Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) slammed the acting Federal Housing Finance Agency director Ed DeMarco during a rally on Tuesday supporting a Minneapolis homeowner in her fight against the foreclosure of her home.
“We need to be finding ways to keep people in their homes, not kicking them out,” Ellison said, according to Occupy Homes Minnesota, which took part in the protest. “Ed DeMarco has consistently refused to write down these loans to make them affordable. Other members of Congress and I have taken the extreme but reasonable step of calling for him to be fired. Big banks need to change the way they’re doing business in our communities. Enough is enough.”
The protest was held in conjunction with a settlement court hearing involving local homeowner Rose McGee and housing giant Fannie Mae and another mortgage company, Citimortgage.
KARE-TV reported that McGee and her supporters have accused the company of using a tactic called “dual tracking” to attempt to evict her while allegedly negotiating a loan modification.
The hearing ended without a settlement being reached. An attorney for the two firms told the station he believed McGee “wanted to live in her house for free.” Her lawyer, Jonathan Drewes, said in court that the two firms did not provide her with the proper paperwork during their negotiation.
Besides the rally on behalf of McGee, demonstrators also delivered a petition with 2,600 signatures to the U.S. Attorney’s office for Minnesota, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported. Similar petitions were taken to other offices in Arkansas, California, Georgia, Missouri, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
The rally was organized by New Bottom Line, a homeowners advocacy group that also protested DeMarco’s testimony during a March 19, 2013 meeting of the House Committee on Housing Finance.
Watch KARE’s report on the rally in support of McGee, aired Tuesday, below.
GOPer Joni Ernst booed and peppered with questions about guns at tense Iowa town hall
In videos uploaded to Twitter, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) received a chorus of boos and shouts from a town hall crowd after she tried to blame mass shootings on mental health issues, with one person shouting, "Do something!"
According to a report from Iowa Starting Line, the embattled Iowa Senator whose approval numbers have dropped, due in part to President Donald Trump, was pressed by one local teacher about changing gun laws so she can get back to the job she was hired for.
‘That is ridiculous’: Andrew Gillum obliterates Santorum for claiming guns aren’t ‘problem’ in mass shootings
CNN contributor Andrew Gillum called conservative pundit Rick Santorum "ridiculous" on Sunday for suggesting that guns are not the problem in mass shootings.
During a CNN discussion on gun control, Santorum criticized calls from Democratic candidates for the government to buy back assault-style weapons in addition to banning them.
"The truth is something has to give," Gillum said. "The stranglehold that the NRA seems to have over Congress, over Washington, D.C., in my opinion, is insane. How can we put the priorities of one interest group above the safety, the security of the American people?"
WATCH: Tenn. lawmaker seeks to ‘destroy Satan’ by banning abortions in cases of rape and incest
The sponsor of a bill that would effectively ban all abortions in Tennessee said that he hopes to "destroy Satan."
Sen. Mark Pody (R) made the remarks at a Monday prayer gathering before debate on the bill.
"I'm not against any colleagues, whether they're standing with me or not," Pody said. "I'm against Satan and I'm standing with God."
"We will not back up, we will not back down, we will not turn around," he added. "We face the enemy. We have no protection when we run. We have no protection for our back."
The Tennessee ban would take effect once "a viable pregnancy is presumed to exist or has been confirmed," effectively banning all abortions in the state. There is no exception in the bill for rape or incest.