President Obama touted his efforts to boost the “healing” housing market Saturday, while calling on Congress to do the same.

In his weekly address, Obama called on Congress to confirm his nomination of Rep. Mel Watt (D-N.C.), whom he recently tapped to be the new director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA).

If confirmed, Watt would take over the agency tapped with steering housing giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, but he already is facing staunch Republican opposition, who view Watt as a political nomination rather than someone picked for his expertise.

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