At today's hearing, Sen. Mike Crapo, Republican of Idaho, questioned what he said is a lack of oversight of Cordray's budget, a problem he says could be fixed by changing the agency's structure. Crapo, the ranking Republican on the committee, said that the CFPB spent more than $150 million on contracts and support services last year, "which is more than the agency spent on employees. . . . There is no public accounting of how these monies on contracts and support services are being spent."Republicans don't have a problem with Cordray. In fact one, Tom Coburn (one of the 43 Republicans who signed a letter to President Obama promising a filibuster of any nominee) told Cordray "I think you've done a wonderful done so far in carrying out your duties." It's not personal, you see, it's just that Republicans want to see the CFPB utterly neutered, brought under the fiscal thumb of Congress where it can be better controlled. And where Congress can better protect Wall Street from it.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren called them out for it with a righteous rant.
"What I want to know is why, since the 1800s, have there been agencies all over Washington with a single director, including the [Office of the Comptroller of the Currency]," she began, "but unlike the consumer agency, no one in the U.S. Senate has held up confirmation of their directors demanding that the agency be redesigned.Rhetorical questions, but masterfully delivered. Everyone knows this is all about Republicans continuing to protect Wall Street over Main Street, and to do by taking Richard Cordray's nomination hostage.
"What I want to know," she continued, "is why every banking regulator since the Civil War has been funded outside the appropriations process—but unlike the consumer agency, no one in the U.S. Senate has held up confirmation of their directors demanding that that agency or those agencies be redesigned. [...]"