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Senate Confirms Dr. Ben Carson Nomination as HUD Secretary

Published on March 2, 2017 by Garth Rieman
Senate Confirms Dr. Ben Carson Nomination as HUD Secretary

Earlier this morning, the U.S. Senate confirmed Dr. Ben Carson’s nomination to be Secretary of HUD by a vote of 58 to 41. The Senate Banking Committee on January 24 voted unanimously to favorably report Carson’s nomination to the Senate.

At his Banking Committee nomination hearing, Carson said he intended to conduct a national listening tour shortly after he became HUD Secretary to gain input as he develops what he said he hopes will be a “world-class housing plan.” Carson’s staff is developing plans to begin this tour soon.

During the nomination hearing, Carson complimented the Housing Credit, emphasized the strong connection between housing and health, stressed the importance of deregulation, praised homeownership, supported continued efforts to tackle homelessness, and said he hoped he could help revitalize cities. Carson also said that he plans to examine FHA’s then-recent mortgage insurance premium reduction, which FHA later rolled back.

A replay of the nomination hearing is available on C-SPAN and the Senate Banking Committee website.