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    不理共和黨反對 歐巴馬任命官員
    法新社 – 2012年1月5日 下午3:20

    (法新社華盛頓4日電) 美國總統歐巴馬今天繞過國會,任命柯德瑞(Richard Cordray)出掌消費者金融保護局,引起選前的1場爭論,他並且誓言,就任總統期間「每一秒」都將為中產階級而戰。
    美國進入選舉年,尋求連任的歐巴馬不顧國會反對任命柯德瑞出任消費者金融保護局(ConsumerFinancial Protection Bureau)局長,直接對政敵下戰帖。
    此舉激怒了共和黨,痛批歐巴馬傲慢並且逾越他的憲法權力,在未經聯邦參議院的批准下安插人選。
    歐巴馬並且明白表示,他將是一個為中產階級奮戰的大選參選人,他說:「我承諾每一天、每一分、每一秒會盡其所能,讓這個國家成為努力付出及責任感是具有意義的地方。」
    歐巴馬在總統大選關鍵州俄亥俄州說:「數以百萬計的美國人民需要1位能守護他們利益的人,這個人就是柯德瑞。」(譯者:中央社盧映孜)
    
    

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    WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 04, 2012
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    President Obama, Richard Cordray Meet With The Best Piemaker In Cleveland, Ohio
    Before announcing Cordray's recess appointment, President gets gift of Sweet Potato Pie from locally famous pie maven Endia Eason...
    President Obama's favorite dessert is pie, and early Wednesday afternoon he got a sweet gift as he met with 91-year-old Endia Eason of Cleveland, Ohio, who is famous among her neighbors as an accomplished crustmaster. Before he announced the controversial recess appointment of Richard Cordray as chief of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the President and his newly minted consumer watchdog had a ten-minute meet n' greet with Mrs. Eason at her home. William Eason, a Marine Corps veteran, was also on hand for the dinner table confab, and they discussed how the couple went into debt and almost lost their home due to what the President described as the "trickery and abuse" of an unscrupulous mortgage broker. (Above: The President and Mrs. Eason share a laugh)

    "Ms. Eason makes a really good sweet potato pie. She gave me one," President Obama told his audience of more than 1,200 at Shaker Heights High School after the meeting, as he formally announced Cordray's appointment. "I’m going to eat it later, after."

    "I didn't want to eat it before because I didn't want to get sleepy having a big piece of pie right before."

    In prepared remarks released by the White House, the President was due to say that Mrs. Eason is "known for making some of the best pies in Cleveland," but during his speech he exchanged this compliment for the more personal anecdote about the gift of pie. The President adores Sweet Potato Pie, according to First Lady Obama.

    The elderly pie maven first became the face of the White House campaign for Cordray in early December of 2011, when she appeared in a CNN report about Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner's efforts to get Cordray confirmed. Mrs. Eason told CNN she'd like to bake Geithner a pie--or cook him dinner. (Above: Mr. Eason speaks as Cordray, the President, Mrs. Eason, and Deonna Kirkpatrick of housing non-profit Empowering & Strengthening Ohio’s People listen)

    “My pies are the best pies in town – they’ve been saying that for years,” Eason said. “I make apple, sweet potato, peach and cherry.”

    "We’re so glad that we've got somebody like Rich Cordray..."
    At the Eason dinner table, the President blasted the unscrupulous mortgage broker who left the Easons $80,000 in debt after attaching fees to a home loan refinance that was supposed to get their house repaired.

    "It's a good example of the kinds of trickery and abuse in the non-bank financial sector that we’re going to have to do something about," President Obama said.

    "And we’re so glad that we've got somebody like Rich Cordray who’s willing to take this on and make sure that families like the Easons, who've done the right thing, who've been responsible, who've served their country, that they’re not taken advantage of and they’re able to live in security and dignity in their golden years."

    The President also told the reporters packed into the small dining room that the Easons have been married for 42 years, and hailed Mr. Eason's service during the Korean War.

    "He’s not mentioning he also used to be a boxer, so if you guys break anything in here you could be in trouble," the President joked.

    A crowd of fans awaited President Obama outside the Easons' snow-covered home as he departed to make his speech At SHaker Heights High at 12:50.

