Using a recess appointment, Obama names former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray to head the agency that was created after the debacle of financial meltdowns in 2008.
Expectedly, conservatives are already pissing and moaning.
You mean like how Bush appointed Bolton as a UN Ambassador during a Congressional recess? At least man up and acknowledge that your side has done it too. I can be perfectly honest and say I love this appointment because I support Obama and the Consumer Protection Agency. The problem I had with Bolton wasn’t as much about the recess appointment as it was the man himself, who once said the UN building could have like 10 floors removed from it and not make a difference. Such an idiot should not be a diplomat. If any conservatives respond, I hope they will be equally honest and attack not the recess appointment process, but just admit that they don’t want consumers protected
And its not like there hasn’t been sufficient vetting. The guy was nominated in July, and before him, Elizabeth Warren was nominated until the Republicans blocked her for so long she withdrew her candidacy. And all this for an agency that was created in fucking 2010 after passing the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. And that was in response to the whole financial system almost shutting down due to piss poor management, corruption, and incompetence that plunged the world into a recession. So fuck you, Senate Republicans, for blocking something that millions of people wanted years ago, was passed, and 39 of you held up for the benefit of your corporate masters.
The crazy thing is, its not like the Republicans are simply letting the agency work without their idea of a super-liberal in charge directing it. As the article states, part of the stipulation was that the agency cannot actually start creating rules and enforcing them UNTIL they get a director, so by blocking the nominations of Warren and Cordray, they were effectively shutting down the agency. Thanks to the recess appointment, Cordray will be able to have an entire year to implement consumer protections before the next president and next congress has to reconsider the nomination.
And I love this last part of the article:
I’m no Constitutional scholar, but it doesn’t surprise me that Republicans (it says the Senate but I’m willing to bet it was just Republicans) tried to pull some legal trick out of their ass. Basically, in their fantasy world, they’d strip the power of the president to make recess appointments by using this “pro forma” tactic. That’s it. No debate, no vote, just that they think they can remove a power of the president using a technicality so they’re going to do it. I wonder how many Democratic Senators have ever tried that trick, and if it worked. Given the depth of insanity Republicans have sunk to, I’m willing to bet that this tactic either hasn’t been tried before, or only by Republicans.
So fuck you, Senate Republicans. I’m glad the Consumer Protection Agency is now up and running.