The Senate Banking Committee on Thursday approved, by a party line vote of 12-10, the nomination of Richard Cordray as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The nomination now goes to the full Senate.
Sen. Tim Johnson (left), D-S.D., said in a statement that the banking committee’s vote on Cordray “is an important step forward for American consumers. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau needs a director, and Mr. Cordray has proven he is qualified for the job. He should be confirmed by the full Senate as soon as possible.”
Unfortunately, Johnson continued, “Senate Republicans are blocking his confirmation, and in doing so they are blocking vital new protections for consumers, and putting community banks and credit unions at a disadvantage to their less-regulated competitors.”
Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., ranking GOP member on the banking committee, said in a statement that the Thursday vote by the committee is “premature.” No nominee for the director of the CFPB, he said, “should receive consideration until the Democrats are ready to stop playing politics and work with us to make the Bureau accountable. It’s their choice.”