Senate confirms Watt to housing post
North Carolina Rep. Mel Watt was confirmed Tuesday as the nation’s top housing regulator.
In a 57-41 vote, the Senate ended a Republican filibuster and confirmed Watt to lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency.
President Obama nominated Watt in May, but Senate Republicans blocked the nomination, alleging that Watt, a lawyer and 21-year House veteran, was not qualified. But under new rules passed last month by Senate Democratic majority, presidential nominations can now move forward with a simple majority instead of the 60 votes formerly required.
Watt’s confirmation paves the way for at least six Democrats who are expected to vie for his District 12 House seat. (See video below)
Also Tuesday, the Senate confirmed another top Obama pick: Patricia Millett to join the powerful U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
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