Senator Vows to Vote Against All Trump HUD Nominees

Sen. Tammy Duckworth last week announced a “blanket hold” on all Department of Housing and Urban Development nominees in objection to Ben Carson’s handling of public housing facilities in her home state of Illinois.

Duckworth and her fellow Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin — both Democrats — earlier this month wrote a letter to Carson about HUD’s decision to close a pair of public complexes in the town of Thebes, Ill. Specifically, the senators wanted more information about the relocation timeframe for the affected residents, as well as the potential continued viability of the closed facilities.

When the housing secretary hadn’t responded by last week, Duckworth released a statement affirming her plan to block President Trump’s outstanding HUD picks, which includes the still-in-limbo nomination of Brian Montgomery to lead the Federal Housing Administration.

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The Senate Banking Committee signed off on Montgomery’s nomination late last November, but the former FHA chief is still waiting on full approval for his second stint overseeing the agency.

“As long as hundreds of Illinoisians’ lives are stuck in turmoil because of rash decisions that HUD fails to effectively or fully explain, I will object to every nominee Donald Trump sends our way,” Duckworth said in a statement.

Under the current administration, HUD has suffered with a lack of officials at key leadership positions, along with multiple controversies surrounding Carson’s leadership.

Written by Alex Spanko

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  • If it turns out that Senate Democrats end up voting with Senator Warren against former Commissioner Montgomery and can peel off enough Republicans, I heard a long-time HECM originator joke that he is going to start a draft Meg Burns movement for Commissioner. The problem was he sounded like someone who was trying to hide his strong intent to see that done.

  • Somewhat off topic, but It would be nice to see Senator McConnell invoke cloture on the Montgomery nomination, forcing a vote to proceed with the confirmation. We really need him in office by the end of Q3 to make sure no wildly irresponsible HECM decisions are made.

    I really hope the Trump administration isn’t content with Senator Warren’s obstruction because they are comfortable with a gutted HUD. The lack of movement on the condo final rule just shows that nothing is happening at HUD right now. At least nothing of consequence.

  • This is absurd, because of this one issue, senators Duckworth and Durbin, especially Duckworth will hold up voting and blocking ANY of President Trump’s outstanding HUD picks, this is what we have running our country!

    Here we have had in-limbo, the nomination of Brian Montgomery to lead the Federal Housing Administration. Mind you, this is even after The Senate Banking Committee signed off on Montgomery’s nomination late last November,

    Unbelievable, however, this is being done in just about every department, committees or pending bills to be approved by the senate and you name it!

    It is to bad “Common sense” died many years ago, just think what a wonderful world this would be today if it lived!!

    John A. Smaldone
    http://www.hanover-financial.com

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