    Cordray starts work immediately...
    Cordray, former Attorney General of Ohio, will ostensibly have the non-banking financial sector on a tight leash as part of his role as what the White House bills as "America's Consumer Watchdog." Work will start immediately, Cordray told reporters before the President's speech.

    "We're gonna begin working to expand our program to non-banks, which is an area we haven't been able to touch up until now," Cordray said.

    Press Secretary Jay Carney today called Cordray's recess appointment "a no brainer." It is part of the President's "We Can't Wait" campaign, in which he uses Executive Power to accomplish his mission without waiting for a Congress. In his final weekly address of 2011, President Obama vowed to move ahead without Congress whenever he feels it is necessary.

    GOP leaders early Wednesday morning were already blasting the Cordray appointment, and have suggested they'll file a lawsuit to block it, among other actions.

    Above, the President holds a baby as he greets supporters outside the Cordray home.

    *Updated

    *Second and last photo by Pete Souza/White House; others by AP/pool
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    LABELS: ENDIA EASON, PRESIDENT OBAMA, RICHARD CORDRAY




    Obama recess appointment: Richard Cordray to lead Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
    President Barack Obama announced today that he has appointed Richard Cordray as the first head of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
    Samantha StainburnJanuary 4, 2012 16:34
    http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/120104/obama-recess-appointment-richard-cordray-consumer-financial-protection

    President Barack Obama shakes hands with Richard Cordray (R) before speaking about the economy at Shaker Heights High School in Shaker Heights, Ohio, on Jan. 4, 2012. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)
    President Barack Obama announced today that he has appointed Richard Cordray as the first head of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Los Angeles Times reported.

    Because Obama appointed him while the Senate is in recess, Cordray, a former Ohio attorney general, does not need the Senate’s approval to step into the role.

    Obama had nominated Cordray for the job last summer, but Senate Republicans blocked his confirmation, the LA Times reported.

    “I am now the director and my work will be to protect American consumers,” Cordray said today, according to Bloomberg News. “I’m going to be 100 percent focused on that.”

    According to the New York Times:

    The decision to install Mr. Cordray without Senate approval under the Constitutional provision for making appointments when lawmakers are in recess was a provocative opening salvo in Mr. Obama’s re-election strategy of demonizing Congress.

    “The only reason Republicans in the Senate have blocked Richard is because they don’t agree with the law that set up a consumer watchdog in the first place,” Obama said in a speech today at a high school in Cordray’s hometown of Shaker Heights, Ohio, according to the New York Times.

    Predictably, Republicans were miffed. “This is an extraordinary and entirely unprecedented power grab by President Obama that defies centuries of practice and the legal advice of his own Justice Department,” House Speaker John A. Boehner said in a prepared statement, the New York Times reported. “The precedent that would be set by this cavalier action would have a devastating effect on the checks and balances that are enshrined in our Constitution.”

    The Senate is supposed to be out of session for more than three days before the president can make recess appointments, Bloomberg News reported. To prevent Obama from exercising this power, congressional Republicans refused to formally adjourn for the holiday season and have held brief pro forma sessions every three days.

    However, Obama’s advisers said they are confident the president’s recess appointments will stand, Bloomberg News reported.

    “Gimmicks do not override the president’s constitutional authority to make appointments to keep the government running,” White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer wrote in a post on the White House website, according to Bloomberg News. He noted that President George W. Bush’s lawyers wrote that the Senate “cannot use sham ‘pro forma’ sessions to prevent the president from exercising a constitutional power.”

    More from GlobalPost: Elizabeth Warren mulling 2012 Senate run in Massachusetts





    Richard Cordray Nomination: Obama Using Recess Appointment Amid GOP Opposition

    First Posted: 01/ 4/12 09:46 AM ET Updated: 01/ 5/12 08:51 AM ET

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    WASHINGTON -- In a bold move sure to infuriate Republicans and possibly draw a court challenge, President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that he will use his executive power to bypass Congress and put Richard Cordray in charge at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

    The move is a rare instance of the president invoking his authority to override a months-long effort by Senate Republicans to block Cordray. They rejected his confirmation in a December vote and reiterated that, even though they like Cordray, they would keep opposing him or any other CFPB nominee until changes are made at the agency. Obama's recess appointment on Wednesday trumps their effort.

