One of President Donald Trump’s pro-life nominees for a Cabinet position, Dr. Ben Carson has received approval from the Senate Banking Committee to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Trump nominated the retired neurosurgeon, who ran against Trump in the wide field of Republican presidential primary candidates earlier this year.
“Dr. Carson has achieved a great
deal of success during his impressive and accomplished career, and I was encouraged by his recent testimony before the committee,” said Chairman Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, after the vote.
“Now that his nomination has been voted favorably out of the committee, it is my hope that the full senate will follow suit in a timely manner.”
The panel approved Carson’s nomination on a voice vote without Democrat opposition.
“I am thrilled to nominate Dr. Ben Carson as our next Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Ben Carson has a brilliant mind and is passionate about strengthening communities and families within those communities,” Trump said in a statement at the time of his nomination.
Carson had made his strong pro-life stance clear on the campaign trail. In December, he blamed “peer pressure” for American’s acceptance of abortion as a “woman’s right.” “Someone has tried to make this into an issue of women’s rights,” the former neurosurgeon told a pro- life crowd in Nevada.
“What about the baby? You know, it’s one of the most sacred relationships in the universe, a mother and that child inside of her.
How have we become so distorted that we have managed to convince women that that baby inside of her is her enemy and that she has a right to kill it,” Carson said.
In a November interview with journalists, Carson said he would “use the bully pulpit” to work to restore a culture of life in the United States if elected president. Carson also said he supports repealing Roe v. Wade. He also has been very vocal about his opposition to Obamacare.