Rival appointments set up showdown to lead agency

Rival appointments set up showdown to lead agency
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President Trump on Friday announced that he is appointing Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney as acting director of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB), setting up a potential fight over the agency’s future.

Earlier Friday, CFPB head Richard Cordray announced that he was stepping down at the end of the day and elevated his chief of staff, Leandra English, to deputy director.

Cordray, the first and only director the agency has seen since it was created, is rumored to be eying a bid for Ohio governor. He announced earlier this month that he would be resigning before December.

The conflicting promotion from Cordray and appointment from Trump sets up a fight with little clear precedent, as there are now two acting CFPB heads. It’s the latest challenge to the CFPB standing as an independent agency.

The conflicting promotion from Cordray and appointment from Trump sets up a fight with little clear precedent, as there are now two acting CFPB heads. It’s the latest challenge to the CFPB standing as an independent agency.

The 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, which created the CFPB, established the deputy director position to lead the bureau between permanent directors.

Cordray cited that specific provision of Dodd-Frank that lays out the succession…

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