dglobalnews.com Ben Carson Confirmed as Secretary of HUD
Published: Fri, March 03, 2017
Markets | By Armando Jensen

Ben Carson Confirmed as Secretary of HUD

Ben Carson Confirmed as Secretary of HUD

Ben Carson, a losing 2016's Republican presidential candidate who believes poverty is a choice, and who once said it's the responsibility of the people, not the government, "to take care of the indigent in our society", was approved this morning as the new secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

As HUD secretary, Carson will grapple with issues involving public housing programs and the government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

At his confirmation hearings, when Carson was asked if he would protect LGBTQ Americans from discrimination, he promised he "absolutely" would.

Mr. Carson was effectively able to receive the consent of the Upper House by a relatively close margin.

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. This department provides vouchers and public housing to low income people along with offering mortgage insurance and fair housing laws.

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Carson is the 17th of 22 of Trump's Cabinet and Cabinet-level nominations to win Senate approval. "MBA looks forward to working with the Secretary and his team at HUD to ensure that families all across our country have access to safe, decent and affordable housing". Carson grew up in inner-city Detroit with a single mother who had a third-grade education. "Now it will have someone famous for spouting intolerance atop an agency charged with ensuring fair housing and helping Americans facing poverty and homelessness - including the 29 percent of transgender Americans living in poverty and the 23 percent who experienced housing discrimination in the previous year", Keisling added. Carson went on to attend Yale University and the University of Michigan Medical School before he was named the head of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore, the first African-American doctor to fill the post.

Trump praised Carson as a "brilliant physician" earlier in the month.

"Ben is going to work with me very, very closely".

Progressive activists and urban policy experts also said they will hold Carson accountable for statements he previously made.

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