Watt nomination to FHFA stalls in Senate
Nov. 1, 2013 – After failing to garner enough votes to proceed, the president's nomination to confirm Rep. Mel Watt, D-N.C., as the new director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency failed to advance in the Senate on Thursday.
The Senate voted 56 to 42 on the motion to proceed; at least 60 affirmative votes were required to proceed to a vote on Watt’s nomination. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., changed his vote to “no” to allow him to bring a cloture vote in the future.
Watt was nominated to the FHFA post by President Obama in May; reaction was split largely along party lines. Reid filed cloture on the nomination Monday, hoping to garner enough votes to override opposition. Watt said he would not withdraw his name from the nomination process. He has until Feb. 28 to file for re-election to his House seat.
Watt previously served as a North Carolina state senator. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1992.
Watt would fill the post that Ed DeMarco has held in acting capacity since 2009.