Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has recommended to President Donald Trump that consumer advocate Rohit Chopra be selected to serve as a commissioner in the Federal Trade Commission, The Huffington Post reported on Tuesday.
The FTC has five commissioners, and only two of the positions are currently filled. Trump is required to appoint non-Republican members to the commission, and customarily the opposition party is given the opportunity to select those nominees.
There has been some concern among Democrats that Trump would buck that tradition by appointing independents, although one Senate Democratic aide told The Huffington Post that “There is hope that the traditional process will proceed.”
Chopra is currently a senior fellow at the Consumer Federation of America, which is considered as one of the nation’s top corporate watchdogs, FirstPost reported.
Prior to this position, Chopra was special adviser to the secretary of education and before that was among the first employees at the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in 2010.
"The Federal Trade Commission should be led by people who put the interests of consumers above all else, and that’s what Rohit Chopra has done his entire life," Schumer said.
"Whether it was fighting on behalf of student borrowers with loan issues at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau or working to protect the finances of our nation's veterans, Rohit has been a thoughtful and effective advocate for consumers. He would make an excellent addition to the FTC. I strongly urge the president to nominate him and will push for his swift confirmation in the Senate."
Chopra, who is considered an ally of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, was known at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for his work protecting students by documenting widespread misconduct by schools and lenders and was at loggerheads with the Obama administration over what some said was its largely apathetic response to the student debt crisis.
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