NAACP Outraged by Partisan Blocking of Congressman Watt’s Nomination to FHFA

(Washington, DC) -- The NAACP released the following response to the Senate blocking the vote on the nomination of Congressman Mel Watt t to lead the Fair Housing and Finance Agency:

From NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous:

“This is the first time a sitting congressman has been denied an up-or-down vote by the Senate since before the Civil War,” stated NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous.  This is a hostile act against American Democracy and speaks to the rampant cowardice we often politely, if inaccurately, refer to as mere partisanship.”

From Lorraine C. Miller, Interim NAACP President and CEO:

“Blocking the vote on Congressman Watt’s nomination is outrageous, insulting, and does a disservice to the American people,” stated Lorraine C. Miller, Interim NAACP President and CEO. “As a sitting Congressman with over 20 years on the House Financial Services Committee, Mel Watt has earned the right to an up-or down-vote from his congressional peers.”    


Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities.  You can read more about the NAACP’s work and our five “Game Changer” issue areas here.

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