The Senate just blocked a fellow lawmaker for the first time since 1843

In a rare move, the Senate just blocked Rep. Mel Watt, D-N.C., from servings as the president's choice to lead a federal agency. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images)


The Senate just blocked a fellow lawmaker for the first time since 1843

The Senate just blocked the nomination of a sitting lawmaker to a major federal position for the first time since 1843.Senate Republicans voted in unison Thursday to block the nomination of Rep. Mel Watt, D.-N.C., to serve as the head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Democrats failed to get the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster and move forward on a simple majority vote to approve Watt. Lately, threats to filibuster presidential nominees has become the norm in …

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