Ben Carson is Now the Nation’s HUD Secretary

Ben Carson

Ben Carson can now add “Secretary of Housing and Urban Development” to his long list of professional achievements.

The New York Times reports that in a rare show of bipartisanship, Carson was confirmed for the position in a 58-41 Senate vote Thursday morning.

Carson has no experience running a large federal bureaucracy, but did not face much pushback from Democrats during his confirmation process.

In January, the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs unanimously voted his nomination out of committee, though several members of the Democratic party did question Carson about his belief that government assistance programs often lead to dependency.

Carson will head a $47 billion agency that is charged with assisting millions of low-income renters, fight urban blight and help struggling homeowners fight foreclosures.

How Carson will change the department’s existing policy regarding housing is unclear at the moment.

 

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