The Senate voted 56-42 to proceed to a vote on Watt’s nomination -- shy of the 60 votes required to end debate.
Reid also offered a not-so-veiled threat to change the Senate’s filibuster rules of the GOP doesn’t allow their confirmations.
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.
(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.