    The president announced Corday's appointment during a speech on the economy in Cleveland, Ohio. Cordray, who previously served as the Ohio attorney general, flew on Air Force One to stand alongside the president at the event. Once appointed, Cordray can begin serving as CFPB director later this week and could stay in the role for at least two years.

    "Today, I'm appointing Richard as America's consumer watchdog," Obama told the crowd. "That means he'll be in charge of one thing: looking out for the best interest of American consumers. His job will be to protect families like yours from the abuses of the financial industry. His job will be to make sure you've got all the information you need to make important financial decisions."

    Obama called it "inexcusable" and "wrong" that CFPB still doesn't have a director since beginning operations in July. He said while he will continue to "look for every opportunity to work with Congress" to boost the economy, he has "an obligation as president to do what I can without them," hence the recess appointment.

    "I will not stand by while a minority in the Senate puts party ideology ahead of the people they were elected to serve," the president said to applause. "Not when so much is at stake. Not at this make-or-break moment for the middle class."

    A CFPB spokeswoman declined to comment on the news. But Senate Democratic proponents of Cordray and the CFPB were thrilled.


    "Republicans have been trying to make an end run around the law by denying this watchdog a leader," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said in a statement. "I support President Obama's decision to make sure that in these tough economic times, middle-class families in Nevada and across the country will have the advocate they deserve to fight on their behalf against the reckless practices that denied so many their economic security."

    "Ohio families deserve a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau -- complete with a Director -- that can stand up to the special interests and look out for Ohioans' interests," said Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), who chairs the Senate Banking Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection.

    "We asked for a fair up-or-down vote on Richard Cordray's nomination. But too many senators are willing to stand instead with Wall Street, blocking a qualified nominee for the first time in the history of the Senate based on opposition to an agency's very existence," Brown said. "Rich Cordray is fair-minded and highly qualified, which is why he enjoys widespread and bipartisan support from both the people of Ohio and those he would regulate."

    With a director in place, the CFPB can now, for the first time ever, monitor the activities of non-bank entities, including payday lenders, debt collectors and credit reporting agencies. Many of these entities were "the source of some of the most harmful, deceptive, unfair and predatory lending practices" that led to the financial crisis, Deputy Treasury Secretary Neal Wolin said last month. The agency, which has been partially in operation since July, is the brainchild of Harvard law professor and now-Senate candidate for Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren. It was created under last year's Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation.

    "President Obama's decision to overrule the big banks and the Senate Republicans who are protecting them gives consumers a strong ally and advocate in Washington," Warren said in a statement. "Senate Republicans will surely complain about the recess appointment, but their refusal to allow an up or down vote on Cordray's nomination is just another example of the political games in Washington that must end."

    The president's move is notable for two reasons. For one, Obama rarely invokes his recess appointment authority, compared to past presidents. Until now, he has made 28 recess appointments. By contrast, former President George W. Bush made more than 170 during his presidency and former President Bill Clinton made almost 140. Secondly, and more importantly, Obama is making a recess appointment when the Senate isn't technically in recess -- a risky step that could spark a court challenge.

    White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer made the case that it is fully within the president's right to make recess appointments when Republicans are relying on "a gimmick" to prevent the Senate from going into recess:

    "Here are the facts: The Constitution gives the President the authority to make temporary recess appointments to fill vacant positions when the Senate is in recess, a power all recent Presidents have exercised. The Senate has effectively been in recess for weeks, and is expected to remain in recess for weeks. In an overt attempt to prevent the President from exercising his authority during this period, Republican Senators insisted on using a gimmick called 'pro forma' sessions, which are sessions during which no Senate business is conducted and instead one or two Senators simply gavel in and out of session in a matter of seconds. But gimmicks do not override the President's constitutional authority to make appointments to keep the government running. Legal experts agree. In fact, the lawyers who advised President Bush on recess appointments wrote that the Senate cannot use sham 'pro forma' sessions to prevent the President from exercising a constitutional power," Pfeiffer wrote on the White House Blog.

    That line of reasoning isn't sitting well with House and Senate Republican leaders, however, who charged Obama with threatening the constitutional system of checks and balances and warned of future legal challenges.

