Friday, July 12, 2024

Julian Castro Confirmed as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

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On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Julian Castro as the new secretary of Housing and Urban Development in a 71-27 vote, with 18 Republicans supporting the nomination.

Castro is a prominent emerging Latino politician, and is currently in his third term as Mayor of San Antonio. Before entering politics, he attended Stanford University and later Harvard Law School.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development is focused on creating affordable homes, strengthening the housing market, and subsidizing housing programs. Yet Castro will be facing some pressing issues, such as borrowers finding it more difficult to obtain loans, and possible budgetary issues facing the department.

Even so, most are happy with this decision and look forward to see Castro’s positive impact on communities across the nation, as he has done for San Antonio. Luis A. Torres, Director of Policy and Legislation for the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), stated “We welcome the confirmation of Julian Castro. He has been a great advocate for the Latino community thus far and we are confident he will do a great job working for the American people as Secretary of HUD.”
Castro will be joining two other Latinos in President Obama’s Cabinet: Maria Contreras-Sweet as Small Business Administrator, and Thomas E. Perez as Secretary of Labor.

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