The Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee advanced the nomination of HUD Secretary-designate Marcia Fudge (D-OH) to the full Senate on a 17-7 bipartisan vote. In her confirmation hearing, Representative Fudge expressed her commitment to work with all members of Congress to address HUD’s largest challenges, including the coronavirus pandemic and its economic fallout (see Memo, 2/1). A full Senate vote to confirm Representative Fudge is expected to occur later this week. If confirmed, Representative Fudge will be the first woman in 40 years, and the second Black woman, ever to lead HUD.
NLIHC President and CEO Diane Yentel submitted a letter in support of Representative Fudge's nomination as secretary of HUD to Chairman Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ranking Member Pat Toomey (R-PA), and members of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. The letter urges swift confirmation, stating:
“Secretary-designate Fudge will be charged with leading HUD during a time of extraordinary challenges and hardship for our nation’s lowest-income renters and people experiencing homelessness. Secretary-designate Fudge has a demonstrated record as a leader who values the expertise and the importance of building collaborative partnerships, a record she clearly intends to continue through her and President Biden’s assembling of an outstanding team of seasoned experts to navigate the critical work ahead. Her decision to surround herself with experts and champions for affordable housing will, together with her leadership, vision, and commitment to the lowest-income and most marginalized people, propel HUD to achieve its critical mission and revitalize the department’s depleted and demoralized workforce.”
A recording of the committee vote can be found Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affair’s website at: http://bit.ly/3aEduf8
Read NLIHC’s full text of the letter of support of Representative Marcia Fudge’s nomination as secretary of HUD at: https://bit.ly/3otlm8e