    "This is an extraordinary and entirely unprecedented power grab by President Obama that defies centuries of practice and the legal advice of his own Justice Department," House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said in a statement. "This action goes beyond the President's authority, and I expect the courts will find the appointment to be illegitimate."

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Obama has "arrogantly circumvented the American people" by installing Cordray when the Senate isn't in recess.

    "This recess appointment represents a sharp departure from a long-standing precedent that has limited the President to recess appointments only when the Senate is in a recess of 10 days or longer," McConnell said in a statement. "Breaking from this precedent lands this appointee in uncertain legal territory, threatens the confirmation process and fundamentally endangers the Congress's role in providing a check on the excesses of the executive branch."




    Obama bypassing Senate to appoint Richard Cordray consumer chief
    http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-obama-cordray-20120104,0,2612330.story

    President Obama speaks in July as he announces Richard Cordray, right, as his nominee to be the first director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. (Joshua Roberts / Bloomberg)
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    By Jim Puzzanghera and Lisa Mascaro
    This post has been corrected, as indicated below.

    January 4, 2012, 8:25 a.m.

    Reporting from Washington— President Obama will appoint former Ohio Atty. Gen. Richard Cordray on Wednesday to be the first director of the new Consumer Financial Protection Agency, making a controversial decision to install Cordray while the Senate is in brief recess to avoid Republican opposition, according to a White House official.

    Obama’s move, to be announced during a visit to Ohio, is likely to be challenged in court as he will be the first president in more than two decades to make such a so-called recess appointment during a Senate break of less than three days.

    The move is sure to infuriate Senate Republicans, who have been near unanimous in blocking Cordray’s appointment. It also will anger many in the financial services industry, who strongly opposed creation of the agency.

    House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) blasted Obama's move as "an extraordinary and entirely unprecedented power grab." Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Obama had "arrogantly circumvented the American people" by breaking with long-standing precedent on recess appointments.

    Congressional Republicans have been forcing the Senate into pro forma sessions every three days throughout the holidays to prevent Obama from making recess appointments. Nearly all Senate Republicans have been blocking Cordray’s nomination because they want to weaken the authority of the new consumer agency, which was the centerpiece of the 2010 financial reform law.

    Under that law, the agency cannot exercise broad new consumer protection authority until a Senate-confirmed director is in place. The agency formally opened in July and took over existing consumer protection authority over banks from other regulators. But under its acting director, the agency has not been able to use new powers to oversee financial firms outside the banking system, such as mortgage brokers and payday lenders.

    Liberal groups have been pushing Obama to appoint Cordray through a recess appointment, which would allow him to direct the agency until the the end of 2013. But with many other Obama nominees blocked by Senate Republicans, the GOP-majority in the House has prevented Congress from technically recessing for more than three days at a time.

    While the Constitution gives the president the authority to fill executive branch vacancies when the Senate is in recess, a Justice Department opinion in 1993 implied that a recess of more than three days was needed before the president could exercise the power, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service. No such appointments have been made during recesses of fewer than 10 days over the last 20 years, the service said in a December report.

    But there is precedent for appointments made during recesses of fewer than three days — President Theodore Roosevelt made more than 160 recess appointments during a Senate break of less than a day in 1903.

    Obama decided to push the legal envelope to get Cordray in place. The move will highlight the administration's more combative approach to Republican opposition in Congress and Obama will announce it during a visit to a Cleveland suburb Wednesday in Cordray’s home state.

    Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), who has been a strong supporter of Cordray, applauded Obama’s move.

    “We asked for a fair up or down vote on Richard Cordray’s nomination,” Brown said. “But too many senators are willing to stand instead with Wall Street, blocking a qualified nominee for the first time in the history of the Senate based on opposition to an agency’s very existence.”

    The recess appointment upends a gentlemen's agreement in the Senate that has provided an uneasy detente in the face of GOP opposition to Obama's nominees.

    By refusing to allow Congress to adjourn, Republicans have been able to prevent recess — and recess appointments. The Senate and House have met every few days in pro forma sessions that last a matter of minutes.

    Democrats, under Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, used the same strategy on occasion when President George W. Bush was in power.

    But the Republicans have used the strategy throughout 2011 as the procedural arms race has escalated in the face of GOP opposition.

    Obama's decision to bypass the procedural hurdle is certain to inflame already strained relations between the White House and congressional Republicans in the new year.

