Senate Committee Approves Castro’s HUD Nomination




Mayor Julián Castro addresses the U.S. Sentate Committee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs on June 25, 2014.

The political ascendancy of Mayor Julián Castro cleared its first major obstacle in Washington this morning. His nomination to join President Obama’s cabinet as the next Secretary of Housing and Urban Development was approved by the Senate Banking Committee. Next for Castro is confirmation by the full Senate.

In his address to the committee, Castro vowed to focus on cross-agency collaboration and results-oriented strategies, similar to how he structured SA2020.

The nomination was approved in a 16-6 vote that fell largely on party lines, although Castro did receive bipartisan support. Four Republican senators joined the committee’s Democratic members in a vote to move forward with the nomination. The votes against Castro were all cast by Republicans.

The Republican Senators opposing Castor’s nomination included ranking member Michael Crapo of Idaho, Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania, Mark Kirk of Illinois, David Vitter of Louisiana, Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Jerry Moran of Kansas.

Dean Heller of Nevada, Richard Shelby of Alabama, Bob Corker of Tennessee, and Mike Johanns of Nebraska were the four Republican Senators who voted in favor of Castro. They joined the committee’s 12 Democrats: Chairman Tim Johnson of South Dakota, Charles Schumer of New York, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Jack Reed of Rhode Island, Robert Menendez of New Jersey, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Jon Tester of Montana, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Mark Warner of Virginia, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Jeff Merkley of Oregon.

Republican Texas Senator John Cornyn introduced Castro to the committee and voiced his support for the Mayor's nomination.

No date has been set for Castro’s Senate confirmation, although his HUD nomination is widely expected to pass once it is put up to a vote on the floor.

If your interested in the nuts and bolts of the nomination process, C-SPAN has video of the hearing.