Senate Dem leader: 'Serious concerns' with Carson nomination
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Sen. Charles SchumerChuck SchumerHispanic organizations call for Latino climate justice in reconciliation Senate to vote next week on Freedom to Vote Act To Win 2022: Go big on reconciliation and invest in Latinx voters MORE (D-N.Y.) is questioning President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits Biden: Those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas should be prosecuted Hillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Hackers are making big money 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 McConnellBiden signs bill to raise debt ceiling On The Money — Progressives play hard ball on Biden budget plan Schumer, McConnell headed for another collision over voting rights 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 BrownBuilding back better by investing in workers and communities US on track to miss debt payments as soon as Oct. 19: analysis On The Money — Presented by NRHC — Democrats cross the debt ceiling Rubicon 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.