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Ben Carson Clears Initial Senate Test Vote

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WASHINGTON, March 2 Ben Carson, President Donald Trump's nominee to lead USA housing policy, won Senate approval on Thursday.

Carson won bipartisan support last month in the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. Carson is the only black member of Trump's cabinet. The next Trump administration Cabinet nominee up for a vote in the Senate is celebrated neurosurgeon Ben Carson.

The Senate has confirmed retired neurosurgeon and former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson as housing secretary. The Senate also voted 62-37 to move ahead on the nomination of former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to be energy secretary.

Terri Ludwig, president and CEO of Enterprise Community Partners, said she is encouraged by Carson's commitment "to make America's neighborhoods stronger and more inclusive" and agrees that doing so requires a holistic approach to addressing issues like jobs, health care, education, and transportation and how they connect to housing.

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Carson has an inspiring personal story, rising from poverty in Detroit to become an acclaimed surgeon. Some Democrats welcomed Carson's promises to address lead hazards in housing, homelessness and other issues.

In his role as head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, Carson will lead more than 8,300 employees and handle an annual budget of almost $47 billion. The department provides billions of dollars in housing assistance to low-income people through vouchers and public housing.

Carson has not shared specific plans publicly for the department under his leadership.

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