Housing & Urban Develoment

U.S. Senate Confirms Ben Carson as Housing and Urban Development Secretary

from The Wall Street Journal,

Senate votes 58-41 to confirm Ben Carson, who will lead agency overseeing housing assistance for low-income households.

The Senate on Thursday confirmed Ben Carson as Housing and Urban Development secretary, placing the retired neurosurgeon in charge of a vast agency with critical roles combating poverty and financing home purchases. Mr. Carson, President Donald Trump’s rival during the early stages of the Republican primaries, was confirmed by a 58-41 vote. He is expected to quickly be sworn in as secretary. During his confirmation hearing, Mr. Carson, 65 years old, offered few policy details while recalling his inner-city childhood and linking housing to health and broader economic opportunity. “I actually believe that there is a tremendous nexus, a great intersection, because good health has a lot to do with a good environment,” Mr. Carson said during the hearing.

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