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Senate confirms Dr. Ben Carson as HUD Secretary

Posted on March 02 2017

Dr. Ben Carson was confirmed today by the U.S. Senate as the nation's next Secretary of Housing and Urban Development by a 58 to 41 vote.

Carson, a noted neurosurgeon and former presidential candidate, will oversee the nation's affordable housing and assistance programs in his new role. Dr. Carson is a native of Detroit and was raised in urban housing. As HUD secretary, Carson told a Senate committee he plans to find “those programs that are working so we can multiply them across the country.”

Carson faced some initial opposition to his appointment, with some questioning his qualifications for the position. After a hearing with the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, Carson emerged with bipartisan support, including that of liberal Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).

Warren pledged to support Carson after the hearing more than a month ago. Warren withdrew her support on Thursday, voting against Carson under intense pressure from the left wing of her party.

Carson's appointment comes at a time when the United States faces a sizable shortage of affordable housing for low-income families. According to a report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition, as many as 7.4 million low-income homes are needed nationwide.