The NAACP released the following response to the Senate blocking the vote on the nomination of Congressman Mel Watt to lead the Fair Housing and Finance Agency:
From NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous:
"This is the first time a sitting congressman has been denied an up-or-down vote by the Senate since before the Civil War," stated NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. "This is a hostile act against American Democracy and speaks to the rampant cowardice we often politely, if inaccurately, refer to as mere partisanship."
From Lorraine C. Miller, Interim NAACP President and CEO:
"Blocking the vote on Congressman Watt's nomination is outrageous, insulting, and does a disservice to the American people," stated Lorraine C. Miller, Interim NAACP President and CEO. "As a sitting Congressman with over 20 years on the House Financial Services Committee, Mel Watt has earned the right to an up-or down-vote from his congressional peers."