Following a push from the right that threatened to block the nomination of Elizabeth Warren as Consumer Financial Protection Bureau chief, House Democrats are rising to respond. Their suggestion to President Obama: Use a recess appointment and bypass the political process in getting Warren nominated.
A group of three Democratic representatives circulated a letter this week urging colleagues to sign in support of a recess appointment, according to The Hill.
“Please join us in sending a letter to President Obama requesting that he use every option available to him, including a recess appointment if necessary, to ensure that Ms. Warren is the CFPB’s first director,” The Hill quoted from a “Dear Colleague” letter. It was also reported that Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), Brad Miller (D-N.C.) and Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) were leading the effort.
The letter comes following a letter from House Republicans to President Obama which stated they would not support any CFPB chief nomination until the leadership structure of the bureau has been reconsidered.
The House Democrats, who are reportedly gathering signatures in response, are planning to send a letter to the president stressing that since republican senators have said no one is acceptable unless the law is weakened, they are urging President Obama to move forward with recess appointment of Warren, The Hill wrote.
Three bills passed through the House Financial Services Committee last week that aim to change the leadership structure of the bureau from a single director to a five-member commission, ease the ability of outside regulators to overrule the CFPB and improve the ability of the bureau to work in the absence of a director.
Written by Elizabeth Ecker