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Thu Jan 26, 2017, 12:46 PM

 

Elizabeth Warren defends support for Ben Carson's HUD secretary confirmation [View all]

Source: MassLive

The Massachusetts Democrat, who grilled Carson throughout his confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs earlier this month, said although she still has "serious, deep, profound concerns" about Carson's lack of experience, she's hopeful he'll make good on a series of commitments.

Stressing that Senate Democrats need to "turn up the heat" on a lot of Trump's other cabinet picks -- particularly Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos -- Warren added that she will won't hesitate to speak out against Carson if he fails to keep his promises.

"Dr. Carson's answers weren't perfect. But at his hearing, he committed to track and report on conflicts of interest at the agency. In his written responses to me, he made good, detailed promises on everything from protecting anti-homelessness programs to enforcing fair housing laws. Promises that - if they're honored - would help a lot of working families," she wrote in a Wednesday Facebook post.

"Can we count on Dr. Carson to keep those promises? I don't know," the senator continued. "People are right to be skeptical; I am. But a man who makes written promises gives us a toehold on accountability ... If Dr. Carson doesn't follow through on his commitments, I will be the very first person he hears from - loudly and clearly and frequently."

Read more: http://www.masslive.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/01/elizabeth_warren_defends_suppo.html

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