Reid plans test vote on Watt for FHFA director
Oct. 29, 2013 – Senate Majority Harry Reid, D-Nev., is working to set up a test vote on the president’s nomination of Rep. Mel Watt, D-N.C., to the post of director at the Federal Housing Finance Agency.
Watt was nominated to the FHFA post in May. Reid filed cloture on Watt’s nomination Monday, with action sought as early as Thursday, which could coincide with swearing in of the Senate’s newest member, Democrat Cory Booker of New Jersey. To clear, that vote would have to garner at least 60 affirmative votes.
Reaction to Watt’s nomination as chief regulator of the government-sponsored enterprises was split along party lines. If he does get confirmed, he would fill the post that Ed DeMarco holds now in acting capacity.