    “This recess appointment represents a sharp departure from a long-standing precedent that has limited the president to recess appointments only when the Senate is in a recess of 10 days or longer,” McConnell said. “Breaking from this precedent lands this appointee in uncertain legal territory, threatens the confirmation process and fundamentally endangers the Congress’ role in providing a check on the excesses of the executive branch.”

    [For the record, 10:50 a.m. Jan. 4: An earlier version of this post said Richard Cordray could direct the agency until the end of 2012 under the recess appointment. In fact, the recess appointment would last until the end of 2013, unless his nomination is confirmed by the Senate for the full five-year term, or another director is appointed through a recess appointment or confirmed by the Senate to a full-term.]
    Copyright © 2012, Los Angeles Times




    Obama appoints Richard Cordray to head consumer watchdog bureau

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    By David Nakamura and Felicia Sonmez, Thursday, January 5, 3:19 AM

    CLEVELAND — In a bold act of political defiance, President Obama installed Richard Cordray as head of a new consumer watchdog agency Wednesday, bypassing Republican opposition in the Senate that derailed his nomination last month.

    Obama cast the move as an effort to protect the interests of middle-class Americans who have suffered as a result of the Great Recession, which stemmed in part from abuses in the financial system.



    President Barack Obama says he won't take 'no' as an answer from Republicans, so he's going around them to appoint the head of a new consumer protection agency. In Ohio on Wednesday Obama named Richard Cordray to the post. (Jan. 4)
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    “I will not stand by while a minority in the Senate puts party ideology ahead of the people they were elected to serve,” Obama told an enthusiastic crowd at Shaker Heights High School here. “Not when so much is at stake. Not at this make-or-break moment for middle-class Americans.”

    Senate Republicans had successfully filibustered Cordray’s nomination to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) last month, and Obama said he would use a recess appointment to overcome their objections and put Cordray, a former Ohio attorney general, in the job. Cordray, 52, has been leading the day-to-day functions of the bureau as an employee of the Treasury Department.

    In announcing the decision, Obama said he refused “to take no for an answer” and added that he has an obligation to act when Congress does not.

    The appointment marks both the escalation and the denouement of one of the most contentious fights in Washington since Obama, in July 2010, signed into law the legislation establishing the watchdog agency.

    Obama’s initial choice to head the bureau was Elizabeth Warren, a Harvard law professor who had been championed by liberals and who had spent the better part of a year setting up the agency.

    But just as the agency was preparing to open its doors in July, the White House opted not to nominate Warren — who had been strongly opposed by Republicans — and instead tapped Cordray for the job. Warren has since announced a bid for the Senate seat held by Scott Brown (R-Mass.), who shifted on the issue in a statement Wednesday, saying that he backed Obama’s move.

    Constitutional question

    The political debate over Obama’s appointment of Cordray hinges on the question of how long a legislative recess is necessary for a president to be able to install a nominee without Senate approval.

    Republicans argue that precedent, over the past two decades, has been that no president can make such an appointment during a recess of less than 10 days.

    Democrats contend that according to that standard, Republicans’ move to hold “pro forma” sessions every three days while both chambers are on a longer recess would effectively block the White House from ever making a recess appointment. Such sessions are “a sham,” Democrats and the White House argue – even though Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) used the same tactic to block President George W. Bush from making recess appointments in 2007 and 2008.

    Complicating matters is the fact that the Constitution doesn’t explicitly say how much time is needed for a recess appointment to be made.

    The White House also announced Wednesday that the president would appoint three of his blocked nominees to the National Labor Relations Board. Obama will use the Senate recess period to appoint Sharon Block, Richard Griffin and Terence F. Flynn to the NLRB. The appointments have been held up by a partisan fight over the role of government regulation and the right of workers to unionize.



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    Consumer Watchdog
    Consumer Watchdog (formerly the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization which advocates for taxpayer and consumer interests, with a focus on insurance, health care, political reform, privacy and energy. The consumer organization was founded in 1985 by California Proposition 103 author Harvey Rosenfield and is headquartered in Santa Monica, California. Its chief officers include President Jamie Courtand Executive Director Douglas Heller. The group states on its website: "Big Business has an endless amount of money and thousands of lobbyists working every day to protect and increase their profits - no matter who it hurts. We get in their way and work to protect and improve the lives of American consumers and taxpayers."




