Senate confirms Ohio Rep. Fudge as housing secretary
“WASHINGTON (AP) (3.10.2021) — The Senate has confirmed Marcia Fudge to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development, placing the longtime Ohio lawmaker in charge of the agency just as Congress is poised to pass new benefits for renters and homeowners who have suffered economic losses amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Fudge, who has represented parts of Cleveland and Akron in the House since 2008, is a former mayor and a longtime advocate for assistance for the needy. She said at her confirmation hearing in January that her first priority would be protecting the millions of people who have fallen behind on rent or mortgages due to loss of income during the pandemic, telling senators that “we cannot afford to allow people in the midst of a pandemic to be put in the streets.”
“Her confirmation, 66-34, comes as the Senate is approving a slate of President Joe Biden’s nominees.”
Merrick Garland was also confirmed today as Biden’s attorney general.
“Fudge won bipartisan support for her nomination, including from Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, who said he would support her and Garland,” said the AP.
“These aren’t the nominees that any Republican would have picked for these jobs,” McConnell said ahead of the vote. “But the nation needs presidents to be able to stand up a team so long as their nominees are qualified and mainstream.”
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MHARR provided MHProNews with the following media release today.
MHARR Statement on Marcia Fudge and on HUD Standards Implementation
MARCH 10, 2021
TO: MHARR MANUFACTURERS
HUD CODE INDUSTRY MANUFACTURERS
FROM: MARK WEISS
RE: SUBJECTS AS LISTED BELOW
HUD EXTENDS IMPLEMENTATION DATE FOR “THIRD SET” OF STANDARDS
As expected by MHARR, HUD has published a notice in the March 10, 2021 edition of the Federal Register (see, copy attached), extending the implementation date for the so-called “Third Set” of manufactured housing standards revisions recommended by the statutory Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC). The standards, published as a final rule on January 12, 2021, originally had an effective date of March 15, 2021. That deadline will now be extended 120 days, until July 12, 2021.
MHARR had previously noted that implementation of the new standards could be delayed, consistent with a “Regulatory Freeze” order entered by the Biden Administration upon assuming office in January 2021. According to HUD’s announcement of the implementation delay, the extension of the effective date for the new and revised standards is being provided in order to help manufacturers cope with supply chain delays attributable to COVID-19 pandemic disruptions, “modify processes to ensure compliance with the new regulation,” and consult, as necessary, with Design Approval Primary Inspection Agencies.
MHARR will continue to monitor this matter and will advise members of any further developments.
MARCIA FUDGE CONFIRMED AS HUD SECRETARY
On a closely related matter, former Representative Marcia Fudge (D-OH), also as expected, was confirmed as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development by the U.S. Senate on March 10, 2021, on a vote of 66-34.
As reported previously, MHARR has already communicated with the incoming Secretary, and looks forward to working with Secretary Fudge to finally achieve the full and proper implementation of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000, as well as much-needed reforms to the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) manufactured home financing programs and Government National Mortgage Association (GNMA) restrictions that have gutted those programs.
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MHProNews prior report on then-nominee Fudge is linked below.
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