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(Washington, D.C.)Today, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement on the nomination of Dr. Ben Carson for Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

“Families across our state, and in Seattle in particular, are struggling with an affordable housing crisis that cannot be understated, and the person who sets our national policy can actually be the difference between families – including homeless veterans and their families, and survivors of domestic violence– having safe homes or sleeping on the streets. I believe Dr. Ben Carson is the wrong choice to lead such a critically important agency that directly affects so many vulnerable citizens. His past statements suggest he rejects the essential functions of HUD and will work against us as we fight to strengthen programs that give families a hand up during their time of need. Unless I hear a dramatic change in Dr. Carson’s views of the federal government’s role in supporting safe, affordable housing, I will oppose his nomination.”