The New York Times: Ben Carson Confirmed as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

President Trump’s nominee was confirmed in a 58-41 vote in the Senate, signaling some bipartisan support.

Neurosurgeon-turned-politician Ben Carson is now officially taking over as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. The Senate confirmed his nomination on Thursday morning in a 58-41 vote, showing a level of bipartisanship that has been missing for other cabinet members chosen by President Trump.

The Housing and Urban Development agency currently has a $47 billion budget, and is tasked with helping millions of low-income renters in addition to helping struggling homeowners avoid foreclosures. Right now, it’s unclear what changes Carson will try to implement with his new title. He has, however, agreed to work with Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio—the ranking Democrat on the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs—to identify properties that are tied both to the Trump family and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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