    Republicans denounced the Cordray move as arrogant and accused Obama of abusing his executive authority. In addition to the political fight it has ignited, the decision could spark a legal confrontation over his authority to make such an appointment.

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said in a statement Wednesday that Obama “has arrogantly circumvented the American people,” and he called the tactic of using a recess appointment “uncertain legal territory.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/richard-cordray-appointed-by-obama-to-head-consumer-watchdog-bureau/2012/01/04/gIQAGyqraP_story_1.html

    President Barack Obama says he won't take 'no' as an answer from Republicans, so he's going around them to appoint the head of a new consumer protection agency. In Ohio on Wednesday Obama named Richard Cordray to the post. (Jan. 4)
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    Jan. 4 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama has decided to install Richard Cordray as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau with a recess appointment today, testing the limits of his executive authority to fill the post without Senate approval, administration officials said.
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    The action “threatens the confirmation process and fundamentally endangers the Congress’s role in providing a check on the excesses of the executive branch,” McConnell said.

    The move was in sharp contrast to Obama’s handling of the Warren nomination during the summer.

    Then, as now, the Senate remained technically in session during holidays to block Obama from installing Warren without its approval, and the president chose not to force the issue. In the past several months, the president has changed tactics, electing to try to work around Congress rather than negotiate with Republican lawmakers.

    Administration aides have said that Obama will try to draw contrasts between his efforts to stimulate the economy and what he argues is a Congress stuck in partisan gridlock.

    In a rebuke to Republican leaders, the White House determined that it might make an unprecedented recess appointment even though the Senate remains in pro forma session. Obama is essentially declaring that session a gimmick designed to stymie the administration.

    The Congressional Research Service says that the shortest recess during which a presidential appointment has been made in the past 20 years was 10 days. The appointee also could serve only until the next session of Congress; a confirmed director would serve for five years.

    Democrats’ defense

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was created under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to oversee mortgage companies, payday lenders and debt collectors, among others. Obama pushed through the financial reform act during a fierce battle with Republican leaders, who have since vowed to dismantle it.

    Rep. Barney Frank (D-N.Y.), a co-author of the law, praised Obama’s move.

    “Republicans’ complaints about the president’s decision to make this recess appointment are equivalent to objections leveled by arsonists at people who use the fire door to escape a burning building,” Frank said in a statement.

    Senate Democrats defended the administration’s move Wednesday.

    The chairman of the banking committee, Sen. Tim Johnson (S.D.), said in a statement that Cordray “is eminently qualified for the job, as even my Senate Republican colleagues have acknowledged.”

    “It’s disappointing that Senate Republicans denied him an up-or-down vote, especially when it’s clear he had the support of a majority of the Senate,” he said.

    Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), also on the banking committee, said: “American families deserve a cop on this beat — someone to keep the marketplace fair and protect against the financial scams and predatory schemes that have resulted in millions of Americans losing their homes and livelihoods. . . .

    “Given the importance of ending predatory schemes aimed at working families across America, I am pleased that the president is appointing Richard Cordray and giving the American people a fully up-and-running Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.”

    Cordray attended the University of Chicago Law School and clerked for two moderate Supreme Court justices, Byron R. White and Anthony M. Kennedy.

    He worked for more than a decade at the Kirkland & Ellis law firm, a significant Democratic donor. During his two years as Ohio’s attorney general, he launched a number of high-profile lawsuits to recover money for injured investors. Well before a furor erupted over shoddy and fraudulent foreclosure paperwork at the nation’s major lenders, Cordray aggressively went after financial firms for such practices.

    In rejecting Cordray’s appointment, Senate Republicans said they were challenging the structure of the agency’s oversight, which they argue should be handled by a five-member commission.

    “Everyone agrees that he’s more than qualified,” Obama said of Cordray in his remarks. “The only reason Republicans in the Senate have blocked Richard is because they don’t agree with the law setting up the consumer watchdog in the first place. . . . Does anyone think the reason we got in such a financial mess was because of too much oversight? Of course not. We shouldn’t be weakening oversight and accountability. We should be strengthening it.”


    Sonmez reported from Washington.
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