WASHINGTON — The Senate Banking Committee approved Julian Castro, the mayor of San Antonio, on Wednesday to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The committee voted 16-6 in favor of Castro, who testified at a confirmation hearing earlier this month that he would work to help pass housing finance reform in Congress. He also said he would continue to strengthen the finances of the Federal Housing Administration to avoid another government infusion like that required last year — the first in the agency's 80-year history.

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