On November 19, the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs approved, by voice vote, the nomination of Lourdes Maria Castro Ramírez to be HUD’s Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing. Ms. Castro Ramírez is currently the Executive Director of the San Antonio Housing Authority. She was nominated by President Obama on August 1(see Memo 8/4), and testified before the Committee on November 13, (see Memo 11/17). Ms. Castro Ramírez’s nomination may now advance to the full Senate. However, consideration is currently blocked due to a hold issued by Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) on November 12 (see Memo 11/17).