On July 9, the Senate approved the nomination of San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro for the position of HUD Secretary by a vote of 71-26, with all Democrats and 18 Republicans voting in support of his nomination. Mayor Castro was nominated for the position after current HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan was tapped for the position of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director.
On July 10, the Senate approved the nomination of Secretary Donovan for the position of OMB Director by a vote of 75-22, again with all Democrats and with 23 Republicans voting in favor of Mr. Donovan. Mr. Donovan will replace former OMB Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell who now serves as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Both Mayor Castro and Secretary Donovan are expected to be sworn in to their new positions shortly.
NLIHC President and CEO Sheila Crowley said in a press release after the vote, “While we are sorry to lose Shaun Donovan at HUD, we look forward to working with him at OMB and to building an equally strong partnership with Secretary Castro. I am confident that Secretary Castro will emphasize HUD’s responsibilities for assuring that the housing needs of low income people are addressed.”
Ms. Crowley added, “Secretary Donovan and the Obama Administration have advocated for the funding of the National Housing Trust Fund, and we hope that Secretary Castro will carry on that support. Specifically, we urge him to push for housing finance reform that provides significant funding for the National Housing Trust Fund as does the bipartisan Johnson-Crapo bill. We also urge Secretary Castro to move swiftly to issue the final regulations for the National Housing Trust Fund.”
Ms. Crowley also encouraged Mayor Castro to issue final regulations on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing, and to protect existing housing programs funded through the annual appropriations process.
The NLIHC press release is at: http://nlihc.org/press/releases/4913