Wednesday, U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) took the stage during the full committee hearing on the nominations of six individuals for the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.
According to a recent report by Laren Yourish and Gregor Aisch from The New York Times, President Trump has filled quite a few less positions in cabinet or cabinet-level agencies than President Obama had at this point in his presidency. Currently, Ben Carson has been confirmed as the Secretary and Pamela Patenaude is awaiting confirmation as Deputy Secretary.
The nominees discussed in the hearing will be taking key leadership roles within the administration, but don’t need to be nominated by the president.
“The nominees before us are Paul Compton, to be HUD General Counsel; Anna Farias to be HUD Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity; Neal Rackleff to be HUD Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development; Richard Ashooh to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration; Elizabeth Walsh to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Global Markets and Director-General of the United States and Foreign Commercial Service; and, Christopher Campbell to be Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Financial Institutions,” Crapo said.
Crapo, who went into detail on the history each candidate had and how it applied to their nominated position, went into depth about Campbell who currently serves as staff director for the Senate Finance Committee. Crapo said senators from the left and right alike have looked to him for policy insights and strategy, but knowing him well from his experience also in the Financial Committee, Crapo said he looks forward to also working closely with him and the other nominees to get legislation passed into law as one of Crapo’s top priorities is passing bipartisan legislation.
“I urge my colleagues to confirm all six of you without delay,” Crapo said. “This committee will continue its work to push nominations through as expeditiously as possible so that our agencies have all the personnel they need to tackle the critical issues facing our country.”