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A Broken Promise in Texas: Race, the Death Penalty and the Duane Buck Case
The Chairs and Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), Leslie Proll, Director of the Washington D.C. Office of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and Deidre Swesnik, Director of Public Policy and Communications at National Fair Housing Alliance, encouraged the U.S. Senate to confirm Congressman Mel Watt (NC-12) as the next Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director.
Sherrilyn Ifill Selected Among Top Leaders of Color and Women Leaders Among Legal Services, including Private, Public and & Governmental Sectors
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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.
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.
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 identify 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.