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Today, we are asking the Senate to do what it has done time and again, and that is to confirm one of its own colleagues – a fellow sitting Member of Congress – to a top level position in the Administration.
Congressman Mel Watt is eminently qualified to lead the Federal Housing Finance Authority. Given his expertise in housing, banking and insurance and his long government service working on these issues, we are extremely fortunate that he has agreed to serve his country by accepting this position.
Veronica Joice wrote a critical and timely op-ed exposing the failure of local governments to address the needs of individuals and families with no real safety net -- low-income renters. The shortfalls she identifies emphasize the need for LDF and other stakeholders to hold federal and local governments accountable for the billions of dollars that have been earmarked for recovery to ensure that all households are able to rebound from the storm.
Hearing on ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws: Civil Rights and Public Safe Implications of the Expanded Use of Deadly Force”10/29/13Today, the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitutional, Civil Rights, and Human Rights heard tesimony on "'Stand Your Ground'" Laws: Civil Rights and Public Safety Implications of the Expanded Use of Deadly Force."Click the link to read the testimony that was presented to the subcommittee from LDF.
WASHINGTON – Just as a cloture petition was filed in the Senate for Congressman Mel Watt’s nomination to be the next director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), civil and human rights groups are calling for his swift confirmation.
Two national organizations have joined forces to help Black families in crisis after creditworthiness standards were abruptly changed for the Parent PLUS Loan program, which provides federal financial aid to college students.