Senate advances Carson’s nomination to lead HUD

Senate advances Carson’s nomination to lead HUD
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The Senate on Wednesday voted to advance Ben Carson's nomination to be secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The final vote tally was 62-37, with 10 Democrats joining all Republicans to support Carson. He needed a simple majority to be approved.

Absent a deal, a final vote on his nomination could take place on Thursday morning if Democrats drag out the remaining 30 hours of debate time. 

Carson isn't considered a top target for Democrats and wasn't included on a list of eight nominees who they were expected to oppose.

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But his nomination has divided top lawmakers.

Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineDemocrats call on Biden administration to ease entry to US for at-risk Afghans Manchin, Sinema join GOP to sink filibuster change for voting bill Desperate Dems signal support for cutting Biden bill down in size MORE (D-Va.) came out against Carson, and Sen. Charles SchumerChuck SchumerVoting rights failed in the Senate — where do we go from here? Forced deadline spurs drastic tactic in Congress Democrats call on Biden administration to ease entry to US for at-risk Afghans MORE (D-N.Y.) told reporters that he had objections to his nomination.

But liberal Sens. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownThese Senate seats are up for election in 2022 Biden calls Intel's B investment to build chip factories a tool for economic recovery Democrats see good chance of Garland prosecuting Trump MORE (D-Ohio) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenArizona Democratic Party executive board censures Sinema Democrats call on Biden administration to ease entry to US for at-risk Afghans Biden stiff arms progressives on the Postal Service MORE (D-Mass.) supported his nomination during the committee vote. However, Warren voted against cloture for Carson on Wednesday.

Warren had defended her vote for Carson in committee, amid backlash from outside liberal groups. 

"Yes, he is not the nominee I wanted. But 'the nominee I wanted' is not the test," she wrote in a Facebook post at the time.

The Senate Banking Committee approved Carson in late January.