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Ben Carson Is Now Officially in Charge of Housing Policy

The Senate voted to confirm the retired neurosurgeon as the country's new housing boss on Thursday.
March 2, 2017, 5:08pm

Despite his overwhelming lack of experience for the role, the Senate voted to confirm retired neurosurgeon and former sleepy-eye presidential candidate Ben Carson on Thursday to run the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Politico reports.

A majority of Republicans, joined by a few Democrats including Sherrod Brown from Ohio and Mark Warner from Virginia, voted 58–41 to confirm Carson in the role. The job will give him a budget of nearly $50 million to oversee public housing programs and guarantee mortgages through the Federal Housing Administration.

Although Carson has never run a major company, has no experience with housing policy, and didn't grow up in public housing, he apparently managed to reassure members of the Senate Banking Committee during his (otherwise very strange) confirmation hearing.

"I'll give Dr. Carson the benefit of the doubt. That's why I am voting for him," Brown, the committee's top-ranked Democrat, told Politico. "He made the commitment under oath to our committee that he would fight discrimination against people because of their sexual orientation."

Before agreeing to take on the role, Carson said that he was worried he may feel like a "fish out of water" as a federal bureaucrat, so it's a good thing then that Trump has allegedly roped in Steve Harvey to help the retired neurosurgeon tackle "situations in the inner cities."