The fight over the controversial new governmental consumer finance watchdog agency continues two days before the agency is set to open its doors and commence its supervision of financial services companies.
In Senate hearings held Tuesday, Richard Shelby, the ranking Republican on the Banking Committee, reiterated his determination to block confirmation of former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray as head of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, arguing the agency’s single-director structure is unaccountable.
“Given the fundamental flaws with the existing structure of the Bureau … the Senate should not confirm any person to lead the Bureau until some reasonable reforms are adopted,” Shelby said in opening remarks at the hearing. Shelby, with support from the financial services industry, claims the current arrangement gives “unfettered power” to a single director. Republicans and allies in the banking industry want to see a board or commission structure rather than a single director.