. Brown voiced his concern about Montgomery’s leadership during his current tenure at HUD, specifically citing Montgomery’s lack of public opposition to the Administration’s proposed funding cuts for the vital affordable housing programs CDBG and HOME. The seven other Democrats on the committee joined the Republican members in voting to confirm Montgomery.

The committee also confirmed David Woll to be HUD Assistant Secretary of the Office of Community Planning and Development and John Bobbitt to be HUD Assistant Secretary for Administration, both by voice vote.

NCSHA will continue to report on Montgomery’s nomination as it progresses to the full Senate for a vote.