Retired Hopkins Neurosurgeon Ben Carson Confirmed As HUD Secretary

  • Retired Hopkins Neurosurgeon Ben Carson Confirmed As HUD Secretary

Retired Hopkins Neurosurgeon Ben Carson Confirmed As HUD Secretary

Trump's nominee to run the department overseeing the US government's health programs for the elderly and disabled wins the backing of a Senate committee, clearing the way for a full vote in the Senate.

The Senate confirmed former Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Ben Carson as secretary of Housing and Urban Development Thursday morning by a vote of 58-41. While Mr. Carson regurgitated his arguments based on his earlier speech's excerpt in a manner that seemed off-the-cuff, Senator Warren was prepared to knock him off-guard with an arduous question posed halfway through the hearing.

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., ranking member of the Committee on Financial Services, stood by her previous statements against Carson's nomination.

"MBA applauds the full Senate for confirming Dr. Carson as the next HUD Secretary", said Stevens, a former commissioner of the Federal Housing Administration.

Underscoring the challenges he faces at HUD, the National Low Income Housing Coalition released a report on Thursday that found a shortage of 7.4 million affordable and available rental homes for extremely low-income households.

Ben Carson arrives for the presidential inaugural parade in front of the White House on January 20.

"Yes, I adamantly disagree with numerous outrageous things that Dr. Carson said during his presidential campaign", she said in a Facebook post outlining her reasoning. The party-line approval assigns Carson leadership of the agency, which now has a budget of $47 billion and more than 8,000 on staff.

"Will you make sure not one dollar of HUD's budget financially benefits the Trump family?" "What I have mentioned in the past is that no one gets extra rights". It also enforces fair housing laws and offers mortgage insurance to poorer Americans through the Federal Housing Administration, part of HUD. But he added, "We don't want it to be way of life. Democrats say they're anxious Carson will cut HUD programs, such as rental assistance for the poor". "We want it to be a Band-Aid and a springboard to move forward".

Dubbed conservative in his views about public assistance, Carson has called for a "holistic" approach that involves more partnerships with the private sector and religious groups.