The Tea Party Patriots, the largest tea party organization in the nation, denounced the Obama administration’s controversial appointment of Rich Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as a power grab that “usurped the power of congress.”
In addition, Cordray’s appointment last week creates a “new government bureaucracy that itself usurps the power of Congress,” said Jenny Beth Martin, national coordinator of the Tea Party Patriots.
“Worse, President Obama made this appointment — and two appointments to the National Labor Relations Board — without so much as a criminal or conflict-of-interest background check.”
The consumer bureau has control over its own budget, without having to be accountable to Congress, Martin noted.
Republicans had stalled on Cordray's nomination because they think the consumer agency is too powerful and unaccountable.
“It’s time for Congress and the Senate to do their jobs — and restore power to the people they were elected to represent,” Martin said.
“It’s time to stop the assaults on America’s Constitution and free market system, and to stand up for the American people — whose voices should be expressed through the Congress and the Senate.”
The Patriots’ outrage adds to concerns that members of Congress have raised about the president’s use of recess appointments to fill positions without congressional approval.
When Obama announced the appointment of former Ohio Attorney General Cordray on Jan. 4, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner insisted that courts would determine that the appointment is illegal.
McConnell, of Kentucky, the Senate's top Republican, accused Obama of an unprecedented power grab that "arrogantly circumvented the American people."
Speaker Boehner, of Ohio, said: "It's clear the president would rather trample our system of separation of powers than work with Republicans to move the country forward. This action goes beyond the president's authority, and I expect the courts will find the appointment to be illegitimate."
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