By Ramsey Cox
Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) said Baer is an “enjoyable person” in addition to being a great lawyer.
Carol J. Galante was confirmed to be an Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development on a 69-24 vote.
Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) said he supported her nomination even though he doesn’t like parts of the Dodd-Frank Act and how it has affected the Federal Housing Administration (FHA).
“I rise to say to any member if you have a problem with FHA, don’t take it out on Ms. Galante,” Isakson said Sunday before the vote on her confirmation.
Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) said he did not support Galante’s nomination because he believed she had not done a good job as acting FHA commissioner.
“This nomination will have a direct effect on our constituent’s pocket books,” Shelby said. “In her role as acting FHA commissioner, she has failed. … FHA has a negative economy value and will likely need a tax payer bailout.”
Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) said that “legacy loans” threatening FHA solvency were not Galante’s fault since the loans were made long before she started working there.