Senate Panel Unanimously Approves Ben Carson

Little Resistance to the Nomination of Ben Carson Expected by Full Senate

“The endorsement by the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, by a voice vote shown on its website, cleared the way for a full Senate vote on Ben Carson’s appointment as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD),” reported CNBC on January 24, 2017.

The full membership of the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs approved Ben Carson. Senator Robert Menendez (NJ-D) is a member of that committee.

The Hill reported that, “President Trump’s Cabinet picks need only a simple majority to clear the Senate, which means Carson can be confirmed with only Republican support and Democrats cannot filibuster.”

Houisngwire also reported on the approval, “While there was a lot of controversy surrounding Trump’s nomination of Carson, it turned out to be all bark and no bite as his hearing went fairly smooth.”

His January 12, 2017 confirmation hearing only lasted 2 ½ hours.

The next step in his approval process is for his nomination to go to the Senate floor. Republican leaders have not yet set a date for the final confirmation vote.

From CNBC, “Carson, 65, had promised senators on the committee during a confirmation hearing that he would monitor any potential conflicts of interest between his agency and properties controlled by real estate mogul Trump.”

“He also told lawmakers during a hearing on Jan. 12 that he was fit to lead HUD, an agency that offers housing to the poor, even though he has sometimes criticized its work.

In its reporting on his approval to date, The Hill reminds us that, “Carson, who ran for president in 2016, himself once questioned whether he is fit to run a large federal agency.”

From Housingwire, “Even Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, noted that Carson is not the nominee he would have chosen to lead HUD. However, “despite my reservations, and my disagreements with some of his positions, I will give Dr. Carson the benefit of the doubt based on commitments he has made to me in person and to this Committee in his testimony and written responses,” said Brown.

Meanwhile, Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs stated during the sessions that HUD would benefit from having a secretary with a different perspective and a different background.”

From The Hill, “It is unclear how Ben Carson will shape the agency. He told lawmakers in his confirmation hearing that he wants to have “listening sessions” with housing officials around the country.

It also remains to be seen whether Ben Carson would uphold an Obama administration rule that puts teeth into fair housing laws. When questioned by senators on the issue, he remained noncommittal.”

CNBC Coverage

The Housingwire Coverage

The Hill Coverage

Members of the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

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