On April 18, HUD Secretary Ben Carson testified at a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (THUD) hearing and responded to questions regarding the agency’s FY 2019 Budget, recent legislative proposals, the President’s Executive Order on work requirements, and concerns about fair housing enforcement at HUD. In testimony nearly identical to what he shared during the House THUD hearing in March, Carson defended HUD’s FY 2019 Budget and rent reform proposals and encouraged self-sufficiency for low-income households. Carson also spoke about the importance of investing in Federal Housing Administration (FHA) information technology, and added it would be "wonderful" to have an FHA Commissioner. President Trump nominated Brian Montgomery for the post in September 2017, but the Senate has still not considered the nomination, despite the Banking Committee’s vote in support of it earlier this year.
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