Cordray fires back at CFPB critics

by Ryan Smith06 Mar 2017
The Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau responded to his critics during an interview Friday.

Richard Cordray has long been a favorite target of Republican lawmakers and business leaders. As the director of the CFPB, Cordray is thought by many to be too powerful and not accountable enough to Congress or the president. Last year, a federal appeals court said as much – it found the CFPB’s structure unconstitutional because Cordray couldn’t be removed at the pleasure of the president. The agency, however, is currently appealing that decision.

In a conversation with CNBC’s John Harwood, Cordray said that the regulator’s independence from political influence “is very much worth fighting for.”

“I think it’s consistent with what most Americans want,” Cordray said. “What do people do when they’re suddenly being harassed by a debt collector, called at all hours of the day and night? Can’t get them off their back, can’t get them to realize that maybe this debt isn’t one that they even owed in the first place. to have somebody who will stand on their side, who will try to do something about it – I think people want that.”

Cordray also scoffed at the common criticism that the CFPB is not accountable to the rest of the government.

“We are accountable,” he told CNBC. “I have to be accountable to Congress; I have to testify in front of them four times a year. I’m accountable to the courts; they oversee what we do. And if we get something wrong, we fix it, just like everybody else does.”

But Republican lawmakers disagree. House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) has called the CFPB “the most powerful and least accountable Washington Bureaucracy in American history.” Last month, he urged President Donald Trump to fire Cordray as soon as possible. And Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) introduced a bill to the Senate that would dismantle the agency.

Related links:
Trump administration aims to strip power from CFPB
Ted Cruz backs bill to kill CFPB


  • by Roger Ramjet | 3/6/2017 12:19:01 PM

    Cfpb and Dodd Frank taste leaves a bad taste in your mouth like toilet water

  • by The Shark | 3/6/2017 12:51:06 PM

    This agency is not needed at all. This is simply a money squeezing machine for the government (namely the Obama Administration). It should be totally disbanded and all of its current responsibilities distributed back to the agencies it acquired them from.

  • by ArMtgGal | 3/6/2017 2:13:27 PM

    Most consumers don't even know what CFPB is. And the few I know that have contacted them got ZERO help. The agency is useless.


Should CFPB have more supervision over credit agencies?