ALG urges confirmation of Kraninger to head Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Nov. 30, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging the Senate to confirm Kathleen Kraninger to be Director of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection:

“The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau needs a permanent director and that person is Kathleen Kraninger, who will be able to establish accountability within this agency. While it would be preferable to do away with the CFPB altogether, Kraninger is the right person to ensure that the constitutionally dubious agency is managed so that it doesn’t hurt the economy by picking winners and losers in the financial sector. It is our strong hope that she will be confirmed on the final vote by the Senate, so that she can hit the ground running immediately.”

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U.S. Treasury and CFPB should investigate payment blocking by credit card processors to conservative groups

Aug. 24, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement urging U.S. Treasury and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to investigate allegations that Visa and Mastercard are blocking financial donations to conservative non-profit groups:

“Reports that Visa and Mastercard may have engaged in a political blacklisting effort against Freedom Center and Jihad Watch are disturbing given recent actions by other financial services entities to choke off credit and basic banking services to conservative groups and businesses. Visa’s denial that this is occurring is welcome if true. But the larger issue of the impact of the discredited Southern Poverty Law Center on access to social media platforms, financial services and fundraising, and past actions coordinating with DHS and federal law enforcement agencies to target those same entities needs to be addressed. Southern Poverty Law Center should be permanently blocked from receiving any government contracts, awards or being included in any discussions related to criminal threats in America. Let’s be clear, SPLC is an organization that engages in political hit jobs and is not a credible watchdog.”

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Kathy Kraninger is the right choice for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

July 19, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in support of Kathy Kraninger, President Donald Trump’s nominee to head up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB):

“Kathy Kraninger is a long-standing and dedicated public servant who understands that government agencies operate best when they are run efficiently and held accountable. While it is our strong preference that Congress eradicate this too powerful agency before it does lasting harm to our nation, the least we can expect is that while we wait for Congress to act that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) be managed in a way that doesn’t undermine our nation’s economy by abusing its authority and picking winners and losers in the financial sector.

“Since its inception, the CFPB has operated without proper oversight, which resulted in wasteful agency spending and overregulation that squeezed consumers and brought undue financial punishment to businesses.

“Mick Mulvaney has done an incredible job working to rein in this once unaccountable bureaucracy and as a protégé of Mulvaney, Ms. Kraninger is well suited to continue this difficult but necessary work. Therefore, I urge the Senate to confirm her expeditiously.”

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Kathy Kraninger is the right person for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

June 26, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in favor of President Donald Trump’s nomination to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Kathy Kraninger:

“President Trump has chosen current White House budget aide Kathy Kraninger to continue interim Director Mick Mulvaney’s work to reform the powerful Consumer Finance Protection Bureau which was overrun by regulatory and investigatory abuses during the Obama Administration.

“It is not surprising the Senator Elizabeth Warren opposes Trump’s appointment of a budget savvy, accomplished woman to run her brain-child, as the absolute powers of the CFPB head over much of the financial services industry are mind-spinning.

“Perhaps, Warren should have considered the possibility that the Obama Administration would not last forever, and that the faulty command and control policies of the past could be rescinded by a future director. Mulvaney knows the work that lies ahead for the next Director, and his enthusiastic support for and trust in Kathy Kraninger to carry on that work is enough to assure us that she is the right person to enact the many additional reforms necessary to protect the American consumer from a continuation of Obama-era abuses of power.”

Attachments:

“CFPB Whistleblower Exposes Agency’s Extortion Practices,” By Printus LeBlanc, Dec. 20, 2017 at https://tennesseestar.com/2017/12/20/commentary-cfpb-whistleblower-exposes-agencys-extortion-practices/

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D.C. Circuit ruling on CFPB an affront to consumers and small businesses

Jan. 31, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement blasting a ruling by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in favor of the single directorship of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau:

“Today’s decision by the Court is an affront to the many consumers and small businesses who have suffered greatly at the hands of a rogue agency that was supposed to protect consumers from financial abuse. In fact, it was the CFPB’s lack of oversight protection by Congress and the President which allowed Richard Cordray to use the agency as a bank to curry favor with and fund left-wing activist groups as he prepared to run for governor of Ohio. No federal agency should ever be free from transparency and accountability and today’s decision did nothing but reaffirm the public’s distrust of and disdain for our government.”

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Who do Senate Dems think they’re kidding with ‘bipartisan’ Consumer Financial Protection Bureau?

Dec. 5, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement mocking Senate Democrats demanding a “bipartisan” director be appointed by President Donald Trump at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau:

“Yesterday, some 40 senators sent a letter to President Trump calling on him to appoint independent, bipartisan CFPB Director.  Democrats said nothing when Richard Cordray used CFPB to play partisan politics and advance left-wing causes. What a joke. Who do these Senators think they are fooling?

