Senate GOP Vows to Block FHA Commissioner-Hopeful in Coming Vote

While Acting Federal Housing Administration Commissioner Carol Galante made it through a Senate Banking Committee vote earlier this week, thus advancing to a full senate vote, it was not without some strong Republican opposition that many say is likely to stick around.

The Obama administration’s pick for FHA chief has run into trouble, the Wall Street Journal reports, “amid concerns that the agency will require a taxpayer bailout.”

Galante was approved by the Senate committee by a 13-9 vote as several Republicans voiced concerns about the health of the FHA, citing the agency’s annual audit.

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“I think we need people now in the administration with a sense of urgency about the need to turn things around, reduce our debt and to avoid further bailouts,” said Sen. Jim DeMint (R., S.C.). “She does not appear to have that sense of urgency.”

Even one Republican Senator, Bob Corker (R., Tenn.), who voted in favor of Galante’s nomination, said he might block it later on the Senate floor.

Read the Wall Street Journal article.

Written by Elizabeth Ecker

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  • This litmus test standard of blocking or not blocking the confirmation process in Congress is over the top.  Conservatives should condemn it in the case of this Galante and then vote against her confirmation if they deem that appropriate.  The office of Commissioner is not the issue so a vote by the full Senate should be blocked in any way.
     
    In the case of the CFPB, blocking the confirmation of the first Director is another issue.  There it is not the individual who is at issue but rather the directorship itself.  Until there is a confirmation, there can be no Director.  Not only do I agree with that position but wholeheartedly endorse it.  This is not a reverse mortgage concern but rather one of too much authority granted to one individual.  Again it would not matter if Steve Forbes or Paul Ryan were the nominees, the problem is with the office itself.

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