Senate Dem leader: 'Serious concerns' with Carson nomination
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Sen. Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerOvernight Health Care: Schumer calls for tying ObamaCare fix to children's health insurance | Puerto Rico's water woes worsen | Dems plead for nursing home residents' right to sue Crying on TV doesn't qualify Kimmel to set nation's gun agenda Trump knocks ‘fake’ news coverage of his trip to Puerto Rico MORE (D-N.Y.) is questioning President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump pens op-ed on kindergartners learning tech Bharara, Yates tamp down expectations Mueller will bring criminal charges Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax security employee left after breach | Lawmakers float bill to reform warrantless surveillance | Intel leaders keeping collusion probe open 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 McConnellGun proposal picks up GOP support Children’s health-care bill faces new obstacles Dems see Trump as potential ally on gun reform 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 BrownDems plan to make gun control an issue in Nevada Mandel leads GOP primary for Ohio Senate seat: internal poll Red-state Dems need more from Trump before tax embrace 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.