Senate advances Carson’s nomination to lead HUD

Senate advances Carson’s nomination to lead HUD
© Greg Nash

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 KaineTexas raises age to purchase tobacco to 21 Texas raises age to purchase tobacco to 21 Democrats push to make national security a 2020 wedge issue MORE (D-Va.) came out against Carson, and Sen. Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerElection security bills face GOP buzzsaw Election security bills face GOP buzzsaw US women's soccer team reignites equal pay push MORE (D-N.Y.) told reporters that he had objections to his nomination.

But liberal Sens. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownCongress can defend against Russia by outlawing anonymous shell companies Democrats ask Fed to probe Trump's Deutsche Bank ties Democrats ask Fed to probe Trump's Deutsche Bank ties MORE (D-Ohio) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBiden calls for equal pay for US women's soccer team Biden calls for equal pay for US women's soccer team Trump steadfast in denials as support for impeachment grows 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.