WASHINGTON – Rep. Mel Watt, President Barack Obama's nominee to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency, will be questioned by the Senate Banking Committee on Thursday.
The Charlotte Democrat is expected to pass the confirmation hearing before the committee but could face opposition from Republicans once his nomination reaches the full Senate.
Catawba College politics professor Michael Bitzer doesn't think Watt will get the 60 votes needed to avoid a filibuster.
“He's got a 20-year track record of votes in the House. He is one of the most liberal members in the U.S. House of Representatives, so that's going to be plenty of ammunition for the Republicans to go against him,” he said.
The president could appoint Watt during Congress' summer recess.