WASHINGTON, March 2 Ben Carson, President Donald Trump's nominee to lead US housing policy, won Senate approval on Thursday. Carson was confirmed as Housing and Urban Development secretary on Thursday.
The vote came after he received unanimous approval from the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee in January.
Mr. Carson was effectively able to receive the consent of the Upper House by a relatively close margin.
It is unclear what kind of policies Carson will implement as chief of HUD, which has a budget of almost $50 billion and oversees issues related to fair housing practices and provides rental assistance to millions. It also enforces fair housing laws, and offers mortgage insurance through the Federal Housing Administration. Born in Detroit, he was raised by a single mother with a third-grade education.
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It was announced on Tuesday that retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has turned down a position in president-elect Donald Trump's cabinet. "Now it will have someone famous for spouting intolerance atop an agency charged with ensuring fair housing and helping Americans facing poverty and homelessness - including the 29 percent of transgender Americans living in poverty and the 23 percent who experienced housing discrimination in the past year", Keisling added.
"We're going to do great things in our African-American communities", Trump said, appearing with Carson on a tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington. We need someone to take over who will help bring a fresh perspective to a government agency in desperate need of innovative change, and that is why I voted to support Dr. HUD has imposed too many burdens on our housing authorities and state entities at a time when funding is at historic lows. And Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) made no social media comment on Dr. Carson, focusing her attention instead on Attorney General Jeff Sessions' current controversy regarding his 2016 conversations with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.
Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., ranking member of the Committee on Financial Services, stood by her previous statements against Carson's nomination.