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Mel Watt / Jacquelyn Martin, AP

President Obama's pick for director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency will be sworn in Monday, more than eight months after his nomination.

Mel Watt, a former congressman from Charlotte, N.C., was nominated in May, but not confirmed until Dec. 10, after the Democratic-run Senate changed the rules on filibustering a nominee.

Vice President Biden will swear in Watt at 3 p.m. ET.

From the Associated Press:

"Republicans have said he's not qualified, while Democrats say the 21-year House veteran has the needed experience.

"Until (Dec. 10), Watt's nomination was blocked because Democrats needed 60 Senate votes to end a GOP filibuster. But last month, the chamber's majority Democrats lowered that threshold to a simple majority."



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