Senate Dem leader: 'Serious concerns' with Carson nomination
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Sen. Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerThrowing some cold water on all of the Korean summit optimism House Republicans push Mulvaney, Trump to rescind Gateway funds Congress should build on the momentum from spending bill MORE (D-N.Y.) is questioning President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpIG investigating Comey memos over classified information: report Overnight Defense: Congress poised for busy week on nominations, defense bill | Trump to deliver Naval Academy commencement speech | Trump administration appeals decision to block suspected combatant's transfer Top Pruitt aid requested backdate to resignation letter: report MORE's decision to tap Ben Carson to be his housing chief, arguing Carson's resume and stances are out of line with the Cabinet post. 

“I have serious concerns about Dr. Carson’s lack of expertise and experience in dealing with housing issues. Someone who is as anti-government as him is a strange fit for Housing secretary, to say the least," Schumer said in a statement. 
 
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Schumer, who will lead Senate Democrats next year, signaled that his caucus will grill the former neurosurgeon and presidential candidate on his knowledge of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
 
"Americans deserve to know that their potential HUD Secretary is well versed in housing policy and has a vision for federal housing programs that meets the needs of Americans across the country and seeks to provide access to those that we haven’t reached already," he added. 
 
Trump announced on Monday that he is nominating Carson, an early GOP supporter, to be HUD secretary. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellRepublicans divided over legislation protecting Mueller The Hill's Morning Report: Inside the Comey memos Democrats mull audacious play to block Pompeo MORE (R-Ky.) said he believed Carson will be a "positive addition" to Trump's administration. 
 
But Democrats have widely panned the nomination, arguing Carson isn't experienced enough for the post. 
 
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called Carson a “disconcerting and disturbingly unqualified choice."
 
Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownOvernight Finance: Senate repeals auto-lending guidance, shattering precedent with vote | House passes IRS reform bills | Senate GOP fears tax cut sequel Dem Senator open to bid from the left in 2020 GOP Senate hopefuls race to catch up with Dems MORE (D-Ohio), the top Democrat on the Senate's Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, said the country "cannot afford a HUD Secretary whose spokesperson said he doesn’t believe he’s up for the job." 
 
"This appointment raises real questions about how serious he is about actually getting anything done," Brown said. 
 
Democrats face an uphill battle to block Trump's nominees. Under their 2013 decision to go "nuclear" on the filibuster, they lowered the threshold for most nominations to a simple majority.
 
Republicans are expected to have 52 seats in the Senate next year, and no Republican has publicly come out against Carson.