President Barack Obama nominated Rep. Melvin Watt (left), North Carolina Democrat, for director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency earlier this year. Republican senators blocked his confirmation on Oct. 31.
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Many Blacks are saying "shame on" the U.S. Senate Republicans for the recent blow they dealt to President Barack Obama's efforts to install his own nominee as regulator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The GOP blocked the effort to confirm North Carolina Congressional District 12 Rep. Mel Watt to the post.
Congressman Vows Not to Withdraw
Republican senators who blocked the confirmation of an African-American congressman to lead a key federal agency should brace themselves for a major fight with Democrats and numerous minority agencies that support President Barack Obama's nominee.