Senate GOP blocks Mel Watt nomination

The Senate voted 56-42 to proceed to a vote on Watt’s nomination -- shy of the 60 votes required to end debate.

Reid: Senate will re-vote on Watt and Millett ‘very’ soon

Reid also offered a not-so-veiled threat to change the Senate’s filibuster rules of the GOP doesn’t allow their confirmations.


Mel Watt (D-N.C.)

Skepticism about Mel Watt on left and right

President Obama's decision to nominate Rep. Mel Watt (D-N.C.) as the next director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency has provoked some rare bipartisanship, as both liberals and conservatives are panning the choice.

NAACP, Dems hit McCrory for lengthy vacancy in heavily black congressional seat

(Chuck Burton / AP)

The North Carolina governor is leaving more than 300 days between a vacancy and a special election -- the most in the last 50 years of Congress.