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Press Release - The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Applauds Confirmation of Congressman Mel Watt to Lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency

For Immediate Release
Contact: Scott Simpson, 202.466.2061, simpson@civilrights.org
December 10, 2013

Washington – Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after the Senate voted to confirm Congressman Mel Watt to be the next director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), the independent agency that regulates Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac:

“This long-awaited confirmation is welcome news to millions of homeowners across the country who need a responsible and vigilant housing regulator.

Congressman Watt is an advocate for struggling homeowners. With 40 years of experience in the housing sector, he has the depth of knowledge to grasp the problems that plague Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and the skills to work with all stakeholders to right the housing market.

We applaud the Senate for confirming Congressman Watt today and call for timely consideration of the other judicial and executive nominees who are awaiting floor votes.”

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its 200-plus member organizations, visit www.civilrights.org.

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