Ben Carson Confirmed As HUD Secretary


"Dr. Carson knows that removing regulatory barriers is a necessary component of any national housing policy and that housing is key to the long-term health of the US economy".

On Thursday, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm renowned neurosurgeon and former presidential candidate Ben Carson as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development on a largely party-line 58-41 vote, with seven members of the Democratic caucus voting to confirm him.

According to USA Today, Carson, 65, will now be in charge of a government agency with an annual budget of $47 billion and employs 8,300 employees.

He also told the Washington Post in November that he would be a "fish out of water" in a Trump cabinet and was unlikely to serve in it.

Carson has no government or housing policy experience.

"Of course I would enforce all the laws of the land", Carson replied.

The vote came after he received unanimous approval from the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee in January.

President Trump offered some vague goals during a tour with Carson at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Other than that, though, Carson has not publicly shared specific plans for the department. "While we have obvious concerns with his past statements regarding the LGBT community, we look forward to working with the new HUD secretary to ensure that critical protections for the community remain in place".

She added: "During the nomination process, I sent Dr. Carson a nine-page letter with detailed questions on a whole range of issues.Dr. Carson's answers weren't ideal". The Center for American Progress promises to hold Dr. Carson accountable for the promises he made. Carson said during his hearing that the private sector has "a lot of very talented people" and pointed to the federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program as an important model for this type of work.

Six Democrats and one Independent joined with the Republicans to approve the nomination - mostly Democrats who are up for re-election next year and represent states that voted for President Trump, NPR's Arnie Seipel reports.

Carson gained national prominence in 1987 for his role in helping to separate infant conjoined twins.