“These Democrat Senators have suddenly found the desire for an independent, bipartisan Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director in the wake of President Trump’s putting current Office of Management & Budget Director Mick Mulvaney into the agency as its acting director.  Prior to President Trump’s election, Democrats in Congress opposed legislation reforming the CFPB by House Finance Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling which would have created an independent commission similar to the composition of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the National Labor Relations Board replacing the all-powerful director position created under law.  Where were these Democrats then?

“If Democrats are not willing to legislatively fix their own creation, then they should just accept the basic truth that President Obama was heard to tell his critics when he pushed to fundamentally change America, which is that ‘elections have consequences.’

“To put an exclamation point on all this, Acting CFPB Director Mulvaney should settle the lawsuit questioning the constitutionality of the CFPB itself and set a timeline for its being shut down.  Mulvaney should also order a suspension and administrative review of all rules that have been put in place by the Bureau in the past few years.  And finally, the Acting Director should order an audit of every settlement, contractor and major grantee to ensure that monies were only used for the purposes they were given and not for political or personal gain.

Attachments:

“Mulvaney should settle lawsuits challenging CFPB existence,” By Rick Manning, Dec. 2, 2017 at http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/12/02/by-settling-lawsuits-challenging-its-existence-cfpb-can-begin-to-quietly-turn-off-lights.html

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Trump wins against CFPB administrative state coup

Nov. 28, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today praised a federal court ruling by Judge Timothy Kelly to uphold President Donald Trump’s constitutional and legal authority to appoint Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney to be the acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau:

“Judge Kelly got it 100 percent correct when he affirmed that President Trump’s authority under federal law to appoint Mick Mulvaney to be the acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau would likely prevail in a full court hearing. Former agency director Richard Cordray’s political power grab would effectively set the precedent that appointed bureaucrats could choose their successors without any input from elected officials. Cordray clearly was more interested in creating a media crisis to benefit his anticipated run for the Democratic nomination to be governor of Ohio than he was in upholding the rule of law. At this point, newly appointed deputy director Leandra English should cease and desist all efforts to undermine the President’s constitutional and legal authority. If she is unwilling to, she should submit her resignation.”

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Mulvaney is the rightful acting director at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Nov. 27, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement on the attempt by former director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Richard Cordray to install his own successor moments before leaving office:

“Rogue Richard Cordray tried to circumvent the law and the authority of President Trump with a nasty political stunt and failed miserably. Not only is Mick Mulvaney rightfully the acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, both the CFPB’s own General Counsel and the Justice Department have sided with the Trump Administration on this issue. The court now needs to quickly and forcefully reject Leandra English’s frivolous lawsuit and acting director Mulvaney needs to get to work to roll back the agency’s economy-crippling regulations that Richard Cordray left in his wake. That includes ending a 1,700-page rule to regulate short-term loans and discontinuing the largest government consumer database that currently monitors more than 87 percent of the consumer credit card market, endangering Americans’ financial privacy.

“Additionally, as I’ve stated before, Mulvaney’s appointment should not lessen Congress’ resolve to end the unconstitutional delegation of funding oversight authority that created this regulatory monstrosity of an agency.”

Attachments:

“Now that Richard Cordray is gone, it’s time to undo his work,” By Rick Manning, Nov. 20, 2017 at http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/now-that-richard-cordray-is-gone-its-time-to-undo-his-work/article/2640976

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President Trump is the only person allowed to name the new head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)

Nov. 24, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response to Leandra English being named Acting Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB.):

“President Trump is the only person allowed to name the new head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Any attempt to circumvent that authority by Cordray runs counter to the fundamental principles of American governance.”

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Likely Mulvaney interim Consumer Financial Protection Bureau pick would be the right choice

Nov. 16, 2017, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising the likely choice of Mick Mulvaney to be the interim director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau:

“Mick Mulvaney has the proven steady hand to be in the process of the righting the ship at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. It is extremely important for President Trump to have someone he trusts in this important temporary role. Given the confirmation challenge facing any permanent replacement for Richard Cordray, the President’s quick action in placing Mulvaney into this role is important to put his imprint on the regulations that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has been imposing. With Mulvaney as acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the American people can be assured that the agency will not continue Cordray’s practice of issuing economy-crippling regulations at this critical time for our nation’s financial services industry. Mulvaney’s likely appointment as acting director of this agency should not lessen Congress’ resolve to end the unconstitutional delegation of funding oversight authority that created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.”

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